As Prince Harry’s fiancée, Meghan Markle will soon only need to concern herself with her philanthropy, but it wasn’t long ago that she was a struggling actress suffering through Hollywood’s tough audition process. Little did she know she’d soon land all sorts of film and TV roles.
“I was in my early 20s, still figuring so much out, and trying to find my value in an industry that judges you on everything that you’re not versus everything that you are,” she once told Darling magazine. “Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not ethnic enough, while also being too thin, too ethnic, too pretty the very next day.”
Then came a life-changing audition for casting director April Webster. “‘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 has recalled.
In 2012, she finally landed a regular gig, the Suits role that made her a household name long before her prince arrived. But how well do you know the rest of her filmography? Check out some highlights (and lowlights) from her Hollywood career below!