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“Human nature is flawed and complicated”

Award-winning actress Rachel McAdams talks about her new film, Disobedience, shot in London, which explores a lesbian relationship in an Orthodox Jewish community

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams is exceedingly polite and mild-mannered. She smiles when she greets you and has a seemingly pleasant nature. The Canadian actress, highly regarded for more than a decade, is best known for her work in The Notebook, Sherlock Holmes, True Detective, Southpaw and Spotlight, and she rarely plays the same sort of character twice.

‘I’m always looking to take on roles that push me further than I might like to go’, says McAdams.

‘I don’t want to repeat myself and stay safe. One of the things I love about acting is how I never know exactly where a character is going to take me.’

That philosophy certainly applies to her new film, Disobedience, directed by Sebastián Lelio, in which she plays Esti, a married Orthodox Jewish woman who has an affair with her former teenage lover, Ronit, played by Rachel Weisz. Ronit fled both their affair and her faith 20 years earlier, but the women’s passions resurface when she returns to their Jewish community in north London, following the death of her father, a noted rabbi.

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