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Hollywood starlets in pursuit of their 15 minutes of fame come and go. Rachel McAdams isn’t one of them. The gorgeous Canadian actress is doing Hollywood her own way. Growing up in Ontario, Canada, she started figure skating at age four and continued competing regionally until she was eighteen. Aside from figure skating, she developed an interest in acting early on, performed in various plays and in her later teens directed children’s theater performances. In 2001 she graduated with honors from York University with a BA in theater.
Even though she made a name for herself with commercial hits such as “Mean Girls”, “The Notebook” and “Wedding Crashers”, she refused to let the potential of fame and fortune stand in the way of being true to herself. After being invited to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside Scarlett Johannson and Keira Knightley, realizing only when she showed up that it was a nude photo shoot, she fired her publicist who had failed to mention that small detail. In 2006 and 2007 she took an extended break from acting in order to focus on herself and her family, explaining that “if you want to tell stories as truthfully as possible, you have to have a normal, boring existence.”
More recently she has come back with more box office hits, such as “State of Play”, “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, and “Sherlock Holmes”. A practitioner of kundalini yoga and ardent environmentalist, she runs GreenlsSexy.org with two of her friends, a website dedicated to eco-friendly living. After hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, McAdams volunteered her time in the clean-up efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi. Currently living in Ontario with her younger brother, she has attended Occupy Toronto and Foodstock, a protest against a proposed lime stone quarry in Ontario.
And while her new movie “The Vow” which comes out in time for Valentine’s Day sounds like your regular romantic comedy, it is sure to be a hit, considering it is graced not only by McAdams’ fabulous dimples, but also her intriguing multi-layered acting performance.