Rachel McAdams Opens Up About Taking Time Off From Acting and Turning Down Major Roles

Actress Rachel McAdams is speaking out about her decision to step away from acting and the roles she turned down during that time.

Rachel McAdams, best known for her roles in “Mean Girls” and “The Notebook,” is now set to star in the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” playing the role of Margaret’s mother, Barb.

In an exclusive interview with Bustle, McAdams shared that she took a two-year break from acting and felt guilty for not taking advantage of the opportunities that were presented to her during that time. Despite turning down roles in major films like “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Casino Royale,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “Iron Man,” and “Get Smart,” McAdams explained that she knew some of those opportunities didn’t align with her personality and mental health needs.

“I felt guilty for not capitalizing on the opportunity that I was being given, because I knew I was in such a lucky spot,” she told the outlet. “There were definitely some anxious moments of wondering if I was just throwing it all away, and why I was doing that? It’s taken years to understand what I intuitively was doing.”

Rachel McAdams, who is a mother to a son and daughter with partner Jamie Linden, has since returned to acting while prioritizing her family. During the filming of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” McAdams’ sister, Kayleen McAdams, served as her on-set makeup artist, and the two rented houses next door to each other during production. Kayleen McAdams added that the two were also able to bond over their shared experience of nursing while on set.

“Our [eldest children] are best friends, and our two younger ones are three months apart, so they’re super close as well,” she said. “Then Rachel and I get to be best friends that go off to work [while] they play every day.”

Despite the roles she passed on, McAdams acknowledges that everything worked out for the best. “There’s certainly things like ‘I wish I’d done that,'” she said. “I step back and go, ‘That was the right person for that.'”

As Rachel McAdams continues to balance her career and family life, her dedication to both is admirable. Fans can’t wait to see her in the upcoming adaptation of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”

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