Greta Gerwig Says How I Met Your Dad Will Be Different From How I Met Your Mother, Loved Finale

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig talks about the difference between her show How I Met Your Dad and the CBS hit How I Met Your Mother. Ron P. Jaffe/Fox; Inset: JB Lacroix/WireImage

Get ready for another lengthy bedtime story, kids! Though How I Met Your Dad — the spin-off show from How I Met Your Mother co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas — hasn't officially been picked up for a premiere season, star Greta Gerwig has already fielded her share of comparisons to the hit CBS comedy. 

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After March 31's dramatic and controversial finale of How I Met Your Mother, Gerwig, 30, spoke with Vulture about Ted Mosby's tale.

"Of course I saw it. I was weeping," she dished. "I just spent the last three weeks with Craig and Carter begging them. They were working on editing while we were working on writing the new show. And I was like, 'You guys, [don't let her die].' Every time they started talking, I put my fingers in my ears."

Though she didn't want The Mother (Cristin Milioti) to die, the Frances Ha actress was pleased with the show's surprise ending.

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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 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."

The two shows come from the same premise, but critics of the polarizing finale might still have a reason to watch the spin-of. 

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"It's going to be different than the original," Gerwig said. "When the premise of the show is that it's a young man looking for his true love, it's a very different feeling than a young woman looking for her true love. Craig and Carter are making it too, and Emily Spivey is so funny and great. She wrote for SNL for a long time, and wrote the show Up All Night, and I'm in love with her."

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