1. Jacoba Francisca Maria “Cobie” Smulders is a Canadian actress and model.
2. She is best known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother and Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
3. Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother.
4. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname “Cobie”.
5. As a youth, Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist. Describing her transition to her eventual professions, she said,
6. I studied acting throughout high school, then modeling took over because it brought more opportunity.
7. When I quit modeling, coming back to Vancouver, I registered at the University of Victoria.
8. 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.
9. I was looking into taking some classes part-time, but marine biology involves a lot of lab time.
10. Her first permanent series role was in the short-lived ABC series Veritas: The Quest, which ran for one season.
11. 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.
12. In June 2010, Smulders made her Off-Broadway debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore at The Westside Theatre.
13. It was the first time the Wonder Woman character had a theatrical film appearance.
14. In 2013, Smulders had a supporting role in the romance film Safe Haven.
15. She also starred in the comedy-drama Delivery Man and They Came Together.
16. She filmed a PSA with Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, in 2014.
17. Smulders and American actor and comedian Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009.