THR: Nice girl.

The Hollywood Reporter
Published: June 14, 2004

Nice girl: Fans love to connect actors to the parts they play, but such is not the case for Rachel McAdams. She played “deliciously evil” as the head of the Plastics in Paramount Pictures” hit comedy “Mean Girls,” and somehow she’s managed to walk away with a clean slate. Well, actually she has her brown hair to thank for that. “Most of the time, people will just pass me by, or if they do realize, they’ll say something like, ‘My girlfriend said that was you, but I didn’t believe her,’” explains the 25-year-old actress who donned long blonde hair and a bitchy attitude for her role as Regina George in “Mean Girls.” “And that’s a good thing and something I’m excited about. It can be a bit of a disadvantage sometimes because they don’t know you or your pool of work. But I also like being able to blend in. It’s so fun to dress up and transform and play with your hair and your style and your voice–it’s so integral to building a new person.”

If New Line Cinema has its way, she won’t be able to hide out much longer. Not after June 25, to be exact. That’s when the studio releases the romantic drama “The Notebook,” directed by Nick Cassavetes and co-starring Ryan Gosling. And word has it that the studio liked her “Notebook” turn so much that they brought her back into the fold to star opposite Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in “The Wedding Crashers.” “We just finished a few days ago,” McAdams says by phone, back in her native Toronto after “bouncing all over the place” from Los Angeles to Washington to Maryland and back to Washington for the shoot. “Owen and Vince were awesome. Oh my God, you can’t take your eyes off them! They are so contradictory vet so complementary at the same time. I like to say it’s almost like a science experiment that went horribly wrong but is terribly wonderful to watch. They taught me a lot about improvising and finding the humor in every moment.” But now that she has had some laughs thanks to “Crashers” and “Mean Girls,” she’s ready to put on a serious face. “It’s so cliche to say I want to do something darker, but I do,” she says. “And the thing is when a good script comes along, a good script comes along, and it doesn’t matter what it is. But I really would like to do a drama next.”

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