Markle pens moving essay on being a biracial actor
‘Suits’ star Meghan Markle has penned an emotional essay about her experience as a biracial actor in Hollywood.
The 35-year-old actor, who is the daughter of a Caucasian father and African-American mother, opened up about the hardships she faced as an “ethnically ambiguous” talent, saying she was neither black nor white enough for the roles in the entertainment industry, reported Us weekly.
“Being ‘ethnically ambiguous,’ as I was pegged in the industry, meant I could audition for virtually any role. Morphing from Latina when I was dressed in red, to African-American when in mustard yellow; my closet filled with fashionable frocks to make me look as racially varied as an ‘80s Benetton poster.
“Sadly, it didn’t matter I wasn’t black enough for the black roles, and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job,” she wrote.
Given the challenges Markle faced in her career because of her unique look, the actor, who is currently dating Prince Harry, explained that playing Rachel Zane on popular legal drama ‘Suits’ was a dream role because producers didn’t cast her part with a specific ethnicity in mind.
“The show’s producers weren’t looking for someone mixed, nor someone white or black for that matter. They were simply looking for Rachel,” she wrote.
The series was initially conceived as a dramedy about a NY law firm flanked by two partners. Enter Rachel Zane, one of the female leads and the dream girl beautiful and confident with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law.