‘How I Met Your Mother’s’ ‘Mom’ Cristin Milioti Is Promoted To Series Regular

Now that the mother of all mothers has been revealed on How I Met Your Mother, we’ll be seeing a lot more of her. Milioti was unmasked quite ceremoniously on the season finale last Monday, so in the wake of her reveal the actress just scored a pretty sweet gig as a series regular for its ninth and final season of the Carter Bays co-created sitcom.

For eight years fans of the How I Met Your Mother show have been anticipating the reveal of the mother, and now that we have her it’s not going to be a barely there glimpse before the show ends. Bays revealed that not only will we see more of Milioti as the mother, but we’ll be able to find out more about her before Ted (her future husband) will. For season nine Bays revealed that the whole season will focus on the weekend of the wedding between Barney and Robin, and if you’ve been paying attention then you know that Ted meets her at the wedding. However, the remaining season will focus on how each character comes to know Ted’s wife and the mother of his children before he does, which positions a very clever story-telling dynamic for the writers.

Throughout the years Ted has been giving his children and essentially the audience, little clues about the mother from her yellow umbrella that he had unknowingly picked up and returned, to the fact that she plays bass for a band. Now it’s believed that we all will finally get to know the mother on a deeper level, so when Ted finally meets her the star-crossed lover look on his face will be completely appropriate in the minds of the viewer. Does that sound like too much pressure on one character? Well, Milioti would agree, kind of. Bays said of the actress’ arrival: “I kind of felt bad for Cristin because it was really like Jesus has risen when she showed up on the set — the whole crew was like ‘Here she is, the women we’ve been waiting for for 10 years!’ And she’s like, ‘I’m just an actor.'”

For those naysayers out there, Bays has all the faith in the world that Cristin Milioti is the girl to root for, saying:

“It was a pretty big umbrella to fill and yet Cristin is, against all odds, exactly what we were looking for. She made us laugh on 30 Rock, she made us swoon in Once, and her ukulele skills are no joke.”

Are you looking forward to seeing a lot more of the mother? Are you happy that the frame work of the season will exist around one event?