Move over, Kylie Jenner. Someone else is fronting magazines in custom-made Versace, and she's doing it with a breast pump. Just before Christmas 2018, Rachel McAdams posed for the cover of Girls, Girls, Girls (by proving she's a "woman, woman, woman").
The haute couture Versace was there. So were the Bulgari diamonds. The one thing that got this cover #Trending? The fact that the most visible part was the pump. The internet exploded overnight, mothers took to forums by the thousands, and yes, Rachel herself became front-page news.
Mean Girls is where most people recognize Rachel McAdams from. 2004 saw Rachel star in this and The Notebook alongside her former-boyfriend, Ryan Gosling. The actress has since starred in Wedding Crashers, Doctor Strange, and the TV series True Detective.
Kylie Jenner may have hidden her pregnancy, but the youngest Kardashian-Jenner actually has something in common with Rachel– not going public. Rachel became a mom six months ago, but she has still not revealed the baby's name. In fact, Rachel never officially announced her pregnancy.
The actress and mother who keeps her private life private has just done the most public thing ever. It's time to pay attention to Rachel, the mom. Here are 20 reasons why Rachel McAdams is the realest mom around (and a total breastpumping goddess).
20 THE FIRST CELEB TO ACCESSORIZE CUSTOM-MADE VERSACE WITH A PUMP
Wearing designer clothes has become the #StatusSymbol of today. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Cardi B is stepping out in Versace, Prada, or Gucci– "and I park my Bentley truck on my Versace driveway" are Cardi's lyrics. In December 2018, Rachel wore custom-made Versace, but it came with a little something different.
"On Wednesday we wear pumping bras #momlife" was just one of the Twitter responses to Rachel's breast pump photoshoot. The focus wasn't on the glam squad or the quality of the silks. Rachel looked right down the lens of the camera. She had two eyes, two ears, and two breast pumps.
19 SHE HASN'T EVEN ANNOUNCED THE BABY'S NAME (BUT WE KNOW IT'S A BOY)
Rachel McAdams is so private, she still hasn't announced her baby's name (and he was born in April 2018). "It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to me, hands-down," she told The Sunday Times. Still, the newspaper got zero details on her son. They certainly didn't get any photos.
Rachel is notoriously private– "People say your life is not your own anymore."
Being a celebrity when you want to stay private is way harder than it sounds. The paparazzi follow you everywhere. They chased after Rachel for this pic. Just like Blake Lively though, Rachel fights for the rights to her privacy.
18 SHE NEVER CONFIRMED THE PREGNANCY (BUT SHE DIDN'T RUN AND HIDE)
The fact that Kylie Jenner concealed her pregnancy isn't to be criticized– if anything, it shows just how real the pressure of being a giant celebrity really is. Kylie likely realized that having millions of fans scrutinizing her every move just wasn't healthy. Unlike Snooki, Khloe Kardashian, or Porsha Williams, Rachel never announced her pregnancy.
"I'm not a great self-promoter. I wasn't good at selling Girl Guide cookies or Christmas wrapping paper," she once said. While Rachel never confirmed her pregnancy, she didn't fear walking around with a bump. The press exploded with headlines about her speculative pregnancy. Rachel? She just kept going.
17 #REAL: ADMITTING SHE WAS "TOO TIRED" TO KEEP UP BEING VEGETARIAN
It's like everyone is vegan right now. Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo, Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, and Gisele Bundchen all follow plant-based diets. While this lifestyle has huge benefits if it's correctly followed, you've got to admit that the pressure to follow the "vegan craze" can get a bit much. In 2012, Rachel told Glamour:
"I was [vegetarian] once, but it made me very tired. I just ate pasta– I was the most unhealthy vegetarian ever!"
Rachel got honest about it all. "I'd like to try it again now that I know more about quinoa and bulgur," she said. Ultimately though, we're looking at a celebrity who was ready to admit she's #JustLikeUs.
16 #PLANET: DOESN'T OWN A CAR, PREFERS TO BIKE AROUND TORONTO
"Had to match my hair to the lambo!" That was Kim Kardashian's social media update in 2018. This Kardashian superstar dyed her hair green to match her Lamborghini (although she rode around in a Ferrari just hours earlier). Fancy cars and private jets seem to be the way to go for celeb moms. Except for Rachel.
Speaking on The Ellen Show, Rachel revealed that she prefers to get around her home city of Toronto by bicycle. She even admitted to not owning a car. In 2007, Rachel and her friends started a green living website. Other celebs might flaunt their vegan lifestyles, but those KarJenner jets leave a giant carbon footprint...
