“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” star Rachel McAdams talks about her own alternate universes

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It’s time to go deep into the multiverse — Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens in theaters this weekend.

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the powerful sorcerer, and Rachel McAdams is back as well, as Strange’s ex-girlfriend Dr. Christine Palmer.

However, in this dimension-tripping adventure, viewers spend much of the movie with an alternate version of the character, who, without giving away spoilers, has a very different job.

McAdams tells ABC Audio that her own timeline almost branched off into an alternate universe, when she was considering cultural studies instead of acting. However, she admits she’s not sure where that would have taken her.

“I don’t know, what do you do? Like work in a museum or something?” she says. “So, I very much was going to go down a totally different path, and I don’t know if I would have found my way back to this.”

The movie sets up that what we do in our dreams are what our other selves are doing elsewhere in the Multiverse, and in that case, McAdams and her family must be pretty busy. “We all have very vivid dreams,” she admits, explaining that they’re “so visceral and intense” that she, “won’t even take melatonin because I don’t need them to be any more vivid than they already are.”

That said, she explains she hopes her Multiversal selves are doing what she’d always want to do: “I would love to speak another language. I’d love to be a musician. I would love to be a farmer. I would love to be a teacher. I’d love to have six children. The list is long.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also stars returning Marvel players Benedict Wong and Elizabeth Olsen, as well as newcomer Xochitl Gomez

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“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” star Rachel McAdams talks about her own alternate universes

Marvel Studios

It’s time to go deep into the multiverse — Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens in theaters this weekend.

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the powerful sorcerer, and Rachel McAdams is back as well, as Strange’s ex-girlfriend Dr. Christine Palmer.

However, in this dimension-tripping adventure, viewers spend much of the movie with an alternate version of the character, who, without giving away spoilers, has a very different job.

McAdams tells ABC Audio that her own timeline almost branched off into an alternate universe, when she was considering cultural studies instead of acting. However, she admits she’s not sure where that would have taken her.

“I don’t know, what do you do? Like work in a museum or something?” she says. “So, I very much was going to go down a totally different path, and I don’t know if I would have found my way back to this.”

The movie sets up that what we do in our dreams are what our other selves are doing elsewhere in the Multiverse, and in that case, McAdams and her family must be pretty busy. “We all have very vivid dreams,” she admits, explaining that they’re “so visceral and intense” that she, “won’t even take melatonin because I don’t need them to be any more vivid than they already are.”

That said, she explains she hopes her Multiversal selves are doing what she’d always want to do: “I would love to speak another language. I’d love to be a musician. I would love to be a farmer. I would love to be a teacher. I’d love to have six children. The list is long.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also stars returning Marvel players Benedict Wong and Elizabeth Olsen, as well as newcomer Xochitl Gomez

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Debuting today on Disney+: Marvel Studios’ ‘Moon Knight’

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Marvel Studios’ newest series, Moon Knight, debuts today on Disney+.

It centers on Oscar Isaac‘s Steven Grant, a geeky museum gift shop employee plagued by blackouts and haunting visions of another life. He suffers from dissociative identity disorder, sharing his body with Marc Spector, an American Marine turned mercenary, who was gifted the power of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu [CONN-shoe]. 

Grant/Spector can summon the power to become Moon Knight, a powerful hero with mummy-like wrappings, glowing eyes, and a flowing cape, who first appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics in 1975.

The other side of the coin is Ethan Hawke‘s cult leader Arthur Harrow, who’s been gifted the ability to bring life-or-death judgement on people through the power of the Egyptian goddess Amit.

Executive producer Mohamed Diab, the first Egyptian director in the MCU, called the shots on several of the series’ six episodes. Egypt is central to the story, and Diab tells ABC Audio he tried to be as authentic as possible to the country, unlike other shows and movies.

“We call it Orientalism, seeing our world through a lens of like, falling into all the tropes,” Diab explains. 

“Seeing us as exotic, women are submissive, men are terrorists or bad. And even…the cities themselves, sometimes they’re shot in a way that [appears] a bit exotic and primitive…It’s always, the pyramids, and you see the desert.”

In reality, “If you just like turned a little bit, [they’re] in the middle of a big city.”

While the show features ancient gods and far-flung locations, Diab explains, “I always felt like the journey that Marc and Steven go through is something very personal, very small and very deep…”

“The idea of someone learning to live with themselves…We all can feel connected to that.”  

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Pamela Adlon on finding out this ‘Better Things’ season would be its last: “It reinvigorated me”

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The critically acclaimed FX comedy Better Things debuts its fifth and final season today. Star and creator Pamela Adlon based the show — in which she plays Sam, a single mom with three daughters — on the trials and tribulations of her own life.

“I feel like in a way, FX paid for my therapy and you guys all watched it like The Truman Show,” she jokes to ABC Audio. 

“You know, Sam is like me in a cape. It’s like the worst of me and the best of me,” Adlon says, explaining her personal pride in the show’s success. “And if something happens to me in life, I could be in my car driving home, reflecting on it, saying, ‘Ah would have been so bad if this happened.’ Put in the show. ‘It would have been so good if I just said this one thing,’ put it in the show.”

She adds, “I have this saying — bad for my life, good for my show.”

Adlon admits that she had mixed feelings when she learned this season would be the last for Better Things.

“When it was presented to me…at first it was a stomach ache, like, ‘Oh, I can’t believe this is going to be the last,'” she admits. “And by the end of the conversation, I got really excited because I thought, oh, it reinvigorated me.” 

Better Things airs 10 p.m. Monday nights on FX.

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