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"With any project I work on...I don't feel the need just to play a strong woman. I don't want the audience to say, 'Oh, she was so strong.' I want to play characters that are flawed and interesting."

Rachel Anne McAdams (born November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian actress.

McAdams played the title role in the film The Hot Chick alongside Rob Schneider, but her career really progressed when she starred as Regina George, the queen bee in 2004's Mean Girls. She was much older than the character she played. She followed Mean Girls with the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel The Notebook, with Ryan Gosling, with whom she would later begin an off-screen romance.

In 2005, she played Owen Wilson's love interest in Wedding Crashers, and then starred in the suspense thriller Red Eye as Lisa Reisert, where she played a young woman held captive aboard a red-eye flight by criminal-for-hire and assassin Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy).

In 2009, McAdams starred in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, where she played the role of Irene Adler alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson; she reprised the role in the 2011 sequel, A Game of Shadows. Also in 2011, she starred as Becky Fuller in the cult comedy Morning Glory, alongside Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton.


Also in 2009, she played Clare in The Time Traveler's Wife, based on the book, starring with Eric Bana.

She has an old school Hollywood beauty about her. In fact, part of what helped her land her role in Sherlock Holmes was her classic looks, which didn't make her look too young to be the love interest of Robert Downey, Jr. Among the people she has dated in Real Life are Ryan Gosling (2005–07) and Michael Sheen (2010–13); since 2014, she has been in a relationship with screenwriter Jamie Linden, with whom she has a son (born in 2018) and is as of December 2020 expecting a second child.


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