BWW Interviews: Cristin Milioti Talks New Season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

BWW Interviews: Cristin Milioti Talks New Season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHERLast spring it was revealed that actress Cristin Milioti was cast in the pivotal role of 'The Mother' on CBS's long-running hit comedy How I Met Your Mother and would be featured as a series regular in the final season of the show.

"It was a pretty big umbrella to fill, casting the title role in a series that's been on the air for eight years," said Carter Bays, Executive Producer and Co-Creator of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. "And yet Cristin Milioti is, against all odds, exactly what we were looking for. She made us laugh on "30 Rock," she made us swoon in "Once," and her ukulele skills are no joke. We're thrilled to welcome her to the How I Met Your Mother family, and look forward to getting to know her - and the character she plays - much better in the coming final season."

Milioti recently spoke to BWW and others about her experience thus far and the warm reception she has received from fans of the hit CBS sitcom. "Every interaction I've had has been so lovely. People often ask to hug me," the actress shared. "The fans of the show are so dedicated and so supportive... Everyone's been so sweet."

Surprisingly, the Once star was not that familiar with the show before being cast in the highly coveted role. Since then, she has quickly caught up on the prior eight seasons. "It's been really weird watching the show knowing I'm The Mother," she confessed. "I was continually taken aback by how emotional I would get by watching it. I cried during a bunch of episodes, the one where Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted (Josh Radnor) are covered in tomato sauce and asking themselves where they're going to be in five years."

Broadway fans know that the 30 Rock guest star is also an accomplished musician, learning to play the piano in just a matter of weeks before taking on her Tony-nominated role of 'Girl' in the hit musical 'Once.' Now she faces another musical challenge - learning to realistically pluck the bass for her role as a musician on the show. "I'm attempting BWW Interviews: Cristin Milioti Talks New Season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHERto teach myself again. In fact, one of the guys from Once who played the bass on our show, Will Connolly, is helping me. I'm playing one Radiohead bass line now," she said, adding "I look like I know what I'm doing, but I shouldn't jump up onstage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers anytime soon. I would embarrass myself."

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