“Suits” star Meghan Markle has written an essay for Elle U.K. in which she opens up about her ethnicity and how she found her voice.
Markle has been thrust into a bigger spotlight since she and Prince Harry confirmed their relationship this year and the 35-year-old actress admits that being biracial is hard for society to grasp. “To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined,” she writes. “Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear. In fact, it creates a grey area.”
For the actress, being biracial has given her a point of view of the world that is both “staggering and illuminating.” She reveals her struggle getting roles as an actress and being told she was neither white or black enough to play a certain part. “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 admits.
Markle, of course, stars as Rachel Zane on “Suits”, which she says has altered beauty perceptions. “The show’s producers weren’t looking for someone mixed, nor someone white or black for that matter,” she explains. “They were simply looking for Rachel. In making a choice like that, the ‘Suits’ producers helped shift the way pop culture defines beauty.”
The actress concludes her essay with a beautiful note about her grandfather and how the choices he made in his life inspire her: “Perhaps the closest thing to connecting me to my ever-complex family tree, my longing to know where I come from, and the commonality that links me to my bloodline, is the choice that my great-great-great grandfather made to start anew. He chose the last name Wisdom. He drew his own box.”