Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as My Name Is Tanino, Perfect Pie and Slings and Arrows. In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. McAdams found fame in 2004, co-starring in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she co-starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family drama The Family Stone. She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl", and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star.
McAdams withdrew from the public eye for one year from 2006 to 2007. During that time, she turned down leading roles in high-profile films such as The Devil Wears Prada. She made a low-key return to work in 2008, starring in two limited release films: the film noir Married Life and the road trip comedy-drama The Lucky Ones. She returned to prominence in 2009 and co-starred in the political thriller State of Play, the science-fiction romantic drama The Time Traveler's Wife, and the action-adventure film Sherlock Holmes.