If you thought Canadian Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) was a perfectly cast badass in the Avengers universe, then you haven’t seen anything yet. At least that’s our takeaway having screened the top-secret pilot of her newest series, Stumptown (debuting this fall on CTV), in which she’s… well, badass.
To be fair, we’ve been pretty high on this show since it was announced. But when Smulders was in Toronto on Thursday to promote the incoming series at the CTV Upfronts, we couldn’t help but ask her whether she’s ever felt destined to become an action star.
“No. No, but looking back I’m a very competitive person. And I’m also an athletic person. I played soccer for 12 years and I played basketball and volleyball. I’ve always been very physical. And I love the stunt stuff and fight stuff. But this project is amazing because it has all of that. We have an amazing stunt team that choreographed John Wick and Atomic Blonde so they’re awesome at what they do.”
To backtrack for a hot minute, Stumptown is an hour-long drama based on the graphic novels of the same name. Smulders plays leading lady Dex Parios, an army vet turned private investigator who is suffering from some severe PTSD.
She’s also a man-eater, has a severe gambling problem, and is quite willing to bend the law when need be, which makes her hella interesting and kind of cool to watch. It also makes her the perfect person for people to call when the authorities aren’t quite measuring up in the help department.
“The show is really funny, it’s dramatic too, but it’s funny and dark and there’s action,” Smulders adds. “So you’re not just playing the same note every time. In each scene it’s a different thing.”
We got all of this from the pilot, of course, which was shot in Vancouver. When the show kicks off in full swing though, it moves production to Los Angeles. Certain shots will also film in Portland, which is where the show is set (hence the name, which is also a popular nickname for the city).
“She worked her ass off on this pilot. She really did,” reveals Smulders’ co-star, and potential love interest Michael Ealy (Almost Human), who also stopped by the CTV Upfronts.
“It was a lot of work, BUT, didn’t it turn out great?” she counters, blushing slightly. “It turned out great. It was worth it.”
And now we can’t wait to see more action from this bona fide action star.