Rachel McAdams
Canadian actress
Rachel McAdams
Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, McAdams initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as My Name Is Tanino, Perfect Pie (for which she received a Genie Award nomination) and Slings and Arrows (for which she won a Gemini Award). Her first Hollywood movie was the 2002 comedy The Hot Chick.
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Ryan Reynolds And Conan Put The 'Notebook' Kiss To Shame
Huffington Post - 4 months
Even “The Notebook” stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling would tell these two to take a breath. Though McAdams and Gosling have moved on with their lives, Ryan Reynolds dropped by “Conan” on Wednesday to reveal he’s bringing the movie back in a sequel. His co-star might look familiar, too. After introducing other “new projects” and throwing some shade at Donald Trump, Reynolds announced that he and Conan would be starring in “The Notebook 2.” He then rolled a clip of the movie’s big, climactic kiss in the rain, and, as they say in “The Notebook,” it probably still isn’t over.   Gosling, we hope you still have that notebook. You need to take some notes. ”Conan” airs weeknights at 11:00 p.m. ET on TBS. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Doctor Strange review: Just what the doctor ordered
Yahoo News - 4 months
The best Marvel movies of the past few years (which encompasses all of Phase Two and some of Phase Three) haven't looked much like Marvel movies at all. Guardians of the Galaxy was an intergalactic adventure film, Ant-Man was a small-scale heist film and Doctor Strange , which arrives in theaters next week, feels like a grown-up Harry Potter film mashed up with Inception . Although Civil War and Iron Man 3 were entertaining and worthwhile additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nothing has expanded it quite like Doctor Strange . DON'T MISS:  The 7 biggest announcements from Microsoft’s October event Marvel's ability to introduce us to and make us care about characters with whom we are only faintly familiar cannot be overstated. Going into Doctor Strange , I knew only bits and pieces about the character's origins, his powers and his connections with the larger Marvel universe. And yet, two hours later, I not only feel like I know the character intimately, but I want to spend more tim ...
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PHOTOS: Rachel McAdams Goes Sheer for the Red Carpet
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'Doctor Strange' stars talk 'unconventional' Marvel blockbuster
Reuters.com - 4 months
'Doctor Strange' stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel McAdams talk Marvel's latest 'unconventional' blockbuster. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Rachel McAdams Wrapped Herself In A Giant Bow Like The Gift She Is
Huffington Post - 4 months
Rachel McAdams is a gift to movie-loving humanity whose stellar acting chops are only matched by her red carpet prowess. Now, she’s finally dressing like one.  Need proof? Check her out at the premiere of “Doctor Strange” in Los Angeles Thursday night. She’s a sight to behold in a strapless fitted Versace gown, adorned with what we’ll call a gigantic designer bow.  She looks like an actual present that has been wrapped up in luxury and bestowed upon the world. Also notable: her flawless-looking skin and perfect pink lip. Work. It. Girl.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Rachel McAdams to star with Rachel Weisz in lesbian love drama ‘Disobedience’
Fox News - 5 months
Rachel McAdams is in negotiations to star in adaptation of the Naomi Alderman novel “Disobedience,” opposite Rachel Weisz.
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'M.I.L.P: Moms I'd Like to Portray' Celebrates Hollywood's Depiction of Women and Motherhood
Huffington Post - 5 months
In M.I.L.P., Carrie tries to join the ranks of Hollywood's best mom actresses, (Julie Bowen, Patricia Heaton, Lauren Graham) only to find she needs to earn that privilege by successfully portraying a wide range of mom roles. With guest appearances by comedians Eric Gersen and Aaron Jackson. Directed by Hunter Nelson. Thursday, September 15 and Thursday, September 29th, 8:00pm, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (Chelsea, NY) The hilarious Carrie McCrossen took us behind the scenes of her empowering sketch comedy show M.I.L.P: Moms I'd Like to Portray. What inspired you to write M.I.L.P.? I spend a lot of time auditioning to play moms in commercials and on TV. And I started to become interested in how moms are presented in media. What makes me a "mom type?" There are several "mom archetypes" that seem to appear across a lot of media. And I think they reflect our expectations (and our judgments) of motherhood. I thought it would be fun to explore all that with a charac ...
