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Why Quinn From HIMYM Looks So Familiar

Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) was a central character in "How I Met Your Mother." Along with his friends, Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), and Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), they act as a support group in the main character, Ted Mosby's (Josh Radnor) search for love. Out of the group, Barney is the one who discourages his friend and instead tries to convince him to find the woman of the moment.

Try as he might, Barney has many long-term relationships and one with a member of his circle of friends, going toe-to-toe with Mosby for Robin's love. However, the two wouldn't last long during their first foray into lovers. His second serious relationship was with Nora (Nazanin Boniadi). While only appearing in 10 episodes over three seasons, Nora played a considerable part in Barney's maturation from womanizer to boyfriend material. She also played a part in Robin realizing that she still had feelings for Barney, finding herself highly jealous of their relationship.

However, Barney's third serious relationship was arguably the most important for his character development. Quinn Garvey (Becki Newton) was a stripper who initially used Barney before they fall in love and agree to make the ultimate commitment, marriage. While their relationship never saw the aisle, you may have seen the actress who plays her before.

Becki Newton was Amanda in Ugly Betty

Up until 2005, seemingly one of the primary requirements for the main character of any television series was that they had to be attractive. "Ugly Betty" saw America Ferrara play down her beauty in an attempt to subvert the unrealistic expectations of an entire generation. The series went for four seasons and followed Betty Suarez as she embraced her appearance while navigating the world of the New York fashion industry.

Becki Newton appeared in all 85 episodes as Amanda Tanen. She started as a beautiful and ambitious front desk associate for the influential company MODE. When Betty arrives on the scene, she takes the job that Amanda wanted and becomes the object of her jealousy and frustration. The two travel from enemies to frenemies throughout the series, eventually becoming roommates. In many ways, her character represents society as a whole, at first resistant to the girl who doesn't fit the mold and eventually coming to love them.

In an interview with The Guardian, Newton explains her character and her relationship with Betty and Marc St. James (Michael Urie), "I think earlier on we were more stereotypical enemies of Betty – Marc and Amanda going, 'Get this girl outta here! She's got ugly clothing! She's got the job I wanted!' And now it's, 'Ugh, Betty's still here! How can we make fun of her?' It's more playful. We're frenemies."

She was looking for love in Love Bites

It is easy for an actor trying to make a name for themselves to get pigeonholed into a specific type of role. In the way that Jim Carrey constantly played the zany and unpredictable personality and Arnold Schwarzenegger played the stoic brute for much of the beginning of their careers, Becki Newton could have gotten herself typecast into the shrewd Amanda-esque character from "Ugly Betty."

She avoided that fate by stepping into the role of Annie Matopoulos in "Love Bites." The show was an anthology series following three loosely connected storylines dealing with love and relationships. Annie is a virgin searching for Mr. Right. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Newton spoke about the differences between her character on "Ugly Betty" and Annie and how it impacted her decision to take the role. "It's going to be surprising for Amanda lovers, but it's what drew me to the show. I read this and thought, 'there is no trace of Amanda.'"

She competed for an inheritance in The Goodwin Games

When the creators of one of the most beloved and successful series of the last few decades announce they have a new show in the works, you sign on the moment you get a chance. Becki Newton landed the role in Carter Bays and Craig Thomas' (creators of "How I Met Your Mother") new sitcom, "The Goodwin Games." The series follows a trio of estranged siblings trying to win an inheritance of $20 million from their recently deceased father. The catch? They have to reconnect and get along.

Newton appears as the only female sibling, Chloe. She was a mathematical prodigy when she was young until she became popular in high school and abandoned academics and her friends to become an actress. She watches her father's (Beau Bridges) will video and discovers she has to reconnect with her brothers, Henry (Scott Foley), an overachieving surgeon with a God complex, and Jimmy (T.J. Miller), a repeat offender who has to sneak into his daughter's window at night to see her.

Newton sat down with Entertainment Weekly and spoke about what the show meant to her and her take on the series. "On the surface, it's to get them to compete to win his fortune, but what it really is, is three siblings coming together. So there's this surface element of a great game and adventure, but I believe it's a family story underneath it all."

She navigated shared custody in Divorce

Sarah Jessica Parker made her name in the late '90s and early '00s by playing the lovable Carrie Bradshaw on HBO's "Sex and the City." While that series followed her and her three friends as they searched the entirety of New York City for connection, her reunion with the network endeavored to explore the other side of love. It asks the question, what happens when happily ever after is a pipe dream? "Divorce" sees Francis (Parker) come to the realization that she no longer loves her husband, Robert (Thomas Haden Church). While the majority of the show sees the dark humor in Francis dissolving her marriage, it also opens conversations about what happens to a family after a divorce.

Becki Newton enters the series in Season 2 as a love interest for and later the wife of Robert, Jackie Giannopolis, who comes into conflict with Francis over different ideas on how they should raise the children. "Divorce" allowed Newton to be more nuanced than in her previous sitcom roles and shines alongside Parker.

She excels legally in The Lincoln Lawyer

Becki Newton's newest project exists in multiple mediums and is ready to be explored again. "The Lincoln Lawyer" follows Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) as he runs his law practice out of the back seat of his iconic Lincoln town car. He accepts cases all over Los Angles and seems to do nothing but attack the most accepted ideals in the institution of justice. The story started as a series of novels by Michael Connelly and has two films adapted from his books, "Bloodwork" starring Clint Eastwood, and an earlier version of "The Lincoln Lawyer" starring Matthew McConaughey.

Becki Newton appears in Netflix's "The Lincoln Lawyer" as Lorne. She is Haller's second ex-wife and has a great relationship with him, working for him by running his day-to-day, giving her more background than in the original. The series also features Neve Campbell and Angus Sampson.

"The Lincoln Lawyer" is a bit of a departure from her typical comedic roles, and she spoke with Digital Trends about what drew her to switch to drama. "I liked that she was an irreverent, bold, intelligent woman. I really liked the fact that I would be able to play with a character in a more dramatic setting. I thought it was a really neat combination that I hadn't explored before. This is actually my first drama."