Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Rachel McAdams

Name: Rachel McAdams
Birth Name: Rachel MacAdams
Height: 5' 5"
Sex: F
Nationality: Canadian
Birth Date: Octber 7, 1976
Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
Profession: actress
Education: Original Kids Theatre Company in OntarioYork University in Canada (graduated with honors and earned a B.F.A. in Theater)
Father: Lance (truck driver)
Mother: Sandy (nurse)
Brother: Daniel (younger)
Half Sister: Kayleen (younger)
Claim to fame: as Allie in Nick Cassavetes' The Notebook (2004)

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.

2007 The Return
2007 Marriage
2005 Wedding Crashers
2005 The Family Stone
2005 Red Eye
2004 The Notebook
2004 Mean Girls
2002 Perfect Pie
2002 The Hot Chick
2002 Guilt by Association
2001 My Name is Tanino

[11 award(s)] [13 nomination(s)]

2006 : Won Teen Choice Award
category Choice Movie Actress - Comedy for Wedding Crashers (2005), The Family Stone (2005)

2005 : Won Hollywood Breakthrough Actress of the Year

2005 : Won ShoWest Award
category Supporting Actress of the Year

2005 : Won Teen Choice Award
category Choice Movie Love Scene for The Notebook (2004)
shared with Ryan Gosling

2005 : Won Teen Choice Award
category Choice Movie Liplock for The Notebook (2004)
shared with Ryan Gosling

2005 : Won Teen Choice Award
category Choice Movie Chemistry for The Notebook (2004)
shared with Ryan Gosling

2005 : Won Teen Choice Award
category Choice Movie Actress: Drama for The Notebook (2004)

2005 : Won MTV Movie Award
category Best On-Screen Team for Mean Girls (2004)
shared with Lindsay Lohan; Lacey Chabert; Amanda Seyfried

2005 : Won MTV Movie Award
category Best Kiss for The Notebook (2004)
shared with Ryan Gosling

2005 : Won MTV Movie Award
category Breakthrough Female for Mean Girls (2004)

2004 : Won Gemini Award
category Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (For episode "A Mirror Up To Nature") for Slings and Arrows (2003)

Lost her nerve when she turned up to pose naked for a new Vanity Fair photo spread with Kiera Knightley and Scarlett Johansson. Designer Tom Ford himself replaced McAdams for the Annie Leibovitz cover shoot. (February)
* McAdams and Ryan Gosling have sparked reports they are getting engaged, after being spotted shopping for rings. (December 15, 2005)
* Is nominated in a total of 5 categories at the 2005 MTV Awards: Best Female Performance (The Notebook), Best OnScreen Team (with Lindsay, Lacey and Amanda for Mean Girls), Best Villian (Mean Girls), Breakthrough Female (Mean Girls), Best Kiss (with Ryan for the Notebook). (May 14, 2005)
* Born in the same hospital as THE NOTEBOOK (2004) co-star Ryan Gosling -- St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario -- though she's older.
* Her father Lance is a truck driver, and her mother, Sandy, is a nurse.
* In 1995, she received an acting award for her role in the one-act high school play I Live in a Little Town when it was presented at the prestigious Ontario Showcase at the Sears Drama Festival.
* Received a record five MTV Movie Award nominations in a single year. (2005)
* Was told to partly model the character of Regina George after Alec Baldwin's performance in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992).
* Worked at a McDonalds for 3 summers.
* Hair Color: Naturally brown
* From the age of 4 to highschool, she figure skated.
* Was in the running for the role of Sue Storm in the new FANTASTIC FOUR movie but lost the role to Jessica Alba.
* Her favorite color is purple.
* Loves to shop at Vintage clothing stores.
* Loves Maple Syrup, she would drink it if she could.
* Rachel means ewe in Hebrew .