Rachel McAdams Of ‘True Detective’ and ‘Southpaw’ Never Dreamed Of Becoming A Movie Star

Rachel McAdams of True Detective says she never really dreamed of becoming a movie star and prefers to do Hollywood her way.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rachel McAdams, who stars as a detective with strong morals struggling in a corrupt system in Season 2 of HBO’s True Detective, said becoming a movie star was never more than a passing thought as a child.

“I think it was sort of a vague idea in my mind when I was a kid, when you think, ‘What would that be like?’ But it wasn’t something I really meditated on or planned for in any way. I really thought I’d be doing theater in Canada. I’d grown up doing children’s theater there, and I always imagined myself being artistic director of a children’s theater company.”

The Canadian-born actress of the Notebook, Aloha, and Mean Girls is not your typical Hollywood celebrity.

Rachel McAdams still resides in Toronto, near her hometown, and is more likely to conduct business with Hollywood big shots via Skype than to hobnob in Los Angeles and prefers to live a low-key lifestyle.

Her Southpaw co-star andrumored love interest, Jake Gyllenhaal, says he believes Rachel McAdams doesn’t worry too much over her career, prefers to choose meaningful work rather than go for glam and glory, and treasures her privacy.

“Deep down inside, I know she wants to be home and go to her local co-op. I think if you told her she would live a life where she wasn’t an actress, exactly half of her would be genuinely fine with that. Actors say that but deep down want to be the star of the show. But she’s a really private person. Even when you’re working with her, it’s like, ‘We’re all going out to dinner. Do you want to come?’ And she’s like, ‘I’m OK. I have my friends.’ It’s like, ‘Oh, OK, I’ll see you on set tomorrow.’ She very clearly has her life and her work life.”

With a reputation for being picky when it comes to choosing roles, Rachel McAdams says she is picky because she has qualms about her ability to bring quality to a role.

“It’s often out of my own insecurity. If I’m picky, it’s for that reason. I want to be able to bring my best to the table. So if I’m not connecting to something, then I’m not gonna hold up my end of the bargain, and that’s really embarrassing.”

Rachel McAdams is also set to star in the Tom McCarthy-directed film, Spotlight, in which she plays a Boston Globe journalist investigating the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

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