She Was On 'Deal Or No Deal'
Yes, Meghan Markle was one of the 26 "Deal or No Deal" models holding briefcases of money on the mid-2000s game show starring Howie Mandel.
Meghan was number 24 and never was in possession of the winning case. While the show was a huge hit, running in primetime from 2005-2008, it sounds like it wasn't exactly Markle's favourite experience. She told Esquire magazine in 2013, "I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet," adding, "it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing."
Back in 2009, Meghan was shopping picking out party snacks in a Tostitos ad. Pondering her options in the chip aisle, she debates her choices .“13 ingredients? That’s more people than I invited to the party,” she says in a voiceover. “Unless Denise brings Jerry. Ugh. Jerry with his short-shorts,” she says before grabbing a bag of white Tostitos corn chips with way less ingredients. “Yeah, three ingredients is good,” she says to herself.
They may only have three ingredients, but we’re doubtful Tostitos will be on the menu on her big day.
You Can Call Her Meg
During a 2013 appearance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", Markle revealed that you can, in fact, call her Meg for short. Plenty of people do and some friends even call her the nickname Nutmeg.
Meghan is actually Markle's middle name, her birth name is Rachel. Wonder if that gets confusing on the "Suits" set given that's her character's name, too?
Ellen DeGeneres Convinced Her To Get Her First Dog
If you're one of her 1.5 million followers on Instagram, you know Meghan has mad love for her two precious pooches, Bogart and Guy. But you may not know it was notable animal lover Ellen DeGeneres who inadvertently convinced her to adopt her first furry friend, Bogart.
Markle was checking out the dog at an LA shelter when Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi strolled in.
DeGeneres asked Markle if that was her dog and when Markle responded that it was not, the talk show titan told her she had to get the dog. And that she did!
She Grew Up On 'Married With Children'
We don't mean she grew up watching "Married With Children" like many of us, in the '80s and '90s, we mean she literally grew up on the set. Markle's father Tom worked as the lighting director and director of photographer on the sitcom for 10 years. So for a decade, every day after school Meghan got another education on set of the hit series.
"I will always find my light. No question," she told Esquire, "and if I don't, I'l know because my dad will be the first person to call me." Though she may have grown up on the set, Markle wasn't actually allowed to watch the sometimes racy sitcom.
She Made Robin Thicke And Paula Patton's Wedding Invitations
Okay, she didn't physically make them but she did do the calligraphy work on each one of their wedding invites.
Markle studied handwriting while at her all-girls school and clearly she excelled. She also lent her skills to companies like Dolce & Gabbana and The Four Seasons while she was still auditioning and hustling to get her acting career of the ground.
Markle says the work is actually quite lucrative given so few people practice calligraphy. And here's a pro tip from her: while writing she would wear a tube sock on her hand to make sure the oils from her hand didn't transfer to the paper.
Maybe she'll do her own wedding invitations one day?
A Chance Encounter At A Party In LA Changed Her Life
Meghan studied both theatre and international relations at Northwestern University and always assumed she'd eventually end up in politics. She even worked for a few months at the US Embassy in Argentina.
However, she met a talent manager at a party in LA, and when a friend handed over a student film in which she appeared, the manager not only convinced Markle to stay in LA and pursue acting, he also wanted to sign her.
The first role she ever booked, by the way? "Hot Girl Number 1" in Ashton Kutcher's 2005 romantic comedy, "A Lot Like Love".
She Appeared In Five Pilots Before 'Suits'
Before landing the role of Rachel Zane in "Suits", Meghan appeared in five television pilots that were ultimately not picked up by networks.
In 2013 she told Post Magazine, "a pilot is like your baby. Then you wait and wait to see if it gets picked up and it's a hard thing to let go of."
One of the pilots, for ABC, even featured future "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams (as well as Canadian comic legend Catherine O'Hara). The pre-"Suits" pilot Markle was most optimistic about was called "The Apostles" and featured Canadian actresses Leslie Hope of "24" and Jessalyn Gilsig who later went on to appear on "Glee" and "Vikings".
She Celebrates Canada Day
While Meghan is a born and bred California girl, after six seasons filming "Suits" in Toronto, she's pretty much an honourary Canadian, right?
In fact, Meghan and her co-stars have been known to come together to celebrate Canada Day. "Suits" star, and actual Canadian, Patrick J. Adams has hosted the cast at his family's home on Georgian Bay on July 1.
She Raided The 'Suits' Wardrobe Before Going To The United Nations
Before signing on as the UN Women's Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership, Meghan wanted to spend a week at their headquarters in New York to find out exactly what she would be getting into.
As you can imagine the dress code at the UN is all business. The California girl and fashionista didn't have much in the way of business suits in her collection, but she knew someone who did: Rachel Zane. So the actress asked the show's wardrobe department to help her out. "I borrowed a lot of stuff from my character's closet," she explained to online publication, The Aesthete, "so I went to New York every day in work attire."
An 11-Year-Old Meghan Wrote To Hillary Clinton (And Got A Response!)
Meghan's interest in the advancement of women started early. Long before she signed on as a UN Advocate she was a politically-minded elementary school student.
An 11-year-old Meghan became irate when she saw what she deemed to be a sexist commercial for a dish washing detergent which featured the line, "women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans."
Her father encouraged her to do something with her displeasure so she wrote letters to Proctor and Gamble (the soap manufacturer) as well as Hillary Clinton who was the First Lady of the United States at the time, news anchor Linda Ellerbee and powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred. She got responses from everyone and Proctor and Gamble eventually even replaced the line in the commercial to be non-gender specific, saying "people all across America are fighting greasy pots and pans."