Rachel McAdams was told to “stop making stupid movies” by immigration agent


Over the past few days, I’ve seen the trailer for the new Rachel McAdams movie about a dozen times. I don’t if the publicity campaign is just targeting me specifically or women like me, but I’m kind of sold on it. The film is called Morning Glory, and in addition to McAdams, it also stars Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Patrick Wilson. It looks like it’s part generic romantic comedy and part Working Girl/Broadcast News. I’m calling it: my mom will love this f-cking movie. And so will I, although I probably won’t admit it.

Anyway, Rachel has already starting promoting the film, and she gave an interview to the New York Times that I found interesting – a rarity, because Rachel seems like an actress who tries really hard to give boring interviews. Anyway, Rachel says that when she was flying from Canada into an America, an immigration official began berating her:

RACHEL McADAMS, a 31-year-old Canadian actress who lives here in a house she shares with her younger brother when she’s not off shooting movies, has long held a green card. She can usually cross the border to the United States easily, but a few years ago an American customs officer recognized Ms. McAdams and gave her a hard time.

“She kicked me to the curb,” recalled Ms. McAdams, a slight, 5-foot-4 blonde. “She was tough. I had pink hair at the time, and she said, ‘Don’t dye your hair that color, and don’t make any more stupid movies.’ ”

The actress was too polite to ask which movies the officer might be referring to. “I was just glad she let me through,” she said.

In the eight years that Ms. McAdams has been making movies there have been few glaringly stupid ones. An exception would be her first Hollywood film, “The Hot Chick,” a dopey comedy in which she played a high school cheerleader who switched bodies with Rob Schneider’s small-time crook. Her résumé is notable for the wide variety of characters she has portrayed, ranging from the teenage queen bee everyone loved to hate in “Mean Girls” and the love-struck young woman in “The Notebook,” her first major lead, to the sassy foil of Owen Wilson in the blockbuster comedy “Wedding Crashers” and a returning Iraq war veteran in an independent drama called “The Lucky Ones.” In “State of Play” Ms. McAdams portrayed a high-energy blogger who helps investigate a murder, and in last year’s “Sherlock Holmes” an old flame to Robert Downey Jr.’s pipe-smoking detective.

Next up, “Morning Glory,” a comedy in which she plays a hotshot television producer who must rein in bickering anchors (Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford) while trying to increase ratings on a struggling morning news show. The film opens on Nov. 10.

“Being an actor you get to have so many lifetimes in one,” McAdams said. “I like the comfort of home, the stability and security, but I also want to travel and do new things. Being an actor expedites that.”

Ms. McAdams grew up in St. Thomas , a small town in Ontario; her mother was a nurse, her father a mover. St. Thomas is best known as the place where Jumbo the elephant, the pride and joy of the showman P. T. Barnum, was accidentally crushed to death by a locomotive in 1885. Like virtually all Canadians she learned to skate early, at the age of 4, and dreamed of future Olympic glory on the ice. She discovered her true vocation, however, when she was 12 and attended a performance by a children’s theater group. “I told my mother that I had to be in it, that I would die if I wasn’t,” Ms. McAdams said, laughing at her precocious flair for the dramatic.

“I try to pick movies that I want to make, that offer a challenge, but that people want to see,” she said. “Why do all that work if it’s for naught? If you act and nobody sees it, is it still acting?”

She was attracted to “Morning Glory,” she said, in part because it offered a chance to work with Mr. Ford, 68, who was riding high in “Star Wars” before Ms. McAdams was born. In the movie, her character cajoles the Ford character, a former nightly news anchor, to join her fluffy morning show after finding a loophole in his contract. “Harrison is so funny,” Ms. McAdams said. “He has this amazing dry humor.”

According to Mr. Ford the admiration is mutual. “It was really a pleasure to work with Rachel,” he said. “She’s a very rare combination of having a straightforward approach to the work, and yet there’s always an emotional underpinning to her acting, which is often surprising, both in its correctness for the scene and its availability to her and those working with her.”

[From The New York Times]

Can you imagine being berated by an immigration official? About your career and hair style choices? Goodness. Someone was cranky. Other than that, I think it’s cute that Rachel and Harrison like each other, because I get the feeling that at this point in his career, he doesn’t really give a sh-t. But he cared about Rachel, so that’s nice.

Here’s the trailer for Morning Glory… is Harrison going to get some nominations for this?


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  1. Jules says:

    Man, she has one of the crappiest nose jobs I have ever seen. Bleech.

  2. lol, i don’t think they’re that bad!

