Jason Segel Talks Moving To A Small Town After ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Ends: ‘Love It’

Jason Segel has appeared in several comedies, including knocked up (2007), Forget Sarah Marshall (2008), and bad teacher (2011). However, he is best known for his role as Marshall Eriksen in how I Met Your Mother.

Segel was on HIMYM for nine seasons from 2005 to 2014. After the show ended, he decided to move to a small town in California, and he seems to be enjoying it.

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Jason Segel moved to Ojai

Segel grew up in the Los Angeles area. He lived in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood and attended the famous Harvard-Westlake School, which has many show business alumni.

After his passage on HIMYM, Segel retired from the Los Angeles lifestyle. During his time in Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert Podcastthe actor shared that he moved to Ojai, California.

Jason Segel enjoys small town life

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Segel also recently shared that after HIMYM over, he realized he could leave Hollywood and move somewhere else.

“I was like, ‘Oh, I can do whatever I want now,'” he said on Jimmy Kimmel live. “I’m going to live in this town and I never left.”

He also admitted that he misses the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles “sometimes”, but that he likes living in a small town.

“I like being in a small town,” he said. “Like, I go to high school football games and eat a sandwich, which I didn’t know if you could do it without kids, but you can. And I go to the Christmas pageant in town and wait outside and ask the little kids to sign my poster. It’s really fun. I love it.”

When Segel was still living in Los Angeles he was “afraid” of the paparazzi, but in his new home he feels more comfortable walking the streets.

“I just walk around like Big Bird, like, ‘Hey, everyone!'” Segel joked. “To the kids, I’m the Muppet dude, and to the adults, I’m the naked dude of Sarah Marshall.”

Jason Segel Admits He Questioned His Career After ‘HIMYM’

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After spending more than nine years on HIMYM, Segel revealed that he questioned his career after the series ended. Although he landed roles in a few movies, the work wasn’t very consistent.

“I had this blank canvas in front of me, where most of the things I used to define my identity by had suddenly disappeared. So what do I do now? A big scary moment of who I am without this stuff? he on the Expert Armchair Podcast.

He added: “I kind of went through the ‘are you a scammer’ kind of scare in this business.”

Segel decided to move away from comedies, which he is best known for, and focus more on drama films. For example, in 2015 he played the role of David Foster Wallace in the film The end of the tour. He was nominated for a few awards for this role, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

Since then, he has acted in other films, such as Discovery (2017), Our friend (2019), The sky is everywhere (2022), and Bargain (2022).

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