Rachel McAdams Fronts Elle

Rachel McAdams Elle June 2011 cover Balmain leather
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Rachel McAdams rocks Balmain leathers for Elle magazine's June cover.

Rachel McAdams grins like the cat that got the cream on the cover of Elle magazine’s June issue.

Little wonder, as the movie Woody Allen wrote for her, Midnight in Paris, opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 11. And acting opposite Owen Wilson in the City of Love is sure to put a glow in a girl’s cheeks.

McAdams’s cover look has a luxe-rock-chick edge—a switch from the soft, romantic heroine dresses she’s worn for other covers past. Here she swivels in tight, zippered, waxed leather pants and a studded lambskin jacket from Balmain.  (A last hurrah for Balmain’s recently departed creative director, Christophe Decarnin.)

One wrist jangles with bracelets: diamond bangles for Chopard, brass loops from Noir, and link bracelets from Fenton.

She didn’t return to punky colored streaks in her hair, though, sticking to tousled blonde waves.

Rachel McAdams Elle June 2011
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Room service? The star gets steamy with bed-head waves and a slinky chemise.

The accompanying profile has a lost-weekend frisson, as McAdams, dressed in a slinky Josie Natori silk chemise, poses with a Burberry Prorsum sheepskin peacoat sliding off her shoulders. In another shot, she gazes coyly from the floor wearing a Moschino Cheap and Chic dress spattered with hearts.

The star opens up a bit about her own heart, describing herself as romantic. She points to her happily married parents as inspiration: “I had a great example of love in front of me, and that’s probably what makes me such a romantic, because I’ve seen it firsthand.”

McAdams admits it’s not always easy to find such love, confessing, “You have those days when you wonder if you’re going to find it for yourself. It’s such a hard thing to find. I think it was more that realization that rocked me.”

In her new film, she teams up again with Wedding Crashers co-star Wilson. It sounds as though their current on-screen romance isn’t quite as sunny as the last. “It wasn’t as fun being mean,” she reveals, but adds, “Owen seemed to respond really well when I was a really bad guy.”

To see more from the Rachel McAdams cover shoot visit and pick up the June issue, which hits newsstands nationwide May 24.