Josh Radnor stars in How I Met Your Mother. He plays Ted Mosby. Everyone knows Ted Mosby — he’s a lovable, lovestruck kind of guy with a cuddly and persistent romantic streak. Ted is funny. Everyone loves Ted.
Not everyone knows, however, that the guy who so convincingly portrays Ted is a bonafide auteur; a talented writer and director.
When taking a break from sitcom laugh tracks, bromantic “suiting up” and endless episodes sampling the finest women the city of New York has to offer, Radnor can be found crafting charming indie movies that speak to his inner Woody Allen. Two years ago, he wrote, directed and starred in the dramatic comedy Happythankyoumoreplease alongside Watchmen‘s Malin Akerman, the excellent Richard Jenkins and Meek’s Cutoff‘s Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of the late, great Elia Kazan, who directed A Streetcar Named Desire.
Radnor’s second directorial effort, Liberal Arts, takes on the same subject of his 2010 debut: love and all it concerns. The How I Met Your Mother star reunites with Jenkins in the film, whose strong cast also features rising star Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney (The West Wing‘s indomitable C.J. Cregg herself) and Elizabeth Reaser. The movie also squeezes in a cameo from The Paperboy‘s Zac Efron.
Very well received by several critics, Liberal Arts was shot at Radnor’s alma mater, Kenyon College, and tells the story of a 35-year-old alumus (played by Radnor) who’s invited back to his old stomping grounds, only to fall for a 19-year-old student (portrayed by Olsen).
Funny and touching, Liberal Arts may just be Radnor’s graduation ceremony, shooting him into the spotlight of gifted writer-directors to watch.
Peep the trailer below.