Rachel McAdams covers Allure, talks Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Gosling & PSH

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Rachel McAdams covers the August issue of Allure, and they finally released some quotes from the piece at long last. Rachel is promoting A Most Wanted Man, a spy/thriller starring the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman (it was one of his final roles). So, just FYI – Rachel’s promotional work is going to be tinged with sadness as everyone asks her about PSH. Here are some highlights from Allure’s cover story:

On the “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling meme: “I know you’re not going to believe me,” she says sheepishly, “but I don’t follow it.”

On the reports that Lindsay Lohan felt intimidated by her: “If anything, I was in awe of her talent. I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing. It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we’ve got it together.”

Does McAdams still believe in true love? “Oh, yeah, for sure. Absolutely.”

Filming a striptease in her first film, The Hot Chick: “I just remember breathing deep and thinking, Oh, my God, I have to go out there and do this striptease, as a man…as a woman. How did I get here?” she says. “It was probably one of the scariest moments I’ve had in my career. It stretched me in ways I could never have imagined.” A slight pause. “Literally.”

On Phillip Seymour Hoffman: “I learned so much from him. He really takes you under — he really took me under his wing. You feel very taken care of, but at the same time there’s an element of danger: There’s a crackle in every scene. He makes sure the stakes are very high, and there’s a safety there, too. He had so much natural, raw talent, but he worked so hard, too. He really worked for it and didn’t let up. I’m sure that wasn’t easy.”

[From Allure & Us Weekly]

I feel for her because magazines still ask her about Ryan Gosling even today, years after their relationship was done. I’m assuming this interview was conducted a few months before everyone knew Ryan and Eva were expecting their first kid too. So… please stop asking Rachel about Ryan. Enough. She’s moved on. But if you want to ask her about what happened with Michael Sheen, I’d like to hear that.


Photos courtesy of Allure.

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  1. David99 says:

    Her new movie looks really cool.

  2. Dingeliding says:

    She is a world class beauty. That face wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Golden Age of Hollywood, alongside Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
    I appreciate she’s very private but she ever decides to spill the beans, I’d like to hear about Michael Sheen, too.

  3. Sugar says:

    I’d love to know what she really thinks of Lindsay

    • Lilyvanilli says:

      I think she is genuinely too gracious to smack talk anyone.

    • Esmom says:

      Good for her for taking the high road. She seems like a nice person who’d be great to work with, humble and gracious. She’s beautiful, too.

    • als says:

      If she’s talking about Lindsay in the Mean Girls era, I think she might be genuine. Lindsay was very talented and charismatic…also very young and unusually experimented for her age.
      So, I don’t think what she says here is a stretch.
      I think it’s because Lindsay was so talented that she still gets so many passes and there are still many people that want her to make a comeback…and maybe these numerous passes prevent her from fighting for a comeback…
      Anyway, Rachel is GORGEOUS!!!! It is a a joy to see her on screen.

    • Talie says:

      I don’t think she knew Lindsay beyond 2004/5, so it’s probably authentic… her reaction. Amanda Seyfried also says something similar because I don’t think she hung out with her after that time frame, which was smart.

    • No Way says:

      Lindsay as a kid and very young adult had a pretty good reputation. Most of her costars from Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Jamie Lee Curtis thought she was great to work with and talented at the time. I know a lot of people don’t remember this as she really fell off the rails with drugs and an ego the size of Texas, not sure which came first though. So I bet Rachel did like her at the time, and I loved that she was intimidated by Lindsay as I bet that was true too. Lindsay really didn’t have the support system for her success with her family drama. She was a train wreck waiting to happen, but now she is old enough and should really get her act together and stop all the crap she is creating. I always kind of hope for it, but realize it will probably not happen. Just kind of sad.

      • raindrop says:

        This, precisely. It’s hard to remember now, but Lindsay was seen as extremely talented and precocious from the Parent Trap era through Mean Girls and a bit beyond. I’m sure that precocity was a double-edged sword, though I doubt she wouldn’t tanked so hard without her awful mother’s insidious influence. Not to mention her sketch dad. It’s so sad to see what’s happened to her. She’s about my age, and I remember thinking she was THE BOMB (hey, 1990s :) back in the day.

      • Christin says:

        I thought she did a great job in the Parent Trap dual role.

      • Mary says:

        I just rewatched the Parent Trap for the first time in many many years (one good thing comes with a complicated pregnancy – time to watch all movies I’ve been meaning to watch and then some) and Lindsay is actually really good and absolutely adorable. It breaks my heart that she wasted it all.

