Birth Date: October 7, 1978
Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5' 5"
Quote: "As strange as movie making is, doing love scenes for the first time with someone you've never even said hello to does work in terms of having a fresh quality to a relationship."
Rachel McAdams captured the attention of Hollywood literally overnight. On her first trip to Los Angeles from her native Toronto, she landed a starring role in the major studio comedy, The Hot Chick, in which she plays a popular and self absorbed cheerleader who wakes up one day to find that she has switched bodies with a man in his thirties (Rob Shneider).
Prior to her arrival in Los Angeles, the talented young actress starred in Perfect Pie for which she was nominated for a Genie Award (Canada's equivelent for an Academy Award). It is a feature film based on the play by acclaimed Canadian playright Judith Thompson and directed by Barbara Willis Sweete and is the story of two friends pulled apart by tragedy as teens and who, years later, must come to terms with the past.
McAdam's other credits include acclaimed coming of age drama My Name is Tanino, directed by award winning film maker Paolo Virzi and produced by Ceechi Gore Groupe Internationale. The Film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2002.
McAdams was raised in a small town near London, Ontario. At the age of four, she took up figure skating and skated competively throughout highschool. She always knew she wanted to be an actress, and when summer theatre camp finally opened nearby, she was perfoming in the productions of Shakespeare by the age of 13.
McAdams went on to York University appearing in numerous student films and stage productions, where she graduated with honors with a B.F.A. degree in theatre, which remains her first love. She landed her first professional role as a girl with bulemia in the Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson and followed with a pilot for MTV.
She recently completed New Line's The Notebook starring opposite Ryan Gosling, James Marsden, Gena Rowlands and Sam Shepard, James Garner and Joan Allen. Based on the best selling Nicholas Spark's novel of the same name, The Notebook follows a young couple (McAdams and Gosling) who meet in their teens and are reunited after World War II.
Rachel McAdams Filmography
The Time Traveler's Wife (2008) .... Clare Abshire
Marriage (2007) .... Kay
The Family Stone (2005) .... Amy Stone
Red Eye (2005) .... Lisa Reisert
Wedding Crashers (2005) .... Claire Cleary
"Slings and Arrows" .... Kate McNab
The Notebook (2004) .... Allie Hamilton
Mean Girls (2004) .... Regina George
The Hot Chick (2002) .... Jessica Spencer/Clive
Perfect Pie (2002) .... Patsy (age 15)
... aka Voie du destin, La (Canada: French title)
My Name Is Tanino (2002) .... Sally Garfield
Guilt by Association (2002) (TV) .... Danielle
... aka Coupable par amour (Canada: French title)
"Earth: Final Conflict"
... aka EFC (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict (USA: complete title)
... aka Invasion planète Terre (Canada: French title)
... aka Mission Erde: Sie sind unter uns (Germany)
- Atavus High (2002) TV Episode (as Rachel MacAdams) .... Christine Bickwell
"The Famous Jett Jackson"
- Food for Thought (2001) TV Episode .... Hannah Grant
Shotgun Love Dolls (2001) (TV) .... Beth
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