Cobie Smulders is best known to audiences as TV reporter Robin Scherbatsky on the hit CBS TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Now the 30 year-old Canadian hopes to make her mark on the big screen as S.H.I.E.L.D director Maria Hill in the long-awaited film adaptation of the Marvel comic The Avengers.

Smulders talks about making the transition from sitcom to film.

“Yeah, it was definitely a shift in schedule alone,” Cobie says, “I made it a point to do a lot of training to prepare myself for this role with weapons and to get myself mainly comfortable using them and that was the thing that I try to do the most.”

“In terms of schedule, I’m very blessed with what I do at my job at How I Met Your Mother,” she adds, “We have a very nice schedule and this, too, was very good, but we had a lot of stunts to do and a lot of very fun things to explode.”

Cobie also talks about how she feels her role in a superhero film impacts her as a mom.

“It means a lot more action figures in our house,” Smulders says, “I think we have all of them and she knows all the names. But it’s very cool to be a woman in a man’s world in this film and have my daughter see that. That’s probably the coolest thing.”

Smulders was asked about the most memorable experience during the shooting for the film.

“I was very much a newbie coming in and when I got to do a scene where most of them, I don’t think Jeremy [Renner] was there,” Cobie says, “But when I got to see everybody sitting at the table for the first time, when I got to stand back and see everybody. I also loved being able to work with Joss Whedon, because I’ve been wanting to work with him for a long time.”

Cobie was also asked about her favorite video games.

“I’m classic,” Cobie replies, “I love Super Mario Bros., the original one with the mushrooms and the theme. That was my favorite one.”

Cobie was then what kind of Olympic sport she thinks Maria Hill would participate in.

“I’m thinking something in track and field,” Smulders says, “I’m thinking long-distance running.”