The ''Time Traveler's Wife'' star on chick flicks, Eric Bana's hair, and (almost) meeting Michael Caine

By Karen Valby
Updated April 17, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

EW When did you fall in love with The Time Traveler’s Wife?
RACHEL MCADAMS Someone handed me the big old hardback, and I just ate it up. It was hard to read, though, because I knew they were going to make it as a film. So the whole time I was thinking, ”Would this work? Could I be this character?”

EW The movie was originally supposed to come out last year. Why the delay?
RM We were waiting for Eric’s hair to grow to do reshoots. Eric had gone off and played the villain in Star Trek and had to shave his head. It was just one of those things.

EW Are you worried about the male audience dismissing this as a chick flick?
RM That’s such a misnomer that comes with love stories. I mean, who are we kidding? A guy loves a good love story as much as a girl. I can’t tell you the number of guys who come up to me and confess that they cried during The Notebook. They have to get it off their chest! ”I didn’t go into it willingly, but I really loved it.”

EW Recently, you accepted ShoWest’s Female Star of the Year award. Did you have to give a speech?
RM My shoes were too big, so I was more worried about them coming off than what I was going to say. I always forget about that walk up to the podium. I had chosen a really short dress and really high heels, so the whole time I was thinking, ”My wardrobe is not appropriate!” But it was a really nice show. I’ve never met Michael Caine, and he was there. I still didn’t get to meet him, but I was about 10 feet away. So I’ve gotten this much closer.