Actress Rachel McAdams returns home to St. Thomas

London Community News
Published: June 16, 2013

It seems home is where the heart is, even if you’re one of Canada’s most famous actresses.

Rachel McAdams, Gemini Award winner and star of films such as The Notebook and the last two Sherlock Holmes movies, returned to St. Thomas, the town where she grew up, on Thursday (June 13).

Rachel attended the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to her on the St. Thomas Wall of Fame at the Timken Community Centre.

Rachel was originally going to be busy doing voice over work in New York for an upcoming animated version of The Little Prince, but that was pushed to next week, which made it possible for her to attend.

As Rachel took the microphone, she confessed to being more nervous about this ceremony than she was at the Oscars.

There, it’s just a sort of sea of faces … these are the people who I really care what their opinion is,” she said.

Rachel, 34, almost came to tears at one point as she spoke about how much her hometown means to her. She described St. Thomas as where she learned to skate, where her dad taught her how to drive, and where she caught the acting bug.

At the end of the day it’s very clear to me that this place has played such a huge part, not only in my career, but my entire life. St. Thomas has such an incredibly huge heart,” said Rachel. “People don’t get anywhere on their own in this world. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without St. Thomas. St. Thomas is the place that taught me how to dream. Now, when I dream about home, I dream of here.”

The ceremony was attended by Rachel’s parents Lance and Sandra, along with Christopher and Linda Maskell Pereira, who taught McAdams in high school at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute and encouraged her to pursue a career in acting.

Besides The Little Prince, this year Rachel is busy with an untitled Cameron Crowe project. She’ll also be appearing in A Most Wanted Man, which is scheduled to come out this November.

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