Rachel McAdams (born 17.11.1978) Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress whose film appearances include 'The Notebook', 'The Vow', 'Mean Girls' and 'Midnight in Paris'.
Childhood: Rachel McAdams was born in London, Ontario and grew up in St Thomas. Her parents are nurse Sandra and former truck driver Lance. She attended Myrtle Street Public School and later Central Elgin Collegiate Institute where she played sports and was in the student council, Crimestoppers program and Peer Helping Team.
She enrolled at York University on their theatre program and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree. She began figure skating when she was 4 and competed in competitions until she was 18. She became interested in acting at 7 and went to Disney and Shakespeare summer camps. At 12, she was in the Original Kids Theatre Company and she later directed children's theatre. She had a summer job at McDonalds for three years.
Acting career: Rachel McAdams first TV appearance was on an MTV pilot called 'Shotgun Love Dolls' in 2001. She made her feature film debut in the same year in 'My Name is Tanino'. In 2002, she had a starring role in the Hollywood flick 'The Hot Chick' in which she plays a popular high school cheerleader who accidently swaps bodies with a criminal.
Her breakthrough role came with 'Mean Girls' in 2004 where she played queen bee Regina George. The film grossed $129 million worldwide and landed her with two MTV Awards. 2004 also saw her appear in the tear-jerker romance 'The Notebook' alongside Ryan Gosling. The pair initially did not get on during filming, but later began dating. In 2005, she starred in 'Wedding Crashers' which grossed over $285 million worldwide as well as thriller 'Red Eye' and 'The Family Stone'.
In 2006, she was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair with Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson but refused to take part in the photoshoot on discovering it was to be a nude shoot. Keira later spoke of her respect for Rachel making that decision. Rachel took a break from acting between 2006 and 2007 even turning down offers for roles in hit films such as 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Casino Royale', 'Mission: Impossible III' and 'Get Smart'. In 2008, she appeared in the film noir 'Married Life' alongside Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper, and 'The Lucky Ones' which grossed the least out of all her films. In 2009, she played a reporter in 'State of Play', starred in science-fiction romance 'The Time Traveller's Wife' and appeared in 'Sherlock Holmes' alongside Robert Downey Jr., a film which earned $524 million at the box office. In 2010 she played a television producer in 'Morning Glory' and 2011 saw her appear in Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' for which Allen won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
She also starred in the Holmes sequel 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'. In 2012 she starred with Channing Tatum in 'The Vow' and will soon appear in the romance 'To the Wonder' as well as 'A Most Wanted Man' and 'About Time'.
Personal life: Rachel McAdams currently lives in Harbord Village in Toronto in a house with her brother as well as holding a U.S. green card. She practises Kundalini yoga and enjoys cooking and gardening. She was in a relationship for two years with her 'Notebook' co-star Ryan Gosling from 2005. In 2009, she dated actor Josh Lucas and was until 2013 dating Michael Sheen who was her 'Midnight in Paris' co-star.
Rachel McAdams - Celebrities attend 88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton. at Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th February 2016
Rachel McAdams - 68th Annual DGA Awards 2016 held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Arrivals at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, DGA Awards - Century City, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016
This film demonstrates that you don't need guns to make an exciting thriller. Based on a true story, this is a journalistic procedural following a team of newspaper writers who take on a corrupt system. The outcome is well-known (they won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the global investigation into child abuse by Catholic priests), but the film is still utterly riveting, beautifully written and played to perfection.
In 2001, the Boston Globe's investigative Spotlight team is working to report the biggest stories in the city. So newly arrived senior editor Marty (Liev Schreiber) asks them to find out if there's truth to rumours that the local Catholic Archdiocese is covering up abuse. But he's unaware that the church controls the city, and the Spotlight writers (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James) quickly encounter heavy resistance from the establishment. As they persistently dig deeper, they realise that the story is exponentially bigger than anyone thought it was. Two lawyers (Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup) prove to be crucial in this process, as the team works to prove that the Cardinal (Len Cariou) has been covering up abuse for decades.
Cleverly, writer Josh Singer and writer-director Tom McCarthy never play this story for its salacious details. Instead, they focus on the people involved, which gives the film a strong sense of what's at stake here and the urgency of getting the story exactly right. It's a rare movie that can maintain this balance, gripping the audience and building suspense without ever tipping over into sensationalism. And the filmmakers bring out some strong emotional resonance in sensitive conversations between the journalists and the victims. All of this is expertly played by actors who stir in personal details without letting their characters' side-stories interfere with the larger narrative. They also resist the temptation to overplay the material, letting the facts of the case provide every gut-punch.
Continue reading: Spotlight Review
Rachel Mcadams Hates Watching Herself On Screen Because The Finished Movie Never Reflects What Making It Was Like.
Many stars admit never sitting through their finished films, such as Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Andrew Garfield. Rachel also can't see the attraction, explaining the finished product always seems a little lacking to her.
