There's a story that always comes up when people talk about Rachel Mc Adams, one that reveals her ambivalence about the machinery of Hollywood.A decade ago, after she'd just starred in three huge hits in a row, "The Notebook," "Mean Girls" and "Wedding Crashers," she was asked to pose on the cover of Vanity Fair.She was supposed to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz alongside two other beautiful and popular young actresses, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley."I didn't see any other way," Mc Adams says now, reflecting on the decision.
As a result, the series has been viewed as a sort of career rehab — a place to regain industry credibility playing very serious characters. Sure, she once passed on being a Bond girl as well as Anne Hathaway's role in "The Devil Wears Prada." But it's not as if she's only made quirky indies.
She's starred in accessible love stories like "The Vow" and big-budget action flicks like "Sherlock Holmes" and has certainly made more conventional choices than Gosling, whose career was also launched by "The Notebook." But nobody's writing essays about why he isn't a movie star; they're likely too busy making "Hey Girl" memes to post on Tumblr."What is this movie star thing?
I say that without bitterness, even though people will probably say I'm projecting," says her "True Detective" costar Farrell, who is one part heartthrob, one part character actor himself. Rachel is navigating her career in a really interesting way.
I have no issues doing it for a part if it makes sense, if it's not gratuitous and I think it's adding to the story.
But not as myself on the cover of a magazine about Hollywood's most powerful young women." From the queen of mean in comedy cult classic "Mean Girls" to a tough L. detective on HBO's critically acclaimed series "True Detective," Rachel Mc Adams has portrayed myriad characters over her 14-year career. (David Lewis, Shannon O'Connor)After her turn as a beguiling ingenue in "The Notebook," studio executives branded her as the next Julia Roberts.
She had that same huge smile and no-nonsense attitude; she was believable in commercial fare and indie dramas.And though she was private, she knew how to give fans just enough to maintain intrigue — famously running into then-boyfriend Ryan Gosling's arms for a dramatic lip lock while accepting Best Kiss prize at the MTV Movie Awards. She's a busy working actress — often popping up on red carpets and non-Vanity Fair magazine covers — but not quite a movie star.In the past five years, she's worked with high-end directors like Woody Allen, Terrence Malick and Brian De Palma.This weekend, she has a brief but pivotal role in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw," playing opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as a devoted wife who meets with a tragic fate that throws the athlete's life into chaos.She's also on the new season of HBO's "True Detective," starring as Ani Bezzerides, a hard-edged, tenacious investigator trying to crack a complicated murder case.All of her costars on the program, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn, have had trouble opening movies at the box office but are still respected actors.