Rachel McAdams’ relationship with Ryan Gosling on The Notebook wasn’t so bad they were “throwing Ming vases at each other”.
The pair portrayed a couple in love in the 2004 romantic movie and although they went on to date in real life, they didn’t bond during filming. Both have been open about that in the past and Rachel is proud that they did such a great job of hiding their difficulties.
“We weren’t throwing Ming vases at each other, so it wasn’t loathing, but our relationship was not what you saw on the screen. I would say that we were both, well, professional,” she told British newspaper The Times.
“[Our later relationship] certainly wasn’t something that either of us had expected would come out of that filmmaking experience. Which goes to show you that you can engineer chemistry on screen just by telling the audience that these two people love each other. And, unless your actors are doing a really terrible job, I think people will want to see that. As an actor you don’t have to feel it. You don’t have to feel anything. Just imagine it.”
Most recently Rachel dated Michael Sheen, although they are no longer together. Her failed romances haven’t put her off finding love with someone in the industry though, as she insists actors are no harder to be with than men in other jobs.
Around the time of The Notebook, Rachel was enjoying a career high. She’d also been lauded for her roles in Mean Girls and Wedding Crashers, but then decided to take some time out.
The 34-year-old felt totally unequipped to deal with the world of movies and knew she needed to protect herself by having a break.
“Everything was happening really quickly, there were a lot of cooks in the kitchen, a lot of voices around me, and I wanted to step away so I could hear my own voice again,” she explained.
“There was no instruction book available about how to deal with it, and also, truthfully, I never really wanted to be a big movie star. I never even wanted to work outside of Canada, or outside of the theater.”
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