Telegraph-Journal: Notebook star Rachel McAdams finds passion and experience in characters Leach, Megan

Published: July 7, 2004

Canadian actress Rachel McAdams does believe in romance, even if she is not so certain there is only one true match for each person.

McAdams stars in The Notebook – a romance, in theatres now, that spans the decades. In the modern-day scenes, James Garner plays an elderly gentleman in a nursing home reading from a notebook to a lady (Gena Rowlands) with Alzheimer’s disease. McAdams and Ryan Gosling play the subjects of the notebook’s love story, shown in flashbacks to the 1940s.

McAdams thinks there are a few people who are really good for each one of us.

I think there can be a few people that are really, really good, and then you make a choice,” said the St. Thomas, Ont., native. “Maybe your heart will gravitate towards one at the end of the day.”

But when it comes to personal experience with true love, the 27-year-old actress is more coy.

I don’t know that much about it yet,” she said. “Getting there. Working on it. ”

McAdams said her character in the film, Allie, has a tough choice between the two leading men – one McAdams is not sure how she would have handled in real life.

Women are so multifaceted,” she said. “It’s hard to find a man that completes you in every single way.”

McAdams said Allie’s choice was difficult because her leading men “were both so different and so charming and brought out different sides of her.”

She said she identified with the character of Allie and the social restraints placed upon her. “I don’t like being told I can’t do something,” she said.

I feel a bit insatiable sometimes when it comes to life experience,” said McAdams. “I came from a small town and my world was fairly small. It’s nice now to be sort of opening up more to different experiences.”

The Notebook features not one but two Canadian actors in the lead roles. Gosling hails from Cornwall, Ont.

We shared stories about the cold, what it was like to grow up in the cold Canadian tundra that it is,” said McAdams. “He has more of an aversion to it than I do, though. He lives in the United States now, but I tend to like to come back.”

She hopes The Notebook will show another side of her acting ability – in contrast to the teen queen bee she played in Mean Girls.

It was nice to play the queen bee because I never was one,” she said. “It was a really delicious part that I could really sink my teeth into.”

While she’d like to play more adult roles, McAdams said she doesn’t have a problem with playing teenagers.

It’s nice to play my age. It’s nice to actually go through things that I’m going through in my life.”

But she added The Notebook is different from her earlier roles. “I do go from 17 to 24,” she said of her character. “There are adult problems dealt with and adult situations that don’t make perfect sense and don’t always have happy endings.”

So what’s next on the horizon for this up-and-coming actress?
I’m very open to anything that moves me, that touches me,” she said. McAdams said she’d love to do another period piece and maybe an action role. “Something like sword fighting. I love doing stunts, too.”

She has recently finished work on the comedy The Wedding Crashers, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The film is due out in 2005.

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