According to a new report from DailyMail, Meghan Markle plans to return to acting but will only work with A-list directors in the hopes of securing a breakout role.
DailyMail reports Meghan Markle plans to return to acting but is only interested in working with A-list directors in the hopes she’ll secure a breakout role so she’ll be taken seriously as an actress, an industry source exclusively told DailyMail.com.
The former Suits actress is worried critics are going to be especially hard on her, so she wants to make sure a director of the right caliber is attached to the project.
The Duchess of Sussex has ‘been telling her agents that she wants Ava DuVernay involved, and that they need to find the right script,’ the insider added.
Although Meghan has received lots of offers, ‘she thinks the majority of them are cheesy and beneath her.’
Meghan’s desire to land her next acting job in Hollywood could be the push behind Meghan and Prince Harry relocating from their Vancouver Island mansion hideaway, which they had been staying at since Thanksgiving, to Los Angeles last month.
The source said: ‘Meghan is worried that she won’t be taken seriously as an actress.
‘Meghan has made it clear to her team that she will only work with A-list directors, but she doesn’t understand that this doesn’t necessarily mean they want to work with her.
‘This could end up being a very lengthy and tedious process because Meghan wants to control every aspect of whatever project she ends up doing.’
On Friday, Disneynature released its documentary on elephants on Disney+, which is narrated by Meghan. It marks the first solo job Meghan took since stepping back from her duties as a senior royal family member.
But now the Duke and Duchess may have to go overseas for their first joint high paying job, as they ‘are getting lucrative offers from Japan,’ the source said.
They explained: ‘One commercial could pay for their entire security team for the year.
‘Meghan likes the idea that only the creme de la creme of actors are offered this type of work.
‘She knows they need the money and is not entirely opposed to the idea.’
Per TCO, Meghan Markle’s Disney Debut is getting panned by several critics.
Markle provides the voiceover on the family-friendly Disney documentary.
The Times of London was quick to point to her lack of depth, with critic Ed Potton giving Markle a two-star rating.
He said Meghan is “swapping pomp and circumstance for schmaltz and cheesiness,” adding: ‘The departing Duchess of Sussex narrates Disney’s tale of a herd of elephants crossing the Kalahari Desert from the Okavango delta to the Zambezi River, and boy does she lay it on thick.”
Potton observed how her “silken tones” employed on the legal drama Suits which were “often muzzled during her time as a full-time royal’” are now “given free rein.”
He did concede she has an “actor’s way” with a phrase and a “likeable sense of mischief” but that is barely enough to cover a performance he called “overegged.”
Owen Glieberamna of Variety magazine said: “Meghan Markle does an inviting version of the wholesome but amused Disney narrator singsong as she delivers lines like, ‘Shani has already lost track of Jomo. There he is!’
“It feels like an hour-long safari that’s been padded out to 85 minutes.”
Ian Freer of film mag Empire said: “Markle’s delivery of the commentary is wholesome and over-eager to please (“It’s time for a pool party!” “Wait a minute! Who’s this guy?” “Oh, look who’s cut in front of the line? Oh, Jomo!”)… but just about stays the right side of annoying.
“A fun diversion for the kids, but you feel Attenborough could have packaged these often beautifully produced images with more rigour and insight in under an hour.”
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw joked Meghan’s schmaltz is almost as spectacular as the sight of the elephants rumbling through the wilds of Africa.
He said: “It is an awe-inspiring phenomenon which Meghan matches with her own spectacular torrents of schmaltz.
“‘For elephants, family is everything! In this tight-knit group, someone always has your back!’ and ‘Meet Jomo!’ coos Meghan.
“Again and again, Meghan is given outrageously unverifiable things to say, such as: ‘Gaia remembers these birds leading her mother to the water…’. And Shani later supposedly ‘looks back on all the lessons she learned from Gaia’.
“You expect that this film, like an episode of The Office or Parks and Recreation, is suddenly going to include a shot of Gaia telling an off-camera interviewer: ‘Mmm, yeah, I totally remember my mom being led by those birds over to this water…’.
“A bit of a sugary taste.”