I remember when I first saw her in Mean Girls. She was terrifically mean. She scared the crap out of my teenage self. Then she broke my heart in The Notebook. I have always admired her film choices. (I'll give her a pass on Sherlock Holmes cause she was great but I did not like the movie.) What I like most about McAdams is that she has never been cared about or been consumed by Hollywood and makes films when she wants to. She maintains a very normal, regular life in Canada where she bikes and walks everywhere.
A recent Vogue profile delves a little (just a little since she is so private) deeper into McAdams. You never see her in the tabloids. The only time you knew who she was dating was when she was with Ryan Gosling and that was because they were in the same movie. I give some props to Vogue for not inventing crap about Rachel to tabloid up the article, and really letting her personality shine through. I learned that she lives a very green life (hates air conditioning), took a knife skills class in order to cut veggies better, and even runs a website with friends, Green is Sexy. Not really Hollywood.
Her interest in catwalk trends is so slight that when she received a Proenza tie-dye tee—before the runway, before anyone, the must-have piece for spring 2010!—she wore it to bed, alone.
I don't really desire things. I prefer to spend my money on experiences, on meals or travel.
The Notebook Part Two (Vogue)