After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie (2002), for which she received a Genie Award nomination, the comedy film My Name Is Tanino (2002), and the comedy series Slings and Arrows, for which she won a Gemini Award.In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick.She played Allie Hamilton, a wealthy Southern belle who has a forbidden love affair with Gosling's poor labourer, Noah Calhoun.In 2005, Mc Adams starred with Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Bradley Cooper in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers."There were a lot of cooks in the kitchen, a lot of voices around me, and I wanted to step away so I could hear my own voice again", Mc Adams said in 2013."Truthfully, I never really wanted to be a big movie star.
In 2015, her highest profile roles were in the second season of the HBO crime drama True Detective, and as journalist Sacha Pfeiffer in the drama Spotlight.She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl", and received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Rising Star.After a two-year break, Mc Adams starred in two limited-release films in 2008, the film noir Married Life and the road trip drama The Lucky Ones.Mc Adams was 25 years old when she was cast as the mean high school queen bee Regina George, and she modelled her character on Alec Baldwin's performance in the drama Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).Tina Fey, who co‑starred in the film and wrote the screenplay, has credited Mc Adams with teaching her how to act in front of a camera rather than an audience: "She's a film actor. And so I kind of learned that lesson from watching her." Later in 2004, Mc Adams starred opposite fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling in the romantic drama The Notebook, based on Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same name.Rachel Mc Adams says she wants work with Ryan Gosling again despite their Notebook rift: https://t.co/h3Am PGVp4c (Exclusive) pic.twitter.com/2b3l4lap Y0 — Yahoo Movies UK (@Yahoo Movies UK) October 27, 2016Rachel Mc Adams was asked whether she was dreading reuniting with Ryan Gosling considering her past problems with the actor, to which she emphatically responded, “No! I didn’t know that [he was linked with , the duo actually began dating, with their relationship lasting between 20.