Rachel McAdams Says Striptease Scene in ‘Hot Chick’ Was ‘One of the Scariest Moments’ in Her Acting Career

The Hot Chick not only marked Rachel McAdams’s first time on the big screen but it proved to be the film in which she experienced “one of the scariest moments” of her acting career.

That moment came when she had to shoot a scene as a man trapped in a woman’s body doing a striptease. Keep reading to learn why the scene in the 2002 comedy became one of the toughest things McAdams has done as an actor

Her role in ‘The Hot Chick’

For those who don’t remember The Hot Chick, McAdams, who was 24 years old when the film premiered in Dec. of 2002, played the most popular girl in high school named Jessica. In a Freaky Friday-esque storyline, her character switched bodies with a career criminal in his thirties, Clive, played by Rob Schneider

McAdams on striptease scene: ‘How did I get here?’

One of the movie’s most memorable scenes involved McAdams doing a striptease while a man heckled her. Unbeknownst to him, the blonde and scantily clad Jessica was really a shabby man. McAdams, who now has a slew of films on her résumé,  recalled during her cover story for Allure in July of 2014, that it’s still one of the scariest things she’s ever done as an actress. 

“I just remember breathing deep and thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I have to go out there and do this striptease, as a man…as a woman. How did I get here?’” McAdams told Allure. “It was probably one of the scariest moments I’ve had in my career. It stretched me in ways I could never have imagined,” she said then paused for a moment before adding, “Literally.”

The Hot Chick made $54 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Not bad numbers for a debut film role. 

McAdams’s career took off two years later

Just two years later McAdams became a huge star after she had two blockbuster movies hit theaters in the span of 12 months. They were 2004’s Mean Girls — she played queen bee Regina George — which premiered in April of that year, and The Notebook — the drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel she starred in opposite Ryan Gosling, whom she would go on to date for a number of years — which premiered in June of 2004. 

Both movies were box office hits and remain wildly popular today. Mean Girls made $86 million in the U.S. while The Notebook made $81 million, according to Box Office Mojo. 

Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams. | Jim Spellman/WireImage

In fact, Mean Girls and The Notebook are still often quoted with lines from the movies printed on t-shirts and sold at stores such as Target. Two of our favorite Regina George lines are “Is butter a carb?” and “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird,” the heartwarming words McAdams’s character, Allie, in The Notebook, told Gosling’s character, Noah. We’re forever grateful for McAdams’s excellent performances in both films that brought us two of our favorite female film characters. 

What is Rachel McAdams doing now?

McAdams’s career really took off and hasn’t slowed down since. She’s continued to show her wide range of acting skills in the variety of movie roles she takes on. She played an investigative journalist in the Oscar-winning film, Spotlight, which earned her a SAG award, and has starred in more comedies e.g. Wedding Crashers and dramatic roles such as True Detective and the Sherlock Holmes franchise.

In addition to her stellar acting career, she recently started a family of her own. She and her boyfriend, Jamie Linden, welcomed their first child together in 2018, according to People. Next up for McAdams is Sherlock Holmes 3, set to premiere in 2021, and in the meantime, the actress has been filming another movie,  Eurovision.