Chicago Sun-Times: Rachel McAdams thinks time travel in ‘About Time’

Chicago Sun-Times
Published: October 30, 2013

In “About Time” (opening Friday), Rachel McAdams plays the love interest of Domhnall Gleeson, who learns from his father — portrayed by Bill Nighy — that the male members of their family has the ability to travel through time. That fantasy aspect of the film, written and directed by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Mr. Bean,” “Love, Actually,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary”) leads to many humorous, plus poignant moments in the movie.

McAdams shared her thoughts earlier this week about the chance to go back in time — to change things; why Kate Moss is a key sub-plot in the film, and her love of Chicago.

Q: I would guess you can’t make a movie about time travel, without thinking about things you would change or relive — if you truly could travel through time. Right?
A: You can’t help but indulge that fantasy. The whole point of this film, of course, is NOT wanting to go back and change anything too much, except little things. Though even changing things slightly — like missing meeting someone — could change your life in a major way!

But yeah. You can’t help pontificating on what you would or would not do. For me? I definitely would never para-glyde ever again!

No thank you!

I don’t feel a need for those things anymore. I used to be the type of person who would want to try everything — at least once. Now, I’m more like ‘Don’t need to go there! I’m good!’ I like the ground! It’s a good place to be.

Q: In the film, you’re obsessed with [model] Kate Moss. What was that all about? Have you met her? And, if not, would that be a funny experience?
A: Yes, meeting her after making this film will be a bit weird! That whole obsession with Kate Moss — that’s all [writer/director] Richard. He is obsessed with Kate Moss. I mean, she’s amazing and beautiful and all that, but my character’s obsession with her is sort of random. No, it’s Richard — and a very personal side of him that not everyone knows about — but I guess they will now!

Q: You have worked a bit in Chicago. What are your favorite thoughts about Our Town?
A: I love your town. I love the pizza. I know that is SUCH a cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. It’s the deep dish. I know a lot of people love thin crust, but I like a crust like that – so rich and thick. I didn’t actually got to shoot “The Time Traveller’s Wife,” I didn’t get to go – only Eric Bana [her co-star] did, for just a few days at that, but I did shoot another film there, called “The Lucky Ones.” We went to blues bars. I was with [co-star] Tim Robbins and he’s a total music guy, so he showed me the underground music scene of Chicago – which was a real education. Plus, I got to see Arcade Fire there for the first time — we went two nights in a row, they were so good.
So I have very good memories of Chicago — except for the traffic. Traffic was bad. But who wants to complain about the traffic.

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