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The star of To the Wonder talks about how she battled her fear of horses and embraced the unknown in Terrence Malick's sublime new film

What you need to know about buffalo, says Rachel McAdams, is that they aren't like cats or dogs or hamsters. Not just the size, or the lack of wagginess. It's their presence. "They're just so intense. Horses, too – I'm very intimidated by them, because they seem to have such a soul. It's almost like they can read your thoughts. There's a real exchange going on. And it's not really a light one."

McAdams first clocked buffalo up close from behind Terrence Malick's windscreen. The director had taken her on a trip to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he pointed out places that "maybe, maybe possibly, never firmly" her character in his new film might have been born, or gone to school. From there they drove to the prairies. »

- Catherine Shoard

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