Hulu comedy movie features ‘How I Met Your Mother’ alum
Q: Since you’re starring in “Palm Springs,” have you spent time in the actual Palm Springs, Calif.?
A: Yeah, I have. I spent a Thanksgiving in Palm Springs, and I’ve been there a couple of times. I really love it there … but actually, we didn’t shoot any of the movie in Palm Springs. We shot it all about an hour-and-a-half outside of L.A. It’s movie magic.
Q: Given the film’s locations, you got to work in some pretty posh environs. Did you have enough down time from shooting to really enjoy them?
A: No, that was a pretty unforgiving shoot, in the sense that we were like a little indie film. There was always the sense of running, running, running to get the next shot, so there wasn’t much time for anything else. Plus, we had such a short amount of time to do this.
Q: “Palm Springs” set a Sundance Film Festival record for the highest amount of money ever paid for a movie there by a distributor. Had you anticipated that?
A: That was an incredible chapter of making this film, and I can only speak for myself … I never saw that coming. It was just a real cherry on top.
Q: You were a Tony Award nominee for “Once,” but many people likely know you most for playing the mother on “How I Met Your Mother” toward the end of its run. How do you look back at that time?
A: I’m very grateful to (the creator-producers) for giving me the chance to be on that show. They were so lovely, and the cast was so lovely. It was a wild experience. I feel very blessed that I’ve gotten to work on some of my favorite shows. I mean, what else could you ask for?
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.