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Cobie Smulders Reworks 'Let's Go To the Mall' for COVID-19 Era

You can’t go to the mall now, but take a trip anyway.

How I Met Your Mother’s “Robin Sparkles” is back with a 2020 update. On the former CBS comedy, star Cobie Smulders played Robin Scherbatsky, a news anchor who had a secret past as a teenage Canadian pop star named Robin Sparkles. The actress, thanks to series creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, took to her Instagram account Thursday (May 7) to release a new, updated take on Robin Sparkles’ biggest hit, “Let’s Go to the Mall.”

The new track is fittingly called “Let’s All Stay at Home” and features new lyrics from Thomas and Bays that address what life is like amid government-mandated safer-at-home orders to avoid places like, well, the mall. “It was a wonderful journey down memory lane,” Smulders wrote in the post, which has scored more than 100,000 views in its first hour alone. “I hope it takes your mind off some things. It certainly did for me! A huge thank you to Craig Thomas and Carter Bays for the new lyrics.

The clip is the latest way in which stars and creators alike are using nostalgia for beloved programming to benefit various covid-related charities. Smulders’ post encourages fans to donate to three charities: Save the Children, Canada Helps and Daily Bread Food Bank. This is the second time in a month that Smulders has rebooted the Sparkles machine. She teamed up with her Stumptown co-star Jake Johnson in April and answered fans’ wishes by singing the iconic fake pop hit.

Watch the new clip and the original HIMYM video, both below.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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