Francia Raisa Recalls Meeting Dwayne Johnson: "I Was Like . . . 'This Is Going to Be a Great Story One Day'"

In our Q&A series Last Call, we get down to the bottom of every last thing with some of our favorite celebs — from the last time they were starstruck to the last song they listened to. This week, “How I Met Your Father” star Francia Raisa takes our call.

Francia Raisa has “zero clue” who the titular father is on “How I Met Your Father.” But even if she did, her lips are sealed. “I do not think they will ever tell me, because I keep trying to figure it out,” Raisa tells POPSUGAR. “At this point, I’m so confused, because even though I’m on the show, there are things that I don’t even catch until it airs. I’m like, ‘Wait a second, she said she kissed all of her friends. What does that mean?’ And I didn’t even hear that line until it aired.”

Similar to the beloved CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” the Hilary Duff-led Hulu reboot centers on trying to figure out who Sophie’s (Duff) son’s father is. So far, there are plenty of contenders, from Drew (Josh Peck), Sophie’s love interest in season one, to Jesse (Christopher Lowell), Sophie’s ex-turned-friend. “We all have our theories, but at this point, honestly, I don’t want to get in trouble. So I’m not even going to say anyone I suspect because anyone could take it out of context,” Raisa says.

Season two of “HIMYF” has been peppered with plenty of celebrity cameos, including Meghan Trainor, Mark Consuelos, and Constance Marie. But the biggest one so far has definitely been “How I Met Your Mother”‘s Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as Barney Stinson in the midseason finale. In the final moments of the episode, we see Sophie crash into another car, which turns out to be Barney’s. At first, Barney, who is a “recovering serial womanizer,” assumes that Sophie is out to get him, but she informs him that’s not the case. In exchange for not charging Sophie for the damage to his car, Sophie tells Barney all about the drama she’s found herself in. The conversation then helps Sophie decide that she does want to find her dad after all.

Though Raisa didn’t get to personally meet Harris (his scenes were just with Duff), she has met Kim Cattrall and, most recently, Cobie Smulders. “Hoping that I run into Neil at some point, or every other cast member at some point in life,” Raisa says. “It was honestly the best feeling in the world going up to Cobie and being like, ‘Hi, I just wanted to meet you. I’m on ‘How I Met Your Father.’ And it’s like that instant connection where I have the best excuse to approach you.”

“HIMYF” returns for the second installment of season two on May 23, and Raisa promises there are “so many more fun guests” on the way. “I’ll just say this: teenage me was living her best life,” she teases. “There’s a moment that I have that I never in my life thought would happen growing up being fans of these people.”

As of now, the show has yet to be renewed for a third season, but Raisa says she and the cast remain hopeful. “We want to keep going. We just don’t know yet. There’s so much happening within the industry that everything is kind of up in the air. And honestly, I stand in solidarity with the writers,” she notes, referencing the potential Writers Guild of America strike. “So hopefully we get to come back sooner than later, but I feel like it’s only fair enough for everyone to get what they deserve.”

Read on for the rest of Raisa’s Last Call interview.

I went up to The Rock [Dwayne Johnson] a few years ago at SmackDown. He and I have the same acting coach, and our headshots just happened to be next to each other at the studio. I was like, “By the way, we’re going to work together one day and I’m going to remind you of this conversation when we do it.” He just looked at me and goes, “OK.” I walked away and I was like, “That was probably weird, but this is going to be a great story one day.”

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