Jason Segel said that he started to get "bored" during the final years of "How I Met Your Mother."
Segel starred in the show for 10 years and became a big name for roles in romantic comedy movies.
However, he told the Independent he needed to take a break to "recalibrate" after the show ended.
"How I Met Your Mother" star Jason Segel said that he found it "hard" filming the show in its final years.
Segel became a star in the late 2000s after starring in the hit CBS sitcom, as well as other major films such as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "The Muppets" and "Knocked Up."
However, in a new interview with the Independent, Segel said that he got "bored" with acting in the mid-2010s. At this time, he was still filming the final few seasons of "How I Met Your Mother," which aired between 2005 and 2014.
"They were a hard three years," Segel said of his final years as Marshall in the sitcom. "I was really, really in need of doing an artistic check-in, and it was no one's responsibility but my own."
He added: "The show was fantastic. Making romantic comedies was fantastic. But I was really starting to feel bored of my own work. And that's not a good way to feel."
Segel said that after the show ended he sold his house in LA, moved to an orange grove in Ojai, California, and stepped out of the limelight.
"I have an unquiet mind," he said. "In Los Angeles, I never felt at ease. I've found that the very thing that makes you able to achieve something difficult, like the motivation you have in your twenties to get your foot in the door — that'll be the same thing that'll kill you. If you don't recalibrate once you've got your whole body through the door... You need to ease off the throttle. I had to learn that."
Despite his feelings about his final years on the show, Segel recently told Entertainment Tonight that he would happily return to cameo in the spinoff series, "How I Met Your Father."
"Those people changed my life and I would do anything they ever asked me to," the "Freaks and Geeks" actor said.
Until his most recent role in the comedy-drama "Shrinking," which is now available on Apple TV+, Segel broke away from comedies after his break, starring in dramas such as "Winning Time" and "Windfall."
Segel told the Independent that he spent years trying to completely divorce himself from comedy before having the epiphany that he can bring comedy and serious drama together.
"I didn't need to throw away part one," he said. "You can reconcile the two. ['Shrinking'] is [about] a guy going through real stuff, but who can also pratfall off a bike. I want everything I do to have the emotional equivalent of the nudity in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall.' But now it's the grownup version, where it's about finding incredible emotional rawness and vulnerability."
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