Cobie Smulders may not have played “The mother” on “How I Met Your Mother,” but in reality, she is one.

Though it’s a tough job being a parent, the actress recently found something that’s equally, if not more, challenging: being in a Tom Cruise movie.

“It was the most physically demanding thing I ever had to do in my life, and I’ve given birth twice if that’s saying anything,” said Smulders when talking about training for “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”.

Smulders plays Major Susan Turner in the film, and she wanted to live up to what actual women have to do to earn that position.

Smulders knows something about being a “Tough broad” herself.

Smulders plays another strong character, Maria Hill, in the “Avengers” movies.

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