Published: October, 2008
Rachel McAdams is a busy young woman. After wrapping up work on the crime drama State of Play with Russel Crowe, she came home to Toronto last month to put the finishing touches on the Christmas release The Time Traveler’s Wife opposite Eric Bana and made a stylish appearance on the red carpet to promote her new film The Lucky Ones at the Toronto International Film Festival before flying across the pond to start work on Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Richie and co-starring Robert Downey Jr.
The actress, who turns 30 on Oct. 7, has also rekindled her romance with equally busy actor Ryan Gosling, 27. The two – who were born in the same hospital in London, Ont., and fell in love while making 2004’s The Notebook – looked more in love than ever last month in Toronto.
Born the first of three – her siblings are Daniel and Kayleen – to Sandra, a nurse, and Lance, a truck driver, Rachel grew up in the nearby town of St. Thomas. She caught the acting bug as a young child while performing in a local amateur theatre productions and studied the craft both in high school and university.
Rachel started her career with roles in a handful of homegrown TV shows and films before making her Hollywood debut in Rob Schneider’s 2002 comedy The Hot Chick. She followed with The Notebook, the thriller Red Eye and comedies like Wedding Crashers and made-in-Toronto Mean Girls.
Here, the charming actress talks exclusively to Hello! Canada about turning 30, how she stays fit and her “normal” life at home in Toronto.
You turn 30 this month! Are you planning a big celebration for you milestone birthday?
We’re still trying to figure out where I’m going to be. I might be in London so I’m hoping I can persuade some of my family and friends to visit me there.
What do you think your 30s will be like?
I’m enjoying getting older. I am enjoying feeling comfortable in my skin. I’m enjoying the calm that comes with age and I don’t think there’s much that I’ll miss [about my 20s]. I feel like my life feels more and more open every day and that there’s more and more to look forward to all the time. I’m really enjoying the progress.
After you completed 2005’s The Family Stone you said toy were taking a break. Why did you decide to scale back?
I love being home. When you’re working, it can be very isolating. You’re often away from your family and friends. You have to just pack up your house and board it up for a couple of months, leave everything behind. I find sometimes it’s nice to just live in your life and stay at home.
What does a regular, non-working day look like for you?
My home is like a haven. I don’t have any pets, sadly. I would love to have one but it’s hard when you travel so much, but sometimes we look after the next-door neighbor’s dog. I do love to cook, though I don’t get to cook as much as I’d like. Just recently I got into cooking classes, which are so much fun. You get your whole little station and they give you all your knives and you have your own hotplate and it’s really fun. That’s been a fun little hobby. It’s great to have everybody over, but it’s nice to kick them out too! I actually just finished doing a lot of renovation on my house, so it’s just getting perfect. I have a hammock, my plants and it’s just a really relaxing, nice place to be.
How do you stay fit and look so great?
I love yoga. I started doing that about two, three years ago and I find that’s something really easy to take on the road with you because it can be such a personal practice. I love to ride my bike everywhere when I’m home. What else? Shiatsu is nice.
What about diet?
I love all food. I try to go organic as much as possible, but I’m very experimental. I like to try everything. I’m a good junkie, as long as it’s good food, I’m happy.
You and Ryan Gosling seem like a happy couple again.
Well, on that note, I’ve decided to remain hush when it comes to matters of the heart.
Are you open to having children without necessarily being married?
I think it’s very personal to everyone. I don’t think there are any rules. I think it’s frustrating that there are certain ideas of success in a relationship or in your lifetime. It’s all so personal.
What’s one thing you would say all men have in common?
They’re kind of babies when they’re sick! He can be the toughest man in the world and become a baby when he’s sick, but I kind of love that too.
Does getting back home to Canada keep you grounded?
I guess it’s just where I hang my hat, so it is rejuvenating and it is very calm and quiet. My neighborhood’s very quiet. I still live in [Toronto] but I have a little slice of country in the backyard. I grow my tomatoes and clean the bathroom. There’s just something very nice and normal about it.