Rachel Anne Mc Adams (born November 17, 1978) is a Canadian actress.
After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie (2002) (for which she received a Genie Award nomination), the comedy film My Name Is Tanino (2002), and the comedy series Slings and Arrows (for which she won a Gemini Award).
In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick.
Mc Adams rose to fame in 2004 with her roles in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook.
She also made her Canadian film debut that year in the comedy My Name is Tanino.Mc Adams was 25 years old when she was cast as the high school queen bee Regina George, and she modelled her character on Alec Baldwin's performance in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).The Italian-Canadian co-production was filmed in Sicily when Mc Adams was 22 years old, and it marked her first time on an airplane.Mc Adams' break-out role came in 2004, when she starred in the comedy film Mean Girls opposite Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried.In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family comedy-drama The Family Stone.
She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl", and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star.