15 NO SOCIAL MEDIA, NO NEED TO "JUSTIFY" THAT PUMP PIC
Think of any celebrity you love (and likely follow on social media). Whether it's the Teen Mom cast, anyone from Bachelor Nation, or mega-stars like Jennifer Lopez, they all have social media accounts. Kylie Jenner? It's Snapchats of Stormi and Instagram stories showing her her mommy journey. Chrissy Teigen? Same deal.
Rachel has no social media. That's no Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook accounts. She doesn't share anything about her life. In fact, USA Today reports that Rachel "isn't even sure how social media platforms work." For her breast pump shoot, no "justifying" comment came alongside it. This girl doesn't need to justify anything.
14 FIRST-TIME MOM AT 39: SHE WANTED TO WAIT FOR "THE RIGHT TIME"
When to have that first baby is 100% your choice. For Caitlynn Lowell, Kailyn Lowry, and Jenelle Evans, it was teen motherhood. Kylie Jenner became a mother at 20. Cardi B did it at 25. Rachel hasn't given much away about becoming a first-time mom at 39, but she did say this:
"It's just how it happened. And I didn't want to do it before it was the right time." Rachel is now 40.
Speaking to The Times, Rachel admitted that she had "waited a long time" to have kids. Timing was key for her, though. Having kids later in life can leave a woman feeling judged. Rachel is way above that.
13 "I WANT TO KEEP HIS LIFE PRIVATE, EVEN IF MINE ISN'T"
When Britney Spears attacked a photographer in the 2000s, people judged her. What many people didn't see, was the human inside who likely couldn't handle 10,000 cameras flashing in her face. Invasion Of Privacy is the name of Cardi B's album. Making more sense now?
"I want to keep his life private, even if mine isn't," Rachel said about her baby boy. You won't find #MommyAndMe selfies with this mother. In fact, pics like these are the most you'll find of Rachel and her son. The "fun being a mom" that Rachel opened up about is for her to enjoy– not for the world to capitalize on.
12 "I WOULDN'T MIND RUNNING A RESTAURANT": SHE MIGHT DITCH ACTING ALTOGETHER
Being a Hollywood actress isn't a job you just ditch. Movies pay in the millions (and Rachel's net worth is $15 million). This actress isn't your average Hollywood girl, though.
"I'm not an amazing cook, but I can follow a recipe. I wouldn't mind running a restaurant," she once said. Speaking of her hometown of Toronto, Rachel added: "I love to eat in this city. You've got the best of the best." Interestingly, this also shows us someone spending time outside of Los Angeles. Most Hollywood actresses eat #Exclusively in Beverly Hills. This one even considered opening her own one back home!
11 NO TV TIME AROUND THE BABY: "POTS AND PANS MAKE FOR GOOD BABYSITTERS"
Most celebrity mothers dish out the deets on how much screen time they allow their kids. Kourtney Kardashian has revealed that it's 30 minutes of video game time during the week and an hour on the weekends. Rachel literally lives off the grid.
"An OCD for unplugging anything with a plug" is how Rachel described herself on her green living website.
"We never turn on the television when he's around. Pots and pans are good babysitters." In one of the few interviews she's given since welcoming her son with James Linden, Rachel told Hello that old-fashioned values factor into her household.
10 SHE DOESN'T SEE MARRIAGE AS NECESSARY (NO, HER GUY ISN'T CHANNING TATUM)
If you're a fan of either Rachel McAdams or Channing Tatum, you'll recognize this pic from the 2012 movie, The Vow. This actress might wear wedding gowns on-screen, but that wedding vow doesn't seem to be a priority for her. In fact, having a high-profile relationship just isn't up Rachel's street.
James Linden is Rachel's boyfriend (and the father of their baby boy). James is a screenwriter and director who is one year younger than Rachel. E Online first spotted them together in LA back in 2016. James did date Zooey Deschanel between 2012 and 2014, but he seems to have found love with Rachel. (Marriage not necessary)
9 HER MAN IS LINDEN JAMES (BUT HE DOESN'T MAKE RED CARPET APPEARANCES)
Rachel's past relationships were super high-profile. The Notebook might be the biggest romance ever, but it was a real one for Rachel and Ryan Gosling. They dated between 2004 and 2007, E! News reports. "I usually take away one close relationship from every job, some romantic, some not," Rachel said after dating Ryan Gosling.
James Linden isn't a face you'll see on the red carpet, though. While James has directed movies starring George Clooney, Channing Tatum, and Julia Roberts, the man behind the script stays well out of sight. Harper's Bazaar reports that these two "have yet to make a red carpet appearance together."
8 THAT PHOTOSHOOT? SHE WAS NURSING AND EXPRESSING BETWEEN SHOTS
It's literally become the biggest story of December 2018. Rachel's breast pump shoot prompted thousands of comments, like the "don't mind me just framing this photo of Rachel McAdams shot by Claire Rothstein" from one Twitter account. Claire Rothstein took to Instagram to explain the shoot:
"This shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding."
"Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world," the magazine's founder added. "Like breathing and I can't for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of." #Word
7 SHE WILL LIKELY RAISE HER SON "IGNORANT": "I DON'T HAVE A TELEVISION"
"I listen to the news on the radio. I don't have a television," Rachel told People in 2009. She added: "I'm really ignorant." While that's already a sign of a wholesome personality (after all, who admits that they're ignorant?), it's the fact that Rachel stays away from technology that makes her so unusual.
"I am really bad at email," Rachel continued. It doesn't stop there. While social media was still getting started back in 2009, Rachel was living in a world where it was already being used frequently. "I just heard about Twitter," she said. With Rachel switching off the TV (she now appears to own), it's safe to say that her mentalities haven't really changed.
6 "READY TO REP OUR HOMETOWN": ADMITS HER FAMILY IS "CLOSE-KNIT"
This pic came from Kayleen McAdams, Rachel's sister. "Team McAdams ready to rep our hometown at the McAdemy Awards #Oscars" was the Twitter caption. Although Rachel has an Oscar nomination to her name, her down-to-earth attitude always stayed real.
While Hollywood throws us a ton of celeb sisters (Bella and Gigi Hadid join the Kardashians here), it isn't often that we see an A-Lister hanging back with her normie family. Rachel seems to have taken "fam over glam" into every aspect of her life. In a zip code filled with glitz and glam, that takes on a whole new meaning in Hollywood.
5 MOM IS A NURSE, DAD IS A TRUCKER: HARD-WORKING ROOTS
Lots of celebs started out humble. Selena Gomez has dollar store spaghetti memories. Justin Bieber recalls ordering water instead of soda at restaurants. Rachel joins the list of celebrities who come from "salt of the earth" families. Rachel's mom, Sandra is a nurse. Her dad is a retired trucker.
"I'm from a very close-knit family. I owe a lot to my parents." In 2011, Rachel said that her parents (who had just marked 32 years of marriage) were her inspiration. "They are still together and still in love. I'm very blessed in that way," The Independent reported. Rachel added that their romance was inspirational to her for The Notebook.
4 RACHEL WANTED TO "PUT FOCUS ON SOME OTHER PERSON"
Rachel has given very few interviews since giving birth to her baby boy. "I'm having more fun being a mom that I've ever had," she told Hello in 2018. "Even the tough days, there's something delightful about them." Those might be the words of a new mother enjoying motherhood, but Rachel's humble philosophies run deeper than that.
"I had 39 years of me, I was sick of me, I was so happy to put the focus on some other person," she continued. "More and more women are waiting until they're older to start a family." In an industry that's #MeMeMe, that's one real attitude.
3 SHE PRACTICES KUNDALINI YOGA: "THE EARLIEST I'LL START IS 4.30 A.M."
Wellness took over Hollywood a long time ago. Talking about it and actually doing it are two very different things, though. One day, it's Soul Cycle, the next, it's yoga. Interestingly, the dedicated yogis in Hollywood are some of the strongest women around. Jennifer Aniston, Kaley Cuoco, Miley Cyrus, and Jessica Biel are all yoga nuts.
Looks like Rachel is only out-done by The Rock. His workout alarms go off at 3.50 a.m.
"The earliest I'll start is four-thirty. That's my limit," Rachel said about getting up for Kundalini yoga. Whether she's filming or not, she does it every day, Pop Sugar reports.
2 SHE'S GOT HER EYE ON MORE KIDS: "HAVING A FEW WOULD BE GREAT"
Announcing to the world that you're considering having more kids is something many of us don't think twice about. With no gossip columns monitoring our every move, there's no reason to be cautious. The minute KUWTK showed us Kim freaking out over Kanye West "wanting 7 children," we learned exactly why stars keep quiet.
Speaking to Hello in 2018, Rachel opened up on being a mother– "You see everything through a particular lens; very sensitive, more open." Turns out, Rachel herself was open. "I think there is definitely room for more," she added. This little baby may well get a sibling.
1 THE BRAVEST CELEB MOM TO DATE (FROM THE GIRL WHO BROUGHT US THIS)
Mean Girls will always be epic. "That's so fetch" will always make us laugh. Rachel McAdams took Regina George and made it her own. While Rachel has taken on more serious roles (like 2016's Doctor Strange and 2017's Disobedience), it's the ultimate "mean girl" that we're remembering Rachel for.
Showing strength of character and the ability to break the internet with a breast pump, Rachel 100% proved that she is the realest mom around. The Mean Girls years are well behind this mother. As one of the most private women in Hollywood, showing reality amid judgment and controversy is probably the greatest mom move we've seen all year.
Sources: CBC News, Harper's Bazaar, CNN, USA Today, ABC News, In Style