She was born in London, Ontario, on 17 November 1978. Her acting big break came as the foil to Lindsay Lohan in the iconic teen movie Mean Girls. She has gone on to star in a string of Hollywood hits. They include the likes of Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, State Of Play and Sherlock Holmes.
Rachel famously dated fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling after the pair starred opposite each other in the romantic weepie The Notebook. She continues to feature in many a hottest 100 actress list.