Rachel McAdams is loving motherhood. Months after quietly welcoming her first child with boyfriend Jamie Linden the Notebook actress opened up about how her life has changed for the better.
“It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, hands down,” the Mean Girls star, 40, told The Sunday Timeson Sunday, November 25. “[People say] your life is not your own any more, but I had 39 years of me, I was sick of me, I was so happy to put the focus on some other person.”
McAdams continued: “I waited a long time [for motherhood]. It’s just how it happened. And I didn’t want to do it before it was the right time.”
The Game Night actress also dished on her hopes to keep her son out of the public eye.
“I want to keep his life private, even if mine isn’t,” she told the outlet. “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.”
McAdams even joked about pulling herself together in the midst of motherhood chaos to get dressed for the interview. “I have clothes on and that’s a good thing,” she said. “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.”
Rachel McAdams in recent years
Rachel McAdams in recent years
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rachel McAdams attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Rachel McAdams and mom arrives at the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Rachel McAdams arrives for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Rachel McAdams attends Vanity Fair and Barneys New York Private Dinner Celebrating 'Spotlight' Director Tom McCarthy at Chateau Marmont on February 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 8: Actress Rachel McAdams attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Rachel McAdams attends the 68th annual Directors Guild of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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As for what drew McAdams to the Dear John writer, 38, she told the Times she “just wanted to be with someone creative,” adding, “we live such a gypsy life as actors, so [it’s great] being with someone who can be on the road as well.”
Though McAdams never confirmed her happy news, it was reported in April that the pair had welcomed their first child together.