Rachel McAdams Covers ‘Marie Claire’ Magazine, Talks Life After ‘Mean Girls’

Rachel McAdams is going to be everywhere this summer, and we can’t wait.

The gorgeous 36-year-old actress is taking over the big and small screens this summer, starting with the movie Aloha, which will be in theaters on May 29. Then, she’ll appear on the second season of True Detective on HBO starting on June 21. Plus, while you’re watching that, McAdams’ other summer movie, Southpaw, with Jake Gyllenhaal, will hit theaters on July 24.

Somehow, this busy lady made time to cover the June issue of Marie Claire. Inside the magazine, McAdams opens up about her career and the characters she loves.

Rachel McAdams
Jan Welters
CREDIT: Jan Welters

While many celebs are in the acting business for the fame, McAdams just loves the craft. It’s the characters and the stories that excite her, not the paparazzi. “What I love is dropping into someone else’s life and exploring it,” she told the magazine. “I love the exploration of someone who has such a different background from you. That exploration runs to compassion, and to cracking yourself open and creating more understanding of how weird and amazing life is.”

In True Detective, McAdams gets to play a real badass. Her character is Detective Ani Bezzerides, a cop trying to solve a murder. She told the magazine that this is the, “the job of a lifetime.” She went on to add, “I love that she’s not the girlfriend or the wife. She doesn’t really care what everyone thinks; she feels no responsibility for other people’s feelings. She’s not trying to be charming, which isn’t always the case with a leading lady. There’s [usually] sort of a responsibility to be a little bit likeable… Not that you want to be a horrendous character, just a little more human.”

Rachel McAdams
Jan Welters
CREDIT: Jan Welters

McAdams’ career took off after she appeared in major movies like Mean Girls, The Notebook and Wedding Crashers in the 2000s. After that time, McAdams took a step back from the spotlight in order to decide what she wanted to do with her career. She told the magazine, “I had to kind of reassess and go, What did I want this [success] to be, and how did I expect it to look?”

The actress is very smart about her career, making strong character choices and transforming herself into various, unexpected roles. While we all know and love McAdams for her sweet and calming nature, she actually loves to play the more wicked roles. “I prefer to be a villainess,” she told the magazine. “There’s something a bit more delicious about their wickedness.”

Check out this behind the scenes video of McAdams cover shoot!

To read more of McAdams’ interview, head on over to Marie Claire!

Plus, watch the Southpaw trailer below!