Rachel McAdams, the actress best known for her roles in The Notebook and Mean Girls, recently spoke about her decision to take a two-year break from the entertainment industry.
During this time, the actress turned down several blockbuster movies, including The Devil Wears Prada, Casino Royale, and Iron Man. In a new interview with Bustle, McAdams explained her reasoning behind these decisions.
Here are three key takeaways from McAdams’ interview:
- McAdams chose to prioritize her well-being over her career. During her hiatus, she spent time with family, biked around Toronto, and focused on re-centering herself. While she felt guilty for not capitalizing on the opportunities that came her way, she knew it wasn’t jiving with her personality and what she needed to stay sane.
- The actress recognized that turning down those movies was the right decision. She explained that she would step back and say, “That was the right person for that.” Although she had some anxious moments wondering if she was throwing everything away, she eventually realized that it was the right choice for her.
- McAdams never wanted to be a big movie star. While she acknowledged that it took years to understand her intuition, she knew that being in the spotlight was not what she wanted for her life. She said, “It’s taken me years to get to a place where I actually enjoy it [acting] and I’m not just doing it because I’m either trying to prove something or because it’s just what’s expected of me.”