She’s smart and gorgeous, yet manages to be the most un-celeblike celeb we’ve ever met. What’s Rachel McAdams’ secret? Good friends, a “normal” life, an ex (Hollywood hunk Ryan Gosling) who adores her…and one really big knife. Rachel opens up for Glamour’s February 2012 issue.GLAMOUR: Have you had mentors among your costars?
RACHEL MCADAMS: Diane Keaton, whom I’ve done two movies with. She’s a very caring and loving person. I love to listen to her stories.
GLAMOUR: So how about you tell me a story—is your Wikipedia page right? Did you work at McDonald’s?
RACHEL MCADAMS: Yeah, for a good three years. My sister and brother worked there. My sister was my manager!GLAMOUR: Is that how you got the job? Nepotism?
RACHEL MCADAMS: [Laughs.] No, no. I was 16 and directing kids’ theater, which didn’t totally pay the bills.
GLAMOUR: What was working there like?
RACHEL MCADAMS: It was a great place to work, but I had a little bit of an OCD thing with hand washing and just didn’t have time. They were like, “Hey, the drive-through’s backing up. Stop washing your hands!” I was not a great employee; I broke the orange juice machine one day.GLAMOUR: I hope your sister didn’t fire you! With that type of work experience, do you find it strange to be followed by paparazzi now?
RACHEL MCADAMS: It does happen, especially around the time a movie’s coming out. But I really like having a life outside work. I sometimes wish I did more career stuff and was in that Hollywood scene a bit more. But Toronto’s my home.
GLAMOUR: So is your brother really your roommate?
RACHEL MCADAMS: Yes, but we each have our own kitchen and bathroom. It’s how married people should live!
GLAMOUR: Smart ones, anyway.
RACHEL MCADAMS: But the house is a lemon, so there are endless things to do there. It keeps me on my toes. The strongest community I have is in Toronto. I like being able to go to the same places and see the same people. My family’s close by. I get along with my neighbors. It’s really nice.
GLAMOUR: People seem to love gushing about you in interviews. Your costars, your ex-boyfriends. What’s your secret?
RACHEL MCADAMS: I’m paying them. But, no, that’s lovely to hear.
GLAMOUR: It’s not a secret that you’ve had relationships with costars. Is there something romantic about a movie set to you?
RACHEL MCADAMS: No. A set may seem like a good place for romance, but I don’t think it’s very conducive; it’s too distracting. Every relationship I’ve had with a coworker has come after the fact, because you wind up actually spending a lot of time with those people promoting the movie.
GLAMOUR: When you did The Notebook, did you have any idea it would become such a huge thing?
RACHEL MCADAMS: Well, I bawled my eyes out when I got the script. It was a great story and had so much heart. But it was one of the first big things I had done, and I was just focused on getting through it. It was like, great, a job, I’ll take it.
GLAMOUR: Do you get very involved in creating your characters’ looks?
RACHEL MCADAMS: Yeah, I love those preliminary conversations about who a character is. You try on wigs, shoes and clothes. It’s preferable when it’s not about looking pretty. It can get a little dull to just be cute. We talk about things like, maybe my character can’t afford these Christian Louboutins. [The stylist] will say, “No one will notice.” And I’m like, “Everyone knows that red-bottom shoe!”
GLAMOUR: You were a competitive figure skater. Was this before skating got all classy?
RACHEL MCADAMS: I definitely was in the sequined, bedazzled era. We would put blue eyeshadow up our eyebrows, and glitter all over our faces. I probably put more effort into my skating outfits than my clothes.
GLAMOUR: What’s harder for you, playing serious or playing silly?
RACHEL MCADAMS: I think playing silly. I’m very silly as a person, but quality silliness on-screen has more of an art to it. Harrison Ford, whom I was in Morning Glory with, has mastered that dry funny better than anyone. Read More glamour.com