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The Cast Of 'Ghostbusters' All Had Crazier Jobs Than Busting Ghosts
Huffington Post - 9 months
Before they were famous, some of Hollywood's biggest stars were just regular people working at regular jobs. Jeremy Renner was a makeup artist, Harrison Ford was a hunky carpenter and Rachel McAdams worked at a McDonald's. Similarly, the cast of the upcoming "Ghostbusters" reboot started out doing whatever they could to make ends meet before making it big. During a Wednesday appearance on "Ellen," "Saturday Night Live" actress Leslie Jones revealed that she used to work as telemarketer for Scientology, shocking the rest of her fellow cast mates, who immediately burst out laughing. "Uh, yeah ... They kinda still don't know I'm not a Scientologist," Jones said, staring straight into the camera with a scared look. "Thanks for blowing my cover, Ellen."   When DeGeneres pushed Jones for more details about her former job, the comedian said, "I lived in Glendale, I needed to pay the rent and it was a very easy interview -- I just [acted] crazy."  Watch below to find out more abo ...
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MTV Movie Awards aims for another pop-culture moment as show turns 25
LATimes - 11 months
When the award for best kiss was announced at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, winners Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling prepared to make television magic. Taking to the stage, they bypassed the podium holding the coveted golden popcorn statues and went to opposite ends. Ripping off their blazers, as Maroon...
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There Were A Lot Of White Dresses At This Oscars After Party
Huffington Post - 12 months
The 2016 Oscars red carpet had no shortage of vibrant color and sparkle. There was Alicia Vikander channeling Belle, Rachel McAdams in one epic train and even a David Bowie tribute. But once the show ended and the real party started, many celebs went a different route: they stepped out to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a slew of gorgeous white gowns. Of course, this being Hollywood, wearing less color didn't mean a lack of style. Kerry Washington stunned in a plunging number, while Sofia Vergara looked stunning as always in yet another version of her favorite tried and true silhouette. Check out the simply sexy looks below.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Academy Awards can give meaningful films power, even as Hollywood bias protests may have a lasting effect
LATimes - 12 months
Interviewing "Spotlight" actors Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams earlier this month at a Santa Barbara International Film Festival tribute, Roger Durling, the event's director, broke from asking questions about the movie and their careers to offer an expression of gratitude. "I'll speak for all...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rachel McAdams
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 36
    Also in 2015, McAdams played Buttercup in a one-off, staged LACMA Live Read of The Princess Bride.
    More Details Hide Details Upcoming projects include an animated version of The Little Prince and the superhero film Doctor Strange. McAdams is an environmentalist. She ran an eco-friendly lifestyle website GreenIsSexy.org with two of her friends for five years, from 2007 to 2011. Her house is powered by Bullfrog renewable energy. She travels around Toronto by bicycle and does not own a car, but drives when in Los Angeles because it is "a harder town to cycle in". She volunteered in Biloxi, Mississippi and Louisiana in fall of 2005, as part of the clean-up effort following Hurricane Katrina. McAdams sat on a TreeHugger/Live Earth judging panel in 2007. She appealed for donations during the Canada for Haiti telethon in 2010. She was involved in Matter of Trust's "hair boom" efforts following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In 2011, McAdams supported Foodstock, a protest against a proposed limestone mega quarry in Melancthon, Ontario. In 2013, she filmed two promotional videos for the Food & Water First Movement, aiming to preserve prime farmland and source water in Ontario, Canada. In 2014, she narrated the feature documentary Take Me To The River, which investigates what is being done to try to save iconic rivers.
    In 2015 television work, McAdams starred as Ani Bezzerides in the second season of HBO's anthology crime drama True Detective, alongside Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell.
