In 2010, Mc Adams appeared in her first star vehicle, the comedy Morning Glory.
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.
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.
In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family comedy-drama The Family Stone.
She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl", and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star.
Mc Adams rose to fame in 2004 with her roles in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook.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.After a two-year career break, Mc Adams starred in two limited release films in 2008; the film noir Married Life and the road trip comedy-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."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.