Published: September 12, 2012
For an A-list ingenue who strides red carpets around the world, Rachel McAdams still expresses down-to-earth delight and wonder in her profession, who she works with, and where she films.
While chatting to EW during the Toronto International Film Festival, the actress said she was downright excited about shooting her upcoming thriller A Most Wanted Man soon in Hamburg, Germany. Directed by Anton Corbijn (The American), and costarring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Willem Defore, the movie is based on John le Carre’s 2008 novel about a Chechen former prisoner who arrives illegally in Germany.
McAdams, who plays German civil rights lawyer Annabel Richter, gushed over working with Oscar winner Hoffman, and riding bikes in Hamburg, both new experiences.
“It’s in Hamburg, which I’ve never been to before, and where the book is set,” said McAdams. “Philip Seymour is in it, whom I’m over the moon I get to meet and work with. She’s a great character, this German lawyer. She’s a big bike rider, so I’ll ride around the city a lot.”
As for the privilege of steady, fulfilling work on exotic sets, McAdams was grateful.
“You get to sort dip into a whole new life for a couple of months,” she said. “You get to really sink into this person and understand what they might come from.”