Cobie Smulders Canadian actress and former model is best known for her starring roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers.
Born Name Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders
Occupation actress, former model
Years active 2002–present
Born: April 03, 1982, 40 years old and 8 months, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sun Sign Aries
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
Measurements 34-23-33 in or 87-58.5-84 cm
Bra Size 32B
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Cobie attended Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia and completed her education with honors distinction in 2000.
Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to a Dutch father and an English mother. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname Cobie. Smulders describes herself as a fluent listener of French.
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.
In June 2010, Smulders made her Off-Broadway debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore at The Westside Theatre.
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 two episodes of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and in the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). 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.
Smulders filmed a PSA with Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, in 2014.
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; their first, Shaelyn, was born May 16, 2009, and their second was born in January 2015.
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 surgeries over the course of two years.
2004 film Walking Tall for her role as “Eye Candy”. But, she is best known for starring in The Avengers as Maria Hill in 2012.
First TV Show
Cobie did appear in a comedy TV series Special Unit 2 in 2002 in season 2, episode 1- “The Wish”.
However she is best known as Robin Scherbatsky for starring in How I Met Your Mother, which is broadcasted on TV from 2005.
Cobie Smulders had the most challenging role in The Avengers as she is more comfortable with comedy rather than action roles. She had a trainer for her role in The Avengers, who prepared her physically, like how to hold the gun, how to fit in that role. She did daily 30 minute push ups, followed by boxing but only 3 times a week. Finally, a trainer used to visit her house just 1 or 2 times a week.
Cobie Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Macaroni, Cheese, Sushi. She said she could list 30 things.
Favorite TV Programs – Flight of the Conchords (2007), Friday Night Lights (2006)
Favorite Movies – Milk (2008), The Princess Bride (1987)
Favorite Travel Destination – Anywhere, she can scuba dive
Favorite Gift so far – Engagement Ring from Taran Killam
She got her nickname “Cobie” from her great-aunt Jacoba.
Cobie Smulders hated modeling.
If she was not an actress, she would be in the field of medicine and marine biology.
Cobie was voted no. 65 in Maxim Hot 100 list of Women in 2012.
As a model, she has worked in Africa, Japan, Greece, Germany, France, America, Italy and others.
Cobie Smulders is a certified scuba diver.
She has participated in various sports like swimming, rugby, tennis when in school.
She can speak fluent French.
She was voted “Most Respected” by her classmates in high school.
Her father is Dutch and her mother is English.
She has 7 siblings – 4 sisters, Julie, Fiona, Amy and Melissa and 3 brothers – Adam, Mark and Scott.
Cobie appeared at no. 59 in Askmen Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2012.