When it comes to leaving Hollywood at the height of her career, Rachel McAdams explains why she has no regrets.

In the middle of the 2000s, Rachel McAdams became well-known for her roles in blockbusters like Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers, and The Notebook. But she decided to stop acting at the height of her success.

She explained her choice to leave Hollywood in a new interview with Bustle, describing how it made her feel “empowered.”

Two of McAdams’ most famous films were released in 2004: Allie in the romantic comedy The Notebook and Regina George in the comedic hit Mean Girls. But she was overwhelmed by her sudden leap to popularity.

In response to her newfound stardom, McAdams told Bustle, “You don’t go to drama school to learn how to deal with that. “There is no manual on how to do that.”

McAdams claims she left a Vanity Fair picture shoot after being asked to pose naked alongside Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley because she found some of the expectations placed on her as a celebrity uncomfortable.

She decided to leave Hollywood at the height of her career and return to Canada to concentrate on herself.

McAdams recalls she felt terrible for not taking advantage of the chance presented to her since she knew she was in a fortunate position. But I also knew it didn’t exactly fit my identity and what I needed to keep sane.

McAdams declined the number of high-profile blockbuster movies while she was away, such as The Devil Wears Prada, Iron Man, Casino Royale, and Mission Impossible III.

She acknowledges that she occasionally regrets declining those big-budget movies, but she believes everything turned out for the best. There are certainly instances where one wishes they had done something, she told Bustle. I step back and think, “That was the right person for that.”

There were undoubtedly some worrying moments when I questioned why I was doing it and if I was throwing everything away. Years had passed before I realized what I was doing instinctively, she claims.

She claims that her two-year hiatus from performing has “really helped me feel empowered” now. It gave me the impression that I was regaining some control. And I believe it enabled me to enter through a different doorway.

After taking a break, McAdams returned to Hollywood in a stronger position and has since enjoyed incredible success. Her films include the blockbusters Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Strange, the romantic comedy About Time, the hit television show Game Night, the Christmas comedy-drama The Family Stone, and Midnight in Paris with Woody Allen.

She was nominated for an Oscar for her work in Spotlight, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Are You There God, the renowned young adult novel by Judy Blume, is the subject of her most recent movie. This month’s opening of It’s Me, Margaret.

We’re delighted Rachel McAdams took the break she needed because being a Hollywood celebrity can be very demanding. She’s now back and better than ever!

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