Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's girlfriend, tells what it's like being a biracial actress in Hollywood in a piece she penned for Elle UK magazine that hit newsstands on Sunday, but you won't find anything about her love life.
Markle, 35, who plays Rachel Zane in the long-running USA Network series "Suits," has made international headlines since she has been romantically linked with Great Britain's Prince Harry, 32, who she has dated for eight months, according to the Daily Mail.
Born to a white father and African-American mother, Markle said she thought being pegged as "ethnically ambiguous" in Hollywood would allow her to audition for most any role regardless of the race or ethnicity it called for.
"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 Eighties Benetton poster," said Markle. "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."
Markle said her role in "Suits" as one of the female leads was her "Goldilocks" role, where producers had a blank sheet in what they were looking for.
"But the show's producers weren't looking for someone mixed, nor someone white or black for that matter. They were simply looking for Rachel," Markle said. "In making a choice like that, the 'Suits' producers helped shift the way pop culture defines beauty. The choices made in these rooms trickle into how viewers see the world, whether they're aware of it or not."
"Some households may never have had a black person in their house as a guest, or someone biracial. Well, now there are a lot of us on your TV and in your home with you. And with 'Suits,' specifically, you have Rachel Zane. I couldn't be prouder of that," she said.
Markle said she now accepts her mixed race heritage, which has allowed her to speak about it more confidently.
"I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman," Markle said. "That when asked to choose my ethnicity in a questionnaire as in my seventh grade class, or these days to check 'Other', I simply say: 'Sorry, world, this is not Lost and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am.'"
Last month Prince Harry released a statement acknowledging his relationship with Markle in an effort to blunt negative comments about her, adding that he feared for her safety, reported USA Today.
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