    More Details Hide Details While the season received mixed reviews, McAdams's work was praised. The Guardian remarked: "If there's anyone with any chance of enjoying a McConaughaissance here it's probably McAdams – an actor whose characters are more usually associated with the death of the romcom than murders involving people with eyes burned out by acid. Here, her Ani is a convincing mess." She received a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries for her role.
    Her next movie, Wim Wenders's drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, received an U.S. limited release in December 2015.
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    McAdams appeared in three other 2015 films.
    More Details Hide Details She starred opposite Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, and Bill Murray in the Cameron Crowe-directed romantic comedy Aloha, playing Cooper's former girlfriend who is now married and has two children. The movie received a May 29 release, to a negative reaction from critics and audiences alike. She had a supporting role as the wife of Jake Gyllenhaal's character in the boxing drama Southpaw (2015). The film received mixed reviews but A.O. Scott of The New York Times conceded: "It features some pretty appealing players. There are worse things to see at the multiplex than Ms. McAdams playing a tough cookie standing by her man."
    In 2015, McAdams appeared as journalist Sacha Pfeiffer in Thomas McCarthy's ensemble drama Spotlight, about the child-abuse scandal in Boston's Catholic Church.
    More Details Hide Details To prepare for her role, McAdams tried to find out from Pfeiffer herself every detail about her character and her work covering the child molestation allegations, persistently calling and sending her texts. "I bugged Sacha a lot and she was very gracious about it,” McAdams once stated during an interview. The movie garnered universal critical acclaim, mainly for its detailed story and the cast performances. David Sims of The Atlantic wrote that she "exudes a warmth that gets strangers to spill their darkest stories to her" while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times stated that Pfeiffer was "empathetically played by the protean McAdams". For her role, McAdams has received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in the categories of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
    In 2015, her most high-profile roles were in season two of HBO's crime drama True Detective, and as journalist Sacha Pfeiffer in Spotlight.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance in Spotlight, she received several award nominations, including for a Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Rachel McAdams was born in London, Ontario, to Sandra Kay (née Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a retired truck driver and furniture mover, and grew up in nearby St. Thomas. She is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent; McAdams' maternal fifth great-grandfather, James Gray, was a Loyalist ranger during the American Revolution and fled to Canada after the Battles of Saratoga. McAdams is the eldest of three children with a sister, Kayleen, a celebrity make-up artist, and a brother, Daniel. She grew up in a Protestant household. When she was four years old, she began figure skating, but turned down an opportunity to move to Toronto when she was nine years old for pair skating training. Then skating became merely "a hobby". She competed in skating until the age of eighteen, winning regional awards.
  • 2014
    Age 35
    In late 2014, McAdams received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
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    In 2014, McAdams starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in an adaptation of John le Carré's espionage thriller A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn.
    More Details Hide Details Despite learning to speak with German accent as a preparation for her role, reviewers criticized her for it. Vanity Fair noted that McAdams had a "little less success with her accent" than her co-star Hoffman but, nonetheless, she "proves as intelligent, soulful, and magnetic a presence as ever".
  • 2013
    Age 34
    In late 2013, McAdams starred in Richard Curtis' romantic comedy-drama About Time with Domhnall Gleeson, where she played the love interest of Gleeson's character.
    More Details Hide Details The story's time-travel element illustrates the importance of living in the moment. Zooey Deschanel was originally slated to play McAdams's role but dropped out shortly before filming began. A fan of Curtis for years, McAdams wanted to have the chance to work with him it was supposedly Curtis' last project as a director. The film was a commercial success at the international box office, and McAdams had a positive reception among critics, with Variety praising her and Gleeson for their "radiant, believable chemistry" which "keeps the film aloft."
    In 2013, McAdams appeared opposite Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick's romantic drama To the Wonder.
