Meg Ryan Cast on How I Met Your Dad: Star to Voice Show's Narrator in First Role in Years

Entertainment Apr. 23, 2014 AT 6:20PM
Meg Ryan attends an event on June 20, 2013 Meg Ryan has been cast as the voice of the narrator on How I Met Your Dad. Credit: Venturelli/Getty

She's back! After years away from acting, Meg Ryan is returning to television in a big way. The hit '90s rom com star, 52, will be voicing the narrator on the CBS show How I Met Your Dad, according to Entertainment Weekly

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The spin-off show to the now-ended How I Met Your Mother stars writer and actress Greta Gerwig in the lead role of Sally. Ryan will be voicing "future Sally" on the show. (Bob Saget voiced the role of "future Ted" on HIMYM.)

This will be Ryan's first big role in years. The girlfriend of John Mellencamp has taken time off to focus on parenting adopted daughter Daisy, 9. She has appeared on several episodes of the TV series Web Therapy in 2013 and her last film was 2009's Serious Moonlight. In October 2013, Ryan announced that she would be starring in and producing a comedy for NBC.

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With an impressive cast, How I Met Your Dad is a front-runner for CBS's fall season. However, How I Met Your Mother fans had polarizing reactions to the show's highly-anticipated series finale in March. 

Gerwig assured fans that the spin-off would be very different from the original, but did tell Vulture that she loved the HIMYM finale. 

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"I loved it so much," she said. "No, I wanted [Ted and Robin] to [end up together]! I'm such a schmaltzy person. It's like, yes, I know that Annie Hall is the best ending of all time when they don't end up together. But really, in my heart of hearts ... I love in When Harry Met Sally when they end up together. I'm a little too corny for the sadder version."

Hmm, When Harry Met Sally? Gerwig might be in luck!

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