​Rachel McAdams on her two-year hiatus from Hollywood: ‘I needed to reassess’

Few actresses can resist the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but Rachel McAdams is certainly one of them. The Toronto-born star, who was inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame last year alongside Ryan Reynolds, manages to keep a refreshingly low profile despite her A-list status and undeniably massive appeal.

Now, however, the 36-year-old beauty is stepping back into the limelight in earnest, starring in True Detective as rough-around-the-edges sheriff Ani Bezzerides.

Rachel is one of Hollywood's most down-to-earth stars. Photo © Getty

I love that she’s not the girlfriend or the wife,” Rachel says of her character in the June issue of Marie Claire. “She doesn’t really care what everyone thinks; she feels no responsibility for other people’s feelings. She’s not trying to be charming, which isn’t always the case with a leading lady.”

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One would never accuse Rachel of lacking charm, but the former sentiment rings true – she doesn’t seem to follow the status quo, especially when it comes to her acting career.

After a string of wildly successful films, including Mean Girls, The Notebook and Wedding Crashers, Rachel made a choice that few actresses on the rise would – she took a two-year break from Hollywood and moved back to her hometown of Toronto to re-evaluate her motives.

Rachel and Colin Farrell are seen on the set of 'True Detective.' Photo © Getty

"I had to kind of reassess and go, ‘What did I want this [success] to be, and how did I expect it to look,’ she tells the magazine.

When asked about the type of characters she likes to play, Canada's sweetheart adds: "I prefer to be a villainess. There's something a bit more delicious about their wickedness."

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In season two of True Detective, Rachel's character's "uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves,” according to a release by HBO. Several other actresses, including Jessica Biel and Malin Akerman, were reportedly considered for the part before the Canadian beauty was finally chosen.

Fellow Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch and British star Kelly Reilly round up the cast.

True Detective, which follows a new cast each season, scooped up 12 Emmy nominations last year, including two Outstanding Lead Actor nods for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

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