    More Details Hide Details McAdams played a horse ranch worker in Oklahoma and the love interest of Affleck's character. She found Malick to be an "incredibly helpful" director; they discussed her character in detail and he took her on a tour of the local town, pointing out which house she would have grown up in and where she would have attended school. Upon its U.S. limited theatrical release, the film polarized film critics, some of whom found McAdams' role to be "fairly small"; IndieWire noted that "McAdams has the least to do of the principals, but is wonderfully haunted and sad in her brief appearances". Afterwards, McAdams starred in Brian De Palma's erotic thriller Passion opposite Noomi Rapace; they played two business executives in a power struggle. De Palma saw McAdams' performance in Mean Girls and decided to cast her as Christine. The movie was released in selected theaters in the US, receiving average reviews from critics; Entertainment Weekly noted that McAdams "uses her sexy billboard smile and emphatic delivery to nail a certain type of troublemaker boss who embeds her aggression in pert 'sincerity'" while the Los Angeles Times remarked: "McAdams and Rapace are gesturally awkward and wildly miscast—more sorority sisters in a spat than cross-generational power antagonists." She was honoured a plaque dedicated to her on the St. Thomas Wall of Fame in her hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    In 2012, McAdams starred opposite Channing Tatum in the romantic drama The Vow, based on a true story.
    More Details Hide Details McAdams and Tatum played a newlywed couple who try to rebuild their relationship after a car crash leaves the wife with no recollections of who he is or their marriage. McAdams was drawn to the "roller coaster" faced by her character and found it interesting that the story was told "through the guy's eyes". The New York Times stated that "the dimply and adorable Rachel McAdams" brings "enough physical charm and emotional warmth to distract from the threadbare setting and the paper-thin plot". Newsday felt that McAdams, "exuding her usual uncanny warmth on-screen", "is the real draw". However, the Los Angeles Times felt she was "wasted" in the role: "She is such an appealing actress that it's hard not to wish someone could make better use" of her. Time found the film an example of McAdams "coasting" in "unabashedly romantic" movies and asserted that "she's a much more versatile and clever actress" than such projects would suggest. The film, financed for $30 million, was a major commercial success and became her biggest box-office hit in a leading role. It topped the U.S. box office and has grossed over $196 million worldwide.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    In 2011, McAdams starred in Woody Allen's fantasy romantic comedy Midnight in Paris with her Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson and Michael Sheen.
    More Details Hide Details The film opened the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. McAdams played Inez, the shrewish fiancée of Wilson's character Gil. Allen wrote McAdams' part for her, after hearing "glowing reports" from his friend and her former co-star Diane Keaton. He said that he was "crazy about Rachel" and wanted to give her the opportunity to play something other than "beautiful girls". The film was shot on location in Paris and McAdams has said that the experience "will always have a great place in my heart". The Guardian criticized that she "has morphed from the sweet thing in Wedding Crashers to the dream-crushing bitch that, according to American comedies, women become once they ensnare their man". Richard Corliss of Time "felt sorry for McAdams, whose usually winning presence is ground into hostile cliché". However, the Los Angeles Times felt she "deftly handles a part that is less amiable than usual for her" and The New York Times found her "superbly speeded-up". It became Allen's highest-grossing film ever in North America and was the most commercially successful independent film of 2011. With a production budget of $17 million, the film has grossed over $151 million worldwide. McAdams, along with six other members of the cast, received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. Allen won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the film itself was nominated for three other Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
    The Notebook has appeared on many Most Romantic Movies lists. "I'm so grateful to have a film that people respond to in that way", McAdams told Elle in 2011. "It was a big deal".
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    She dated Welsh actor Michael Sheen from mid-2010 to early 2013.
    More Details Hide Details McAdams has been given many awards and nominations, including winning one Screen Actors Guild Award, out of three nominations, and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Spotlight.
    In 2010, McAdams starred with her The Family Stone co-star Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford in the comedy Morning Glory directed by Roger Michell, where she played a television producer attempting to improve the poor ratings of a morning television program.
