Rachel McAdam is uncomfortable with even her successful moments. Or perhaps it was just seeing herself from a decade ago auditioning for a role that ultimately change her life that was too much. McAdams buried her face in her hands when Matt Lauer played for her the audition that would land her the lead role in “The Notebook.”
The one-two punch of “Mean Girls” and “The Notebook” in 2004 cemented McAdams as a bona fide movie star. And yet, she couldn’t bring herself to watch her emotional performance in the raw footage of her audition, cringing and looking away.
“Why are you cringing? You got the part,” Lauer said. “It worked out well. It really did. Nicely done.”
He and Al Roker also shared with McAdams that they watched the film while on a flight, and both men found themselves crying. McAdams encouraged them, saying there was no shame in it and that they should embrace it. She also said that men have a tendency to open up to her and admit the emotional impact of the film on them, which she thinks is lovely.