Rachel McAdams is an angel. I’m convinced. She floated into the room during the Doctor Strange Press Junket and had an ethereal glow about her. She was super sweet, thoughtful, and beautiful. She had a bit of a Sandy from Grease feel going on with her outfit. In the film she plays: DOCTOR CHRISTINE PALMER:
Dr. Christine Palmer is a highly skilled trauma surgeon, who is not only Dr. Strange’s colleague but a friend as well. When the devastating accident that crippled Strange’s hands takes a toll on their relationship, Dr. Palmer comes to realize that Strange needs to rediscover his worth on his own. But she never dreamed of the unlikely path that he would one day walk—or how it would come crashing back into her own life.
Now let’s get on to the EXCLUSIVE Interview she had with the Mom and Dad Bloggers:
Q: How is it joining the Marvel universe?
RM: It was everything I had hoped for and more really. I assumed I would be working with you know the crème de la crème really and I was. So it was just great to be in such great hands. Just from costumes to everything was just so well done, so beautifully thought through and well-crafted. They didn’t even make me pretend that much with green screen. I mean that’s how considerate they were. They had real things on fishing wires to actually try and scare me. They are very thoughtful people.
Q: Were you a Marvel fan prior to doing the role?
RM: I hadn’t read the Dr. Strange comics growing up. I was kind of reading you know Judy Blume and stuff like that. I’ve since educated myself. I think they’re so different from the other comics which is nice. I mean I love the movies but I hadn’t read a lot of the comics.
Q: What did you have to do to prepare for your role? You’re playing a doctor. Did you do some research there or was there anything specific you did?
RM: Yeah. I’m a little funny when it comes to blood and guts and stuff like that. But, my mom’s a nurse so I’d kind of grown up with, around medicine which is probably why I became an actress instead. I did get to shadow some amazing brain surgeons, a female brain surgeon in Toronto, another surgeon in London. Then we had a surgeon onset every day. He taught me to do sutures and was practicing on turkey breasts, raw turkey breasts.
That was interesting. Oranges, that was a little more easier to take in my purse so I could practice wherever I went. I read this really great book called do no harm by Henry Marsh who is a world-famous brain surgeon which was –. I don’t know if anybody has read it but it was just a phenomenal book and really like eye-opening when it comes to you know being your own advocate when it comes to your health. I thought it was so funny, he said the number of people who don’t ask me how many times I’ve actually done the surgery I’m about to do on them is extraordinary. So it gave me some good insight into things, questions to ask if I was ever in that position. I got to learn a lot. One of the doctors offered to take me up in the Evac helicopter for the weekend. So cool, right? But I’m terrified of flying. I have a weak stomach. So I was like, I actually think for the sake of everyone I should decline this really generous offer. So I didn’t unfortunately get over my fear and do that.
It was very educational. I became kind of obsessed with the suturing. It was like, almost like knitting. I just took it everywhere with me and like would put it on a doorknob and I think I looked little crazy but it was fun.
Q: Your character is so intensely emotional in the film. Is there a special memory or place, how do you draw on that emotion for the character?
RM: Good question. I mean I do think having a mother as a nurse who’s so compassionate and she really, unfortunately would take her work home with her sometimes. So, and I think Christine’s more that kind of character. So I think I kind of grew up with that a little bit and have great admiration for people who do that for a living and who are real empaths. So I suppose I drew from my mom a bit. She would miss, she did IV therapy. If she would miss someone’s vein I mean, she just like beat herself up you know so bad. I guess it was a little bit personal that way. But also you know Benedict is such an extraordinary actor that you just have to be present with him and it all kind of falls into place. I mean, we did a lot of crying together. We cried one day for eight hours straight, every single take.
I’ve never been able to do that before. I mean, it goes, it comes back again. But with him I mean he’s so emotionally available and present that I’d look at him and I’d start crying. It was just like water works all day long. We both had these incredible headaches at the end of the day. I was like, well we’re dehydrated. I really have to you know give kudos to him for that.
Q: How did you go about getting this role? And when you found out that you got it what was your reaction?
RM: Oh, I was just over the moon. I met with Scott and he was just so incredibly passionate and a self-proclaimed comic geek. I think that’s who you want at the helm of something like this. It was so personal for him. I just knew he was the right guy for it and that you know I’d be great hands. And you know that Marvel would be so supportive as well. I was just excited at the possibilities, yeah.
Q: So we know that this movie won’t be the end of Dr. strange, how do you feel about being further involved in the Marvel cinematic universe? And what would you like to see your character do if you had your choice?
RM: I want my own cloak! I mean, that’s also up in the air. I haven’t really thought about it because it’s really is sort of to be determined. I think the success of the film you know determines that. So we’ll see. I mean I loved being a part of it so of course you know I would be more than happy to go forward with it. Who knows. h.
Q: Is there a superpower that you either have or is there a superpower that you would like to have?
RM: I don’t have any superpowers. I just don’t. I would like to be invisible because I’d love to go into people’s houses and see their interior decorating. Don’t you guys, like when you’re driving at night and you’re like, and you can kind of see through the window and you think, oh that looks so cozy in there. I wish I could like get a free pass. Yeah, so that’s probably the one I’d pick. I’d be a total creeper but.
A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.
***Disclosure: I attended the #DoctorStrangeEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***