It's hard to believe that The Notebook came out 17 years ago and yet the pain of Allie and Noah's love story still lives rent free in our heads. There's also the fact that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling dated for a while shortly after the movie premiered, of course. And while both leads have moved on—Rachel is expecting her second child with boyfriend Jamie Linden; Ryan is happily married to Eva Mendes—no one can deny that the two had insane chemistry in The Notebook. And apparently, everyone saw it as soon as Rachel walked in to audition for the role.
"When Ms. McAdams came in and read, it was apparent that she was the one," they said.
Ryan said, "Every girl wanted to talk about the scene and the character and all those things, and we talked about it endlessly. But Rachel came in and we said, 'Do you want to talk about it?' And she said, 'No.' We're like, 'Nothing? You don't want to—' 'No, let's do it.'"
By the second scene they tried, everyone was bawling. Ryan shared, "She was just really prepared and really to try anything...unintimidated." Rachel added, "And we did the third scene, and it was pretty electric...There was just a feeling there. Everything sort of fit."
Watch Rachel McAdams' audition tape for The Notebook:
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