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Rachel McAdams"I would vote for Ben [Affleck]. I would wear a big 'Vote for Ben' sticker. [Laughs]"

She's tackled dramedy ('The Family Stone'), a Wes Craven thriller ('Red Eye') and one of the most sweepingly romantic movies of the last decade (you know you loved 'The Notebook') -- now Rachel McAdams is getting political.

In 'State of Play' -- based on a six-hour BBC TV series -- McAdams plays a plucky young newspaper blogger who teams with the paper's most seasoned reporter, Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), to investigate what appears to a huge political conspiracy.

Moviefone got McAdams to dish about working with Crowe and Helen Mirren, if she'd vote for co-star Ben Affleck in an election and her next big role of the year, opposite Robert Downey Jr. in 'Sherlock Holmes.'


She's tackled dramedy ('The Family Stone'), a Wes Craven thriller ('Red Eye') and one of the most sweepingly romantic movies of the last decade (you know you loved 'The Notebook') -- now Rachel McAdams is getting political.

In 'State of Play' -- based on a six-hour BBC TV series -- McAdams plays a plucky young newspaper blogger who teams with the paper's most seasoned reporter, Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), to investigate what appears to a huge political conspiracy.

Moviefone got McAdams to dish about working with Crowe and Helen Mirren, if she'd vote for co-star Ben Affleck in an election and her next big role of the year, opposite Robert Downey Jr. in 'Sherlock Holmes.' -- By Maggie Furlong

1. What made you want to do this, your first political thriller?
I was really excited to work with Kevin [MacDonald, the director]. I was excited to see what his interpretation of the story would be -- how he would turn six hours into two -- and I thought that the subject matter was really relevant. It's a world that we're all constantly dealing with in some way or another.

2. Where do you get your news? And what kind of research did you do to play this sassy journalist?
I don't get the newspaper -- I actually get [my news] from radio. It's just easier to multitask. I can make breakfast and hear the news at the same time. [Laughs] We were introduced to a lot of the journalists at the Washington Post and went on Capitol Hill and got to shadow some people directly. There was also a gentleman from the Washington Post who came and was on set with us at all times, which was great. Every so often he'd poke his head in and say, "Um, that would never happen." [But] there were times when we vetoed him. It's Hollywood! [Laughs]



3. This was such an amazing cast -- your on-screen relationship with Russell Crowe was very sweet. What was it like working with him ... and with the fabulous Helen Mirren?
Yeah, she's always so solid, and what I loved about her is she's obviously a classy woman, but she's really playful and really fun to be around. Yeah, she's a real pro. Just the nature of being a fly on the wall with Russell and Helen and watching the two of them interact and put their scenes together ... it was just mesmerizing to see the two of them work together. [And] he's really the same. He's very playful on set, and he just likes to have a good time. And he's really, really smart -- he is a formidable person, but I think that's what makes him so great. I learned a lot from watching him.

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    Actress Rachel McAdams carries the female star of the year at the final night talent awards ceremony at the ShoWest film convention held at the Paris hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Thursday, April 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    NO TABLOIDS! Female Star of the Year Rachel McAdams poses for photos in the press room at ShoWest 2009's Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony on April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ShoWest 2009 - Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony Las Vegas, NV United States April 2, 2009 Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage.com To license this image (57115549), contact WireImage.com

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    NO TABLOIDS! Female Star of the Year Rachel McAdams poses for photos in the press room at ShoWest 2009's Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony on April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ShoWest 2009 - Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony Las Vegas, NV United States April 2, 2009 Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage.com To license this image (57115540), contact WireImage.com

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    NO TABLOIDS! Female Star of the Year Rachel McAdams poses for photos in the press room at ShoWest 2009's Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony on April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ShoWest 2009 - Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony Las Vegas, NV United States April 2, 2009 Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage.com To license this image (57115530), contact WireImage.com

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    NO TABLOIDS! Female Star of the Year Rachel McAdams poses for photos in the press room at ShoWest 2009's Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony on April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ShoWest 2009 - Final Night Banquet And Award Ceremony Las Vegas, NV United States April 2, 2009 Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage.com To license this image (57115528), contact WireImage.com

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    Actress Rachel McAdams, recipient of the Female Star of the Year Award, poses at the ShoWest Award show at the Paris Las Vegas resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2, 2009. ShoWest is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Actress Rachel McAdams holds her award for Female Star of the Year during the ShoWest Award show at the Paris Las Vegas resort in Las Vegas, Nevada April 2, 2009. ShoWest is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Actress Rachel McAdams accepts the award for Female Star of the Year during the ShoWest Award show at the Paris Las Vegas resort in Las Vegas, Nevada April 2, 2009. ShoWest is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Actress Rachel McAdams accepts the Female Star of the Year award at the ShoWest 2009 Award Ceremony, Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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    Actress Rachel McAdams accepts the Female Star of the Year award at the ShoWest 2009 Award Ceremony, Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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4. Ben Affleck plays a congressman in the movie. He's talked about running for office before -- now that you know him, could you imagine him doing it?
Yeah, I mean, I hope he does go into politics. I think he would be great. And I think he'd be a real asset to the country. I cannot [vote] -- no Canadians. [But] I would vote for Ben [if I could]. I would wear a big "Vote for Ben" sticker. [Laughs]

5. And you're also playing "the woman," Irene Adler, in the new 'Sherlock Holmes.' movie with Robert Downey Jr. -- she's said to be the only one who could ever outwit Holmes. Did you two have fun working together?
Robert's so great to work with ... he's so spontaneous and present and also very playful and very smart. So, yeah, he really kept me on my toes, which is the same sort of relationship with [Holmes and] Irene. They keep each other on their toes, and they challenge each other, and they get each other out of scrapes -- and get each other into scrapes.