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.
Upon arrival on the photo set, Mc Adams discovered it was a nude session, declined and left.
She later parted ways with her publicist at the time, who had not informed her in advance.
In preparation for the role, Mc Adams studied old films, particularly those of Kim Novak.
Todd Mc Carthy of Variety criticized her break from the big screen but felt that, despite a performance of "tender feeling", "her natural vivaciousness and spontaneity are straightjacketed" by the film noir format.
Mc Adams rose to fame in 2004 with her roles in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook.Afterwards, Mc Adams starred with Tim Robbins and Michael Peña in the road trip comedy-drama The Lucky Ones, a story about three Iraq War soldiers on a brief road trip back in the United States.She trained at a real boot camp, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, prior to filming.For her performance in Spotlight, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.She also made her Canadian film debut that year in the comedy My Name is Tanino.
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.