Published: August 30, 2013
She is nothing if not versatile.
Rachel McAdams rose to fame in 2005 when she appeared in romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, psychological thriller Red Eye and the drama The Family Stone.
And after being a hit in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, she’s returning to the romantic comedy genre in Richard Curtis’s new film, About Time.
Rachel, 34, who in the past has dated actors Ryan Gosling, Josh Lucas and Michael Sheen, tells us about working with writer/director Curtis and what she loves about comedy.
What drew you to this project?
I have loved Richard Curtis’s movies for so long, so it’s such an honour to be a part of one.
He has this wonderful way of making you take stock of the lovely things in life and yet there’s melancholy too.
I just fell in love with the script and it was very heart-warming. I also liked my character, Mary.
I thought she was kind of quirky and shy, plus of course there’s a great ensemble cast with Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Hollander.
Is comedy something you like?
Oh, I find it very challenging, but I love doing comedy.
How is it challenging?
It’s a lot to do with timing. I’m Canadian and this is a British film, so it’s got a different rhythm.
The rest of the cast were mostly Brits – did they make you feel welcome?
[Laughs] It was pretty good – I felt at home. Everyone was great and Richard fosters a real family feeling on the set. So it was really lovely and a joy to work on.
What was it like filming in Cornwall?
I loved it down there. We were hoping for bad weather because of the way the wedding scene was shot in the rain, and we needed dark skies [for continuity].
However, it was magically sunny and beautiful – it was like paradise!
There were a lot of children on set too. How did you cope with that?
Yeah, you’ve got to love them.
That was so delightful, but when they wanted to go home and they’re crying, your heart just breaks.
I think we had a few that won’t turn out to be actors when they grow up.
This was probably enough of a traumatic experience for them, but they were all so sweet.
I was really nervous at first as, you know, you’re always told, “Don’t do movies with babies or pets”, but it was great.
Richard Curtis says this is going to be his last film. Have you tried to convince him otherwise?
I certainly have, but we’ll see, though.
I can’t imagine this will be his last and I hope not, but he’s also kind of saving the world in his spare time with his charity work.
So if that’s what he wants to go off and do, it will be hard to pull him away from that.
Either way, he’ll be doing something fabulous and wonderful.
What are the dynamics like between you as an actor and him as director?
He’s very collaborative, but he’s such a great writer so you can really use his words.
Most of the answers you need are right there in the script, but if you have any questions he’s very open.
And he’s full of great stories, too.
I could just hang out with him all day because he’s got such a wealth of experience and he’s such a kind person.
He sees the world through a really lovely lens.
Finally, what can audiences expect from going to see the film?
I think it’s quite an emotional piece so there’ll probably be some tears, which is never a bad thing.
I hope people enjoy it too and can have a laugh as well.
With Richard, you are guaranteed to get a little bit of everything.
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