Meghan Markle Was As Broke As Cinderella Before She Got Famous

From pauper to princess!

We all know how the Cinderella story goes, but did you ever know Meghan Markle had it that rough? An old interview Meghan did with Darling magazine just surfaced, where Meghan detailed how much of a pauper she truly was, before her acting career took off. 

via @meghanmarkle

Before she landed her infamous spot on Suits, Meghan struggled within the industry. She details that she 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. Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not ethnic enough, while also being too thin, too ethnic, too pretty the very next day." 

She was so broke that she couldn't afford to fix the doors of her car, often having to hobble through the trunk to actually drive. "I would drive to auditions and park at the back of the parking lot, far from the eyes of anyone who could see me unlocking the trunk and crawling into my car through its only feasible entry point. "

"I would play it off—obviously—as though I was looking for something, reaching so deep for something that my car almost sucked me in to get it—much like my experience with Hollywood, to be honest. Struggling, climbing hurdles, searching for something that I couldn’t even see—and just reaching for it." 

via @closerweekly

Markle landed a steady gig as one of the briefcase girls on Deal Or No Deal - though she rather not talk about it now. Markle had graduated from top U.S. university, North Western and successfully landed and completed an internship at the U.S. embassy in Argentina, only to erase those accomplishments by booking the game show. 

via @alolahealth

She credits a casting director for helping her find her confidence in the entertainment industry. The director, April Webster, simply told her she needed to know that "she was enough." "Less makeup, more Meghan," chimed Markle as she remembered. 

"[April] 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.”

via @lipsylondon

Perhaps it was that confidence that allowed Meghan to pursue her role as Rachel Zane, with a very natural, lightly-made-up face. 

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