She’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, successful actress and royal-to-be, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that Meghan Markle had nothing to get down about. But it turns out the Suits star, battles “soul sucking” insecurities like the rest of us mere mortals.
In a personal essay for Darling that’s recently resurfaced, she opened up about a defining moment in her life – one that many women will relate to.
“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 wrote. “Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not ethnic enough, while also being too thin, too ethnic, too pretty the very next day.”
She would spend her evenings “eating [her] feelings” and dismissing her dreams as “unapologetically impossible.” It wasn’t until she was called in for an audition with Hollywood casting director April Webster that everything changed.
“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,’” she recalled.
“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.”
“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.’”
Webster referred to Meghan as a “shrinking violet” with “wilted joy and energy and exuberance behind this shroud of insecurity.”
“You couldn’t pay for a therapy session this good,” she added. “And that moment, for me, was a wakeup call.”
Ladies, consider this a timely reminder to love yourself, warts and all. Because you, just like Meghan, are ‘enough.’