  3. kelBear says:

    She has always been a favorite of mine! And Wedding Crashers is one of my all time favs!

  4. mln says:

    That immigration lady was just bitter. I like her she is boring but likeable and smart. I will probably watch this new movie and not admit to liking it.

  5. Roxanne75 says:

    I love her and I also can’t wait to see the movie

  6. gee says:

    I love her!

  7. Kazoo81 says:

    i love her!

  8. scotchy says:

    she didn’t have a nose job, i worked at her agency before she was famous and she looks exactly the same then as she does now. she is a really kind person and a good solid actor. give her a break.

  9. N says:

    I love how they describe her as a blonde….Ha!

  10. Ferguson. says:

    I’ve always liked her films and I think she’s a good actress. I’m really looking forward to see this movie.

    I hope she keeps doing these ‘stupid films’ cause I love her in them.

  11. jojo says:

    She’s got style and grace, is beautiful and can act! What more do you need!

  12. Daysma says:

    umm..I totally loved The Hot Chick…it was stupid-good. And I really like her!

  13. girl says:

    Other than that Rob Schneider movie and The Time Traveler’s Wife, she seems to do some pretty good movies. I hate schlocky crap like the Notebook but it was a well made film. I just don’t like the mooshiness, if that makes sense.

  14. neelyo says:

    They didn’t mention my favorite movie of hers, RED EYE.

  15. bellaluna says:

    “The Lucky Ones” is an excellent movie – if you haven’t seen it yet, please do; you won’t be sorry.

    What about “Time Traveler’s Wife”? Yes, the book was much better, but it was still a good movie.

    What a bitchy immigration chick. Not cool.

  16. Lindsay says:

    Her Daily Show interview for Time Traveler’s Wife was not boring. Funny, embarrassing, and memorable. But overall I like her and there are lots of actresses with much worse resumes.

  17. Linda says:

    She needs to have EVERY mole removed from her face and neck! They distract from her acting.

  18. Deeta says:

    You gotta be kidding! Any awards for Harrison?! This movie looks fluffy at best! An easy entertaining feel-good typical American movie. No way award material!

    On the other hand, I do like Rachel McAdams – I may not like all her movie choices, but I think that she is a decent actress that is not wasting our time by talking to us about anything else but her movies.

  19. RobN says:

    Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. Who cares who this week’s blond chick is.

  20. devilgirl says:

    I like her, and I have to admit, I am a fan of Wedding Crashers as well.

  21. Stronzilla says:

    She and Diane Keaton were great in ‘The Family Stone’, but it was James Garner and Gena Rowlands who made me lose it watching ‘The Notebook’.

  22. Riley says:

    I love love love Rachel McAdams, esp. in The Family Stone— Was Diane Keaton in that one as well? Anyway, I have a feeling I will be sucked into seeing this one with mom— right now she is calling me every Sunday to go see Secretariate but I’ve too busy– but I think this movie looks like it is going to be terrible and I don’t think I will be able to sit through it. It looks too much like the Devil Wears Prada, which I really didn’t like (except for Meryl of course).

  23. Jeri says:

    I’m a fan. She’s a very good actress and isn’t caught up in all the Hollywood bulls-it. She’s also beautiful and not in a dime-a-dozen way.

    I look forward to seeing her in lots more movies.

  24. Henriette says:

    She has a nose job? Seriously? Who knew? And pretty much every time I find an actor attractive and interesting – Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams – I then find out that he or she is Canadian. Something in the drinking water…



  26. lucy2 says:

    I like her a lot.
    The movie looks pretty cute, not too terribly generic but nothing earth shattering either. I saw a long trailer for it a while back and have been looking forward to it since then.

  27. womanfromthenorth says:

    She’s great and the movie looks good!

  28. Katalina76 says:

    What nose job???

    And also, what’s that big ‘ol rock on her finger?

  29. Tia C says:

    Ugh, I wish she’d stop dyeing her hair blonde. It washes her out. She makes a lovely brunette, as she was in “Wedding Crashers.” LOVED that movie, btw, and she was terrific in it. “Time Traveler’s Wife” was a whole different breed of suckfest, but the majority of her movies are decent.

    As for this new one, I have to agree with Riley that it looks way too much like the forgettable (except for Meryl) “Devil Wears Prada” and therefore doesn’t interest me much. They’ve also been doing a hard sell with the trailer and that usually turns me off. I may check out the DVD though.

  30. scotchy says:

    there wasn’t any nose job? that was a weird comment.

  31. esblondie says:

    @Linda, about the moles – are you for freaking real?

