Having met and bid farewell to the Mother, Josh Radnor is set on reinventing himself.
Since October, Radnor has been starring in Disgraced, a Broadway play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It’s about the degree to which a Muslim-American lawyer (Hari Dhillon) is able to outrun the stereotypes associated with his religion, provoked by the interrogations of his dinner guests, including an art dealer (Radnor)—and in the frankness with which it addresses issues of race and religion, it’s a far cry from Radnor’s last big role. On nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, Radnor, playing Ted, pined for love winningly, a journey Radnor is now ready to push back against. The actor told TIME: “Sometimes if I’m doing something lighter as an actor, I want to find something heavier.”