Cobie Smulders draws on cancer survival for new character

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Cobie Smulders is drawing on her experience as a cancer survivor for her role in ABC’s “Stumptown.”

The 37-year-old actress has been in remission since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, when she was starring in “How I Met Your Mother.” She had multiple surgeries and chose not to reveal her struggle until 2015.

Smulders told a TV critics gathering on Monday that going through a cancer struggle made her a better person who is able to tap into things when it comes to creating characters.

Smulders plays an Army veteran who becomes a private investigator in Portland, Oregon, in “Stumptown,” debuting Sept. 25.

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Despite cancer, Smulders was able to give birth to two daughters with husband Taran Killam, who stars in his own ABC comedy “Single Parents.”

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