As she celebrates her 38th birthday today, check out our slideshow to learn some interesting facts about McAdams, including her interesting choice of living locations, her personal life, career and more. By Mike Rose, cleveland. November 17, Click forward to learn more about Rachel McAdams who celebrates her birthday today. Photo: Associated Press. O, Canada. While she might be an American sweetheart, McAdams was actually born in Canada.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Rachel McAdams went back to her Southwestern Ontario childhood — when she was a little girl fascinated with competitive figure skating — to help her with the elaborate fight "choreography" in the artful Victorian thriller Sherlock Holmes , opening Christmas Day. Thomas, Ont. McAdams actively pursued Ritchie to cast her for the role of a 19th-century globetrotting spy who is dubbed as being "dangerously alluring" on the Sherlock Holmes publicity poster. He does feisty characters so well. So does McAdams, who first caught filmgoers' eye in 's Mean Girls , where she starred as the bitchy Regina George, leader of a gang of self-absorbed high-school queen bees. She earned solid notices in the romantic drama The Notebook starring opposite ex-boyfriend Ryan Gosling the same year.
The former child competitive figure skater discovered her acting passion at age She played a teen diva in her breakout role in the hit film Mean Girls. She received her first Oscar nomination for her role as a Boston Globe reporter in the drama Spotlight. Her father, Lance, worked as a mover, and her mother, Sandra, worked as a nurse. Together, they raised McAdams and her younger siblings, sister Kayleen and brother Daniel. McAdams started competitive figure skating at age 4 and discovered acting at age 12, when she viewed a children's theater group performance. Her parents fully supported her ambitions, and McAdams joined the Original Kids Theatre in her hometown.
After graduating from a four-year theatre degree program at York University in , she worked in Canadian television and film productions, such as the drama film Perfect Pie , for which she received a Genie Award nomination, the comedy film My Name Is Tanino , and the comedy series Slings and Arrows , for which she won a Gemini Award. In she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. In , she starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers , the psychological thriller Red Eye , and the comedy-drama The Family Stone.