Rachel McAdams: I Was a Soap Opera Junkie!

 Mario Testino/Vogue

If Rachel McAdams had her wish, she may have become a soap star!

"I grew up watching so much television — I was really into soap operas," the star tells the January issue of Vogue (on newsstands Dec. 22). "I'd begin with Days of our Lives, then Another World, and finish off with General Hospital. And before dinner, I'd watch Oprah."

Her obsession with the daytime serials got so intense that she would play hooky from school.

"I would fake sick all the time to the point where I'd convince myself I was sick," the Sherlock Holmes star, 31, says. "In high school, I really didn't pay attention. I took the bare minimum to get by."

Another reason she might not have cared much for school?

She was teased for not shaving her legs.

"My mother never put an emphasis on looks," she says. "She let us grow up on our own timeline. She never forced any beauty regimen into my world." (Of her unshaven legs, she says her mom had told her, "Once you start, there's no turning back!")

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