Stumptown’s no longer just a coffee company. There’s a show, too, which premiered this fall to rave reviews. Adrian Martinez guested on AfterBuzz TV to talk about the newest Stumptown, including his respect for co-star Cobie Smulders.
“I’m so in awe of Cobie Smulders. Uh, a special shout out to her,” said Martinez, who plays Tookie on the show.. “I mean, imagine being in every scene and doing like two episodes at a time and then being married and having kids and, it’s crazy, like, and she’s also one of the producers.”
Smulders plays the lead role on Stumptown, a show originally based on a graphic novel. The story follows her character, private investigator Dex Parios, an Army veteran who suffers from PTSD after her tour in Afghanistan. She moves to the city of roses—also known as Portland, Oregon—a place actually nicknamed Stumptown around the mid-1800’s after developers knocked down trees to clear land without pulling up the roots. Surely, Smulders’ character fights tough, but this is no surprise as Smulders is known for playing strong female roles.
Smulders doesn’t only play someone strong on the screen. She’s been through some major hardships in life which have made her especially tough as a person, too. She recently spoke to USA Today about her ovarian cancer diagnosis during the filming of the third season of How I Met Your Mother, and how that changed her life for the better.
“I think that going through [cancer] has made me a better person, a better mother, certainly able to tap into things in terms of creating characters,” Smulders said. “But I think the general overall gift, if cancer can give you a gift, is being grateful for being here.”
Smulders fought cancer and won, and now we get to enjoy her latest work. Martinez went on to tell AfterBuzz all about her standards and how high she set the bar for the rest of the cast. He recognizes how powerful Smulders is on- and off-screen.
“She has set such a high standard for the rest of us,” he said, “that uh, you know, even if I wanted to slack off and be lazy with everything, I, I can’t because she’s so on point with everything.”
This says a lot coming from someone like Martinez who has graced the screen since 1994. He’s performed in such projects as Righteous Kill (with great Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino), Kick-Ass, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Office Christmas Party.
If you’d like to hear more about Stumptown, checkout the AfterBuzz TV interview with Martinez. Also, you can catch Stumptown every Monday on ABC at 10 pm.