Katie Holmes Is How I Met Your Mother’s Slutty Pumpkin

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Katie Holmes arrives at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Photo: Frazer Harrison/2011 Getty Images

Forgive us, Tom Cruise, but we're just reporting the facts: Katie Holmes is a Slutty Pumpkin. Or, to be precise, Vulture has learned exclusively that Mrs. Cruise has agreed to play a promiscuous Jack-O-Lantern next month on a special Halloween episode of How I Met Your Mother. In case you're not up to speed on your HIMYM lore, the Slutty Pumpkin is a character first referenced early on during the show's freshman season — a potential love interest Ted met at a Halloween party one year but then lost touch with. Earlier this month, creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays revealed to us that the character would finally be unmasked this season but couldn't yet say who would be playing the part. Now that said pumpkin has been found, Thomas is psyched: "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," he says, adding that the role was "literally six seasons in the making." Holmes, whose last role on a weekly TV series was a guest turn on ABC's Eli Stone back in 2008, will next be seen in the upcoming Adam Sandler feature Jack and Jill.

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