Alyson Hannigan enters aggressive pumpkin-carving world on new show

Alyson Hannigan is getting a leap on Halloween.

The former star of “How I Met Your Mother” is internet hosting “Outrageous Pumpkins,” a brand new four-part Food Network collection wherein seven skilled pumpkin carvers will show off their abilities and compete for a $25,000 grand prize.

Hannigan, 46, answered a number of questions on her new show.

Do pumpkins maintain a particular place in your coronary heart, or was this extra in regards to the aggressive component?

Halloween holds a particular place in my coronary heart! So this was a lot for me. The aggressive side is all the time enjoyable as a result of it creates such an power and motivates folks, however for me, seeing all of the artistic methods the pumpkins have been carved was probably the most thrilling half.

Can you carve a pumpkin?

My [pumpkin] carving abilities aren’t the greatest a part of my Halloween décor as a result of I haven’t targeted on it sufficient, however this show has impressed me to up my recreation and has taught me so many nice new methods. Who knew you might use loopy glue, or shave the pores and skin of a pumpkin earlier than carving it?! This 12 months I’ll have much more time to actually give attention to my carving abilities as a result of I gained’t be capable to host my annual Halloween get together.

Did you do that exercise as a child?

I bear in mind carving pumpkins as a result of I bear in mind loving that feeling if you stick your fingers into the gooey brains of the pumpkins. I feel, as a child, pumpkin carving was my primary Halloween exercise. That’s the way you knew folks have been celebrating Halloween — there was a pumpkin outdoors!

Did you’ll want to study in regards to the artwork of carving, or is your job right here being an observer?

I undoubtedly realized in regards to the craft and the talent required, however my primary position was to attempt to maintain my mouth from staying open the entire time as I regarded on with amazement. I realized and I watched in awe.

When and the place did you shoot the collection?

In Long Island final November — we needed to shoot it in pumpkin season! It was icy chilly. I couldn’t even really feel my fingers and in the meantime the contestants have been doing this extremely detailed work with their fingers. Their dexterity was undoubtedly put to the take a look at having to carve in that chilly climate. I don’t know the way they did it, but they nonetheless did such an unimaginable job with a lot intricate element.

It’s been nearly six years since “How I Met Your Mother” ended. Would you think about starring in one other community sitcom?

I’ve cherished tv since I used to be somewhat child. Devouring reruns of “I Love Lucy” and “The Brady Bunch” and people sorts of exhibits are what made me notice I wished to be an actor, particularly sitcoms. “How I Met Your Mother” by no means filmed in entrance of a stay viewers so to be a part of a collection that did — the place you’re getting that power and immediate suggestions from the viewers — could be so unimaginable.



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