SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains spoilers about the Season 8 finale of "How I Met Your Mother."
After a drum roll that has lasted eight seasons and almost two hundred episodes (183 to be exact), we finally (probably) met the love of Ted's (Josh Radnor) life in Monday night's "How I Met Your Mother" season finale.
The episode was almost over. Lily (Alyson Hannigan) was still trying to wrap her head around Ted's secret decision to move to Chicago. She was also still thinking about moving to Italy with hubby Marshall (Jason Segal). Anyway, everyone was getting ready to go to Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding.
Including: a girl in boots carrying a yellow umbrella and a bass guitar (hello, Mother!) and buying one train ticket to Farhampton. Then the episode was over.
Sorry Chicago, but we don't think you're getting a new bachelor named Ted. In fact, Future Ted has said there was "the thing with your mom's yellow umbrella," that he somehow picked up after a party, and CBS has confirmed that the girl was indeed The Mother.
We have to wait until next season -- which will be the show's last -- to really get to know Ted's future wife, but in the meantime, meet the actress behind the titular mother, Cristin Milioti.
1. She's not super famous.
The producers have been teasing this character for so long that many fans were expecting some crazy famous stunt casting. Milioti may not be Kate Hudson on "Glee," but...
2. She is musically inclined.
The 27-year-old New York star has killer musical chops and received a Tony nomination for her performance as Girl in the popular Broadway musical adaptation of the movie "Once."
See Milioti sing in "Once":
3. She is Miss New York TV Gal.
That's not an official title, but it should be. Milioti recurred on "The Sopranos" as Johnny Sack's daughter, made us crack up on "30 Rock" as "sexy baby" Abby Flynn, and she played an actual crackhead on "Nurse Jackie."
See Milioti in "30 Rock":
4. She locked lips with Leonardo DiCaprio.
The two appear in Martin Scorsese's film "The Wolf of Wall Street," based on the best-selling memoir about the hard-partying life of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Milioti plays the first wife to DiCaprio's Belfort.
5. She's a daddy's girl.
In a get-to-know-the-Tony-nominees video for Broadway.com, Milioti says the best advice she ever received was from her dad: "Be yourself."
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