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How I Met Your Mother’s Nazanin Boniadi on Taming Barney, Bailing on Med School, and Making Soap Opera History

Nazanin Boniadi got her start on General Hospital, but fans of How I Met Your Mother know her as Nora, the laser-tag-loving, Ewok-hating World Wide News employee who may or may not have been Barney’s mystery bride in this season’s premiere. We spoke with the Iranian-born and London-raised actress ahead of tonight’s episode (in which she and Barney share a romantic evening gone wrong) about what it's like to work with Neil Patrick Harris, bailing on med school, and making soap opera history.

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