You can’t fault a girl for doing what she loves and Rachel McAdams adores romances. “I love stories with love in them. I just prefer those films,” McAdams told Movie Fanatic recently. Her history has shown that, with her work in the iconic The Notebook and The Vow, to name just two.
McAdams stars in the Richard Curtis (Love Actually) written and directed About Time, and it is the most unique of stories about Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) who discovers from his father (Bill Nighy) that he can time travel. Ever the romantic, this man uses it to fall in love… with Adams’ Mary, as seen in the About Time trailer!
And when asked about her affection for love stories, McAdams gives an insightful answer. “Every so often, I come across a film where there’s no love story. It doesn’t have to be romantic, but there’s a lack of love, and I don’t get that,” McAdams admitted.
“It’s just personal taste, I guess. It doesn’t always have to be a sweeping romance. I just feel like love and passion are synonymous with each other, whether it’s for a person or a thing, and I just want to see movies that are infused with passion.”
For those who are going, “Wait a minute...” About Time could not be more different than Adams’ film The Time Traveler’s Wife, and she admitted that was not even something that came up. “I actually didn’t really think about it because I just read the script and loved it. I loved the sentiment behind it. And because I’ve actually never played a time traveler, for all the time traveling I’ve done, I took myself out of the equation again,” Adams said.
“I’ll have to make amends on the next time-traveling film I do. But, I just fell in love with the story and where these characters wound up. I was swept away on Richard’s journey.”
She also had a time traveler in her life in Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson. What’s up with all the men getting in on the time jumping?
“I would love to be a time traveler next time! It’s an enticing thing to indulge and fantasize about. It’s like winning the lottery and thinking about what you would go back and do again. And I love the sentiment that maybe we should just embrace what happens,” McAdams said.
“There’s that whole idea that your mistakes make you stronger and better, and it’s the messiness of life that ultimately leads you to the most interesting things.”
Another appeal of About Time was her ability to be the sole American in a sea of Brits. “They’re so funny, and their timing is impeccable,” McAdams said of her co-stars. “There are so many actors in this film who have such a wealth of theater in their background. Being able to work together, as an ensemble, is really seamless. It was an inspiring group to be around.”
Curtis has announced that this will be his last film as a director as he looks to turn his attention to more altruistic means. He will still write (good news to fans of his work from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill). The fact that McAdams was one of the last performers to glean from his wisdom is not lost on her.
“I had heard that nasty rumor, and it’s one of the reasons I did the film. I’m such a fan of his, and I thought, ‘Well, this might be my only chance.’ I hope it’s not,” McAdams said.
“It’s tough because he’s taking time away from film to save the world. He raises so much money to fight poverty. It’s hard to ask him to take time away from that. It feels selfish. So, I can’t fault him for why he’s making the switch. He’s an incredible person. He’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and he brings that to the film.”