11 Rachel McAdams Quotes About Love, Because She's A Professional & Personal Romantic

If you're a fan, you probably already know that Rachel McAdams, who is about to take on True Detective Season 2, tends to be quite private about her personal life, especially when it comes to love. But, every so often in an interview, she reveals little nuggets of wisdom about love and relationships which, let's face it, are probably drawn from personal experiences. As you get excited to see her in the True Detective's new season, take a look back at some of McAdams' best quotes about love.

On Loving Love Stories

“I love stories with love in them. I just prefer those films. Every so often, I come across a film where there’s no love story. It doesn’t have to be romantic, but there’s a lack of love, and I don’t get that. I’m like, ‘Something’s missing,’” she told Collider back in 2013. Considering her resumé is chock full of love stories, should this really come as a surprise?


On Mixing Love & Passion

“I just feel like love and passion are synonymous with each other, whether it’s for a person or a thing, and I just want to see movies that are infused with passion,” she said in the same Collider interview. Her huge movie audiences must agree with her!


On Important Relationship Rules

“You need to trust each other and be able to talk to each other and be best friends,” McAdams told Stella in 2012, back when she was dating Michael Sheen. Though they have since split, this is still important advice to keep in mind.


On On-Set Romances

“A set may seem like a good place for romance, but I don’t think it’s very conducive; it’s too distracting. Every relationship I’ve had with a coworker has come after the fact, because you wind up actually spending a lot of time with those people promoting the movie,” she told Glamour in a 2013 interview.


On Her Lovelorn Characters

“I think they choose to be together every day,” she said of the main characters in her movie The Time Traveler’s Wife during a group interview back in 2009. “I think they could walk away and when Claire says she doesn’t have a choice, in that moment I think it’s out of frustration, but I think she genuinely means that this is the man she loves. It’s chemistry and it’s alchemy and that whatever your challenges are, that you make it work somehow.” Though time travel doesn’t exist, this sentiment can certainly be applied to many real-life situations!


On Picking A Partner

“To think it all boils down to hormones and pheromones is a little disconcerting. At the same time, it’s kind of interesting that we’re still that primitive. It’s still fairly basic nature. You’re drawn to who you’re drawn to,” she said in a Marie Claire group discussion.

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On Past Lives

“I always wish I could go back and see the people that I love as children,” McAdams said in that same Marie Claire discussion. Aww!

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On Being A Romantic

“I am. When Billie Holiday comes on, I can’t help but be transported — and I’m sure it wasn’t as romantic then at all — but that’s the wonderful part of my job: dressing up and walking down the street in New York or Toronto, pretending I’m in the ’40s,” she told Elle magazine. So, it’s not just an act in her romantic movies! She really is that romantic.

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On Being Inspired By Her Parents' Love

“Still together and still in love. I’m very blessed that way. I had a great example of love in front of me, and that’s probably what makes me such a romantic, because I’ve seen it firsthand,” she said in the same Elle interview.

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On Relationship Expectations

“You grow up and you assume that everyone is like that,” she said of her parents’s marriage in the same Elle piece. “And you quickly realize that they’re not, and then you have those days when you wonder if you’re going to find it for yourself. It’s such a hard thing to find. I think it was more that realization that rocked me.” It’s really inspiring to hear her keep in perspective that not everyone is going to turn out exactly like how you want them to be.

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On Belief in True Love

“Oh, yeah, for sure. Absolutely,” was McAdams' response when she was asked by Allure magazine in 2014 if she still believed in true love.