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Rachel McAdams (born October 7, 1976) is a Canadian
Date of birth October 7, 1976
Place of birth London, Ontario, Canada
McAdams was born in London, Ontario, and grew up in
nearby St. Thomas. Her father, Lance, is a truck driver, and her mother, Sandy
(Sandra), is a nurse. She has a younger sister, Kayleen, and younger brother,
At the age of four, she took up competitive figure
skating. She took up acting at age thirteen at a summer theater camp. When the
company extended to a year-round company McAdams was invited to continue with
them. During her senior year at the York University in Toronto, she played a
child in The Piper - a workshop led by a creative team from Toronto's Necessary
Angel Theatre Company. She attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St.
Thomas from grade nine to OAC, and later graduated from York University with
honours and a B.F.A degree in theatre. She also attended Original Kids Theatre
Company in London, Ontario, as well as David Rothenberg's on-camera acting class
in Toronto with fellow actors Scott Speedman, Kenneth Mitchell, Polly Shannon
and David Sutcliffe.
She had a large role in the film The Hot Chick,
alongside Rob Schneider, but her career really took off when she starred as
"Regina George", "queen-bee" in 2004's Mean Girls. She starred opposite
Hollywood It-Girl Lindsay Lohan. McAdams was told to partly model the character
of Regina George after Alec Baldwin's performance in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
Mean Girls got McAdams's name into many homes in the United States, and she won
rave reviews for her performance.
McAdams had previously appeared in the Canadian
television series "Slings and Arrows", alongside Paul Gross. She played a main
role in the first season, but due to her rising stardom was written out of the
second season, appearing in only the first episode.
She followed Mean Girls with the film adaptation of
Nicholas Sparks' novel The Notebook, alongside Ryan Gosling. The pair would
later continue their on-screen romance, rumoured to have started after they
shared a passionate kiss onstage when accepting the MTV movie award for "best
In 2005, she played Owen Wilson's love interest in
Wedding Crashers. Rachel then starred in the suspense thriller Red Eye as Lisa
Reisert, a young woman held captive aboard a red-eye jet by criminal-for-hire
and assassin Jackson Rippner (played by Cillian Murphy), whose name is a
pseudonym based on Jack the Ripper. Her most recent role is in the comedy The
Family Stone where she stars alongside Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah
Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson and Claire Danes.
McAdams abruptly opted out of a cover shoot for
Vanity Fair alongside two other Hollywood "It girls," Scarlett Johansson and
Keira Knightley, upon finding out it was to be nude. Tom Ford, artistic director
for the cover, instead appeared with them. Ford had prearranged the shoot with
McAdams's rep, Wolf Kasteller s Amy Van Iden. When McAdams appeared on set and
discovered it was nude, she politely declined according to Kiera Knightley. She
also reportedly fired Van Iden.
McAdams turned down the role of the Bond girl in
Casino Royale and was replaced by Eva Green. She was also considered for the
role as Katherine Thorn in the remake of The Omen and was going to star in The
Last Kiss but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Jacinda Barrett then
stepped in to replace her.
McAdams lives in Toronto. She is a former
vegetarian, and is currently dating fellow Canadian actor Ryan Gosling. Both
were born in St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario.
McAdams received popular acclaim for both roles and
was honoured for her work, most recently a record number of five nominations,
and three wins, at the MTV Movie Awards in 2005. McAdams beat competition
including Beyoncé Knowles, Jessica Alba, and Jessica Simpson. She was named #14
on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list and #17 in the 2006 Hot 100issue. In
December 2005, she was #1 on MuchMusic's "Who To Do: 20 Sexiest Girls" list.
McAdams was also voted the #10 on FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005.
McAdams was nominated for a Genie Award, the
Canadian equivalent of the Academy Award, for her role in Perfect Pie. She was
also nominated for the BAFTA's Orange Rising Star award which acknowledges the
new talents in the acting industry. The award went to James McAvoy.
She hosted Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences's 2006 Scientific and Technical Awards. McAdams received a Civic Award
for her contribution to culture from the city of St. Thomas in 2006.
Marriage (2007) – Kay
The Family Stone (2005) – Amy Stone
Red Eye (2005) – Lisa Reisert
Wedding Crashers (2005) – Claire Cleary
The Notebook (2004) – Allie Hamilton
Mean Girls (2004) – Regina George
Slings and Arrows (2003) (TV series) – Kate McNab
The Hot Chick (2002) – Jessica Spencer/Clive
Perfect Pie (2002) – Patsy (age 15)
My Name Is Tanino (2002) – Sally Garfield
Guilt by Association (2002) (TV) – Danielle
Shotgun Love Dolls (2001) (TV series) – Beth
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