Prince Harry’s fiancée’s role in Suits was her big break which launched her into the limelight.
But it is her engagement to a royal – which has been compared to a Love Actually scene – that has catapulted Meghan Markle into the global spotlight and made her a household name.
Before finding fame though, Meghan struggled to break into the acting industry and took on a variety of small roles to get there.
Opening up about the challenges she faced and revealing her own body insecurities, Meghan penned an article two years ago about meeting April Webster, a legendary casting director who changed her life.
Writing for Darling Magazine, Megan said she was: “Trying to find my value in an industry that judges you on everything that you’re not versus everything that you are.
She added that some executives dubbed her: “Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not ethnic enough, while also being too thin, too ethnic, too pretty the very next day.”
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Speaking about her encounter with April Webster, Meghan said: “‘I had never met her before, and at my very first audition for her, she stopped me mid-scene and said so simply, ‘You need to know that you’re enough’.”
“I was breathless. No one had ever seen it, or perhaps no one had ever called me out, but there in that small box of a room in Burbank, this woman I had never met saw me.”
“My gut reaction was to smile. To smile hard. Maybe that would keep the tears tucked behind my draping eyes.
“It wouldn’t have mattered if I cried, because she saw me. She saw all that self-doubt beaming through the self-tanner and excessive blush.
“‘You need to know that you’re enough,” she said. “‘Less makeup, more Meghan’.”
“She went on to say that I was like a ”shrinking violet,’ wilted joy and energy and exuberance behind this shroud of insecurity. You couldn’t pay for a therapy session this good.
“And that moment, for me, was a wake-up call,” Meghan ended the article.