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Rachel McAdams Biography,Career, Awards,Philanthropy and Personal life

About Rachel McAdams

Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress born November 17, 1978 .Rachel McAdams was born in London, Ontario, to Sandra Kay ,a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover, and grew up in nearby St. Thomas. She is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent; McAdams’ maternal fifth great-grandfather, James Gray, was a Loyalist ranger during the American Revolution and fled to Canada after the Battles of Saratoga. McAdams is the eldest of three children, with a sister, Kayleen, a celebrity make-up artist, and a brother, Daniel. She grew up in a Protestant household. When she was four years old, she began figure skating, but turned down an opportunity to move to Toronto when she was nine years old for pair skating training. Then skating became merely “a hobby”. She competed in skating until the age of eighteen, winning regional awards.

She has since said that skating prepared her for physical acting, because it trained her to be “in tune” with her body. McAdams was educated at Myrtle Street Public School, and later Central Elgin Collegiate Institute. She did not enjoy academic work and often would pretend to be sick to avoid going to school. Nonetheless, she was active in student life. In addition to playing sports (including volleyball, badminton, and soccer), McAdams served on the student council, participated in the Crimestoppers program, and was a member of the Peer Helping Team. She worked at a McDonald’s restaurant during the summer holidays for three years.

McAdams first developed an interest in performing when she was seven years old, and while her parents did not discourage her, they did not “go out and find her an agent”. She attended both Disney and Shakespeare summer camps as a child. From the age of twelve, McAdams participated in Original Kids Theatre Company, London productions. In her late teens, she directed children’s theatre productions. She also was involved in school stage productions, most notably winning a performance award at the Sears Ontario Drama Festival.

She was inspired by two of her teachers, who taught her English and drama, respectively, in the eleventh and twelfth grades. McAdams intended to take Cultural studies at the University of Western Ontario before being persuaded by her drama teacher that a professional acting career was a viable option. She enrolled in York University’s four-year theatre program and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree in 2001. While at university, McAdams worked with the Toronto-based Necessary Angel Theatre Company.

Rachel McAdams Career

Rachel initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie in 2002,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. later in 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. McAdams rose to fame in 2004 with her roles in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. She starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family comedy-drama The Family Stone in 2005. She was hailed by the media as Hollywood’s new “it girl”, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star.

After a two-year career break, McAdams starred in two limited release films in 2008; the film noir Married Life and the road trip comedy-drama The Lucky Ones. She returned to prominence in 2009 by appearing in the political-thriller State of Play, the science-fiction romantic drama The Time Traveler’s Wife and the mystery action-adventure film Sherlock Holmes. In 2010, McAdams appeared in her first star vehicle, the comedy Morning Glory. In 2015, her highest profile roles were in the second season of the HBO crime drama True Detective, and as journalist Sacha Pfeiffer in the drama Spotlight. For her performance in Spotlight, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Rachel McAdams Philanthropy

Environmental activism

Rachel ran an eco-friendly lifestyle website GreenIsSexy.org with two of her friends for five years, from 2007 to 2011. Her house is powered by Bullfrog renewable energy. She travels around Toronto by bicycle and does not own a car, but drives when in Los Angeles because it is “a harder town to cycle in”. She volunteered in Biloxi, Mississippi and Louisiana in fall of 2005, as part of the clean-up effort following Hurricane Katrina. McAdams sat on a TreeHugger/Live Earth judging panel in 2007. She appealed for donations during the Canada for Haiti telethon in 2010. She was involved in Matter of Trust’s “hair boom” efforts following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In 2011, McAdams supported Foodstock, a protest against a proposed limestone mega quarry in Melancthon, Ontario. She filmed two promotional videos for the Food & Water First Movement In 2013, aiming to preserve prime farmland and source water in Ontario, Canada. In 2014, she narrated the feature documentary Take Me To The River, which investigates what is being done to try to save iconic rivers.

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Rachel McAdams Personal life

McAdams resides in the Harbord Village neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She holds a U.S. green card but has remarked, “The world has become so small these days, and most films aren’t shot in Hollywood anymore, so there’s no point living there.” McAdams dated Canadian actor Ryan Gosling from mid‑2005 to mid‑2007, and they briefly reunited in 2008. She dated American actor Josh Lucas in 2009. She dated Welsh actor Michael Sheen from mid-2010 to early 2013. She dated Canadian music manager Patrick Sambrook from mid-2013 to mid-2014. In 2016, McAdams began dating American screenwriter and director Jamie Linden.

Awards and Nominations

McAdams has been given many awards and nominations, including winning one Screen Actors Guild Award, out of three nominations, and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Spotlight.

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