Meghan Markle’s old headshot and résumé resurface online – revealing the actress-turned-royal’s height and weight, as well as her ‘special skills’, including kickboxing, tap and ballet
- The headshot and résumé Meghan, now 37, used at the start of her acting career was shared on Facebook by management group Endorse Management Group
- In the résumé, Meghan listed her previous acting experience, including TV roles on ABC’s General Hospital in 2001 and CBS’s Century City in 2004
- She also listed her role as Natalie ‘Hot Chick’ in 2005 movie A Lot Like Love, in which she appeared alongside Ashton Kutcher
- Meghan’s measurements are also featured, with her weight listed as 113lbs, and her height as 5’6″, while her hair and eyes are both described simply as ‘brown’
- It is not known exactly what date or year the résumé is from, however it is thought to be from before her stint on Deal or No Deal, which began in 2006
- The unnamed Facebook user who posted the images revealed that Endorse Management Group would not sign Meghan ‘with just a few credits’
Meghan Markle’s old headshot and résumé have resurfaced online, offering a candid insight into the Duchess of Sussex’s life when she was working as a struggling actress.
It is not known exactly when the résumé was first used, however it does not list her work as a suitcase model on Deal or No Deal, on which she first appeared in 2006 – with her final professional role listed as the part of ‘Natalie “Hot Chick”‘ in Ashton Kutcher’s 2005 movie A Lot Like Love.
The résumé, which was posted on Facebook by an unnamed user alongside a stunning black-and-white headshot of the then-budding actress, also lists Meghan’s height and weight, revealing that she was 5’6″ and 113lbs, with her hair and eyes both described simply as ‘brown’.
Way back when: Meghan Markle’s old headshot and résumé have resurfaced online after being posted on Facebook by an unnamed talent manager
Experience: The résumé, which is not dated, lists the now-37-year-old’s height and weight, as well as her previous acting roles, both on TV, in movies, and on the stage
At the time, Meghan’s professional TV experience was limited to just two roles – her two-episode appearance on General Hospital in 2001, when she played a nurse named Jill, and her 2004 role on CBS’s sci-fi legal drama Century City, on which she appeared as a party guest named Natasha.
Prior to those roles, and her bit part in A Lot Like Love, Meghan’s acting experience was limited to an appearance on Nick News at age 11, when she was interviewed about her thoughts on gender equality, and the two starring roles that she won while studying at Northwestern University.
There are also a number of theatre roles included on the résumé, from a part in the musical Annie, in which she featured as ‘July/Star to Be’, to a role in Stepping Out, the 1984 play that was written by British writer Richard Harris in 1984.
A young Meghan, who would likely have been around the age of 24 when she wrote the résumé, also shared the various training that she had undergone, revealing that she studied with a number of professionals in various disciplines from ‘TV/Film’ to ‘Musical Comedy’ to ‘Voice for Performance’.
Interestingly, although Meghan is now arguably one of the most well-known women in the world, the unnamed Facebook user who shared these intimate insights into her past revealed that the management group they were associated with at the time would not hire the then-actress because she had ‘just a few credits’.
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Sharing: The anonymous poster shared the images on Facebook for old headshot day, noting that Endorse Management Group would not let them sign Meghan with ‘just a few credits’
Times have changed: Meghan announced that she was quitting acting shortly after she and Prince Harry, pictured together last month, got engaged
Big break? Meghan’s last professional role on the résumé was a role in the 2005 movie A Lot Like Love, shortly before she landed a job as a Deal or No Deal suitcase girl in 2006
‘I had the pleasure the meet the lovely Meghan Markle several times as an agent but funny enough I couldn’t convince the agency to sign her with just a few credits’.
The agent added that the initial refusal didn’t stop a determined Meghan however, revealing that she ‘kept calling’ even after being told ‘no’.
‘I wondered today if her cell still works?’ the poster continued, before adding that they ‘really had an instinct about her so much that I had her headshot/resume and cell on file’.
The unknown person then jokes that they are going to ‘try calling her tomorrow’, adding that the ‘least they can do is let the owner of her old cell number know’.
After revealing the origins of the résumé and headshot, the poster then goes on to praise Mark Teschner, the casting director on General Hospital, for his decision to give Meghan ‘her first network television credit’, writing: ‘You sure knew how to pick them.’
Meghan went on to slowly build up her résumé with more roles. While it doesn’t appear on this current iteration, in 2005 she also played the role of Cori in an episode of the Shannon Elizabeth series Cuts, which was followed by an episode playing the character Teresa in an episode of the Busy Philipps show Love, Inc. that same year.
What a throwback! Meghan was in her early 20s when she landed a one-episode gig on ABC’s General Hospital in 2001 (pictured)
Blast from the past: She also appeared in an episode of CBS’s Century City in 2004
Come 2006, she booked more small parts, appearing in an episode of The War at Home (which starred Michael Rapaport), the TV movie Deceit (starring Emmanuelle Chriqui and Matt Long), and an episode of CSI: NY.
She also scored a more steady gig as a briefcase girl on the game show Deal or No Deal, which last 34 episodes from 2006 to 2007.
Though she tried out briefcases number 11 and 12 in her first few stints, she found a match with number 24, which she carried for 31 shows.
Looking back on her time there, Meghan told Esquire in 2013 that the pretty-girl-with-a-briefcase job was a way to pay the bills.
‘Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing,’ she said, adding that it was ‘in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet.’
She left Deal or No Deal some time in 2007 and did more traditional acting in 2008, grabbing roles in the 90210 reboot — in which she played Wendy for two episodes — and a one-episode gig with ‘Til Death.
Early days: In the 2005 movie A Lot Like Love, she played Natalie ‘Hot Chick’ and tried chatting up Ashton Kutcher on a plane
She was also in two TV movies that year: The Apostles and Good Behavior, the latter of which also starred her suits co-star Patrick J. Adams.
In 2009, a 27-year-old Meghan nabbed a starring role in a Tostitos commercial that resurfaced soon after she and Prince Harry announced their engagement, much to the delight of fans and royal-watchers.
Through the next three years while waiting for Suits to come calling, she kept busy with a bunch of minor TV roles, including on Knight Rider, Without a Trace, Fringe, The League, and CSI: Miami.
She started picking up more movie roles, too, appearing in Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Finally, in 2011, came her big break: the role of Rachel Zane on Suits, on which she appeared for 108 episodes that ran through 2008.
Outlook: After she and Prince Harry shared their plans to say ‘I do,’ Meghan said of quitting acting: ‘I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter’
During the run of the show, Meghan also starred in the movies Random Encounters and Anti-Social, started her blog The Tig, and used her growing fame to ad some brand partnerships with Birchbox, Reitmans, and Bobbi Brown.
But in 2017 as she announced her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan also announced that she was giving up acting to start her new life in the UK.
‘What’s been really exciting, as we talk about this as the transition out of my career,’ she said in her joint BBC interview with her then-husband-to-be, ‘is that the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on.
‘You realize that as you have access, or a voice that people are willing to listen to, [it comes with] a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.
‘I don’t see it as giving anything up,’ she went on. ‘I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter. And keep in mind I’ve been working on my show for seven years. We were very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series.
‘For me, once we hit the 100 episode marker, I thought, I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work we’ve done there and now it’s time to work as a team with [Harry].’
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