Cobie Smulders gears up to enter the Marvel universe this weekend with the release of the long-awaited superhero flick The Avengers. Smulders plays a secret military agent in the film, and as such spends a fair amount of time running around shooting guns at bad guys. It’s a departure from the sitcom fare we’re used to seeing her in, and we can’t help but be excited to watch Smulders embrace her action-star side. Until then, here’s a bio-gallery.
Smulders hails from Vancouver.
She got into modeling in her teens, but eventually opted to pursue acting.
After a series of guest parts and recurring roles on various TV shows, Smulders got her break when she was cast in the CBS series How I Met Your Mother as broadcast reporter Robin Scherbatsky.
Smulders was rumored to be in consideration for the role of Wonder Woman in director Joss Whedon’s eponymous film based on the comic book superhero, but the project faltered. Wheadon later cast Smulders in The Avengers as secret agent Maria Hill.
She’s an avid hockey fan (as is required of all Canadians) and supports the Vancouver Canucks.
Smulders is also a certified scuba diver, which is not required of all Canadians.