‘How I Met Your Mother’: Lucy Hale Guest-Starred on the Show With Her Then-Boyfriend

Before making it big on Pretty Little Liars, Lucy Hale acted on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2007 and then again in 2014. While Hale is now dating Skeet Ulrich, her boyfriend in 2007 was on the show as well. Here’s the How I Met Your Mother co-star Hale dated.

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Lucy Hale guest-starred as Katie on ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Hale played the character of Katie on How I Met Your Mother. Her first episode, “First Time in New York,” was in 2007. Katie visits her older sister Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) in New York City for the first time, as the episode title suggests.

Katie brings her boyfriend along on the trip, surprising Robin. She tells her older sister that she wants to sleep with her boyfriend of two months, but Robin tries to convince her not to. Ted (Josh Radnor) tells his kids that Katie did sleep with her boyfriend, and uses it as a lesson to tell his children not to “have sex until [they’re] married.”

However, Ted’s kids don’t buy it. They ask him what really happened. He recalls explaining to Katie his mindset as a 17-year-old boy. He tells her he would have told a girl anything to get her to sleep with him, which makes Katie realize she wants to wait, and her boyfriend dumps her.

Hale returned as Katie in the 2014 episode, “Vesuvius,” which is amidst Robin and Barney Stinson’s (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding celebration.

Lucy Hale was on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ with her boyfriend

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Hale’s boyfriend in 2007 was David Henrie, who played Ted’s son Luke. He was in the same episode as Hale in 2007, though their scenes didn’t overlap. Henrie acted on How I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014, but he filmed all his scenes at the start of the show to avoid significant aging through the show’s nine-year run.

“We shot the ending of the show like 9 years ago! Wonder if the writers stuck to what I remember,” Henrie said on Twitter during the show’s finale airing on March 31, 2014.

“After tonight I can finally stop getting harassed by friends/family to tell them whom the mom is,” he continued in another tweet.

Hale and Henrie dated from 2007 to 2009, and they both also appeared on Wizards of Waverly Place together.

Lucy Hale is now dating Skeet Ulrich who stars in The CW’s ‘Riverdale’

Years after Hale and Henrie broke up, she is now dating Skeet Ulrich from The CW’s Riverdale. Hale was also on The CW, playing the lead role in Katy Keene which aired for one season in 2020. The two enjoyed lunch together in February 2021 in Sherman Oaks, California, engaging in PDA while eating their meal.

Hale and Ulrich have yet to make anything official, but from the pictures, they appear to be a happy new duo.

You can watch How I Met Your Mother on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.