Why Hollywood won't cast Josh Radnor anymore

How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor anchored the CBS sitcom for nine seasons as the unlucky-in-love Ted Mosby, working his way into viewer's hearts with his adorable smiles, constant optimism, and pretentious pronunciation of "encyclopedia." However, since HIMYM ended, Radnor has been largely missing from the Hollywood scene. Here's why Hollywood won't cast Josh Radnor anymore.

He hasn't had any success in movies

Radnor didn't have very many credits to his name before getting cast in How I Met Your Mother. Aside from a small appearance in Not Another Teen Movie, he'd only had guest appearances on various TV shows. HIMYM launched him to stardom, and his most notable role since then has been in the TV sphere, as Dr. Jed Foster on PBS' Mercy Street. The actor hasn't shown that he can anchor a film yet, which could make studios wary of casting him and risking poor box office returns.

He's having trouble leaving Ted Mosby behind

It's often tough for actors who spent a long time playing one part to shed that identity. To many viewers, Sarah Michelle Gellar will always be Buffy, Daniel Radcliffe will always be Harry Potter, and Josh Radnor will always be Ted Mosby. This can make it difficult for actors to move on from career-defining characters and can make it hard for casting directors to see them in potential roles.

He's busy trying to find love

Like Ted Mosby, Radnor has been trying his hand at the dating life. He hasn't married yet, but there have been plenty of rumors surrounding his partners. Radnor split with actress Lindsay Price, whom he met on the set of How I Met Your Mother, after a year of dating in 2009. He was linked to Twilight actress Julia Jones in 2013 and later dated actress Marisa Tomei in 2014. Most recently, reports say that he's dating Friday Night Lights beauty Minka Kelly.

He's working on a book

The actor is also working on other writing projects, recently selling his untitled book on his attempts to "answer the big questions about spirituality" to publisher HarperElixir. The book, which does not yet have a release date, is said to follow "an ongoing quest that takes [Radnor] from his youth in heartland Ohio to the unexpected lessons of celebrity and beyond."

His directing projects are taking too much time

Radnor won the Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Audience Award for his 2010 directorial debut Happythankyoumoreplease, which he also starred in. Since then, Radnor has also directed and starred in Liberal Arts (2012) and is set to direct (but not star in) the upcoming sci-fi drama The Leaves.

His screenwriting is also getting in the way

Radnor actually pulled triple duty for Happythankyoumoreplease and Liberal Arts, also penning the screenplays for the two films. Radnor said he got into writing with Happythankyoumoreplease in order to "give myself a great film role," adding while speaking at INK Conference 2015 that, in writing, directing, and acting in his films, he creates projects that "feel of a piece to me."

Radnor hinted to Indiewire in 2010 that he had another screenplay in the works, but he has yet to reveal anything else about the possible project.

He has even dabbled in music

Radnor is part of the band Radnor & Lee, along with Australian musician Ben Lee, formerly of the band Noise Addict. In October, the band announced on Facebook that they were working on a debut album called "Love Songs for God and Women," with the actor telling Kelly Ripa and Christian Slater on Live with Kelly! that they have written 11 songs together for the album. Radnor says the album will feature mellow folk songs.

He's putting a lot of effort into stage acting

Radnor has been a regular feature on popular stages for the past few years. He performed in the 2011 concert version of Broadway musical She Loves Me and was set to star in the revival before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts with Mercy Street. (He was replaced with Chuck star Zachary Levi, who went on to earn a Tony Award nomination for the role.) In 2015, he appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced. Most recently, he can be seen in The Babylon Line at The Lincoln Center Theater opposite Elizabeth Reaser.

How he can turn it around

Radnor has made some eclectic choices since ending How I Met Your Mother, and while he may not be following the stereotypical path of most actors, he's still been keeping himself busy with valuable and original projects. Radnor's smarts and ambition should serve him well in any field. We hope he decides to apply them in Hollywood and keeps the train rolling. But whatever he decides to do, Radnor's career should be fun to watch. If you want to keep an eye on what he's doing, sign up for his mailing list.