    More Details Hide Details The film was billed as a starring vehicle for McAdams. She initially felt she was unsuited to the role saying, "I'm not funny. So I said, 'if you need me to be funny, you might want to look somewhere else'". Michell had a number of dinners with McAdams and persuaded her to join the cast. Since working with Keaton, McAdams has described her as a mentor figure. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said McAdams "gives the kind of performance we go to the movies for" while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times felt she played "as lovable a lead as anyone since Amy Adams in Junebug" in an otherwise "routine" movie. The New York Post was impressed by "her gift for physical comedy", as was Variety. While the New York Times felt she "plays her role exceptionally well" and is "effortlessly likable", it called on Hollywood to give her parts "worthy" of her talent. "Ms. McAdams has to rely on her dimples to get by. She does, but she could do better." The film was a modest commercial success, grossing $58 million worldwide from a production budget of $40 million. McAdams was disappointed that the film failed to find a larger audience, remarking that "I only hear these businesspeople: 'Well, no one was sure who it was for.'"
  • 2009
    Age 30
    In late 2009, McAdams starred in the mystery/action-adventure film Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.
    More Details Hide Details She played Irene Adler, an antagonist and love interest of Downey's title character Sherlock Holmes, and welcomed the opportunity to play a character who is "her own boss and a real free spirit". Variety felt her character was "not very well integrated into the rest of the story, a shortcoming the normally resourceful McAdams is unable to do much about". The New York Times stated, "Ms. McAdams is a perfectly charming actress and performs gamely as the third wheel of this action-bromance tricycle. But Irene feels in this movie more like a somewhat cynical commercial contrivance. She offers a little something for the ladies and also something for the lads, who, much as they may dig fights and explosions and guns and chases, also like girls." The film was a major commercial success, earning over $524 million at the worldwide box office.
    Also in 2009, McAdams starred opposite Eric Bana in the science fiction romantic drama The Time Traveler's Wife, based on Audrey Niffenegger's best-selling novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details McAdams fell "madly in love" with the novel but was initially slightly hesitant to accept the role because Clare Abshire, the long-suffering wife is a "character that people have already cast in their heads". Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said, "I'd watch the vibrant Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana in anything, but The Time Traveler's Wife is pushing it." The Los Angeles Times found her "luminous yet, sadly, her facility as an actress is mostly wasted." Writing in The Chicago Tribune, Michael Phillips, in an otherwise tepid review, said of her performance: "Every scene she's in, even the silly ones, becomes better—truer, often against long odds—because she's in it. Her work feels emotionally spontaneous yet technically precise. She has an unusually easy touch with both comedy and drama, and she never holds a melodramatic moment hostage." The film was a commercial success, earning over $101 million worldwide.
    In 2009, McAdams starred with Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, and Ben Affleck in the political thriller State of Play, based on the BBC drama television series of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details McAdams played Della Frye, an online reporter who investigates a possible conspiracy with Crowe's character, a veteran print journalist. McAdams visited The Washington Posts offices and met with politicians on Capitol Hill for her research. Entertainment Weekly felt she was "perfectly cast as an ambitious wonkette" while The Daily Telegraph noted that "McAdams, with her lively eyes and large, expressive forehead, holds her own against Crowe. Mercifully, she avoids any temptation to play girly and demure to his grizzled alpha male." The film grossed over $87 million worldwide.
    She returned to prominence in 2009 by appearing in the political-thriller State of Play, the science-fiction romantic drama The Time Traveler's Wife and the mystery action-adventure film Sherlock Holmes.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, McAdams appeared in her first star vehicle, the comedy Morning Glory.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    McAdams dated Canadian actor Ryan Gosling from mid‑2005 to mid‑2007, and they briefly reunited in 2008.
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    McAdams returned to her film career in 2008 and starred in the 1940s film noir Married Life with Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper where she played Kay Nesbitt, a young widow who wins the affections of Brosnan and Cooper's older characters.
