Today Vulture wrote a piece calling Notebook star Rachel McAdams the new Julia Roberts, which I guess would usurp Roberts position as “America’s Sweetheart,” a prize which she’s held ever since she pried it from Meg Ryan‘s cold, silicone-infused hands. The logic is that McAdams is “not only likable and charming, but also extremely bankable.” Which sure, is true. I mean, that’s also a very short list. We have McAdams and Katherine Heigl, and the latter is thought of as kind of a bitch. But what about Zooey Deschanel? Too sarcastic? Kristen Bell? Kirsten Dunst? Or maybe McAdams’ Mean Girls costar, Amanda Seyfried? The point here is that there is a generational difference between the people who went to see movies because there were “nice” girls in it…the young stars of today are either train wrecks (ala Lohan) or are indie kids who we love for their snarkiness (Kat Dennings, Chloe Sevigny, Evan Rachel Wood). Maybe we don’t need a next America’s Sweetheart, because we grew up on Winona, not Julia.
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