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Rachel McAdams: I Worked McDonald's For Three Years!

Rachel McAdams: I Worked McDonald's For Three Years!

Rachel McAdams takes front and center in New York Times’ latest issue of T Magazine. The 31-year-old Canuck cutie has been out promoting her latest film, The Lucky Ones. The story revolves around three soldiers — Collee (McAdams), T.K. (Michael Pena) and Cheever (Tim Robbins) — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. Here are a few excepts from Rachel‘s interview:

[Even though you wanted to become an actress,] you still stayed in Canada instead of jetting off to L.A. or New York. [Why?] 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.

Do you like to audition? I love auditioning. Since ‘‘The Notebook’’ and ‘‘Wedding Crashers,’’ I don’t have to audition anymore, and I miss it. You get to show your interpretation of the character. I get nervous when I don’t audition. What if they hate what I want to do? I also like screen tests, where they put you in a room with your male co-star. They want to see if the two of you have chemistry together. There’s something wonderfully old-fashioned about a chemistry test. During a movie, chemistry is so important, and yet they just assume actors can fake their way through it. That doesn’t always work.

In ‘‘The Notebook,’’ you and Ryan Gosling had amazing chemistry. Are love scenes difficult? 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.

Read the full article on Rachel McAdams at NYTimes.com. For more info on her movie, check out TheLuckyOnesMovie.com.

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47 Responses to “Rachel McAdams: I Worked McDonald's For Three Years!”

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  1. 1
    tony Says:

    It’s good to see Rachel again! I loved her in Red Eye and I think she’s a terrific actress:)

    Smokin’ photoshoot!

  2. 2
    PardyHardy Says:

    Some of those pictures look like Parker Posey…

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    nikkita Says:

    I like her, shes honest and funny.

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    noor Says:

    I like the fact that she is humble and human. I mean I worked in a McDonald’s for 3 months myself and I feel like I can relate to all she is saying.

    FABULOUS ACTRESS!!!!

  5. 5
    kdjf Says:

    She is the greatest, everybody loves her & if you don’t you’re on crack.

  6. 6
    kelly Says:

    She’s amazing. Great actress and gorgeous. Seems really cool, too.

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    nuuuuu meeeee Says:

    I adore her talent, she’s a HOLY..WOOD keeper :P

  8. 8
    leigh ann Says:

    Great actress, but that’s a big NO on those pictures.

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    charlotte Says:

    is she dating ryan gossling? I think I saw them sitting outside marmalade cafe in sherman oaks. they weren’t talking to each other though! just typing away on their iphones like every other person in la!

  10. 10
    JB Says:

    love her but these pictures are terrible

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    meh..... Says:

    Good actress, but not too high on the attractive list andn these pics don’t help.

  12. 12
    Suzie Says:

    Love her. On a plane recently, I saw Married Life. Not a movie I would typically see, but she was GREAT in it.

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    snap dragon Says:

    SHES UGLY AND WHO CARES, I LIKED HER IN THE NOTEBOOK THATS ABOUT IT

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    str Says:

    lol, she was the ONLY thing i didn’t like about the notebook…

  15. 15
    sara Says:

    Hey Charlotte, I don’t know if there dating but when was it you saw them? Just curious .

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    Supernetuser Says:

    The whole article didn’t get into her film at all.

  17. 17
    Cate Says:

    Hey Charlotte….. I don’t think Ryan and Rachel are dating but I guess you never know. How recently did you see Ryan and Rachel in Sherman Oaks?

  18. 18
    Kate Says:

    Well, I loved her in Mean Girls, and I think she’s much prettier with long blond hair…

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    Gracie Says:

    Ryan and Rachel used to date, last I heard they broke up a while ago but there was sightings of her going to a gig where he was the DJ.

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    charlotte Says:

    cate and sara—it was a few weeks ago.

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    ilana Says:

    boring actress and she looks like a clown aka the Joker

  22. 22
    Austin powers Says:

    That’s not a woman — but a man baby

  23. 23
    alyson Says:

    fabulous actres!!

  24. 24
    Karey Says:

    This was a great interview!! :-)

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    Helena Says:

    She looks fierce! It’s also fresh to see her once in a while, instead of seeing Katie Holmes every day! McAdams has obviously heard of the term ‘Less is more’!

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