Rachel McAdams’ transformative performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actresses.
McAdams is currently in production on the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. She plays “Sheriff Ani Bezzirades”, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. She stars alongside Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn.
Prior to that, McAdams wrapped production on three other projects. Most recent being Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight, starring alongside Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo. The film tells the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. She then shot Wim Wenders’ Everything Will Be Fine starring opposite James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Robert Naylor. The film is a story about a writer, Tomas (Franco), who accidentally causes the death of a child while driving and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother. Finally, McAdams lent her voice as a character in Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince alongside James Franco and Jeff Bridges.
Opposite Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. The romantic comedy centers on a defense contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot after he is assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii. The film is slated to be released by Sony Pictures on May 29, 2015.
McAdams was last seen in Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. The spy thriller, based on the popular John le Carré novel, is set in present-day Hamburg, Germany, where a mysterious half-Chechen, half-Russian man, brutally scarred from torture, surfaces in the city’s Islamic community, on the run and desperate for help. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and Roadside was released July 2014.
McAdams starred in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris which earned McAdams a SAG nomination for “Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture” alongside cast mates Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Carla Bruni, and Michael Sheen. The film also earned Golden Globe nominations for “Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy”, “Best Director”, “Best Actor”, and “Best Screenplay” and is Woody Allen’s highest grossing film to date. That same year, she reprised her role as Irene Adler in Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows opposite Robert Downey Jr.
Previous film credits include Michael Sucsy’s The Vow, opposite Channing Tatum, Richard Curtis’ About Time opposite Domnhall Gleeson and Bill Nighhy, Terrance Mallick’s To The Wonder opposite Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Brian De Palma’s Passion opposite Noomi Rapace, Roger Michell’s Morning Glory opposite Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Neil Burger’s The Lucky Ones, Married Life (Toronto Film Festival 2007 Premiere), The Family Stone opposite Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker, Wes Craven’s Red Eyeopposite Cillian Murphy, Wedding Crashers opposite Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Christopher Walken, Nick Cassavette’s The Notebook opposite Ryan Gosling, and Mean Girls.
In 2005, McAdams received ShoWest’s Supporting Actress of the Year Award as well as the Breakthrough Actress of the Year at the Hollywood Film Awards. In 2009, she was awarded with ShoWest’s Female Star of the Year.
McAdams was born and raised in a small town outside of London, Ontario. Involved with theater growing up, she went on to graduate with honors with a BFA degree in Theater from York University.