Britney Spears to Play ‘Female Michael Cera’ on How I Met Your Mother?

Britney Spears will appear as a “female Michael Cera” on CBS’s comedy series How I Met Your Mother this season. E! Online’s blog Watch With Kristin is reporting that the most likely role for Britney will be in the 14th episode as “Abby,” a girl who works in Ted’s doctor’s office. She’s described as “sweet and friendly and scattered and a little nerdy—a female Michael Cera.” HIMYM star Neil Patrick Harris talked to ET about Ms. Spears’s upcoming role: “What if she shows up on set and she is absolutely, totally normal and that whole thing has been a big ruse?” he joked. “She is smoking a cigarette and [says], ‘Oh yes, it is all a big bit. I have a master plan.'” We wonder if she’ll even show up for the taping, but if it happens, it will bring some well-deserved attention to one of the best shows on television, as Mark Lotto wrote last year in the Observer. More from Mr. Harris after the jump.

“I was shocked that Madame Spears was willing to come and do some acting,” Neil tells Kevin. “She hasn’t acted in a while. This is a very interesting role. It is very not like her at all in real life in any of her previous chapters. She plays the secretary to another girl that Ted [JOSH RADNOR] is after. So, it will be very unlike any Britney we have seen before, and we have seen a lot of Britney recently.”

Neil also says that the cast and crew of “Mother” are not gearing up for an onslaught by the paparazzi, because they do not film on location, but rather on the FOX lot.