Parade: InStepWith Rachel McAdams

Published: July, 2005

Born Oct. 7, 1976, [17 November, 1978] in London, Ontario. Single.

Includes The Famous Jett Jackson, 1998-2001; Shotgun Love Dolls, 2001; Guilt by Association, 2002; Slings & Arrows, 2003-05.

Include My Name is Tanino, 2002; Perfect Pie, 2002; The Hot Chick, 2002; Mean Girls, 2004; The Notebook

The gifted and lovely young actress Rachel McAdams (remeber her as the meanest in the film Mean Girls?) may be our most welcome Canadian import since hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

When we spoke recently, Rachel was enjoying a long weekend in a cottage with pals in rural Ontario, having morning tea and taking a break before starting promotional chores for her two big summer movies, Wedding Crashers and Red Eye.

The cottage is rustic,” she told me. “But it has indoor plumbing. After this interview we’re all going for a run. We’ll do about four K.” Rachel seems to take pleasure in the simple things, although the way her career is flourishing, such tranquil moments may become increasingly rare.

Rachel had already been nominated for a Genie Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Oscar) and had won a Gemini (their Emmy) when she broke onto the American scene three years ago in the Rob Schneider comedy The Hot Chick, followed by the drama The Notebook and the teen film Mean Girls, in which she took vast delight in tormenting poor Lindsay Lohan.

When we spoke, she’d just wrapped the romantic comedy The Family Stone, with Claire Danes, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dermot Mulroney. It’s due out in November. “We had so much fun making it,” Rachel said. “We joked, We’re having such a good time, it can’t be any good. But it was incredible.”

And her summer films? Wedding Crashers, with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, is “a big, loud, raucous comedy,” said Rachel, about two pals who crash weddings to meet women. And Red Eye couldn’t be more different. Directed by Wes Craven, it stars Cillian Murphy as a menacing stranger who takes Rachel’s character hostage aboard a jet. “It’s a psychological thriller set in midair,” she said. And i the actress a nervous flier in real life? “Well,” she said, “I’m not found of turbulence, but I enjoy spending five hours reading and watching the movie. And” she added, “no one can reach me.”

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