Ranking among the great purveyors of romance — the Shakespeares, the Austens, the Hallmarks — is actress Cobie Smulders.
Okay, she might not be responsible for timeless stage tragedies depicting accounts of star-crossed love, or farcical novels about hubristic affection. Or, you know, Snoopy cards. But she's attached to a couple of pretty prominent heartfelt conquests in modern pop culture: her new movie Safe Haven and her long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The question is, then, which of the two is the truer love story?
We spoke to Smulders about the new Nicholas Sparks film, in which she stars beside the spotlit couple Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. Moviegoers will watch the pair ebb and flow through an emotional river no doubt, but what we want to know is if the Safe Haven romance can live up to Smulders' other onscreen love story — the How I Met Your Mother ballad of Robin (Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). It might be a tough call, but as Smulders argues in the video below, "They don't show the lead guy in a Nicholas Sparks movie doing a bunch of slutty chicks."
Smulders chimes in on more about her latest feature film in the clip, comparing her husband Taran Killam to Duhamel's Safe Haven character Alex: "[He] is a dad, he's really down-to-Earth." Watch the interview, and catch Safe Haven in theaters now.
Reporting by Jessica Courtemanche
[Photo Credit: Relativity Media]
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