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Hilary Duff Dishes on the 'How I Met Your Father' Script and Why 'Lizzie McGuire' Reboot Fell Apart

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Hilary Duff on 'How I Met Your Father'

She also told SiriusXM's Jess Cagle about her children's book, 'My Little Brave Girl.'

Hilary Duff stopped by Jess Cagle's SiriusXM show on Thursday morning (May 6) to talk about her How I Met Your Mother spinoff, her new children's book and why the Lizzie McGuire revamp fell apart.

“I don't know how much I'm able to say and the script," Duff told The Jess Cagle Show's co-host Julia Cunningham about the sequel, How I Met Your Father, a 10-episode Hulu series from This Is Us and Love showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. "I mean, the script was so good. I literally called and I was like, ‘Please, yes, please have them pick me.’ So I, you know, it's, I don't want to give it all away and the script is, is definitely being changed a little bit. But it does tie in and, you know, hopefully we'll have some fun guest appearances from the original cast."

She said the third attempt at rebooting the beloved CBS series that ran from 2005 to 2014 and starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris will definitely take place in New York, even though it's being filmed in Los Angeles. "There's great characters and I'm going to get to have another on-set family, and another TV family," said the former Lizzie McGuire star. "And there's so much opportunity for like, love stories with this show because it's Sophie and then, three dudes. ... It's going down that whole rabbit hole of like, well, which one was, was the one and which, who was the father."

The 33-year-old singer-actress said it will focus on her character Sophie's experience looking for love and dating in the modern world while she tells her son about how she met his dad. What she was not as psyched to talk about was the attempt to revive the early 2000s Disney Channel series that made her a star.

Well that's kind of been the battle. Like I don't want to call it a battle cause everyone's on very like loving terms between, you know, me and Disney and, but that that's been the thing," she said. "I think they were really trying to figure out what kind of content they want living on Disney+, and that doesn't totally align with, like, where I see Lizzie right now, you know. And I'm, like, very protective of her, and they're very protective of her."

After the initial two-season, 65-episode run in 2001 and 2002 and a 2003 movie, a McGuire reboot was announced in August 2019, with plans to focus on a 30-year-old Lizzie. But after filming just two episodes, the project fell apart after Duff revealed that Disney+ execs thought the project was not "family-friendly" enough.

"It was, like, lovely to relive that even for three weeks of my life, because, you know, there was a point in my life where I couldn't stand Lizzie McGuire," she told Cagle. "And I was like, ‘I don't want to hear that name ever again.’ And now that I’m my age, I'm like, 'I love her.' She's, you know, this is where it all began for me. And she is, she is me and I am her. And I brought what I could to that, you know, which was very much just who I am inside. And so to tap into that again, even for a moment was, was really a great experience."

The singer also talked about her newborn daughter, Mae, and how she's getting on with her kids Banks and Luca. Duff also discusseda her children's book, My Little Brave Girl.

Watch the interview below.