GOES BADASS IN TRUE DETECTIVE
RACHEL McADAMS SHOWS up for our interview in an electric car the size of a toaster. We’re up in LA’s Fryman Canyon on a breezy spring morning, and she is wearing a maroon hoodie, no-name sunglasses, spandex leggings and a baseball cap. Her hair is 10cm of black roots with bleached-out surf-rat frizz at the ends. Her make-up is slim to none. If anyone has ever wondered what the opposite of a movie star entrance looks like, it’s safe to say this is it.
‘I hope this doesn’t seem too weird,’ says Rachel of her plan for us to hike the canyon, laying on a smile that could melt steel. You know the one – that dimpled, playful, twinkly eyed number that made the world (not to mention Ryan Gosling) fall in love with her in 2004’s The Notebook; the one that afterward had everybody in Hollywood proclaiming that she was the next Julia Roberts.
‘What I love is dropping into someone else’s life and exploring it,’ she says as we walk along the canyon, the blue sky billowing above us like a parachute. She’s in town from Toronto, shooting season two of HBO’s hit gothic crime drama True Detective with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, which she describes as ‘the job of a lifetime’.