What you didn't know about Rachel McAdams' role in 'The Notebook'

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WCW: What You Didn't Know About Rachel McAdams' Role in 'The Notebook'

Today marks the 10th anniversary of 'The Notebook,' so it's only fitting that on this Woman Crush Wednesday, we celebrate the star of the film: Rachel McAdams!

What you didn't know about Rachel McAdams' role in 'The Notebook'
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, winners for Best Kiss Award for 'The Notebook' (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Rachel McAdams winner of Best Kiss for 'The Notebook' poses backstage during the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The 14th annual award show will premiere on MTV Thursday, June 9 at 9:00PM (ET/PT). (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, winners of Choice Movie Chemistry, Choice Move Liplock and Choice Movie Love Scene for 'The Notebook' (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Rachel McAdams during 'The Notebook' World Premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Rachel McAdams, winner of Choice Liplock for 'The Notebook,' and Ryan Reynolds, presenter (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams during 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling during 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals at Santa Monica Civic Center in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, host in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Eric Neitzel/WireImage)
Rachel McAdams, winner of Choice Movie Actress Drama for 'The Notebook' (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 20: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Rachel McAdams and her boyfriend Ryan Gosling walk in Soho after eating at Cafe Noir on December 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, reprise their roles in 'The Notebook' for Best Kiss Award (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, winners of Best Kiss for 'The Notebook' (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams winner of the Superstar of Tomorrow award. at the Avalon Hollywood in Hollywood, California (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Rachel McAdams during 2004 ShoWest - New Line Cinema Tea Party for 'The Notebook' at Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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The actress starred in one of the greatest love stories of our time, but when she was cast in the role, she was a relative newcomer -- only having starred in 'The Hot Chick' prior to playing Allie Calhoun in the 2004 romance film.

In fact, she was actually at the premiere of 'The Hot Chick' when she got the script for 'The Notebook,' and she went in to audition for the part the very next day.

"I was very fortunate," Rachel told ET about getting the part. "I was sort of at the end of the line. I'm glad I just kind of squeaked in there."

Despite only having a few hours to prepare, according to her on-screen love interest, Ryan Gosling, the actress walked in the room with an air of confidence that got her the part right away.

"She just kind of went, whew, to do this incredible gamut of emotion," Gosling told ET while promoting the film.

Turns out, Rachel beat out quite a few actresses for the part -- including Ryan's former Mickey Mouse Club co-star Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon and Ashley Judd.

Check out these engagement photos that imitate classic moments from the film:
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