Spotlight: Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams is adorable. She is also an environmentalist, Canadian, and was just nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by a Cast for her role in Midnight in Paris. She can also be spotted in Sherlock Holmes, The Family Stone, Wedding Crashers, Morning Glory, The Notebook and Mean Girls, to name a few.

McAdams is often called “the next Julia Roberts.” I’m inclined to believe, however, that she’s even better. She’s elegant, spunky, sassy, and positively radiant in every single role she’s filled. I try to imagine Julia Roberts (or any other actress) playing McAdams’ characters, and I can’t. She’s that special.

Born in Toronto on November 17, 1978, McAdams actually started her career as a figure skater but ditched it for acting.  She went to various acting camps as a kid and attended the theater program at York University in Toronto, graduating with honors. Her first Hollywood-worthy role was in the play-turned-movie Perfect Pie followed by The Hot Chick (yes, the one with body swapping and awkward moments).

McAdams shares a house with her younger brother in Toronto (she refuses to move to L.A despite her active presence in Hollywood) and co-owns the environmentalist website GreenIsSexy.org with a few of her friends. She bikes, does yoga, and was spotted at the 2011 Occupy Toronto demonstration. After Hurricane Katrina she volunteered with a clean-up crew in Mississippi and is involved in other humanitarian organizations such as the Sunshine Foundation of Canada, the Alzheimer’s Association, the READ Campaign, and the United Way of Canada and has been a participant in demonstrations against the government’s criminalization of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

She’s more than an actress, she’s a role model- and a talented one, at that.

Check out her audition tape for The Notebook and the preview for her 2010 gem Morning Glory:

(Highlights: Jeff Goldblum as her cranky boss and Diane Keaton singing Candy Shop with 50 Cent)