- Actor Allusion:
- Awesome, Dear Boy: Oz the Great and Powerful's script came through her agent. Jumping at the chance to play a Wicked Witch, she lobbied hard for it.
- Celebrity Voice Actor: As the voice of Saphira in the film version of Eragon.
- Creator Backlash: Both she and husband Daniel Craig - as well as director Jim Sheridan - disowned the film Dream House and refused to promote it.
- The Danza: As Rachel in About a Boy and My Cousin Rachel.
- Deleted Role: She filmed scenes for the film To the Wonder but they ended up cut.
- Doing It for the Art: Agreed to work on The Fountain at a reduced rate, just because of Darren Aronofsky's enthusiasm for the project.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Cut all her hair off for her role as a cancer patient in The Fountain. She also dyed her hair platinum blonde for Beautiful Creatures.
- Fake American: Has played Americans sometimes, as she's able to slip into an American accent fairly easily. She plays an American in The Fountain but uses her natural voice when playing Queen Isabella of Spain (It Makes Sense in Context).
- Hollywood Old: At only the age of forty she played Hypatia at the age of sixty in Agora.
- The Other Darrin: Maria Bello replaces her as Evey for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, due to Rachel not wanting to move to China to film (after having just given birth).
- Playing Against Type:
- One of her most famous roles - Evey in The Mummy is an example. Although she's smart, like Rachel's usual types, she's also a Cute Clumsy Girl who's pretty much The Fool as well. By the second film, Evey has matured, and she's within Rachel's type.
- She plays a snobby Rich Bitch type in Stealing Beauty.
- And in Oz the Great and Powerful she plays the Wicked Witch of the East. She had to really lobby for the role, as Sam Raimi didn't think she was right for it.
- Playing Their Own Twin: In Constantine she plays twins Angela and Isabelle Dodson.
- Star-Making Role: The Mummy brought her to national attention, and her Oscar win for The Constant Gardener solidified it.
- Throw It In!: One scene in The Constant Gardener was just the cinematographer following Rachel interacting with locals in Kibera.
- Typecasting: Usually as a strong intelligent lady - a scientist, librarian or else just a very smart and responsible type.
- What Could Have Been:
- She's been up for a few roles that Cate Blanchett ended up playing - such as Daisy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Marion in Robin Hood (2010). She was also in the running for Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. She was also considered for Kate Hudson's Star-Making Role in Almost Famous.
- As a teen model at 14, she got a bit of public attention for turning down what would have been her first acting role in the Richard Gere film King David. As the film ended up being a Box Office Bomb that was trashed by critics, she may have seen potential trouble.
- Her character in The Mummy Returns (Evie's past life) was originally called Nefertiti, after a real life Egyptian queen. Not wanting audiences to laugh at the name, they changed it to Nefertiri.
- The Lovely Bones filmed the subplot from the book where Abigail has an affair with the detective investigating Suzie's murder (which accounts for the chemistry between them in one scene). The whole subplot ended up cut.
Trivia / Rachel Weisz