Jason Biggs confirms that he almost played Ted Mosby on the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother, admitting that he regrets passing on the role.
Jason Biggs admits he regrets passing on the role of Ted Mosby on HIMYM. Known for portraying Jim Levenstein in the American Pie movies the actor has also appeared in a number of television shows. Most notably, from 2013 until 2019, Biggs had the role of Larry Bloom on Orange is the New Black.
But, if his career had gone differently, Biggs could have had another plum gig on the popular CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The show, which aired from 2oo5 until 2014, centered around Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) as he narrated the ups and downs of how he met the mother of his children.
Speaking with SiriusXM, Biggs confirmed that he was offered the chance to play Ted onHow I Met Your Mother. While he praised the sitcom’s script, citing its humor and originality, the actor explained that he wasn’t sure whether he was ready to commit to a television role at the time. You can read Biggs’ full comments below.
I was offered the role. And yeah, it’s probably my biggest regret, you know, passing. I think I was, you know, in a phase of… at the time. You know, it sounds so, so obnoxious to say right now. But you know, at the time, it was like, ‘Okay, do I want to do TV?’ I don’t know that I was quite ready to go that route. It was a different time. Okay, do a couple months on a gig and then move off. And then committing to a TV show at the time. I just thought, ‘Well, you know, I don’t think it’s for me.’ it was a really cool, fun script. I mean, it was definitely original and funny, and the whole thing, and I was right for it. But yeah, I passed on it.
Biggs’ remarks reflect how different the entertainment landscape was at the time. Although television’s reputation was bolstered, thanks to shows like the Sopranos, movie stardom was still seen as the ultimate goal for most performers while the small screen was generally regarded as a step down or as something of a last resort. Over the past decade, thanks to Netflix’s rise and the work of prolific producers like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, the lines between film and television have blurred. They’ve even grown to be indistinguishable, as recent projects such as I May Destroy You and Small Axe reveal that the medium of storytelling matters far less than the story itself. This shift is further reflected by how many big names, from Nicole Kidman to Chris Evans, have had breakout performances in miniseries and critically-acclaimed dramas.
Back when Biggs was in consideration for the role of Ted a lot of these seismic alterations hadn’t yet taken place. But with multiplexes increasingly dominated by superhero adaptations and established franchises, television is now regarded as an alternative where different types of narratives can flourish. In a small way, How I Met Your Motherplayed a part in building up the small screen’s esteem in the eyes of audiences and critics. The sitcom remained strong throughout its run, even experiencing a late resurgence, thanks largely to the chemistry of its cast. It would be interesting, in retrospect, to see if Biggs’ addition would have fundamentally changed the show’s history.