Before she charmed viewers as Rachel Zane on “Suits,” Meghan Markle starred in two Hallmark movies. In 2016, Markle starred in “Dater’s Handbook,” in which she portrayed high-powered businesswoman Cassandra Brand who always seems to pick the wrong men (enter: popular Hallmark trope). Eventually, Markle has the ultimate Hallmark meet-cute with her dream man at the kids’ table at a wedding, and, well, as far as that movie goes, the rest is history, per Elle.
“One of the things that she was really clear about was that she didn’t want to be an actress forever,” Markle’s “Dater’s Handbook” co-star, Kristoffer Polaha, told My Devotional Thoughts. “She was already a part of the UN doing stuff for children, education, and women’s rights in Africa … So Hallmark opened up the door for me to have those remarkable interactions with this incredible woman who has now married into the royal family and will no doubt change the world for the better.”
Though Markle also appeared in “When Sparks Fly” on Hallmark in 2014, many have viewed “Dater’s Handbook” as the best option for those wishing to get a first-hand look at Markle’s acting chops.