Cobie Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname “Cobie”. Smulders describes herself as “a fluent listener” of French.
Smulders worked in modeling, which she later said she “kind of hated”, adding that the experience made her hesitant about pursuing acting as a career: “You know you go into these rooms, and I’ve had the experience of people judging you physically for so long and I was over that. But then it was like, ‘Oh no, I have to actually perform. I have to do well, and I have to have a voice, and I have to have thoughts now.'”
As a youth, Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist. Describing her transition to her eventual professions, she said,
Smulders and American actor and comedian Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009. They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California. The couple reside in New York City, New York.They have two daughters; their first, Shaelyn, was born May 16, 2009, and their second, whose name has not been revealed, was born in January 2015.
In 2015, Smulders revealed she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 25, while shooting season three of How I Met Your Mother. She had surgery to remove two tumors from her ovaries, but the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, resulting in the need for multiple surgeries over the course of two years.