Rachel McAdams says she ‘can’t wait to see’ The Notebook musical 20 years after the hit film’s release: ‘It’s so exciting!’

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Rachel McAdams gushed over her 2004 hit film The Notebook – in which she starred alongside Ryan Gosling – being adapted into a musical on Sunday. 

The 45-year-old movie star was over the moon about the remake saying, ‘I can’t wait to see it. I think it’s so exciting to see it take on a whole other life like this, it blows my mind.’

‘[It’s] crazy, just crazy,’ she said while on The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal. 

The starlet – who played Allie Calhoun in the film alongside Gosling as Noah – reminisced about her time acting in the romance film saying, ‘We didn’t even know if anyone would see this movie when we were making it.’

The musical hit the stage on March 14 and features actors Ryan Vasquez, Joy Woods, and Jordan Tyson, John Cardoza, Maryann Plunkett, and Dorian Harewood.

Rachel McAdams gushed over her 2004 hit film The Notebook – in which she starred alongside Ryan Gosling – being adapted into a musical on Sunday (pictured in the film as Allie Calhoun with Gosling as Noah Calhoun)

The 45-year-old movie star was over the moon about the remake saying , 'I can¿t wait to see it. I think it¿s so exciting to see it take on a whole other life like this, it blows my mind'

The 45-year-old movie star was over the moon about the remake saying , ‘I can’t wait to see it. I think it’s so exciting to see it take on a whole other life like this, it blows my mind’ 

McAdams has been headlining her first Broadway production, Mary Jane, and chatted up a storm about her transition from film to being on stage. 

‘I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around it to be perfectly honest. I pinch myself every day,’ she admitted, ‘The little theater nerd in me is freaking out.’

The Mean Girls star even said that the change was drastic and it made her feel ‘terrified’ at times. 

‘It’s gotten better wince we’ve gotten int o the rehearsal space…I got to ask a million questions [and I] still have a million more, but I find I’m endlessly challenged by film and television still,’ she shared. 

Despite being ‘intimidated’, per her own words, she feels lucky and excited to take the stage in The Big Apple.

The actress even said that she hopes to continue acting on Broadway in the future admitting that she does not want this to be her first and only rodeo on stage. 

In the play directed by Anne Kauffman, the Oscar nominee portrays a single mom ‘in an impossible family situation.

According to a description from producers at the Manhattan Theatre Club, her character’s child is ‘battling a difficult illness.’

‘Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, Mary Jane relies on unflagging optimism and humor, along with the wisdom of the women around her who have become a makeshift family, to take on each new day,’ the synopsis teased. ‘But will inner strength and newfound friendships be enough to see her through?’

McAdams’ latest project comes less than a year after she admitted that she still feels ‘guilty’ about taking a two-year break, at the height of her career in the mid-2010s, to ‘stay sane.’

While reflecting on her shocking decision to turn down starring roles in The Devil Wears Prada, Casino Royale, Mission: Impossible III, Iron Man, and Get Smart, the star revealed her break made her wonder if she was ‘throwing it all away.’

‘I felt guilty for not capitalizing on the opportunity that I was being given, because I knew I was in such a lucky spot,’ she confessed. ‘But I also knew it wasn’t quite jiving with my personality and what I needed to stay sane.’

Despite occasionally feeling regretful for not taking a role, the mom-of-two said she always takes a step back and thinks: ‘That was the right person for that.’

In the play directed by Anne Kauffman, the Oscar nominee portrays a single mom 'in an impossible family situation'

In the play directed by Anne Kauffman, the Oscar nominee portrays a single mom ‘in an impossible family situation’

Ultimately, she credits her acting breaks over the years for ‘really’ helping her ‘feel empowered.’

‘It helped me feel like I was taking back some control. And I think it sort of allowed me to come in from a different doorway,’ she added.

Later, the performer stated that becoming a household name following her parts in Mean Girls, The Notebook and Wedding Crashers made her feel like an ‘overnight’ sensation.

The transition from a recent York University grad, who worked at a McDonald’s for three years, to A-lister was jarring.

‘You don’t go to theater school to learn about how to deal with that. There’s no book on how to navigate that,’ she said, referring to being recognized in public and having fans ask for selfies.

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