Like most Americans, Rachel McAdams was deprived of the annual camp-fest known as the Eurovision Song Contest since the competition did not air in her home country, Canada, while she was growing up.
So she’s getting her Eurovision fix in the new Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, in which she plays Sigrit, one-half of Fire Saga, the Icelandic act that takes the competition by storm—for better or worse.
McAdams recently sat down with NewNowNext to discuss the film. Before you ask—yes, since she plays Sigrit, she did draw inspiration from everyone’s favorite Iceland export: Björk.
“I watched a lot of Björk for the dialect,” McAdams says. “I felt her and Sigrit were kindred spirits, with the elves and connection to nature, and Sigrit’s a little quirky.”
When asked if she has a favorite Björk song or album, the Mean Girls actress said she actually drew inspiration from Björk’s acting in the brutal 2000 film Dancer in the Dark, which won her the Best Actress Award at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“I first recognized her watching Dancer in the Dark. She’s incredible! And she would never act again, such a tease,” McAdams laments. “I get it. That performance… I admire her so much as a musician, but that’s probably when I fell in love with Björk.”
A sit-down with McAdams would not be complete without bringing up Mean Girls, specifically how her character, Regina George, has become the star of so many memes in recent years. “It’s definitely flattering in a weird way,” the actress admits. “They’re not always flattering because she’s not the most flattering person, but every so often someone will send me one [a meme].”
“It’s bizarre,” she adds. “You make something and you think it’s this tiny little thing, and then it takes on this crazy life of its own. But I’m super proud to be part of that [movie]. But yeah, she pops up in weird places.”
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga hits Netflix June 26. Check out the video below for Logo’s full interview with McAdams.