Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress best known for playing Robin Scherbatsky on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She also portrayed Wonder Woman in The LEGO Movie, the first actress to do so in a feature film (Gal Gadot is the first in a live-action film)As of 2014, she is married to Saturday Night Live cast member (and former cast member of MADtv and The Amanda Show), Taran Killam. Coincidentally, they were born in the same year, just two days apart (Killam was born before Cobie on April 1st).
- How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014) as Robin Scherbatsky
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2012 – present) as Maria Hill:
Tropes associated with this actress' works:
- Action Girl: Maria Hill obviously, and Wonder Woman. Robin Scherbatsky likewise is quite action-oriented, owning a gun and regularly visiting the shooting range. Joss Whedon also joked that she was his first choice to play Wonder Woman when he stepped away from the live action film.
- Actor-Shared Background:
- Subverted. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 and doctors ruled she wouldn't be able to have children. This was three years before it was revealed Robin was barren. Smulders later had two children.
- More light-hearted, one episode deals with Robin trying to get dual citizenship. Smulders herself has it, allowing her to work in America and Canada.
- Canada, Eh?: Parodied any time Robin was given typical Canadian things to say. Smulders claims she used to have a stronger accent and it comes out if she's working with other Canadians.
- Contralto of Danger: She's known for her husky voice, which helps with the Action Girl roles.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Had to get in shape almost immediately after giving birth for her role as Maria Hill.
- Hide Your Pregnancy: While filming How I Met Your Mother. The tricks used were less obvious than when co-star Alyson Hannigan became pregnant.
- Playing with Character Type: She plays her role as Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe essentially as what Robin Scherbatsky would be like if she worked for a government intelligence agency.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her characters have this appeal, especially Robin Scherbatsky.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9" and the roles she plays can use this trope.