Rachel McAdams Turned Down a ‘Vanity Fair’ Magazine Cover

Rachel McAdams received a big opportunity when she was offered the cover of Vanity Fair roughly 15 years ago. She was excited about the invitation, but her excitement dissipated when she learned what she would have to do to be included on the cover. Here’s the reason McAdams declined to appear on the fashion magazine’s cover.

How Rachel McAdams chooses movie roles

Rachel McAdams | Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Rachel McAdams | Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

McAdams says she’s particular about the types of projects she works on. Her goal is to accept roles that not only interest her but also attract an audience. “I try to pick movies that I want to make, that offer a challenge, but that people want to see,” McAdams tells The New York Times. “Why do all that work if it’s for naught? If you act and nobody sees it, is it still acting?”

Morning Glory director Roger Michell says McAdams is extremely hesitant when it comes to taking on new projects. He describes her hesitation as “clinical.” However, when she does join a film’s cast, she gives it all she has. “I think she’s clinically hesitant,” Michell tells The New York Times. “She finds it very, very hard to choose her projects. But when she makes a choice, then she’s 120 percent committed to this film.”

Rachel McAdams’ highest-grossing films

As of this writing, McAdams’ highest-grossing film is Doctor Strange, with worldwide box office earnings of $676.4 million. This includes $232.4 million in domestic box office earnings and $443.7 million internationally.

Her other high-grossing films include Wedding Crashers, with $283.2 million in worldwide box office earnings; Sherlock Holmes, with $498.4 million in worldwide box office earnings, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, with $535.6 million in worldwide box office earnings.

Why Rachel McAdams turned down the cover of ‘Vanity Fair’

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Rachel McAdams | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Around 2005, after starring in the hit movies Mean Girls, The Notebook, and Wedding Crashers, McAdams received an invitation to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. The actress was supposed to be photographed with Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley but there was one problem. McAdams tells the Los Angeles Times she was expected to pose nude. She was uncomfortable with this requirement, so she decided to back out.

“I didn’t see any other way,” McAdams tells the Los Angeles Times. “It wasn’t something I could ever possibly see myself doing. I have no issues doing it for a part if it makes sense, if it’s not gratuitous and I think it’s adding to the story. But not as myself on the cover of a magazine about Hollywood’s most powerful young women.”

What Rachel McAdams has planned next

McAdams is set to appear in the Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Will Ferrell also stars in the film. In the comedy, two Islandic singers, Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams), have a chance to represent their band, Fire Saga, in the Eurovision song competition. It’s also rumored McAdams will reprise her role as Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes 3.

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