'How I Met Your Mother' exclusive: 'That '70s Show' alum seduces Ted

Lauraprepon_lMaybe this time we’re really going to meet the mother on How I Met Your Mother: That ’70s Show leading lady Laura Prepon has signed on to play Ted’s once (and future) girlfriend in five episodes, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Mind you, if the October Road escapee’s character, Karen, does turn out to be our hero’s future missus, she’ll be a far cry from Sarah Chalke’s Little Miss Perfect. Prepon’s alter ego — Ted’s squeeze through high school, college and then some — is said to be as snooty as she is beautiful, and notorious for cheating on her lovers to avoid having to explain why she’s dumping them.

Thoughts? Mine are 1) This for sure sounds like a fun character for Prepon, 2) She’ll fit right in with the Mother gang, and 3) Okay, now I’ve lost count. So spill: Would you love it or hate it if the show was pulling a fast one and Prepon was the Mother-to-be? (Additional reporting by Andy Patrick)

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  • wildbill

    I thought the point was he hadn’t met the mother yet. If Ted already knows this character from his past then he’s already met her and therefore she couldn’t be the mother. The show is not called How I Met Your Mother AGAIN.

  • Lefty

    Prepon’s character on October Road really bothered me. She seemed like such a square compared to her character of Donna. It will be fun to see her with the HIMYM gang, but I’m not ready to Ted to settle down yet :)

  • marymary

    Love it! She will fit perfectly in with the cast, Sarah Chalke just had that awkward girlfriend vibe who can’t really hang with your friends.

  • meg

    It’s like my greatest TV fear that I’m not going to like the mother. I do like Laura though.

  • Mike

    It seems like she’s almost certainly not the mother. Ted already has a history with her (so the story of how he met their mother would have taken place in High School).
    Also, with the record ratings the show is pulling in, it no longer has to worry about being cancelled every year. This allows the creator to reveal the mother on their own time, which I don’t think will be anytime soon.

  • kb

    ugh, hate it. I like her, but not as the mother.
    P.S. Barney and Robin need to be together ASAP!!

  • anonymous

    there is no way she’s the mother, it doesn’t fit the plot and she doesn’t seem at all like the right type

  • Amanda

    I Love her, I’m so excited! I agree that she’s most-likely not the mother but honestly I don’t really care who the mother is anymore.

  • Why?

    Couldn’t her meet her now and she’s different than she was back in high school making this an entirely new meeting? Just a thought… Who knows…

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I meant “he meet her now…” in the below comment…

  • Sara

    Eh, I don’t really like Laura Prepon. I always felt she smirked her way through her role on That 70s Show, and none of her acting felt very genuine to me. But I guess that smirky attitude will fit the character description, although I’m guessing she either has changed or will change through her relationship, so that she can be the mother.
    Oh and also – bring back the red!

  • Reina

    I don’t think she’s the mother. The creator’s said last year that they already knew who the mother was and filmed a scene (during the filming of season 2) with the kids that gave away who the mother was. I doubt this was what they had in mind. Also, they said they planned to continue the show until like 2010 or something like that, right? Why would they give the mother away so early on?

  • Charlee

    YAY! I think she’ll fit in great. She won’t be the Mother, but I’m excited! I miss That 70s Show…
    Barney&Robin 4evs! please?

  • Em

    I like this show, I really do, and part of me will be sad when it ends. A much bigger part of me, however, just wants Ted to find the damn mother already! Prepon’s character will be his 589,746,998th girlfriend, or something like that. Also, ENOUGH with the Ted and Robin stuff. Just let it go! Like I said, I like the show, but it’s okay for a fan to get frustrated.

  • Amy

    meg, I agree – I also fear that I won’t like the mother when she’s revealed. That’s why I we shouldn’t see her until the very end of the show…Ted meeting her should literally be the last thing that happens. That way, we’ve all met her, but we don’t know her enough for the audience to end up not liking her for whatever reason.
    I’m not sure what I think about Laura Prepon. I thought she was a bad actress on October Road. Then again, just about everything about that show was bad. Maybe on a better show with better writing, I’ll like her more.

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