RachelRachel McAdams opens up to Marie Claire about her role in the upcoming second season of TRUE DETECTIVE on HBO. Information about the project has been guarded, so even this abbreviated conversation is of interest.

Excerpt from Marie Claire:

Rachel McAdams [is] something of a complicated proposition, because it turns out Rachel McAdams is not really all that interested in being a movie star. What Rachel McAdams loves to do is act.

“What I love is dropping into someone else’s life and exploring it,” she says … She’s in town from Toronto, shooting season two of HBO’s hit gothic crime drama True Detective with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, which she describes as “the job of a lifetime.” McAdams, 36, plays Detective Ani Bezzerides—a hard drinkin’, hard gamblin’, cigarette smokin’ Ventura county cop … trying to solve a grisly murder. “I love the exploration of someone who has such a different background from you. That exploration runs to compassion, and to cracking yourself open and creating more understanding of how weird and amazing life is.”


The show’s creator Nic Pizzolatto has said that this season will feature “bad men, hard women.” McAdams likes the fact her character is not a familiar one. She says:

“I love that she’s not the girlfriend or the wife. 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. There’s [usually] sort of a responsibility to be a little bit likeable… Not that you want to be a horrendous character, just a little more human.”

TRUE DETECTIVE returns to HBO on June 21.