Rachel McAdams Biography
In high school, McAdams intended 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. She eventually majored in theater at York University and graduated with honors and a B.F.A. degree.
She began her professional on-screen career with an appearance on the Disney series “The Famous Jett Jackson” (1998) followed by a pilot for MTV. After a few more films, she hit it big after her appearance in the hits Mean Girls (2004) and The Notebook (2004).
Rachel McAdams had the titular role in the film The Hot Chick alongside Rob Schneider, but her career really took off when she starred as Regina George, the “queen-bee” in 2004’s Mean Girls. McAdams was told to partly model the character of Regina George after Alec Baldwin’s performance in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
McAdams had previously appeared in the Canadian television series Slings and Arrows, alongside Paul Gross. She played a main role in the first season, but due to her rising stardom was written out of the second season, appearing in only the first episode. She followed Mean Girls with the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook, alongside Ryan Gosling, with whom she would later begin an off-screen romance. They broke up in 2007.