It feels like forever since the last time Rachel McAdams was promoting a movie, but now she's back on the scene to gear up for her new film The Lucky Ones. We won't be able to catch her acting skills until Sept. 26, but how fabulous does she look in this vampy photo shoot for T magazine? We got a peek at the cover earlier in the week, but here are highlights from the interview where she talks career, kisses, and why her personal life is so sacred. Here are highlights:
- On becoming an actress: "When you live in a small town in the middle of Ontario, it would have been too big of a dream to say that you want to go to Hollywood. But, secretly, I think I always knew. When I was young, I was a figure skater, and every year there was an ice carnival. I lived for the carnival. That's when the actress in me first came out. I loved the costumes and the sparkles. One year, I got to play Marilyn Monroe on ice. I danced to 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.' I wore a long blond wig and a red dress with sequins. It was heavenly."
- On working at McDonald's: "I had a small-town life — I worked at the local McDonald's for three years. I'm not sure why they kept me: I am something of a daydreamer and a dawdler, so they would only let me be the 'friendly voice' that greeted you when you entered the restaurant. I was slow — I would be organizing the sweet-and-sour packets in the customer's takeout bag while the line snaked out the door. Even at a fast-food restaurant, I wanted everything just so."
- On kissing scenes: "They're strange. A kiss with anyone, on or off camera, can be intimidating. I've been kissing for nearly two decades now, and I'm always convinced I'm not doing it right. Chemistry is so important in a great kiss. You can act your way through anything, but it's hard with a kiss. It's much better if there's an attraction."
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- On the number of movies she makes: "I don't like to work all the time. When I'm working, the rest of my life slips away. I press pause on everything, and then, when I'm done working, I get back to the world I'm trying to interpret in the movies. I have a split personality — I love being completely immersed in my nonworking life, but I am equally compelled by the lives of the characters I play. If you want to tell stories as truthfully as possible, you have to have a normal, boring existence. Otherwise, you'll never understand the greatness of the everyday."
We always love anything and everything Rachel, so with a few new movies coming up we'll hopefully be seeing a lot more from her. Plus, speaking of chemistry on screen and off, we're always not-so-secretly holding out hope for that reunion with Ryan.