"I feel weird about watching myself," she told Britain's Hello! magazine. "I can't relax. I wish I could just watch it and be carried away, but that hour and a half never sums up the shoot and the relationships you made, the trials and tribulations. I'm always left with a sense of longing."
Luckily for the 37-year-old star many of her fans watch her movies enough for both of them. She's appeared in a number of cult classics, insisting at the time of shooting she had no idea any of them would go down so well.
Continue reading: Rachel Mcadams Won't Watch Herself
Ryan Gosling's Uncle Still Believes The Star's Soulmate Is Rachel Mcadams.
The two stars met when they shot 2004 romance The Notebook together, and although they initially intensely disliked each other, love blossomed. To the delight of film fans the pair dated from 2005 until 2008, with Ryan's Uncle Kevin still astounded they couldn't make it work.
"It sure seemed like Rachel was The One for him," he told Britain's Heat magazine.
Kevin is such a fan of Rachel, 37, he still has a photograph of her with his nephew hanging in his home. The actress was a joy to have around, according to Kevin, who has fond memories of their time together.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling's Uncle: 'Rachel Mcadams Is His One'
Rich Cline picks out his top films of 2015.
There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres...
10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
An Iranian vampire movie shot in California, this super-cool black and white comedy-thriller is witty, scary and sexy. It's also so original that it takes the breath away.
9. Inside Out
Pixar triumphs again with this inventive look inside the mind of a young girl struggling with her emotions. It's colourful, hilariously silly and also the kind of movie that can make grown men cry.
Continue reading: Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015
Investigative Journalism Drama Spotlight Has Been Named Best Picture By The Vancouver Film Critics Circle In Canada.
Michael Fassbender landed the Best Actor prize for his portrayal of Apple boss Steve Jobs in the film of the same name, and Brie Larson picked up Best Actress for captivity drama Room.
Supporting role honours went to Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), and Miller was named Best Director for Mad Max: Fury Road. Amy, a film about late singer Amy Winehouse, won the Best Documentary prize.
Continue reading: Spotlight Lands Top Honour From Vancouver Film Critics Circle
Actress Rachel Mcadams Manned The Phones On A Trading Floor In Her Native Toronto, Canada To Raise Money For Charity.
The Canadian star returned to her hometown to take part in the CIBC Miracle Day on Wednesday (02Dec15), selling stocks at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) to generate cash for good causes.
Pictures of Rachel answering phones were posted on the bank's Twitter.com page, and during the event she presented a $75,000 (£46,875) donation to her chosen charity, Nanny Angel Network, on behalf of CIBC.
"It's incredible," she told Entertainment Tonight Canada. "Everybody's come together and there's so much money being raised. I'm so happy that Nanny Angel Network is going to get great funds to move forward."
Continue reading: Rachel Mcadams Becomes A Stockbroker For Charity
Journalism Drama Spotlight Looks Set To Win Big At The 2016 Satellite Awards After Scoring Five Nominations And One Honorary Prize.
The movie, about The Boston Globe newspaper team's investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests, received nods for Best Motion Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role for Mark Ruffalo, supporting actress for Rachel McAdams, Original Screenplay and Director for Thomas MCCarthy. It has also been named as the winner of the Best Ensemble prize.
It is closely followed by revenge thriller The Revenant, which earned nominations for Best Motion Picture, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Adapted Screenplay and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who won a directing Oscar for Birdman in February (15).
Other Motion Picture nominees included Black Mass, Carol, Brooklyn, Room, Sicario, Bridge of Spies, The Martian and The Big Short.
Continue reading: Spotlight Leads Satellite Awards Nominations
Selena Gomez ''froze'' when she ran into 'True Detective' star Rachel McAdams at an acting class.
The 23-year-old star admits she was left completely starstruck after an unexpected encounter with the 'True Detective' actress.
She said: ''Rachel McAdams and I actually walked into the same acting lesson. She's so pretty without make-up! I didn't know what to do. I just froze.''
Continue reading: Selena Gomez Starstruck By Rachel McAdams
Hollywood hunk Jake Gyllenhaal has admitted he's struggled to find ''the one''.
Jake Gyllenhaal has struggled to find ''the one''.
The Hollywood hunk - who's previously dated the likes of Taylor Swift and Kirsten Dunst, and is currently said to be romancing his 'Southpaw' co-star Rachel McAdams - admitted he's found it hard to find a woman with whom he can share his life.
The 34-year-old actor: ''It's hard to find the right person and also to be ready to have a serious relationship when you do meet someone you know you would like to spend a lot of time with and get to know more deeply.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal: I've Struggled To Find The One
Jake Gyllenhaal has opened up about losing Heath Ledger to admit it made him stop ''wasting time'' on things that don't really matter.
The 34-year-old actor has opened up about losing his 'Brokeback Mountain' co-star to an accidental overdose in 2008 to admit it changed his outlook on life.
He said: ''I miss him very badly.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal Misses Heath Ledger 'very Badly'
Date of birth
17th November, 1978