Meghan Markle Is More Than Just A Pretty Face

Photographed by Danielle Kosann

We’re proud to say that the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle was no big surprise to us Potatoheads. Not only is Markle beautiful, of course, but she is also one of the most memorable interviewees on The New Potato. When we photographed her, we honestly fell a little bit in love with her ourselves. Markle is the kind of woman that is as endearing as she is stunning, akin to a modern day Lauren Bacall, and we could not be happier for her this week. We want everyone to have a chance to get to know her as well as we have, which is why we’re throwing it back to our interview with soon-to-be-royal. Peruse below for Markle’s favorite restaurants, beauty tips, workout routines and more…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

A Clean Cleanse vanilla shake blended with frozen Ontario blueberries for breakfast, a Niçoise salad and a glass of rosé with some Grey Owl goat cheese and baguette on the side for lunch, and a leisurely dinner of seafood and pasta with a Negroni to cap off the night.

What’s your drink?

God, do I love wine – a beautiful full red or a crisp white. But if it’s cocktails, I love a spicy tequila cocktail, Negroni, or good Scotch (neat).

What’s different about playing Rachel Zane from other parts you’ve played?

She is so intelligent, as well as being vulnerable, layered and strong-willed. I love finding the layers in Rachel, versus just playing a typical, one-note love interest type that is often written for young female characters.

In playing the part of the Rachel, where do you draw inspiration from? 

I am inspired by the material the writers give us, as well as from the young ambitious women that I have as friends, that are looking for love, are in their twenties, and figuring it out.

What’s the most shocking discovery you’ve made in all your time of playing that part?

I am pretty good at memorizing lines. I used to think I was terrible at it, but when you film a show every day, you flex that muscle memory all the time, and I am shocked by how natural it has become for me. Thank God!

What are some of your favorite Toronto food spots when shooting Suits?

Hands down, my favorite restaurant in Toronto is The Harbord Room. [Editor’s note: The Harbord Room is now closed.] That kitchen puts out consistently amazing food. Everything from their burger (which is my “last meal” kind of meal), to their beautiful seafood and seasonal dishes, it’s just a perfect dinner in the most craveable setting. It’s where I send everyone who comes to town – from editors to friends and family. As a matter of fact, Joe Zee and I are having dinner there soon. My buddy and fellow New Potato foodie!

What are some typical pre and post shoot routines?

I always try to squeeze in a hot yoga class or get a good run in the morning before work (unless I have a 5am call time, in which case, I relish the extra sleep). And post-work, you can generally find me in a bath tub with a glass of wine.

What’s always in your bag on set?

Chanel Eyeliner in Cassis and Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Treatment.

What’s a typical lunch like on the set of Suits?

We have catering that offers tons of meat as well as vegan options to make everyone happy. I usually grab some kale salad and steamed vegetables with a side of hummus and lots of hot sauce (either Habanero or Sriracha).

What’s always in your Suits trailer fridge?

A green juice, kombucha, almonds and raisins. I’m a nibbler.

Your go-to on set snack…

A crudités and hummus plate, sliced apples with almond butter sprinkled with sea salt, or an apple Larabar.

Your go-to recipe for eating at home…

I make lots of soups. I’ll sautée a mirepoix, add some vegetables and stock and either have a chunky vegetable soup or purée it in the Vitamix. Changing the vegetables and seasoning makes this transition from a spicy Latin soup to something with a more Asian flare so I don’t get bored. It’s so easy and satisfying.

What’s the ingredient you consider overrated? Which do you think makes everything better?

Mayonnaise. It’s just not something I would ever want unless it was incorporated in a way that I didn’t notice it.

Maldon Sea Salt brightens every dish. I love it and use it endlessly.

What catches your eye on every menu?

Squid Ink Pasta or Pappardelle with Cinghiale; I’ve never met a Wild Boar Ragu I didn’t like.

What are your favorite cities for food?

In New York: ABC Kitchen, the Verdure counter in Eataly, The SmileSushi Yasuda (for Omakase), and Taim for falafel.

In Toronto: Bar Isabel, Union, and Fresh (where I get my green juices and vegan fare).

In LA: Laurel Hardware and Gjelina.

If you could host a dinner party, with any five people living or dead, who would be there?

Anthony Bourdain, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, and my best friend Lindsay. Those are solid chefs and foodies that I would be in awe of eating with, but that wouldn’t feel intimidating to cook for because they seem fun. And I would just want Linds there to giggle about all of it with me.

16 thoughts on “Meghan Markle Is More Than Just A Pretty Face

  1. How fun to get to know Meghan a little. She seems so down to earth and just like a good person. It would seem that Harry is indeed the lucky one.

    1. You know all this from reading an article…..seriously, wake up. You don’t know anything about her. She’s just a person, like you and me. She has good qualities and bad qualities, like you and me. There’s nothing wrong with her, that I know of, but she’s not deserving all this worship and adulation as if she’s something special. As soon as she’s a ‘princess’ you’ll be on your knees calling her ‘your majesty’. Makes me want to throw up!


  3. She sounds like a lovely and intelligent young lady and Prince Harry is a fortunate young man. Wish them both all the happiness their hearts can hold.

  4. Beautiful, intelligent, soulful and activist. She should be a wonderful addition to the royal family. All the best to her and Harry.

  5. The more I see and hear about Prince Harry fiancé is the more I love all about her I love her and I am happy for them both
    I am happy that the Prince and Meghan have found each other and and I wish them all the joys as they embark on their life together

  6. Meghan has worked hard and made a beautiful life for herself. And the haters and ex(es) from her past are jealous, resentful and now trying to defame and negate her accomplishments and happiness. Please do not support her exes’ and haters’ books, TV shows, etc. that the hater-exes try to leach- profit off of Meghan’s success and happiness. I don’t know Meghan, but I respect and love all that she and Harry represent.

    1. “I don’t know Meghan” – can I stop you right there? You admit you don’t know her, and yet you somehow think you know her well enough to LOVE her? What? This is the problem with brain-dead celebrity fawning. You don’t know these people, who are JUST PEOPLE. This ‘love’ and ‘respect’ you feel towards them is just irrational and weird. Wake up!

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