Hulu Rounds Out Lead Cast for Sitcom Spinoff “How I Met Your Father”

We don’t know about yellow umbrellas, “legendary’s” or “slap bets” just yet, but we do know that Hulu has found their lead cast for How I Met Your Father. Four new actors will be starring opposite Hillary Duff and Chris Lowell in the highly anticipated spinoff series of the beloved sitcom.

Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran and Suraj Sharma 
AP; Courtesy of Dominic Graham-Hyde; Kirsten Miccoli; Jeff Reidell | Via Deadline

Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran and Suraj Sharma
AP; Courtesy of Dominic Graham-Hyde; Kirsten Miccoli; Jeff Reidell | Via Deadline

What’s Happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that Hulu’s How I Met Your Father spinoff of How I Met Your Mother has found it’s leading cast.
  • Joining the previously announced star Hilary Duff and series regular Chris Lowell are:
    • Francia Raisa
    • Tom Ainsley
    • Tien Tran
    • Suraj Sharma
  • Hulu tweeted the news expressing excitement for the series and sharing headshots of the main cast.

  • In the original CBS series starring Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby, Ted tells his kids his romantic journey leading up to meeting their mother. In the Hulu series, Duff will play Sophie who recounts her journey to find love for her son.
  • The new series is created and written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.
  • How I Met Your Father’s story will be set in 2021 focusing on Sophie and her friends as they, “figure 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.”

Meet the Characters:

  • Raisa will play Valentina, Sophie’s (Duff) roommate. She’s an aspiring stylist and Sophie’s great friend. She’s impulsive and adventurous and Sophie relies on Valentina’s ability to cheer her up when she gets down. Valentina has just come back from London Fashion Week with the gorgeous, British Charlie.
  • Ainsley plays Charlie, an aspiring model who fell in love with Sophie’s roommate Valentina (Raisa) at London Fashion Week and followed her to New York. The son of conservative aristocrats, Charlie’s a great guy but he’s been living in a rich person’s bubble his whole life.
  • Lowell will play Jesse, who is smart, with a bit of an edge and cynical about love. He’s an aspiring musician who works as an Uber driver to make ends meet and lives with his best friend.
  • Tran is Ellen, Jesse’s adopted sister, who just moved to New York from a small farming town after separating from her wife. Ellen’s more comfortable on an organic lettuce field than in a Brooklyn dive bar.
  • Sharma portrays Sid, Jesse’s best friend and roomate. He’s a new bar owner and plays the optimist to Jesse’s cynicism.

Creative Team:

  • In addition to starring in the series, Hilary Duff will also serve as a producer
  • Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (How I Met Your Mother) will executive produce
  • Adam Londy serves as co-executive producer
  • The series hails from 20th Television for Hulu.
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