In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cobie Smulders has jumped aboard the fundraiser bandwagon of celebrities by reviving her How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) character’s 1980s pop star alter-ego, Robin Sparkles, in the form of an updated song.
Robin Sparkles became a fan-favourite icon after making her debut in the show’s second season, in an episode where Robin Sherbatsky (Smulders) reveals her former profession by showing her friends a VHS copy of her breakthrough music video, Let’s Go To The Mall.
In the song, the Canadian teenage sensation sings about the joys of going to the mall with her friends. On Thursday evening, though, Smulders, 38, encouraged social distancing by singing about delaying her trip to the mall and staying home instead.
“Dad says I’m too young to date (Lame!) / Guidelines say we have to wait (that’s fair),” sings the Vancouver-born actress in an updated verse, before suggesting she’s “Gonna isolate till Canada day.”
The piano-driven rendition of was written by HIMYM creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and composed by crew alum Brian Kim. The longtime composer worked on music for the series throughout its entirety (2005-2014).
“I hope it takes your mind off some things. It certainly did for me,” added Smulders.
The full version of Let’s All Stay at Home can be seen on Smulders’ official Instagram page.
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