Nov. 17th, 1978
London, Ontario, Canada
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Rachel Anne McAdams (born November 17, 1978) is a Canadian actress.
Born in London, Ontario, and grew up in nearby St. Thomas. Her mother, Sandra (née Gale), is a nurse, and her father, Lance, is a retired truck driver and furniture mover. Her grandmother is of Welsh descent. McAdams is the eldest of three children with a sister Kayleen, a celebrity make-up artist, and a brother Daniel. She began figure skating at the age of four but turned down an opportunity to move to Toronto at the age of nine for pairs training. Skating then became merely "a hobby". She competed in the sport until the age of 18, winning regional awards. She has since said that skating prepared her for physical acting, because it trained her to be "in tune" with her body.
McAdams was educated at Myrtle Street Public School and, later, Central Elgin Collegiate Institute. She did not enjoy school. Nonetheless, she played an active role in student life. In addition to playing sports, McAdams served on the student council, participated in the Crimestoppers program and was a member of the Peer Helping Team. She worked at a McDonalds restaurant during the summer holidays for three years.
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.
McAdams found fame in 2004, starring in the teen comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she appeared in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family drama The Family Stone. She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl" and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star. She began her professional on-screen career with an appearance on the Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson (1998) followed by a pilot for MTV.
After a few more films, she hit it big after her appearance in the hits Mean Girls (2004) and The Notebook (2004). McAdams withdrew from the public life in 2006 and 2007. During this time, she turned down leading roles in high-profile films such as The Devil Wears Prada. She made a low-key return to work in 2008, starring in two limited release films: the film noir Married Life, and the road trip movie The Lucky Ones.
She returned to prominence in 2009 with appearances in the political thriller State of Play, the science-fiction romance The Time Traveler's Wife, and the action-adventure film Sherlock Holmes. McAdams's first star vehicle was the 2010 comedy Morning Glory. In 2011, she starred in the romantic comedy Midnight in Paris and made a cameo appearance in the action-adventure sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
In 2012, she appeared in the romantic drama The Vow. In 2013, McAdams starred in the romantic drama To the Wonder, the erotic thriller Passion and the romantic comedy About Time. She will next be seen in Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, Wim Wenders's Every Thing Will Be Fine and Cameron Crowe's as-yet-untitled Hawaii project.
McAdams lives in the Harbord Village neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She shares a house with her younger brother.
McAdams also holds a U.S. green card but has remarked that, "The world has become so small these days, and most films aren’t shot in Hollywood any more, so there’s no point living there". She practices kundalini yoga daily. She likes to garden and cook in her spare time and has said that she would open a restaurant if she were not an actress. McAdams was in a relationship with fellow Canadian actor 'Ryan Gosling' from (mid‑2005 to mid‑2007).
They also briefly reunited in the summer of 2008. After they broke up, Gosling described her as "one of the great loves of my life". She dated American actor 'Josh Lucas' from (January to August 2009). McAdams dated Welsh actor 'Michael Sheen', whom she met on the set of Midnight in Paris, for two-and-a-half years from mid-2010 to early 2013.