Her father, Lance, is a truck driver and her mother, Sandy, is a nurse. She has a younger sister, Kayleen McAdams, and a younger brother, Daniel.
Born in the same hospital as The Notebook (2004) co-star Ryan Gosling in St. Joseph's Hospital, London, Ontario. Justin Bieber was also born in the same hospital.
In 1995, she received an acting award for her role in the one-act high school play "I Live in a Little Town" when it was presented at the prestigious Ontario Showcase at the Sears Drama Festival.
Studied theater at York University in Toronto, where she appeared in numerous stage and student film productions. During her senior year, she played a child in "The Piper", a workshop led by a creative team from Toronto's Necessary Angel Theatre Company.
Worked at a McDonald's for three summers with her sister, Kayleen McAdams, and her brother, Dan McAdams.
Was told to partly model the character of Regina George after Alec Baldwin's performance in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
Received a record five MTV Movie Award nominations in a single year.
Graduated from York University in Toronto with honors & a B.F.A. in theater
Formerly a vegetarian.
She donated many signed head-shots to Rocky Stone to be auctioned off to raise money to buy more toys for less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
She has English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
Attended David Rothenberg's on-camera acting class in Toronto with fellow actors Scott Speedman, Kenneth Mitchell, Polly Shannon and David Sutcliffe.
In December 2005, she was #1 on MuchMusic's "Who To Do: 20 Sexiest Girls" list. This list is aired each year, and there is also a separate list for guys.
Ranked #14 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
Ranked #17 on Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2006 list.
Was in consideration for the role of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four (2005), but Jessica Albawas cast instead.
Named #51 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Older sister of Kayleen McAdams.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#68). .
Was engaged to actor and co-star Ryan Gosling twice throughout their three year relationship - once in 2006, then again in 2008.
She doesn't own a car. As part of her daily contribution to help conserve energy, she rides her bike or takes the bus.
Co-founder of www.greenissexy.org, a website which helps raise awareness about the environment.
Was Jon Favreau's first choice to play Pepper Potts in Iron Man (2008), but she turned the role down. Gwyneth Paltrow was subsequently cast instead.
Likes shopping at Vintage clothing stores.
Originally auditioned for the role of Cady in Mean Girls (2004), before being cast as Regina.
Avoided flying airplanes until age 22.
Auditioned for the role of Sophie for the musical Mamma Mia! (2008) but lost out to actress Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried had lost out to McAdams previously for the role of Regina when they both co-starred in Mean Girls (2004).
Her favorite actresses include: Joan Cusack, Juliette Lewis, Kate Winslet, Laura Dern,Renée Zellweger and Samantha Morton. She also considers Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn to be her role models.
She would love to work with Daniel Day-Lewis, James Franco and Sam Rockwell.
She is allergic to horses.
Learned to drive after a bike accident.
Learned to appreciate rugby from Russell Crowe.
Publicist has announced that Rachel does not have a Twitter account (August 2009).
Was in consideration for the role of Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008), but Maggie Gyllenhaal was cast instead.
Was in consideration for the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (2013), butCarey Mulligan was cast instead.
Ranked #48 in the 2010 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women." Previously she was ranked #50 in 2008 and #89 in 2006.
Ranked #15 in the 2007 Ask Men Australia top 99 "most desirable women" list.
Ranked #35 on the Ask Men 2011 list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
Ranked #63 in the 2011 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Ranked #47 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Ranked #48 in the 2010 FHM UK list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Ranked as having one of the "Most Beautiful Famous Faces" by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." She was ranked #43 in 2010, #62 in 2009, #88 in 2008, #32 in 2007, and #47 in 2006.
In her lead roles for 3 book-to-film love stories, Rachel has played an artist and painter -The Notebook (2004), The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), and The Vow (2012).
Was in a relationship with actor Michael Sheen from July 2010 until early 2013.
Named Philip Seymour Hoffman as her favorite actor in a 2009 interview.
Between 2009 and 2013, Rachel McAdams starred as the love interest of a time traveler three different times: The Time Traveler's Wife, Midnight in Paris, and About Time.
Played the love interest of time travelers in two movies, About Time (2013) and The Time Traveler's Wife (2009).