Cobie Smulders plays Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother.
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Q: One of the biggest influences in Robin's life is her Canadian upbringing. Are you from Canada? 

A: Yeah, I'm from Vancouver. That's how it all got started on the show actually. In our first season, Carter [Bays] and Craig [Thomas], our creators, told me they were thinking of making Robin a Canadian. They said they thought it was kind of "exotic." They said: "It'll be great because this way we can poke fun at America and say that Canada has universal healthcare and their politics are more straight and all these great things about Canada. It can reflect on America and we can show our flaws." So they had one joke like that in the next episode, and the rest were just silly Canadian jokes.