The sequel to How I Met Your Mother is finally here! In honor of the hilarious new series, I had the chance to chat with Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Suraj Sharma, Chris Lowell, and Tien Tran. After the January 18 premiere, new episodes of How I Met Your Father will be released Tuesdays on Hulu.
In the near future, Sophie is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.
Francia Raisa stars as Valentina. The actress can also currently be seen as Ana Torres on Freeform’s Grown-ish. Her other notable credits include Bring it on: All or Nothing, The Mindy Project, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Dear White People.
Tom Ainsley portrays Charlie. The actor, who has spent years working in both British and American television, is known for his roles in Versailles as well as The Royals. His film work includes the Jarhead franchise, Serpent, and Safe Inside. Ainsley has also performed in theater productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Machinal, A Lie of the Mind, and Vieux Carre.
Suraj Sharma plays Sid in How I Met Your Father. The actor has starred in Life of Pi, God Friended Me, and Homeland. His other credits include Killerman, Burn Your Maps, Million Dollar Arm, Phillauri, The Illegal, and Happy Death Day 2U.
Chris Lowell takes on the role of Jesse. Other television work includes Veronica Mars, Life as We Know It, Private Practice, Enlisted, Graves, and GLOW. The actor can be seen in Brightest Star, Katie Says Goodbye, Promising Young Woman, Graduation, The Help, Love and Honor, Breaking News in Yuba County, Up in the Air, as well as Complete Unknown.
Tien Tran stars as Ellen. She is a standup comedian, writer, and actress. Most recently, she served as a writer on Showtime’s Work In Progress and filmed a special for Comedy Central’s Stand-Up. In 2018, Tran participated in CBS’ Diversity Showcase and became Head Writer for the showcase the following year. In 2017, she was featured in Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch Chicago Showcase. The actress can also be seen in Space Force, EASY, Sherman’s Showcase, and Hot Date.
The cast told me about their favorite dynamics on the show, which comedy TV couples their characters would ship, and quotes they hope become iconic lines for How I Met Your Father.
Watch my interviews below to find out what they told me: