Playing pining debutantes comes easily for actor

On screen, she’s played a cutthroat high-school sociopath (Mean Girls). In The Hot Chick, she traded bodies with Rob Schneider and nailed the role of a bitchy, spoiled brat. In Rachel McAdams‘ most recent film, the 1940s-era tearjerker, The Notebook, she’s a gorgeous Southern belle, with spunk, who falls in love with fellow Canadian actor, Ryan Gosling, wrote Gayle MacDonald in a Globe and Mail profile of the York theatre grad July 7. McAdams says drama, the gut-wrenching roles such as her turn as a pining debutante in The Notebook, come easier than comedy. But she likes to mix things up to keep things fresh. “I’m pretty selfish. I like to do things that challenge me and that evoke something in me. I always gravitated to drama naturally,” said McAdams, who graduated with an honours degree in fine arts in 2001.

On air

  • Daniel Drache, political scientist and associate director of York’s Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, says Canadians may be more comfortable with the Democrats in the United States because they are not moral conservatives, reported CFTR-AM’s “680 News” in Toronto July 6. He was asked to comment on Democratic centrist policies following the news that US presidential hopeful John Kerry named North Carolina’s John Edwards as running mate.
  • A speech by David Noble, social scientist in York’s Faculty of Arts, made in February at a University of Ottawa conference, Public Record: The Scholar and the State, was aired July 6 on “Morning” (CPAC-TV), Ottawa.