Rachel McAdams managed to pull off a rare feat when, earlier this year, she gave birth to her first child while managing to conceal her pregnancy.
In a new interview with the Sunday Times, the native of London, ON, opens up about motherhood and explains why she and her longtime partner, screenwriter Jamie Linden, have opted to conceal their son’s date of birth — and even his name.
“I want to keep his life private, even if mine isn’t,” McAdams, 40, tells the Times. “But I’m having more fun being a mum than I’ve ever had. Everything about it is interesting and exciting and inspiring to me. Even the tough days — there’s something delightful about them.”
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During the interview, she jokes about her casual attire. “I have clothes on and that’s a good thing,” she jokes, referring to the chaos inherent in the arrival of a newborn. “I don’t even know what I’m wearing today. The shoes are held together with glue. Isn’t that sad? I need to get a life.”
She and Linden, says McAdams, are adamant that they’re not going to expose their young son to screens. “We never turn on the television when he’s around,” she states. “Pots and pans are good babysitters.”
Meanwhile, she admits that motherhood has made her more “emotionally raw” than she was before. “You see everything through a particular lens: very sensitive, more open. It’s like being on an airplane all the time,” she adds, declaring her son to be “the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, hands down.”
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As she explains, she felt she had reached the right place in her life to start a family. “[People say] your life is not your own anymore. But I had 39 years of me, I was sick of me, I was so happy to put the focus on some other person. I waited a long time [for motherhood],” she says.
On waiting until she was 39, McAdams says that was simply the way things worked out. “It’s just how it happened. And I didn’t want to do it before it was the right time.”
As the interview ends, McAdams is posed one final question: Are there plans for her son to have a sibling? “I think there is definitely room for more,” she hints.
You can read the entire interview in the Sunday Times.