In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick.Mc Adams rose to fame in 2004 with roles in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama, The Notebook.while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times asserted that "she brings more presence and credibility to her role than is really expected; she acts without betraying the slightest awareness that she's inside a genre.Her performance qualifies her for heavy-duty roles." In late 2005, Mc Adams starred with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton in the seasonal family comedy-drama The Family Stone, which gave Mc Adams an opportunity to play a dishevelled and sardonic sister, rather than the usual "obvious" girlfriend or wife roles.Like Michelle Obama she went to Princeton University, but unlike her she felt at home there. After Princeton she went to work in the music industry in Seattle, but missed the East Coast.She wanted to move to New York, but wound up in Washington, DC where a friend of hers lived. There she started reading right-wing magazines like the as a young new face of the black right-wing!Vanity Fair invited Mc Adams, along with actresses Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley, to appear on its March 2006 cover, the annual Hollywood issue.
She has a long history of dating the Jewish people, as she puts it.That brought her to the attention of television producers. From 1996 to 1998 she worked for the Independent Women’s Forum, a right-wing think tank.From 1999 to 2001 she wrote a monthly column for – the magazine she used to hide at Starbucks! From 2003 to 2006 she was a speech writer for Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee.Mc Adams' break-out role came in 2004, when she starred in the comedy film Mean Girls opposite Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried, based on Rosalind Wiseman's book Queen Bees and Wannabes.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).In 2005, Mc Adams starred with Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Bradley Cooper in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers.Mc Adams played the daughter of an influential politician, who is caught in a love triangle with Wilson and Cooper's characters.Afterwards, Mc Adams starred opposite Cillian Murphy in Wes Craven's psychological thriller Red Eye, where she played a young hotel manager who is held captive by Murphy's character while aboard a red-eye flight.Craven has said Mc Adams was the only actress he considered for the part.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.She returned to prominence in 2009 by appearing in the political-thriller State of Play, the science-fiction romantic drama The Time Traveler's Wife and the mystery action-adventure film Sherlock Holmes.