Rachel McAdams took a cross country RV trip, lost her family’s garbage on the highway

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Rachel McAdams stars in Eurovision Song Contest, which is currently the number one show on Netflix. I haven’t seen it yet but have heard so many good things about it! I want to convince the rest of our Celebitchy Zoom group to watch it for next week. This is a parody of Eurovision, the Europe-wide singing competition, which is huge! I lived several years in Switzerland and Germany and was definitely familiar with it, but Rachel told Seth Meyers she didn’t know about it beforehand as she’s Canadian. They filmed part of it during the actual live perfomance contest, and she was terrified about that, but luckily she didn’t have to perform and Will Ferrell took one for the team. They filmed in Iceland and she said the setting was lovely and the people pretty much ignored them. Plus she talked about RVing around the US with her family, which her husband Jamie Linden, and their two year-old son (we don’t know his name). She said it was great but there were some mishaps.

On if she was familiar with Eurovision
I’m Canadian. It’s not broadcast in North America anywhere so I missed out. It’s massive. It’s twice the Super Bowl. 200 million people tune into this. It’s one of those things where people love it or hate it.

On how the small village in Iceland responded to them
They were so lovely. They closed their restaurants so we could come in, the whole crew, and have a hot meal. The major came down and he brought stuffed puffin dolls and Icelandic swag. They were incredibly warm and welcoming, but when we were shooting there was no one. People would walk by and just keep going. It was great, we felt like we really were living here.

On her RV trip
We took a 40 foot RV from the East to West Coast over 8 days. It was so much fun. We had the best time, went through 11 states. The RV is a little worse for wear. We made a few mistakes. We left the awning open one day and drove away, took down a tree. I insisted on saving all the recycling. The middle of the country, there really wasn’t anywhere to recycle things. I was collecting and saving it all. We were stashing it in the compartments under the RV. There was so much that it exploded. Opened one day on the road. All the people are honking at us and we’re running out collecting all the recycling.

You have to lock the fridge and lock the freezer. One time I forgot and a giant jar of pickles smashed. I shouldn’t be saying this because we borrowed it from someone and he doesn’t know any of this.

[From Late Night with Seth Meyers]

I’ve done a lot of RVing around Europe and there was a learning curve around figuring out the RV. You definitely only want to pee in the toilet, because you have to take care of that and it’s not pleasant. I also never used the shower and just went to the campground’s shower. You have to clean stuff up immediately because ants will come otherwise. I had that experience and would not be saving the recyclables for that reason. Plus you want to wash your dishes at the campground sinks too of course. It was relaxing though and I wouldn’t mind taking an RV trip now. It seems like the safest way to travel.

Here’s that part of her interview!




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  1. Case says:

    I really like Rachel McAdams. She just seems down to earth and chill, and is a good actress, too.

  2. kimberlu says:

    wonder is she did any of route 66?

  3. MaryContrary says:

    We watched this the other night-it is so fun and happy-definitely recommend especially right now when everything feels so heavy. She was delightful and I even liked Will Farrell (I usually find him annoying.) Dan Stevens was great.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      I find him very annoying too but I LOVE her! Gotta check it out!

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      I don’t want to spoil it for anyone (so please feel free to skip this comment entirely), but I didn’t like it. In fact, it made me really angry. I would have enjoyed it much more without the romantic angle. If it had just been about the performances and the experience, I would have like it about as much as I like any other Will Ferrell movie. But the romance really put my back up. He had *decades* to realize his feelings for her and progress into a romantic relationship. And she spent just as long making herself smaller, so that he could be the one to shine. He just took her for granted and kept her on the back burner. He abandoned her in a foreign country! I would have liked it a lot more if they’d gone with the less obvious ending.

    • E.D. says:

      Dan Stevens stole the movie – he was fabulous!
      I really enjoyed it.
      Pure innocent, silly fun.

  4. Godwina says:

    Hi, Canadians have known about EV forever (especially if they’re ABBA fans). Canadians throw EV parties and hold betting pools. Canadians (and Americans) have had full access to seeing the spots since YouTube got big–they just can’t text a vote in from a non-EU phone number. SOME Canadians haven’t heard of it, of course, but RA is in the age-group where she would def have friends who know about it. I mean, it’s been a running gag here for years.

    I can’t wait to see this.

    • Fred says:

      I’m Canadian just a couple of year older than RM and had never heard of Eurovision until I moved to Europe. The movie is cute and better than the usual fluff Will Ferrell puts out.

    • Redgrl says:

      I was a kid in the 1970’s and knew about the contest because of ABBA. But it wasn’t broadcast and in those days of limited tv channels (which you got by an outdoor tv antenna) there wasn’t really any way to watch it. I just knew it was a big deal in Europe but never watched it.

  5. wheneight says:

    She was so cute in that movie. It should have been all about her and Dan Stevens’ character. Will Ferrell’s character did nothing for me.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I want to watch this. I like Rachel a lot, I wish she were in more stuff, but I think she enjoys working at her own pace.
    The RV stories are funny. My SIL’s family are super into that, but I don’t find it that appealing. I would prefer that over actual camping outside though!

  7. DiegoInSF says:

    Is the reply function glitching, when I hit reply the comment field disappears. This is a reply to LUCY2, she has the best anecdotes, doesn’t she? She had me laughing imagining them running after the recycling.

  8. Foxxy says:

    Why isn’t anyone talking about how hit Pierce Brosnan is? Mmmmm….

  9. Talia says:

    I miss her! She will always be one of my all-time favorite actors and public personalities. I remember her whammy of a year when Wedding Crashers, The Notebook and Mean Girls came out. She was poised to be the next Julia Roberts (better IMO). I really respect that she was transparent about her choices since then and wanted to focus on her life and balance it with work. But I’ll always love her and Ryan Gosling (McGosling forever) together. I hope she makes more films post-COVID and works with more acclaimed directors.