    More Details Hide Details In preparation for the role, McAdams studied old films, particularly those of Kim Novak. She has said the film shoot re-energized and re-inspired her and made her eager to continue working more often again. Entertainment Weekly found McAdams "a particularly delightful vision after her two-year intermission". Variety criticized her break from the big screen but felt that, despite a performance of "tender feeling", "her natural vivaciousness and spontaneity are straightjacketed" by the film noir format. The film had a limited release and was a box-office failure. It grossed just over $2 million worldwide, failing to recoup its production budget of $12 million. Afterwards, McAdams starred in the road trip comedy-drama The Lucky Ones with Tim Robbins and Michael Peña, a story about three Iraq War soldiers on a brief road trip back in the United States. She trained at a real boot camp, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, prior to filming. In 2011, McAdams said that Colee Dunn was "probably one of my favorite characters I've ever played". The film also had a limited release and The New York Times found her "luminous as always" while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times hailed the performance as "her coming of age as an actress". "Previously she has been seen mostly as a hot chick or an idealized sweetheart", he wrote. "Here she is feisty, vulnerable, plucky, warm, funny... Watch the poignancy of the scene when she meets her boyfriend's family."
    After a two-year career break, McAdams appeared in two limited release films in 2008; the film noir Married Life and the road trip comedy-drama The Lucky Ones.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    At this point in her career, McAdams was hailed as "the next Julia Roberts" and the new "Hollywood it girl". Vanity Fair invited McAdams, along with actresses Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley, to appear on its March 2006 cover, the annual Hollywood issue.
    More Details Hide Details Upon arrival on the photo set, McAdams discovered it was a nude session, declined and left. She later parted ways with her publicist at the time, who had not informed her in advance. Knightley later recounted, "Quite early on Rachel just said, 'No, I'm not into that.' She's a lovely girl, and I really respect her for doing that." When asked about the incident in 2008, McAdams had "no regrets".
    In February 2006, she made a one-off stage appearance in The Vagina Monologues at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto to raise funds for V-Day.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, McAdams received a Rising Star Award nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and hosted the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement.
    McAdams took a break from her film career from 2006 to 2007. "There were a lot of cooks in the kitchen, a lot of voices around me, and I wanted to step away so I could hear my own voice again", McAdams said in 2013. "Truthfully, I never really wanted to be a big movie star.
    More Details Hide Details I never even wanted to work outside of Canada, or outside of the theatre." During that period, McAdams turned down roles in the films The Devil Wears Prada, Casino Royale, Mission: Impossible III and Get Smart.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    In 2005, McAdams starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers with Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Bradley Cooper.
    More Details Hide Details McAdams played the daughter of an influential politician, who is caught in a love triangle with Wilson and Cooper's characters. McAdams listened repeatedly to Fleetwood Mac's 1975 song "Landslide" to prepare for emotional scenes and Wilson has said the song made her cry immediately: "It was like turning on a faucet". She trained for a sailing certification for a boating sequence because her character was said to be an accomplished sailor. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt McAdams "makes the most of her underdeveloped character" and "grows more appealing with every new role". Variety found her "a beguiling presence" who "actually creates a real character – a rarity for females in one of these lad-mag escapades". From a production budget of $40 million, the film grossed over $285 million worldwide. Afterwards, McAdams starred opposite Cillian Murphy in Wes Craven's thriller Red Eye where she played a young hotel manager who is held captive by Murphy's character while aboard a red-eye flight. Craven has said McAdams was the only actress he considered for the part. She was drawn to the relatable qualities of her character: "She was not some sweaty, tank-top-wearing, Uzi-carrying super woman". Variety found her "increasingly impressive" while Roger Ebert asserted that "she brings more presence and credibility to her role than is really expected; she acts without betraying the slightest awareness that she's inside a genre. Her performance qualifies her for heavy-duty roles."
    Although McAdams and Gosling became romantically involved in 2005, they had a combative relationship on set. "We inspired the worst in each other", Gosling has said. "It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your co-star in any way."
