According to Entertainment Tonight, Rachel turned down the role of Pepper Potts in Iron Man.
When the 2009 film The Time Traveler's Wife was in its early planning stages, former married couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were in talks to star. Eventually, the roles of the movie's two love interests went to Rachel and her co-star, Eric Bana.
The casting director for the 2003 film Mean Girls has said that she truly feels that any "mean" character in a movie needs to be played by someone who is really sweet in real life, because they're the people who usually understand the role best. This is one of the reasons why Rachel was chosen to play the mean-spirited Regina George in the movie.
Rachel rejected offers for the lead female romantic roles in Mission Impossible III and Casino Royale. She also allegedly turned down an offer for Anne Hathaway's role in The Devil Wears Prada. Rachel has said in the past that she chooses her roles carefully, and only accepts roles when she feels passionate about them (as opposed to pumping out one movie after another).
Rachel's favorite color is purple.
Rachel finds petroleum jelly in certain "lip stuff" to be addictive, so she prefers to stick with natural products.
As of 2006, Rachel resides in Toronto, Ontario. Rachel bought the house which she shares with her sister, Kayleen.
Rachel has said that she would never pose nude, declining a shoot for Vanity Fair.
Rachel & Ryan Gosling began dating shortly after the filming of The Notebook finished. During an interview with ET, Ryan brought truth to the rumor of him dating Rachel right after the Teen Choice Awards 2005. He said he asked her out during the premiere, but Rachel turned him down. Coincidentally, they were born in the same hospital, but Rachel is 4 years older.
Rachel has previously stated that her favorite choice of vehicle is her father's purple Pathfinder bike.
Rachel attended high school from grades 9 to 13. The 13th year was optional for Ontario students. In high school, Rachel intended to apply to college to study cultural studies but a drama teacher encouraged her to audition to be a drama major. Rachel has previously said that while in high school, she was a big geek. Rachel attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas. She majored in acting at York University and graduated with honors.
Rachel's least favorite thing about growing up in Canada was their supermarkets.
During the summer, Rachel likes reading and boating.
Rachel auditioned for the role of nice girl Cady Heron in Mean Girls, but the part went to Lindsay Lohan, who, incidentally, auditioned for Rachel's role, as well. Ultimately, it was decided that Rachel would be a better fit as the queen bee, partly because she is older than Lindsay, so it made sense for Lindsay to "look up" to her.
Rachel was formerly a vegetarian.
Rachel started figure skating at age four. She continued skating and competing until she quit at age 18.
Rachel is 5'5" (1.65 meters) tall and has as a tattoo on her lower back.
Rachel avoided flying airplanes until age 22.
At the age of 13, Rachel was performing in Shakespearean productions in summer theater camp.
During her senior year in college, Rachel played a child in The Piper, a workshop led by a creative team from Toronto's 'Necessary Angel Theatre Company'.
Rachel wore a wig in Mean Girls, as well as a fat suit for some scenes.
Rachel was in the running for the role of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four but lost the role to Jessica Alba.
On the first day of filming The Hot Chick, Rachel crashed the yellow bug that she had to drive.
Rachel said she would be a secretary if she wasn't an actress because she "loves paper clips and staplers."
Rachel is allergic to horses.
Rachel once worked at a golf course. She also worked at a McDonalds for three summers. She comments, "Frying was tough!"
Rachel won her first acting award in 1995 for her role in I Live In A Little Town which was one of her high school plays that made it to the prestigious Ontario Showcase of the Sears Drama Festival of one act plays.
Rachel has appeared on numerous lists including:
- Ranked #34 in FHM Online's '100 Sexiest Women in the World'
- Chosen as one of People Magazine's annual '100 Most Beautiful People in the World'
- Named "Rising Female Star" in InStyle magazine's 'Sexy Survey'
- Vited #17 in Maxim Hot 100 list
- Voted #101 on FHS's list of 'Sexiest Women in the World'
- Voted #1 on MuchMusic's 'Who To Do: 20 Sexiest Girls'
Rachel attended Original Kids Theatre Company in London, Ontario.
Rachel's parents are Lance, who is a truck driver, and Sandy, who is a nurse. Rachel has revealed she is close to bother her parents. She also has a younger sister, Kayleen and younger brother, Daniel, who coincidentally, both worked at McDonalds with her.
Rachel: (on doing love scenes) As strange as movie making is, doing love scenes for the first time with someone you've never even said hello to does work in terms of having a fresh quality to a relationship.
Rachel: Who do we think we're kidding? Guys love a good love story just as much as women. I can't tell you the number of guys who have come up to me to tell me that they cried during The Notebook. They had to get it off their chest! [They say] "I didn't go into it willingly, but I really loved it".
Rachel: I grew up in a small town, in a small house, with a raspberry bush in the backyard...I think one thing that kids who grow up on farms really have going for them is that they have an exposure to birth and death that is completely different. I think it takes away some of the mystery, some of the fear.
Rachel: A kiss with anyone, on or off camera, can be intimidating. Ive been kissing for nearly two decades now, and I'm always convinced I'm not doing it right.
Rachel: Chris Rock once said something that was really interesting. He said, "Women would run the world if they didn't hate each other." That's the only thing preventing us from running this entire planet, that we hate each other!
Rachel: I've discovered as I've grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you're a kid. It isn't just a straightforward fairytale, you know?
Rachel: (on which film had a bigger impact on her career – The Notebook or Mean Girls) For me, personally, it would be The Notebook. That was something I was dying to do when I read the script. I worked with so many amazing people, and people responded so well to that film, and continue to. In terms of an impact on my career, that was significant. Mean Girls speaks to a really large audience, which is the kids, and they eat that stuff up. I don't know. It's hard to choose.
Rachel: My life comes to a screeching halt when I'm not making movies. I really like to ride my bike around town, garden, cook, and play ultimate frisbee.
Rachel: (on the script for The Notebook) I'm a sucker for those sweeping love stories. When I read the script, I couldn't stop crying! I just had such a powerful, instantaneous reaction - it was written so well.