Katie Holmes to Play a "Slutty Pumpkin" on 'How I Met Your Mother'

Playing a girl who once left Ted smitten at a Halloween party, Katie Holmes takes us closer to learning who his future wife is

Months after playing Jackie Kennedy Onassis in The Kennedys, Katie Holmes is going in the completely opposite direction. The former Dawson's Creek actress is joining the cast of How I Met Your Mother for a guest appearance as a character called "the Slutty Pumpkin." How can a pumpkin be slutty, you ask? Funny: Robin (played by Cobie Smulders) asked the same thing! Watch the clip below, from the show's first season, to learn the backstory on The Gourd That Got Away.

In short: she's a charming mystery woman who Ted (Josh Radnor) once met at a Halloween party, dressed as a sexy pumpkin ("strategic cut-outs," he explains). He was smitten but lost her number, and has been searching for her in vain every Halloween since. And now, he's going to find her -- in the form of Tom Cruise's soulmate.

But is Katie Holmes really up to the task of embodying slutty pumpkin-ness? Decide for yourself: here's a list of everything we know about the character.

1. She's a brunette. (Easy one!)
2. She's a marine biologist who spent a year in Antarctica studying penguins.
3. She invented a cocktail from Kahlua and root beer, which she dubbed "the tootsie roll."
4. She likes Star Wars, specifically Ewoks.

An Ewok-loving, cocktail-inventing penguin researcher certainly does sound like a woman worth waiting for. As How I Met Your Mother co-creator Craig Thomas puts it: "Katie is a lovely and talented actress, which is why we've saved for her perhaps the most classily named character in our show’s history."

Holmes, incidentally, has not starred on network TV since an appearance on Eli Stone in 2008 -- unless, that is, you count Anne Hathaway's dead-on impression of her on Saturday Night Live.


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