  4. Lindy79 says:

    I’m with you. If I was an interviewer, I’d be embarrassed to ask anyone about exes, even more so, years after they split. Whats the point?

  5. Mrs. Lecter says:

    Love her! I want her to find a good guy. And I do wonder about Michael Sheen… The narrative is he never wants to get married so obviously SHE did and so they broke up. I wonder if it was actually another issue. On that note: Michael Sheen and Sarah Silverman don’t do it for me. She has cleaned up her look for him it seems, but she’s still an unfunny racist. Ugh at those two.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Rumour and gossip said it could have been the issue of kids also, he doesn’t want any more and she might down the line.

    • sigh((s)) says:

      I wonder about her and Sheen as well. He just doesn’t seem like the marrying type. Agree about Silversheen. Strangest couple.

    • I recall a blind that would make sense given the sort of weirdly…quick nature of the McAdams/Sheen breakup and Sheen/Silverman hookup. Was that at the Met Rachel got a wee bit tipsy and told Sarah off about what a cheating douchenozzle Sheen is…I like to imagine this true because it would make me like her more.

      True fact. I actually met Rachel once in passing at a York U event. I’ve always cheered for her cause she seemed like a nice girl…then again I was pretty stoned and thought most people were much nicer that way.

      • Sunny says:

        No, she really is that nice. I have also met her(ran into her at a restaurant) and she was lovely and low key. Plus, when my drunk friend ran up to her and Ryan at Sneaky Dee’s one night, she was both sweet and funny- joking with him after he rudely interrupted them.

        I loved her and Sheen together and was sad they didn’t work out. On another note, I hope her career starts moving in the right direction again.

      • @Sunny….Yeah I lived in T.O and worked at a Starbucks near where they filmed a bunch of Mean Girls so we had a bunch of the cast through. I remember it rather vividly because Rachel was the only one who didn’t come in. Lindsay was a pain. Tim Meddows and Tina Fey were great but I think I was the only one who knew who Tina Fey was then. It was a good time to work downtown with all the film production that was going on. God the stories I have about Sneaky Dee’s….I have a good Woody’s Colin Ferrell story…for another day. Now I’m just craving straight up dirty TexMex.

        Eh…Sheen’s had rumours about him not being quite the sweetheart he appears and if a woman wants commitment and marriage he wasn’t going to be the guy to get it. Both are better off. I shudder though at the rumours about her and Jake…Rachel isn’t really a bearding type.

      • Sunny says:

        @tentaclekitten I am totally jealous of your Tina Fey sightings. My roommate in undergrad LOVES her and has been an avid fan of hers since like 2000. True story, my roommate use to tell her boyfriend(now husband) that Tina was on the top of her freebie list and that her humour and brains made Tina dead sexy. We spent more than a few hours trying to keep our eyes peeled to spot Fey and failing(which is ridiculous because they filmed part of that movie at U of T).

        I hadn’t heard the rumours about Sheen. It definitely lessens my sadness about that breakup though.

        Can’t wait to hear your Colin Ferral story. On another day, I will definitely trade you for mine, which involves a snowstorm, Hemingways top floor, and an impressive amount of beer.

  6. allons-y alonso says:

    she is so beautiful it actually hurts.

  7. elo says:

    That cover is gorgeous, she looks natural and happy.

  8. Farah says:

    Lindsay was literally the least funniest person in Mean Girls. If you take a look at popculture, none of her lines are remembered.

    My personal fave Mean Girls quotes are:

    “Friends don’t date friends exes. That’s, like, one of the main rules of feminism”
    “It’s like I have ESPN, or something”
    “That’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets”
    “Damn, Africa, what happened?”
    “I’m a cool mom!”

  9. Nicole says:

    No fair! Shes’s bright too!

  10. MrsBPitt says:

    I always thought Rachel was so beautiful….but I didn’t realize that she was a liar…Lindsay Lohan, talented? great comedic timing? C’mon Rachel, what did you really think of think of this entitled crack ho, theif, addict, felon????? C’mon, spill it!!!

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      Rachel knew Lohan when she was still (at least officially) sober, talented , pretty and had a great career prospects, so I believe she might have thought all those things at the time of filming Mean Girls. Lohan’s life now is too sad to even discuss. Her face should be plastered on every single drug package and vodka bottle, just like those cancer/heart disease warnings are on every pack of cigarettes.

      • Rhiley says:

        I agree for the most part. Once upon a time Lindsay Lohan was a fresh face smart somewhat talented young woman. And then she lost control of her life, and it would be sad if she would at least “act” like she feels any sense of remorse for her terrible actions. She takes no responsibility and constantly blames others for her issues, though, so I think it is fair game that she is mocked by the paps. She seeks the attention.

