Charlene Amoia Exclusive Interview: “How I Met Your Mother” scoop and more!

THE STAR SCOOP:
There’s so much to talk about with “How I Met Your Mother.”

CHARLENE AMOIA:
Yes! “How I Met Your Mother” has been a great blessing in my life for the last six years. This year is pretty cool because you’ve kind of seen an evolution of
what happens with Wendy the waitress and that’s been really awesome.

THE STAR SCOOP:
And it’s been picked up for another couple years.

CHARLENE AMOIA:
They’ve just picked up two more years for sure, so that’s a definite two more years before we find out who the mother is [laughs] but we know for certain that it’s not Wendy, finally after much speculation. So we have that.

I really feel like I got lucky getting involved in this family…it is such a great set to be on as well. I love doing half-hour, and the five regulars are all really nice people.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What does that mean for the future of your character?

CHARLENE AMOIA:
It’s totally up in the air, and it always has been. I’m not in any contract or anything…they just call me when things come up. I do know that the guy who I’m married to in the future, he and I are both on hold to do the finale of this season. So there will be something going on with that! But that’s really all I know.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Having played Wendy for so long, what have you enjoyed most about the role?

CHARLENE AMOIA:
I like that she’s very sweet and she’s naively sweet. I really like that about her! She can be a little goofy. I think it comes out the most in seasons 3-5, where she has a fling with Barney. I like her naivete, and her gullability.

I’ve kind of, throughout the episodes, made her a little quirky and I love oddball kind of characters.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What do you think it is about “How I Met Your Mother” that lets everyone have so much confidence in it, to continue it for two years?

CHARLENE AMOIA:
For the first two years, the show was always kind of on the bubble. It had a really strong fan base, more like an independent fan base. And now, it’s widely popular. But it took us a while to get to that point.

I think it started with a strong following and it has really, really grown. It’s kind of like the little train that could. I think that our fans just really stuck by us. That’s kind of magical and that’s what happened.

THE STAR SCOOP:
In terms of your personal journey and opportunities away from the show, you’re going to be in an upcoming episode of “Shameless.”

CHARLENE AMOIA:
Yes. My character is as different as can be as far as Wendy. My character’s name is Audrey on “Shameless.” It’s much grittier. I’ve had a lot of fun. I play a really kind of snobby soccer mom type of character, and I’m kind of nasty to Emmy Rossum’s character on the show. My airdate is March 20th.

I also just did an episode of “Mad Love” which will air in early April. So that’s coming up, too. I’m excited about both of them.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is there a show you’d love to have a guest spot on?

CHARLENE AMOIA:
We’re in the midst of a crazy pilot season right now, and my focus is really on just landing a pilot so I have a steady, regular job. I love guest-starring but my focus is really very strongly into just trying to book a pilot.

It’s across the board, but the ones that are coming in the most are half-hour, single camera type shows. That’s what I’m reading for the most right now. Like a “Modern Family” type, or “The Office” [type], which is great!

THE STAR SCOOP:
Hopefully you get something great! We’d love if you could tell us some interesting facts about yourself, some things you think they
don’t know yet.

CHARLENE AMOIA:
So big of a question…let me thinK. I’m really into the outdoors. I do a lot of outdoor activities. Nature is kind of a second home for me. If I ever am dealing with anything emotionally, I go take a hike or a bike ride or get to the beach.

I’m really adventurous. I like to white water raft and para-glide. I’ve been cooking for a while now. I cook a soup every week to eat on the go.

What else? I drive a stick shift! I’ve driven a stick shift since I learned to drive at 15.

THE STAR SCOOP:
We’ve heard you’re involved in a lot of charities. We’d love to hear about any of the charities that you’re involved with that you think your fans would be interested in learning a little bit more about.

CHARLENE AMOIA:
One of them is called Women for Women International.  It focuses on women in war torn societies. I think it’s a really strong organization. I think everybody should check that one out; I’ve liked that one for a long time.

I did something with the Young Storytellers Foundation. That’s really cool because it gives the kids an opportunity to write their own material and then actors will come in and play the parts of whatever they write. You could be playing a hamburger or a couch or something [laughs]! It’s a lot of fun and I think the arts are so important for kids.

There’s one here that’s called Food on Foot. We just kind of feed the homeless on a weekly basis. You’re the first to ask me that question! I really appreciate it, thank you!

P.S. Charlene doesn’t have a Twitter, but you can follow her on Facebook!

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