"Most of the time, people will just pass me by, or if they do realize, they'll say something like, 'My girlfriend said that was you, but I didn't believe her.'"
Rachel McAdams Filmography:
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Rachel McAdams Biography:
Thin, blonde, and possessing the sort of stylish, model-esque good looks that wouldn't be out of place in the glossy pages of Vogue, actress Rachel McAdams got her start on Canadian television before graduating to Hollywood features. Though McAdams' early screen roles found her specializing in the bitchy teen princess to maximum effect, closer inspection reveals a skilled dramatic actress who no doubt has the talent to move beyond the high-school trappings of such comedies as The Hot Chick and Mean Girls.
Born to a truck driver and a nurse in London, Ontario, Canada, McAdams warmed to the spotlight early on by taking up competitive skating at just four years old. Though she would remain on the ice well into her teens, the toll of constant competition eventually frazzled her nerves, and she soon began gravitating toward the stage. Beginning in summer theater camp at the age of 13, the burgeoning actress' smooth handling of Shakespeare eventually led her to enroll in theater studies at York University. In the years that followed, McAdams' comfort on the stage translated exceptionally well to the screen, and a role as a bulimic teen in the popular Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson found the rising starlet making an impressive small-screen debut. Supporting roles in such television series as Shotgun Love Dolls and made-for-TV features such as Guilt by Association were quick to follow. After climbing the credits to make her feature debut in My Name is Tanino, McAdams was nominated for a Genie award (the Canadian equivalent of an Oscar) for her performance in 2002's Perfect Pie. The film, which cast her as a small-town girl whose best friend makes the big time by becoming a celebrated opera singer, provided McAdams with her breakout role, and she soon set her sights on Hollywood.
Her bags packed for the trip west and stars shining in her eyes, the talented McAdams soon caught the eyes of studio heavies and was cast as a popular but excruciatingly cruel high-school teen who learns a hard lesson in The Hot Chick. McAdams made a move to weekly television in 2003 with a supporting role in Slings and Arrows before once again returning to torment the unpopular crowd in 2004's Mean Girls. A big-screen adaptation of Rosalind Wiseman's popular book Queen Bees and Wannabes, the film was also notable as the screenwriting debut of Saturday Night Live writer/cast member Tina Fey. Moving away from the cruel halls of high school, McAdams next appeared opposite Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, the feature adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks' top-selling novel. A romantic drama concerning a young couple separated by war, The Notebook found McAdams in a notably more sympathetic role.
April 27, 2004 - Rachel McAdams ('Regina' in "Mean Girls" ) captured the attention of Hollywood, literally overnight. On her first trip to LA from her native Toronto, she landed the starring role in a major studio comedy, "The Hot Chick," in which she played a popular and self-absorbed cheerleader who wakes up one day to find that she has switched bodies with a man in his 30s.
McAdams was raised in a small town near London, Ontario. At the age of four, she took up figure skating and skated competitively throughout high school. She always knew she wanted to be an actress, and when a summer theater camp finally opened nearby, she was performing in productions of Shakespeare at the age of 13.
Rachel intended in high school to apply to college to study cultural studies, because studying theater would be "a bit of a joke". At the last minute, a drama teacher encouraged her to audition to be a drama major
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 theater, which remains her first love. She landed her first professional onscreen role as a girl with bulimia in the Disney series "The Famous Jett Jackson," and followed with a pilot for MTV.
Rachel in Highschool
"I gossiped when I was given a chance because I wasn’t popular so the few times someone would invite you into the group to have a conversation it was usually about someone else and you just joined in because it was great to be a part of something, and that I feel bad for."
Rachel's Fashion Sense
"I loved the idea of playing someone in the 1940s and doing the period. Ultimately, I just loved the script. It made me cry. I felt like you can never, ever do enough love stories that just feel universal and important.''"
On Being Recognized
On Comedies or Dramas
"I showed up at a restaurant where I knew the guy worked, and we were actually good friends and had lost touch, and I pretended that I didn’t know he worked there, and then ran into him and, ‘Oh my God, you work here? I had no idea.’ It’s the most manipulative thing I’ve done in my entire life, but it all worked out very well, so I have no regrets."
"The most romantic thing, a lovely boy bought me a dress once. He got my measurements, actually they were from The Notebook and I had them sitting somewhere, and he found them and bought me this dress, tailor-made, this beautiful little black cocktail dress. And I thought that was very, very classy. "
"I am a hopeless romantic."
Preparing for The Notebook
On Being an "It Girl"
"Opportunities are definitely coming up and they’re very interesting. Being in a position to be able to choose is very stressful but also very amazing, wonderful and such a gift."
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