    • FLORC says:

      Lindsey did have good timing. And she’s far too sweet to speak poorly of another. And what’s wrong with remembering a person at their best instead of kicking them while they’re down. No matter who they are.

  11. GlimmerBunny says:

    I love her. Regina George was my idol when I was in sixth grade and since then I’ve seen almost all of her movies. I wish she was a bigger star!

  12. Jess says:

    She seems really sweet and down to earth, I think she’ll have a long career in Hollywood. I hope she’s not constantly asked about Ryan though, it has to be uncomfortable at times. And I didn’t even know she was with Michael sheen, he has been with some hot women! I wonder if there’s any truth to the Rachel and Jake rumors, they make a cute couple.

  13. Kiddo says:

    She’s very cute and seems to have decorum, although I know very little about her life.

  14. bella says:

    stunning, gracious, lovely…a true lady and star.
    i LOVED her with michael sheen…
    would love to know what happened, too.

  15. Amy Tennant says:

    I love her. One of my favorite actresses. I think people only still ask her about Ryan because they secretly hope they’ll get back together.

    (In my imaginary Batman dream casting, she’d be Harley Quinn to Ledger’s Joker)

  16. Anna says:

    I really hope the Rachel/Jake rumors are true. They’d make a great couple.

  17. Faye says:

    She seems so together and intelligent. I know she has a good career, but I wish we’d see her in even more movies.

    I remember “Mean Girls” days. They were all good together. Lindsay Lohan did have good comic timing there. Who’d have thought she’d have ended like this? Such a waste. That role was so huge for her; if she’d hadn’t thrown it away, she could have had an amazing career. Who would have predicted Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfriend would be the big stars from that film.

  18. HappyMom says:

    I think she seems like a lovely person-and she’s very pretty in these pictures-and I know I’ll be in the minority here-but I don’t think she’s a very good actress.

  19. msw says:

    Classy response re: Lilo. They are in such different leagues right now, I almost forget the worked together, even though I watch Mean Girls a lot.

    But what fresh hell is this magazine cover? It looks like an issue of Seventeen from 1976.

  20. Kate2 says:

    She’s just lovely, both physically and in personality. I’m not one to fangirl anyone but she comes off with such grace and class. I’d love to see her and Hiddleston together. I think they could be a great match. She had a failed relationship with one British boy, but maybe another would work…

  21. Lady says:

    She is so beautiful in such an easy and natural way.

  22. Abby says:

    She is my forever girl crush. I loved McGosling but that was what? TEN YEARS AGO? come on.

  23. kri says:

    I like her alot. I just saw the trailer ofr her film with PSH, and I actually said aloud “I can’t believe you are gone”. Like an idiot…but I loved him from the sec I saw in in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Dammit. Well, the film looks good. She’s lovely, and I think Michael Sheen is a great actor, but a giant a-hole.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Agreed. Not to mention that Michael Sheen is just a more interesting person than Ryan Gosling.

  25. tc says:

    I really like her but she’s the poster child for unrealized potential. People keep asking her about “Mean Girls” and “The Notebook” because those are her two most notable films, and both are 10+ years old! I understand not wanting to go the typical Hollywood route, but why isn’t she in more good indie films? Why hasn’t she done a film with someone like Linklater, the Cohen Brothers, Guy Maddin, Cronenberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, etc etc? Or how about a guest spot on a prestige TV series or a part in an HBO movie?

    I wish she wasn’t so lazy, is all.

    • Lou says:

      it’s not lazy, she’s done loads of movies. Maybe she doesn’t want to do the full-time Hollywood deal. She still lives in Canada, doesn’t she?

      I mean, I love her, I wish she was the biggest star ever. But maybe this is how she wants her career. Nothing about her indicates laziness.

  26. Jenny12 says:

    She is gorgeous, but- more importantly- she seems to be kind and smart as well.

  27. Vera says:

    I really like Rachel, and I wish the public would get over her relationship with Ryan. It seemed rocky from the start, and it’s been done a long time ago.

  28. lrm says:

    there have been pics of her with her current boyfriend-someone in toronto-non celebrity. she’s not with jake g. that is speculation that supports the movie they are filming-PR attention. also, last few times i’ve seen pics of her, looks like she got her nose done. And i’m sad about that b/c she didn’t need it and it looks a little odd now. I thought it was contouring at first, but it’s been in several different sets of pics in the last several months, including some red carpet type images.
    gah! why??? She’s still stunning, but why mess with THAT face?