Feb 11, 2011
Published: November 12, 2010
Rachel McAdams steals the show in the romantic comedy, Morning Glory, opposite Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, and Patrick Wilson. She plays an upstart television producer who accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program.
The 31-year-old actress talked to Parade’s Jeanne Wolf about her latest film. Plus, why she has a newfound appreciation for morning shows.
Morning television is a trip.
“I visited a whole bunch of shows and really went behind the scenes. It’s a tough job. If I mess up in a movie, I get another take. On live TV, you say it and it’s out there forever. There aren’t a lot of female executive producers. It’s very uncommon, which says something about the hours and whatever it requires. I realized it’s easier to be an actress than it is to be an executive producer on a morning show. You have a little bit more time to yourself and you don’t have to get up at two in the morning day after day.”
Morning Glory was a workout.
“I didn’t expect this to be an action part, but there was all this running up and down steps and dashing in hallways. Then there is running on the sidewalks of New York. I really got in shape. The physical part of comedy is as hard as a lot of action movies. It scares me, but in a way that I like.”
Filming those steamy scenes with Patrick Wilson in high heels.
“I got bumps and bruises doing the love scenes because they wanted us to be kind of tumbling as we got in the bedroom. Roger, our director, thought it would work if we were rolling around. Awkward at first, like always, but this one had to be so mapped out because of the kind of comic moves that Patrick and I do that there was more laughing than any kind of embarrassment.”
The Harrison Ford story she’ll tell forever.
“I was intimidated at first by Harrison, but I discovered that he’s pretty funny. I will never have an Altoid again without thinking of him because he’d always have Altoids. He called them his acting pills, which I thought was so cute because he so clearly doesn’t need acting pills. But every time he’d pop one, he’d say ‘I need my acting pills’. He’s very, very funny.”
Suffering through bad auditions.
I’ve had heartbreaking auditions where they don’t even look at you. You’re out before you’re in. I’ve had auditions where I felt ‘this one is make it or go home.’ That’s one of the reasons I loved this part. My character is up against every obstacle and with sheer enthusiasm and intelligence she flips the whole situation.”
Never let them see you sweat.
“You have to just go on to the next one. You just get to the point where you’re like, ‘I guess it wasn’t meant to be.’ You need to have tough skin. And you have to remain open to possibilities.”
Maturity is overrated.
“I feel like I’m going backwards, actually, as I get older. I’m regressing. I feel more and more like a kid, which is kind of a fun feeling. I think you spend your young adult life wanting to be an adult and taken seriously and you make your own money and be given a shot at doing whatever it is you wanna do. And then you start to go the other way.”