Unlike her Mean Girls character, Rachel McAdams didn't have to claw her way to the top - her beauty and natural talent have made her an in-demand star. Rachel was born on October 7, 1976 in London, Ontario, Canada. A talented child, she began training as a competitive figure skater at the age of four. She began her acting training at a summer theater camp and performed with them throughout high school. Later she graduated from York University in Toronto with Honors and a BFA degree in Theater.
In 2003, she got a leading role on the Canadian television series Slings and Arrows, but back-to-back successes in the US forced her to be written out of the show in its second season. In 2004, she co-starred with Rob Schneider in the comedy The Hot Chick, but it was her turn as uber-popular high school student 'Regina George' in the hit film Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan that made Rachel a star. She followed up her success in Mean Girls with a role in the tearjerker The Notebook co-starring Ryan Gosling, whom she dated in real-life for two years. 2005 was a busy year for the actress, who played Owen Wilson's love interest in Wedding Crashers, a woman terrorized by an assassin in Red Eye and Sarah Jessica Parker's jaded prospective sister-in-law in The Family Stone.
Although she took some time away from Hollywood to spend time with family and friends, she has a number of projects coming up, including State of Play with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck and The Time Traveler's Wife with Eric Bana. Whether making us laugh or making us cry (a lot), Rachel has 'crashed' audiences' hearts.
Here are some more fun facts about Rachel: She began figure skating when she was four years old, and began acting when she was thirteen. She was supposed to appear nude (alongside Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley) on the cover of Vanity Fair. When she discovered it was a nude photo shoot, she declined, and the artistic director took her place on the cover with the two other girls. Rachel and Ryan are both Canadians. She worked at McDonalds for three summers. She is a vegetarian. (Now, what mean girl would spare animals like she does?)
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