Josh Radnor (AAP Image/Stan Publicity)
How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor, who played Ted Mosby in the popular show for nearly 10 years, has ruled out returning to the role.
Radnor, who is currently starring in new TV show Rise, said he has no desire to return to the role he played from 2005-2014, despite the current trend to reboot popular shows such as Roseanne and Will & Grace.
"It would not be interesting to me. I feel I explored everything I need to explore of that character. I really feel like I did it," Radnor told AAP.
After the show ended, Radnor purposely stepped away from the public eye, having been on network TV for nearly a decade, and took on more low-key work.
"I took that break very intentionally," he said.
"I went back to the theatre - I did a play on Broadway, I did a play at Lincoln Centre. I did a series on PBS about the Civil War called Mercy Street and a couple of other little things. I started a band. I feel like it's OK to go away for a while. I'm not one of those people who panics if he's not in front of large audiences."
Radnor has since been enticed back to another prime time show, Rise, created by Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims.
"I've been a big fan of Jason's for many years ... He's kind of a gift for actors because he writes really dimensional people who are not stereotypes and are just complicated like all of us," Radnor said.
Within a week of meeting with Katims, the actor had signed on to play the show's central character, teacher Lou Mazzuchelli, who reinvents a high school drama group to make it more progressive and relevant to the students involved.
Radnor hopes to come back for a second season, but in the meantime is keeping himself busy working with Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee in their newly formed musical duo, Radnor & Lee.
"We're coming to Australia in May and then we're going to record our second record in June," he said.
* Rise is available on Stan, same day as the US
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