Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for starring as Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014). Smulders has also portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in six Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with The Avengers (2012).
Smulders at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders
April 3, 1982
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Taran Killam (m. 2012)
Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and a British mother. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname "Cobie." Smulders describes herself as "a fluent listener" of French. She has four sisters: Melissa, Amy, Fiona, and Julie.
Smulders worked in modeling, which she later said she "kind of hated", adding that the experience made her hesitant about pursuing acting as a career: "You know you go into these rooms, and I've had the experience of people judging you physically for so long and I was over that. But then it was like, 'Oh no, I have to actually perform. I have to do well, and I have to have a voice, and I have to have thoughts now.'"
In her youth, Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist. Describing her transition to her eventual professions, she said,
I studied acting throughout high school, then modeling took over because it brought more opportunity. When I quit modeling, coming back to Vancouver, I registered at the University of Victoria. At the same time, that summer, I was taking acting classes and decided to give that a year or two instead of going back to school. I always wanted to go back to school. I was looking into taking some classes part-time, but marine biology involves a lot of lab time.
Smulders' first acting role was as a guest in the Showtime science fiction series Jeremiah, and she has appeared in several television series since, including a recurring role on The L Word. Her first permanent series role was in the short-lived ABC series Veritas: The Quest, which ran for one season. After the cancellation of Veritas, Smulders was cast as television reporter Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2005, remaining on the show for its entire nine-season run.
Smulders played Maria Hill in the 2012 film The Avengers. She received training from a Los Angeles SWAT team trainer to handle guns in order to portray the character. Smulders reprised the role in three episodes of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and in the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). Joss Whedon has suggested he had considered her for the role of Wonder Woman in his draft of the eponymous film, which did not go into production. Smulders did voice a Lego version of Wonder Woman in the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie. It was the first time the Wonder Woman character had a theatrical film appearance.
In 2013, Smulders had a supporting role in the romance film Safe Haven. She also starred in the comedy-drama Delivery Man and They Came Together. In July 2015, it was reported that Smulders had exited the made-for-TV film Confirmation because she had broken her leg; Zoe Lister-Jones was then confirmed to replace her in the role of Harriet Grant.
In 2016, she appeared in the comedy-drama The Intervention, and with Tom Cruise in the action-adventure film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. In 2017, she played the recurring character "Mother" in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
From 2017 to 2019, she starred in the Netflix original series, Friends from College, in the main role of Lisa Turner.
Smulders became engaged to Taran Killam in January 2009. They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California. The couple reside in New York City, New York. They have two daughters together.
In 2015, Smulders revealed she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 25, while shooting season three of How I Met Your Mother in 2007. She had surgery to remove two tumors from her ovaries, but the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, resulting in the need for multiple operations over the course of two years.
|2004||Walking Tall||Exotic Beauty|
|2005||The Long Weekend||Ellen|
|2006||Escape||Psychotic brunette||Short film|
|Dr. Miracles||Mrs. Peterson||Short film|
|2007||The Storm Awaits||Anabella DeLorenzo||Short film|
|2009||The Slammin' Salmon||Tara|
|2012||The Avengers||Maria Hill|
|2013||Safe Haven||Carly Jo Wheatley|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Wonder Woman (voice)|
|They Came Together||Tiffany Amber Thigpen|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Maria Hill|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||Maria Hill|
|Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||Major Susan Turner|
|2017||Literally, Right Before Aaron||Allison|
|Killing Gunther||Lisa McCalla|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Maria Hill||Uncredited cameo|
|2019||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Wonder Woman (voice)|
|Avengers: Endgame||Maria Hill||Cameo|
|Spider-Man: Far From Home||"Maria Hill"|
|2002||Special Unit 2||Zoe||Episode: "The Wish"|
|Jeremiah||Deborah||Episode: "Thieves' Honor"|
|2003||Tru Calling||Sarah Webb||Episode: "Brother's Keeper"|
|Veritas: The Quest||Juliet Droil||13 episodes|
|2004||Smallville||Shannon Bell / Eve Andrews||Episode: "Bound"|
|2005||Andromeda||Jillian Rhade||2 episodes|
|The L Word||Leigh Ostin||4 episodes|
|2005–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Robin Scherbatsky||208 episodes|
|2010||How to Make It in America||Hayley||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2013–2015||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Maria Hill||3 episodes|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Cobie Smulders Wears a Black & White Strapless Dress"|
|2015||Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris||Episode: "Tyler Perry"|
|2016||Animals.||Anni (voice)||Episode: "Flies."|
|2017||A Series of Unfortunate Events||Mother /
|Nature Cat||Nature Dog (voice)||Episode: "Ocean Commotion"|
|2017–2019||Friends from College||Lisa Turner||16 episodes|
|2019||Arrested Development||Lucille Bluth||3 episodes|
|Stumptown||Dex Parios||Upcoming series|
|2010||Love, Loss, and What I Wore||Principal character||June 10, 2010 – June 26, 2010|
|2017||Present Laughter||Joanna Lyppiatt||April 5, 2017 – July 2, 2017|
St. James Theatre
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||EWwy Award||Best Supporting Actress – Comedy||How I Met Your Mother||Won|
|2014||People's Choice Award||Favorite TV Gal Pals (shared with Alyson Hannigan)||How I Met Your Mother||Nominated|
|2017||Theatre World Award||Present Laughter||Honoree|
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I'm in Sundance and I have a three week old baby, so I can certainly relate.
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