Originally from Ontario and born in 1978, Rachel McAdams has proven her capability to ascend stereotypes; with a resume that includes a diverse range of genres and characters, McAdams is now one of Hollywood’s leading actresses.
Despite her early interests in figure skating, at age 13 McAdams could be seen performing in Shakespeare productions at summer camp. After her first on screen appearance in the 2001 MTV pilot, Shotgun Love Dolls, she made her first feature film appearance that year in My Name is Tanino.
By 2002 she had a small part in The Hot Chick opposite Hollywood veteran Rob Schneider. Although the comedy flick wasn’t a huge success, McAdam’s pearly smile and witty charisma certainly charmed audiences for roles to come.
At 25 Rachel was cast in her breakout role as Regina George in the teen comedy mega-hit, Mean Girls. The 2004 classic not only had a superstar cast but its screenplay was written by the hilarious Tina Fey, of SNL and 30 Rock fame. Featuring the pre-scandalous Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Poehler, and of course Tina Fey, the laugh-out-loud comedy was nothing short of genius. Mean Girls tells the story of a teenage girl who grew up in Africa and is soon immersed into the typical American high school experience for the first time. Told from an outsider’s POV, Mean Girls became popular for its honest depiction of the dreaded high school years.
Even 8 years later I can still quote most lines from Mean Girls with just about every girl around me knowing exactly what I’m talking about. Not to mention, Reel Movie Nation creator TJ Weaver lists Mean Girls as his guilty pleasure! In the film McAdams co-starred as the ring leader of “The Plastics” a group of popular, fashionable rich girls who seem to rule the school with their trendsetting abilities. In true “Mean Girl” fashion, McAdams perfectly portrays the girl everyone loves to hate, bringing ‘girl code’ to life.
Although McAdams could’ve easily fallen into a teenage comedy rut, her next film switched genres completely. In 2004′s drama/romance film The Notebook, McAdam’s plays the beautiful and rich Allie. Starring opposite the gorgeous Ryan Gosling, McAdams proved her acting abilities by making us laugh and cry all in the same movie.
In 2005, McAdams’ switched gears yet again, starring in Wedding Crashers alongside Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Christopher Walken. Later that same year, McAdams’ starred in the Wes Craven thriller Red Eye with Cilliam Murphy. With such an attractive and talented cast the film reeled in nearly $100 million at the box office. In 2005, McAdams also played Amy Stone in The Family Stone, which also featured Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson. The film gave McAdam’s the chance to play the black sheep of the family.
McAdams took a bit of a break in 2006 & 2007. The actress turned down several roles including those in The Devil Wears Prada and Casino Royale, but returned to work in 2008 with a few limited release films. That same year, McAdams starred in The Lucky Ones, which wasn’t exactly a boost back into stardom as it holds the title for the least commercially successful film of McAdams’s career as of 2012.
The 2009 crime drama State of Play featuring Hollywood megastars Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, put McAdams back on the map. After State of Play’s success a string of hit films followed, including 2009′s The Time Traveler’s Wife with Eric Bana and Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downie Jr. and Jude Law. In 2010, McAdams starred in the Morning Glory alongside Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford. Proclaiming that she “isn’t funny” McAdams left the comedy genre returned to romance.
In 2011 McAdams starred in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson and Kathy Bates. Grossing over $148 million worldwide, the critically acclaimed film become one of the best films of 2011, nominated for 39 awards in total that year.McAdams, along with six other members of the cast, received a nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture”. Later in 2011, McAdams starred in the Sherlock Holmes sequel A Game of Shadows.
This year McAdams has starred opposite Channing Tatum in The Vow, which grossed $182 million worldwide. McAdams appears to have a few other films in production at the moment and shows no signs of slowing down. The actress has proved her staying power in Hollywood through her diverse roles and charming personality. Whether blonde or brunette, comedy or romance, McAdams is a double threat as both a beautiful and talented actress.
Rachel McAdam’s Filmography/Upcoming Films:
- Passion (2013)
- Untitled Terrance Malick Project (2012)
- The Vow (2012)
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
- Midnight in Paris (2011)
- Morning Glory (2010)
- Sherlock Holmes (2009)
- The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
- State of Play (2009)
- Lucky Ones (2008)
- Married Life (2007)
- The Family Stone (2005)
- Red Eye (2005)
- Wedding Crashers (2005)
- The Notebook (2004)
- Mean Girls (2004)
- The Hot Chick (2002)
- Perfect Pie (2002)