Cristin Milioti

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Cristin Milioti
Cristin Milioti July 13, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Milioti in July 2014
Born (1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 34)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2006–present

Cristin Milioti (born August 16, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the titular Mother on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2013 to 2014, and for her work in theater productions such as That Face, Stunning, and the Tony Award-winning musical Once, for which she won a Grammy Award and was nominated for a Tony Award. She has also played Teresa Petrillo Belfort in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, and Betsy Solverson in the second season of Fargo (2015).

Early life[edit]

Milioti was born on August 16, 1985 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.[1] She is of Italian descent, and calls her family "Olive Garden Italian."[2] In middle school, she found her love of acting at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in Long Lake, New York.[3] She graduated in 2003 from Cherry Hill High School East, where she began performing in school plays.[4] She took acting classes at New York University, but dropped out during her freshman year.[5][6]


Milioti playing ukulele in 2013

Milioti's first acting roles were bit parts in national advertising campaign ads, notably one for the Ford Edge.[7] She also appeared in television programs such as 30 Rock and films such as Greetings from the Shore. Milioti is also known for her stage performances. In 2007, she appeared on Broadway as Alice Ashbrook in Helen Edmundson's award-winning adaptation of Jamila Gavin's novel Coram Boy.[8] She was the 2010 star of That Face,[9] receiving a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work in Stunning.[10] In 2012, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in Once, a play in which she had performed from 2011 to 2013.[11] Her Once performance, with fellow principal soloist Steve Kazee, earned the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She also read aloud a short story for the 2011 This American Life episode "Adventure".[12] In 2012 she appeared on several songs of Glen Hansard's debut album Rhythm and Repose.

In 2013, Milioti was cast in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as the titular Mother, appearing for the first time in the season eight finale titled "Something New", and was promoted to a series regular for the show's ninth and final season.[13] Milioti portrayed Jordan Belfort's (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) first wife, Teresa Petrillo, in the 2013 Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street.[14] In February 2014, she was cast as Zelda, the female lead on NBC's comedy A to Z which premiered that October and aired for one season of 13 episodes.[15] In 2015, she co-starred on the second season of FX's Fargo as Betsy Solverson, the cancer-stricken wife of state trooper Lou Solverson and mother of future deputy Molly Solverson. In 2017, Milioti appeared in the fourth season of the sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror as Nanette Cole in the episode "USS Callister".

In 2020 Milioti starred in the critically acclaimed sci-fi/comedy Palm Springs, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and on Hulu in July.[16]


Milioti at Joe's Pub in New York, 2013


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Greetings from the Shore Didi
2009 Year of the Carnivore Sammy Smalls
2011 Ashley Cristin Short film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Janet Pandamiglio
2012 I Am Ben The Journalist
2012 The Brass Teapot Brandi
2013 Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Faye
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Teresa Petrillo Belfort
2014 The Occupants Lucy
2015 It Had to Be You Sonia
2017 Breakable You Maud Weller
2020 Palm Springs Sarah Wilder


Year Title Role Notes
2006 3 lbs Megan Rafferty Episode: "Bad Boys"
2006–07 The Sopranos Catherine Sacrimoni 3 episodes
2009 The Unusuals Sketch Artist 2 episodes
2010 The Good Wife Onya Eggertson Episode: "Taking Control"
2011 30 Rock Abby Flynn/Abby Grossman Episode: "TGS Hates Women"
2011 Nurse Jackie Monica Episode: "...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test"
2013–14 How I Met Your Mother Tracy McConnell / The Mother 14 episodes
2014–15 A to Z Zelda Vasco 13 episodes
2015–16 The Mindy Project Whitney 5 episodes
2015 Family Guy Becca (voice) Episode: "Roasted Guy"
2015 Fargo Betsy Solverson 9 episodes
2016–18 The Venture Bros. Sirena / various (voice) 8 episodes
2017 Black Mirror Nanette Cole Episode: "USS Callister"
2018 No Activity Frankie 8 episodes
2019 Modern Love Maggie Mitchell 2 episodes
2020 Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Bean Episode: "A Dark Quiet Death"
2020 Made for Love Hazel Green Main cast, upcoming series


Year Title Role Venue(s)
2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead (Understudy) Lyceum Theatre
2007 Coram Boy[8] Alice Ashbrook Imperial Theatre
2007 The Devil's Disciple Essie Irish Repertory Theatre
2008 Crooked Laney
2008 Some Americans Abroad Katie Taylor
2009 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Mick Kelly New York Theatre Workshop
2009 Stunning Lily Lincoln Center Theater
2010 The Little Foxes Alexandra New York Theatre Workshop
2010 That Face Mia Manhattan Theatre Club
2011 Once[17] Girl American Repertory Theatre
New York Theatre Workshop
2012–13 Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
2015–16 Lazarus Elly New York Theatre Workshop
2017 After The Blast Anna Lincoln Center Theater

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress That Face Nominated [18]
2012 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Once Nominated [19]
2013 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Once Won [20]
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Fargo Nominated [21]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Award Most Frightened Performance Black Mirror Nominated [22]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (May 3, 2012). "A Cultural Conversation With Cristin Milioti: There Once Was a Girl", The Wall Street Journal, p. D4.
  2. ^ "Cristin Milioti Has A Drunk Personality". Conan. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  3. ^ Goldblatt, Henry. "'How I Met Your Mother': Meet The Mother, Cristin Milioti, for the first time – Exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  4. ^ Reich, Ronni. "Cherry Hill native Cristin Milioti, a wannabe singer-songwriter, is the singing, songwriting heroine of 'Once'", The Star-Ledger, March 18, 2012. Accessed October 28, 2018. "Cristin, who attended Cherry Hill High School East, got her start in theater through school plays, bowing as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! and Eponine in Les Misérables — a role she says she would love to return to."
  5. ^ Adam B. Vary. "The Mother On "How I Met Your Mother(HIMYM)" Explains Everything You Need To Know About Her". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  6. ^ HIMYM Podcast: Season 9, episode 5
  7. ^ "Ford Edge – Same City Better View (Milioti is in the back seat, gazing out the vehicle's sunroof)". Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  8. ^ a b Isherwood, Charles (2007-05-03). "Coram Boy - Theater - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  9. ^ Terry Teachout, A Commanding Debut, Wall Street Journal, 21 May 2010, p. W5
  10. ^ Cox, Gordon (April 5, 2010). "Lortel Award nominations announced". Variety.
  11. ^ "Tony Awards Nominations: Actress (Musical)". Gold Derby. Archived from the original on 2013-10-03.
  12. ^ "#448: Adventure!". This American Life. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  13. ^ Rorke, Robert (2013-05-14). "'How I Met Your Mother' finally reveals mom's identity". Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  14. ^ "Tony Award Nominee Cristin Milioti Weds DiCaprio In Scorsese's Wolf Of Wall Street". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (12 February 2014). "Cristin Milioti Tapped As Co-Lead For NBC Comedy Pilot 'A To Z'". Deadline. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  16. ^ Truitt, Brian. "'Palm Springs' breakout Cristin Milioti shares the trickiest part of being in a time loop". USA Today. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  17. ^ Jones, Kenneth (February 28, 2012). "Once Begins Broadway Run; Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti Play Musicians Who Are "Falling Slowly"". Playbill. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  18. ^ "2010 Nominations and Recipients". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  19. ^ "Once, Clybourne Park, Porgy and Bess, Audra McDonald, Salesman Win 2012 Tony Awards". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  20. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.Com.
  21. ^ "'Mad Max,' 'Fargo' Top Critics' Choice Nominations". Critics' Choice Awards. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  22. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (May 3, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.

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