Maybe it's because she lives in Toronto, not Hollywood. Maybe it's because her dad was a truck driver, her mother a nurse. Maybe it's just her personality. But you won't see her flashing her ladybits as she drunkenly stumbles out of a car; and she doesn't gush about Louboutins or Lanvin. Or at least, not when she's being interviewed by Vogue's Sally Singer. It seems like celebrity profiles used to be about elevating the star — with notes about their stunning skin, beauty regimens, tasteful wardrobe choices, etc. Once, a Jennifer Lopez profile began with the writer "discovering" her getting a massage by the pool. But now, with the "stars are just like us!" zeitgeist, this profile, much like W's piece on Jennifer Garner, emphasizes just how normal Rachel McAdams is. Whether it's true or not (and I suspect it is, mostly) it's as though the magazine is urging you to have a girlcrush on her (not that you already don't) by reminding you how much she's like that earthy BFF you already have. No matter that the photographs have her dolled up in Dior and Dolce & Gabbana, without a beat-up bike or broken in boots in sight!
Some highlights from the interview:
On yoga every morning:
"The earliest I'll start is four-thirty. That's my limit."
"I can't live with it. I feel I'm not living in the world."
On cooking classes:
"I need to have better knife skills…for vegetables. Sometimes you pick up a tomato…."
On accumulating "stuff":
"I don't really desire things. I prefer to spend my money on experiences, on meals or travel."
On her website, GreenIsSexy.org:
"I look at the world through a green lens now, but you can't make yourself crazy. That feeling of green guilt can be really inhibiting. It's about a changing mind-set, remembering to turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth."
On some old boots that Susan Levin Downey (wife of her Sherlock Holmes costar Robert) told her to get rid of:
"But they are just broken in perfectly."
On being the opposite of Regina George in Mean Girls:
"My mother never put an emphasis on looks. She let us grow up on our own time line. She never forced any beauty regimen into my world." McAdams was teased in high school for not shaving her legs. "Why didn't you tell me?" she asked her mom. Mom: "Once you start, there's no turning back."
On her home in Toronto, which she shares with her brother:
"Having a house that's always falling apart was so romantic when I bought it," she says, sighing, "but now seems less so."
On being single:
"I'm pretty good on my own, and I like just getting out and walking, which seems very rudimentary."
To top it all off, Diane Keaton, Rachel's costar in The Family Stone forthcoming film Morning Glory says:
"Rachel isn't looking for a lot of friends and a big fat social life. I don't feel like she's drawn toward 'everyone love me' or 'I want to be the richest woman on Earth.' But of course, men fall in love with her like crazy."
[Images by Mario Testino for Vogue]