Josh Radnor played Ted Mosby on the CBS show How I Met Your Mother for nine years. In 2030, the show is about Ted telling his children how he met their mother. In the episodes, he and his friends lived in Manhattan when they were young. Cristin Milioti later joined as Tracy, Ted’s children’s mother, who has been a mystery for a long time. The rest of the ensemble cast comprises Jason Segal, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Radnor had a few minor roles in TV shows like Six Feet Under and Law & Order before the popular sitcom, but How I Met Your Mother got his career going. Here’s what we know about how playing Ted changed Josh Radnor.
During his time on the show, Josh Radnor had a hard time.
Josh Radnor has said in public that the show’s popularity caused him to have problems like depression and drinking too much. In 2018, he told GQ how being on the popular show had affected his mental health. “There are many different things that can tempt you. I thought, “Well, I guess this is what guys in my position do.” It made me feel empty and more than just a little sad. I had to rethink my relationship with alcohol, which is an ongoing process. Sometimes I won’t drink for years, and then I’ll try it again to see if I like it. And most of the time, I decided that my life would be better without it than with it.”
In a 2016 interview with The New York Times, he talked about his depression. He said that by the second season of How I Met Your Mother, he was “actively depressed.” He then learned about different religions, like Buddhism and Judaism, and meditated every day. He said, “When I did that, something opened up in me.”
Josh Radnor is trying to get away from Ted.
Josh Radnor told GQ that it can be annoying when fans tell him they’ve seen the series “for the 8th time, all the way through.” “I’m like, ‘That’s too much,'” he said. You need to get over it.” He said it was like how his family only wanted to talk about him in elementary school while working on his Ph.D. He also said, “I don’t mean to put it down or call it childish, but it feels like it was long ago.”
Radnor is so uncomfortable with the character of Ted that he tries to get away from him. He said, “I haven’t had a clean shave since the show ended.” “I like having a beard, but I hate shaving. But part of it was that I look like that guy when I shave. ” Radnor wants HIMYM to be “just one thing in the biography” and not something that defines him for the rest of his career.
Josh Radnor wants to try his hand at other types of movies and projects.
Even though he has mixed feelings about his time on How I Met Your Mother, Radnor told GQ that he’s glad it gave him the chance “to live a creative life.” He also said, “As a young actor without a job, I never liked that I was always dependent on people saying yes to me.” He said that he can be pickier about the roles he takes on now. “I have said no to a lot of jobs. People think that you can’t get cast if you don’t appear on another show right away. But that means I’m pretty careful about what I choose.”
One of the first things Radnor worked on was the play Disgraced at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Since he was on How I Met Your Mother, Radnor has moved on to dramas on TV. In 2018, he was the star of Rising, an NBC show that only ran for one season. Now, he has the central role in the drama Hunters, which Jordan Peele made and starred Al Pacino and Logan Lerman. The play, written by Ayad Akhtar, takes place at a dinner party with four people from very different backgrounds. It deals with issues like Islamophobia and other forms of ethnic prejudice.
Radnor has also tried his hand at writing and making movies. During breaks from filming How I Met Your Mother, he wrote, produced, and acted in two movies, Happythankyoumoreplease and Liberal Arts. He told TIME that he is working on more directing projects. Radnor also said that becoming a director was essential because it “opened up new ways to tell stories.”
We can’t wait to hear the stories he still has to tell.