Rachel McAdams: I'm not the new Julia Roberts

Rachel McAdams: I'm not the new Julia Roberts
Cinema still: About Time, starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson.

Rachel McAdams is an acclaimed actress in her own right.

But on hearing critics remark that she's the new Julia Roberts, the Canadian actress dismissed the notion.

"Well, it's a very flattering comparison. She's one of the biggest movie stars in the whole world, which I am certainly not! "She's had a really lovely career so I'd be really fortunate if I could get anywhere close to that," said the radiant Valentino couture-clad 34-year-old during a junket to promote her latest movie, About Time, in Knightsbridge last month.

The romantic comedy, written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings And A Funeral), is about love, family and time travel.

While it might seem like a bizarre combination on paper, it is a trademark "Curtisian" film.

Opening in Singapore on Oct 10, it stars Domhnall Gleeson as Tim, a man who uses his ability to travel through time in search of his true love.

McAdams professes to be a fan of Curtis' movies.

"I think he's the best at making those movies, those sort of life-affirming yet somehow a little bittersweet movies that make you laugh and cry," she said.

"To be in a Richard Curtis movie is a real pleasure and it feels like a milestone of sorts growing up, having loved, loved, loved his films and his voice.

"The characters that he builds stay with you for a lifetime, so yeah, it was a real honour to be asked."

The 56-year-old British screenwriter-director reciprocated the admiration in a separate interview.

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