Rachel Anne McAdams (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 My Name Is Tanino, Perfect Pie (for which she received a Genie Award nomination) and Slings and Arrows (for which she won a Gemini Award). In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. McAdams found fame in 2004, co-starring in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she co-starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family 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.
McAdams withdrew from the public eye in 2006 and 2007. She made a low-key return to work in 2008, starring in two limited release films: the film noir Married Life and the road trip comedy-drama The Lucky Ones. She returned to prominence in 2009 and co-starred in the political thriller State of Play, the science-fiction romantic drama The Time Traveler's Wife, and the action-adventure film Sherlock Holmes. In 2010, McAdams co-starred in the comedy Morning Glory, was billed as her first star vehicle. In 2011, she co-starred in the fantasy romantic comedy Midnight in Paris and reprised her role in the mystery and action-adventure sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In 2012, she co-starred in the romantic drama The Vow. In 2013, McAdams co-starred in the romantic drama To the Wonder, the erotic thriller Passion and the romantic comedy About Time. 2014 brought the release of the espionage thriller A Most Wanted Man, and still awaiting release are Wim Wenders's drama Every Thing Will Be Fine and Cameron Crowe's untitled Hawaii romantic comedy project.