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Real Name: Rachel McAdams
Birthday: October 7, 1978

Biography And Filmography:

Canadian actress Rachel McAdams was first seen by audiences playing a teen queen in “The Hot Chick” (2004), and then “Mean Girls” (2004). Audiences were amazed by her work in “The Notebook” (2004), and then in the comedy smash hit “Wedding Crashers” (2005) with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, sometimes pink-haired actress took roles just as spontaneous as her appearance, giving all of them the same style as her flamboyant personal style. 

Rachel McAdams was born on Oct. 7, 1978 in London, Ontario and was raised in the town of St. Thomas. By age ten, she was involved in the "Original Kids Theatre Company" in London, appearing in productions of Shakespeare and other classics. She did not plan to be involved in acting after high school graduation in 1997, but started in the Drama program at York University in Toronto. 

McAdams made her first appearance in “The Famous Jett Jackson” (1998) as Hannah, the bulimic older sister of the lead character. She went on to star in several television movies before making her feature film introduction with a role in “My Name is Tanino” (2001), a comedy about a young carefree Italian who chases an American tourist to America after a romantic affair in his hometown. Her breakout role in the Canadian movie “Perfect Pie” (2002) as the best friend of a small town girl who makes it big won her a nomination for a Genie Award.

In 2002, McAdams was hired and cast in a starring role in the movie “The Hot Chick” (2002), a teen summer comedy about a popular teenager who is mean spirited toward others, and finds herself trapped in the body of an older man and must find a way to get back to her original body.

Rachel was then hired and cast in “Mean Girls” (2004) with Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey, about  a sheltered, home-schooled childhood in Africa, and how she must learn to survive the jungle of "Girl World" at a public high school in Chicago after being accepted by the "Plastics", the three most popular girls in the school. After the success of  “Mean Girls,” McAdams returned to Canadian television playing a young actress in “Slings and Arrows” (2003-05), a comedy about a small town theater company.

Back on the Hollywood movie screen, Rachel appeared in “The Notebook” (2004) with Ryan Gosling, a movie that focuses on an old man reading a story to an old woman in a nursing home. A sentimental and emotional film, "The Notebook" was her breakout performance, and she and co-star Ryan Gosling became couples in real-life, enjoying a  future as one of young Hollywood’s hippest and private young celebrity couples until their breakup in 2007.

Rachel followed with the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn smash hit comedy "Wedding Crashers" (2005), in a role as the woman who finally gets the shy wedding crasher Owen Wilson's heart. She then took a starring role in the Wes Craven thriller "Red Eye" (2005), playing a clever hotel employee who finds herself trapped on an airline flight with a frightening passenger who terrorizes her. 

The actress next appeared with the ensemble cast of “The Family Stone” (2005) featuring Claire Danes, a dramatic comedy about the oldest son (Dermot Mulroney) of a wild family who brings his bossy New York girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker) home for the holidays. McAdams next appeared in the crime drama “Married Life”, starring Pierce Brosnan, a 1940s-set drama where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce.

McAdams then returned to television with guest appearances in "Slings And Arrows (2006), set in the fictional town of New Burbage, where a legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival. 

Rachel next took a starring role next to Tim Robbins in the dramatic comedy "The Lucky Ones" (2008), a story that revolves around three soldiers who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. She next took the starring role in "The Time Traveler's Wife" (2008), a romantic drama about a Chicago librarian (Eric Bana) with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage.

Rachel McAdams was now a full blown Hollywood super star!

She wrapped her year being cast as Della Frye in the crime thriller "State Of Play" (2009), a movie based on the BBC mini-series of the same title about a team of investigative reporters who work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.

In 2009 McAdams took a role in “The Time Travelers Wife” - a romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage.

Next was a pair of movies starring with Robert Downey Jr. in the crime adventure hits “Sherlock Homes” (2009) and “Sherlock Homes: A game of shadows” in 2011. The films recounted the age old adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson who join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Also in 2011, McAdams worked with Woody Allen in his romantic comedy “Midnight In Paris” where a couple travels to Paris with their parents on a business trip and decide they want to stay and live there.

2012 proved to be a busy year for Rachel McAdams and it started with the starring role in another romantic comedy titled “The Vow” also starring Channing Tatum. Both dramatic and romantic, the movie tells the story a car accident that puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma and when she wakes up with severe memory loss her husband, Leo, works to win back her heart again.

In 2013 McAdams switched roles and took the starring role in the thriller “Passion” about young business women who plots the murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.

Time and time again Rachel McAdams has proven to producers, and audiences, that she has what it takes to be on Hollywood’s top celebrity list – and she’s not slowing down yet.



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