Cobie Smudlers Fashion Magazine April 2014 cover
Photographed by Chris Nicholls and Styled by George Antonopoulos, Cobie Smulders wears a dress, $3,200, by Etro, Chain, $470, and Shark Tooth, Price On Request, both by Jennifer Fisher, and Ring, $85, by Jenny Bird. Hair by Davy Newkirk For The Wall Group/Davines. Makeup by Jo Strettell for The Magnet Agency/Lancôme. Manicure by Lisa Postma For Fashion Assistant, Serena Duffin.

FASHION Magazine April 2014 Cover: Cobie Smulders

Known most for her role as Robin Scherbatsky—the token Canuck on TV’s How I Met Your Mother—Vancouver’s Cobie Smulders is one of those stars who comes off as a natural on and off the camera. Photographed during an emotional time when her widely successful sitcom was wrapping up its last episode (airing March 31), Smulders cleared her just-as busy film schedule (she has a couple of blockbusters on her plate, including a star turn in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to pose for FASHION Magazine’s April 2014 issue and chat with features editor, Elio Iannacci. Here is a sneak peek at some of the things she talked about in her cover story—which arrives on newsstands on March 17.

Cobie Smudlers Fashion Magazine April 2014 cover
Photography by Chris Nicholls; Styled by George Antonopoulos; Dress, $2,965, by Lanvin; Bracelet, $1,085, by Jennifer Fisher

On choosing her role on How I Met Your Mother:
“I had to choose between three projects…I decided to go with How I Met Your Mother, which was the best call. I would’ve been so pissed off if I had gone the other way, don’t you think?”

On Robin’s character development:
“Robin started off not being the funny one…at the beginning, she was the girl that the guy wanted. She eventually went through some emotional growth.”
On her Canadian-ness:
“I never want to lose my Canadian-ness…and when I say Canadian-ness, I mean down-to-earth. I like being able to not take myself seriously and to not feel entitled.”

On the reason behind her rigorous exercise regime for her upcoming roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron
“I didn’t get to do many stunts, but I still wanted to be in shape..I’m wearing a catsuit for God’s sake!”

To read our cover story, pick up the FASHION Magazine April 2014 issue starring Cobie Smulders, available on newsstands March 17, 2014.