Niagara Falls Review: Artist and actress, both on the rise, reunite in Falls

Niagara Falls Review
Published: October 15, 2004

Wyland Galleries hosts Tennille Rose Will exhibit, attended by Rachel McAdams

Niagara Falls – One is an up-and-coming artist in Toronto. The other is a suddenly hot actress with two hit movies this year. Both childhood friends from St. Thomas reunited in Niagara Falls Thursday night.
Among the guests for artist Tennille Rose Will’s exhibition at the Wyland Galleries was pal Rachel McAdams, who starred in two of the year’s surprise money-makers – Mean Girls and The Notebook.

I’ve known Tennille since I was five,” said McAdams, who joined dozens of other invites for a night of wine and sushi at the Niagara Fallsview Casino gallery.

We lost track of each other for like 10 years, and were reunited for a theatre company we were a part of. We’ve been friends ever since.”

I’ve been following her art career faithfully and passionately. I think she’s doing amazing work.”

Several of Will’s colourful abstract portraits have been hanging in the gallery for weeks. On Thursday, with guests mingling, she spent about two hours painting a new work.

Her first love was Shakespeare, but she decided not to pursue acting like friend McAdams did. She was much happier painting.

I’d always just work any old job, but always painted,” she said. “And I found I was making more money from my paintings than I was from three weeks in a job I hated.”

Many of her paintings have $800 and $900 price tags for the Niagara Falls show. Ten per cent of proceeds go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Will has known McAdams for so long, it doesn’t feel like there’s a ‘star’ in the room.

It’s just like, ‘Oh, Rachel showed up’,” she said. “It’s no different than me going to her movies. We’re just friends. She liked theatre, I went into art. It goes both ways. We’re very lucky.”

For her part, McAdams refused to talk about her own career, insisting it was her friend’s night. She also shied away from photos.

Our work goes hand in hand,” she said. “It’s great to be around her.”

McAdams started acting in Shakespearian shows during summer camp when she was 13, and made a handful of small Canadian movies before landing the female lead in the Rob Schneider comedy The Hot Chick.

This year, she shined as one of the pretentious teens tormenting Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls, and opposite Ryan Gossling in the wartime romance The Notebook.

She next appears in the Wes Craven thriller Red Eye, and the romantic comedy The Wedding Crashers with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

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