Rachel McAdams: Morning Glory, Morning Routines, and More

Rachel McAdams knows what it's like to be goal-oriented. Despite competition and pressure, the successful actress has maintained integrity and scrutiny in selecting her silver-screen roles. And that's why she's perfect as Becky Fuller, a hard-working, career-minded TV producer trying to save her love life and revivethe last-place morning news show on television. McAdams talked to a group of reporters about prepping for the part at the press conference for her new movie Morning Glory.

Were there any challenges playing your role? Was there a scene that was a big hump — that you needed to get over to make the whole movie work for your character?
There was no particular scene that stood out as being an obstacle. There was always a fun little challenge ahead.

Did you look to anyone as a role model for your character?
I shadowed some executive producers. We were fortunate enough to be invited into the control room of Good Morning America and the Today Show. I went to the Early Show, and just shadowed some producers there – there aren’t many female executive producers. It’s very uncommon. I think there’s only been a handful at the bigger shows, which says something about the hours and what it requires. I’ve realized it’s actually easier to be an actress than to be an executive producer on a morning television show. You have a little bit more time to yourself.

How did you mentally and physically prepare for the role?
The script really told me everything. She was so well-informed. She’s a great character that was very easy to step into. So I didn’t have a lot of work to do – which is nice. It’s a nice place to start. And then you sort of just build on it from there.

What’s your morning routine?
I listen to the radio. The first thing I do is turn on the radio to CBC in Canada. I really got into pod-casts lately too – Radio Lab and This American Life. I can’t believe I’ve lived my life without that for so long. They’re so good.

Morning Glory is in theaters Nov. 10.