    More Details Hide Details At one point, Gosling asked Cassavetes to "bring somebody else in for my off-camera shot" because he felt McAdams was being uncooperative. The New York Times praised the "spontaneous and combustible" performances of the two leads while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times was won over by the "beauty and clarity" of McAdams's performance. The Chicago Tribune declared her "a real discovery" who "infuses young Allie with that radiant, breathlessly winning ingénue grace and charm that breaks hearts". The film grossed over $115 million worldwide. McAdams won an MTV Movie Award and four Teen Choice Awards. Entertainment Weekly has said that the movie contains the All-Time Best Movie Kiss while the Los Angeles Times has included a scene from the film in a list of the 50 Classic Movie Kisses.
    In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family comedy-drama The Family Stone.
    More Details Hide Details She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl", and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    Afterwards in 2004, McAdams starred opposite fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling in the romantic drama The Notebook directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on Nicholas Sparks's novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details She played Allie Hamilton, a wealthy southern belle who has a forbidden love affair with Gosling's character Noah Calhoun, a poor labourer. McAdams spent time in Charleston, South Carolina prior to filming to familiarize herself with the southern accent she used, and took ballet and etiquette classes. Filming took place from late 2002 to early 2003.
    McAdams' break-out role came in 2004, when she starred in the comedy film Mean Girls opposite Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried.
    More Details Hide Details McAdams was 25 years old when she was cast as Regina George, the frenemy of Lohan's character Cady Heron and the meanest and popular queen bee in the school, and she modelled her character from Alec Baldwin's performance in the 1992 drama Glengarry Glen Ross. USA Today praised her "comic flair" while The Daily Telegraph found her "delightfully hateful". The San Francisco Chronicle felt that "McAdams brings glamour and magnetism to Regina, but also the right hint of comic distance." The film grossed $129 million worldwide and earned McAdams two MTV Movie Awards. Mean Girls later reached No. 12 in an Entertainment Weekly list of the Greatest Ever High School Movies. Tina Fey, who co‑starred in the film and wrote the screenplay, has credited McAdams with teaching her how to act in front of a camera rather than an audience: "She's a film actor. She's not pushing. And so I kind of learned that lesson from watching her."
    McAdams found fame in 2004, with the character of Regina George in the comedy Mean Girls and with her performance in the romantic drama The Notebook.
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  • 2002
    Age 23
    In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick with Rob Schneider and Anna Faris which McAdams has described as a "huge milestone" in her career.
    More Details Hide Details She played a catty high school student who swaps bodies with Schneider's character, a small-time criminal. The Los Angeles Times felt she "emerges as a young actress of much promise" while the Daily Mail described McAdams and Faris as "talents to watch, but they are let down by everything around them". The film grossed $54 million worldwide. Afterwards, McAdams returned to Canada to star as Kate McNab in the comedy mini-series Slings and Arrows about backstage theatre life at the fictional New Burbage Shakespearean Festival. She was written out of the second season of the program following her success in the United States. She received two Gemini Award nominations for her work on the program, with one win.
    In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick.
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  • 2001
    Age 22
    In 2001, McAdams made her television debut in the MTV pilot Shotgun Love Dolls as Beth Swanson, which was filmed during spring break from York University.
    More Details Hide Details She also made her Canadian film debut that year in the comedy My Name is Tanino. The Italian-Canadian co-production was filmed in Sicily and it marked her first time on an airplane when she was 22 years old. McAdams later earned a Genie Award nomination in her native Canada for her role as a teenage version of Wendy Crewson's character in the drama Perfect Pie.
    She enrolled in York University's four-year theatre program and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details While at university, McAdams worked with the Toronto-based Necessary Angel Theatre Company.
    After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie (2002) (for which she received a Genie Award nomination), the comedy film My Name Is Tanino (2002), and the comedy series Slings and Arrows (for which she won a Gemini Award).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on November 17, 1978.
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