LOS ANGELES – It’s not quite Valentine’s Day, but Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are getting hot and heavy in a corner booth at the Four Seasons hotel.
McAdams can’t take it any more. “OK, OK!” she says, laughing. “So it doesn’t translate.” McAdams had just finished recapping her friend’s 4-year-old daughter’s first crush. “She was on a safari and she fell in love with her park ranger,” McAdams says. “And she turned to him and said, ‘If I was a puppy and you bought me, I would jump all over you.’ Is that the cutest, sweetest thing you’ve ever heard?”
Tatum obviously disagrees, but “there’s no line on the face of the planet that does actually work,” says the actor, who has been married to actress Jenna Dewan since 2009. “Come up, say ‘Hello, my name is Channing. What’s your name? What are you doing here? You want something to drink? Nice — what is that a necklace? Oh, you like vintage things?’ Have a conversation!”
A tragic love story
The art of wooing is on display in their movie, The Vow, but heart-wrenchingly so. McAdams plays Paige, a Chicago sculptor who loses five years of her memory after she and her musician husband, Leo (Tatum), are in a car crash. When Paige awakens, she reverts to the self she remembers, attending law school and clinging to a successful, straitlaced ex-boyfriend (Scott Speedman). Leo, now a stranger, tries desperately to win her back.
McAdams consulted with a neurosurgeon in preparing to play the confused Paige. “It was interesting finding out that people who have brain trauma, and the tape is erased and they’re not necessarily going to get those memories back, they will still find their way back kind of unconsciously (to) where they left off before the accident,” says McAdams, who also met with the woman who inspired the story.