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  • Shaved her head before her first day of middle school.
  • Was in the original Broadway cast for the musical Once, which was based on the 2006 film of the same name.
  • Unable to read music, she was given 10 days to learn two key songs, one classical and one contemporary, for Once.
  • Featured in a Vogue magazine spread that photographically chronicled her preparations for the 2012 Tony awards, for which she was a nominee. 
  • Was introduced as the Mother in the 2013 Season 8 finale of How I Met Your Mother. To maintain secrecy while shooting her brief scene, all the extras were members of the series' production staff.
  • Once played in a New York City band called Eelwax Jesus.
  • Because of her unfamiliarity with Los Angeles street signs, received four parking tickets in her first week in the city.


  • 2012, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Musical Theater Album: Winner


  • Attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States

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  • Birth Place: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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