  32. filthycute says:

    I went to university with her. She’s a biatch.

  33. KJ says:

    I like Rachel McAdam’s a lot. She seems a little boring, but like someone I’d hang out with. She’s adorable.

  34. heathen says:

    “my mom will love this f-cking movie.” HA! My mom called me the other night & told me she wants me to go with her to see this movie!! I guess it is the Harrison Ford/Diane Keaton thing!

    McAdams is a good actress, I guess — every movie I’ve seen with her she does fine — but she is kind of forgettable IMO. Every movie I’ve seen with her could have had another actress playing her part & it wouldn’t have mattered. Not offensive, not special, just an overall “meh.”

  35. Zvonk says:

    Red Eye was a pretty crappy movie imo. Perhaps because it was based on a plane, the immigration officer particularly objected it?

  36. dj says:

    I really like her. She has acting ability (which seems to be very rare anymore) and some comedic ability too. I can’t wait to see this movie. The bits with Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford look hysterically funny.

  37. happygirl says:

    I love her!!

  38. hmm says:

    I love me some Harrison Ford(circa Indiana Jones), but the quote at the end? Is it just me thinking that it sounds kind of silly? Do you and your co-workers go around talking like that about each other? I know they’re asked some seriously goofy questions, but actors always seem to be so ready to pontificate on the seriousness of their “craft.”
    Maybe it is me–I just got home from WORKING at my job while they’re talking about PLAYING a role. While making millions. With lots of downtime and travel opportunities. Sigh.

  39. BethL says:

    I didn’t realize that Rachel was in her 30’s. I thought mid-late 20’s. I guess because she’s petite and young looking.

  40. AJ says:

    Yeah, those immigration people can be real fascists.

  41. Confuzzle says:

    Great actor who is left making bad movies because of all the overrated attention ho’s who get the good parts (and ruin them). I think she’d be brilliant at a real drama, not a soap opera movie.

  42. Kiska says:

    I always confuse her with that red headed actress that was in “Leap Year” Man, talk about a BAD movie!

  43. GrnMtGirl says:

    I like Rachel and her movies…I wish she and Ryan were still together.

  44. Camille says:

    Love her. 😀
    Haven’t always liked the movies she is in, but I enjoy her performances and find her enjoyable to watch on screen.

  45. Diva says:

    I like her just cos I think she has the cutest smile in movies these days!

    Plus, I love, love, love The Notebook, although, admittedly, more because of the relationship of the characters when they’re older, so it’s really not because of McAdams or Gosling.

  46. Liana says:

    Something about her bugs me (personally), but she’s a really good actress, very understated and deft, good at following direction, instinctive, and able to play the entire spectrum of roles.

  47. chasingadalia says:

    That dress she’s wearing in the first picture is to die for.

  48. mac says:

    Immigration officers ALWAYS give you grief! It’s especially difficult entering the U.S…. I’m a US citizen with a student visa for another country, and they never fail to harass me about my decision to study abroad full-time! 🙁

  49. Henriette says:

    Tell, tell, tell usblondie!!! I want to hear the stories.

    “I went to university with her. She’s a biatch. “

  50. birdgherl says:

    Someone tell her to stop f***ing Michael Sheen. He’s mine!

  51. Newbie says:

    Pretty sure she’s never had a nose job. Her highschool picture looks EXACTLY the same as she does now. Lucky chick. @Liana: from the few times I’ve read articles on here, you’ve stated that you work with some celebs. Have you worked with her too? Also, I second that notion, Henriette! Tell us! Although I have to say, no matter what stories I were to hear about her, I really like her. She’s underrated and I think she’s got a long career ahead of her.

  52. javagirl1 says:

    “suckfest” is definitely an accurate description of The Time Traveler’s Wife. A shame, because the book was so good.

  53. Liana says:

    @Liana: from the few times I’ve read articles on here, you’ve stated that you work with some celebs. Have you worked with her too?

    Not yet. Heard through the grapevine that she’s really easy to work with, though. She’s good to the crew and the production assistants. (I’m in the production end – an assistant most of the time and I sometimes get to do some directorial internships on one of the units.)

  54. Kimberly says:

    oh that’s the chick that had hairy nipples in that “nip slip” when she was dating ryan gossling(however you spell it)

  55. Lee says:

    Liana, how can I do what you do for a career? School or no school? How do you score internships? So curious, thanks!

  56. Chris says:

    Ive seen Rachel McAdams in a couple of movies and liked them both. BUT, the new one (Morning Glory) is soooo bad. All the “main” characters are over the top especially hers!