- 01 Mar 18
Best known for her roles in the likes of Mean Girls and True Detective, Rachel McAdams discusses her new comedy thriller Game Night, her admiration for co-star Sharon Horgan, and the impact of the Me Too movement.
There’s a story that always comes up when talking about Rachel McAdams. A decade ago, riding high after starring in Mean Girls, The Wedding Crashers and The Notebook, McAdams was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside the decade’s other two unstoppable starlets, Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson. But when McAdams arrived on set and discovered the other actresses had agreed to pose nude, she left, preferring to pass up the opportunity. She also turned down roles in Casino Royale, The Devil Wears Prada and Mission Impossible III, making the conscious decision to be a working actress – though not a movie star. She was going to do fame on her own terms.
In fact, to avoid the mania and violent thrust into fame that accompanied the release of 2004’s wildly successful comedy Mean Girls – McAdams’ breakout film, in which she played Queen Bee bully Regina George – the actress quite literally disappeared into the rainforest.
“I just decided to take off,” she remembers. “It was really stupid, actually, more than brave or interesting! I just picked Costa Rica because I heard it was a safer place for a young woman travelling alone. I didn’t speak any Spanish and I didn’t book any hotels; I did literally all my research on the plane on the way there. So I ended up in a $5 a night hotel with a Swiss Army Knife in my hand, as scary unsavoury people banged on my door.