Look-alike Tiffany Smith stars in Lifetime’s new ‘Royal’ movie
Q: Since you play Meghan Markle – now the Duchess of Sussex – in “Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal,” do people often tell you that you resemble her?
A: I started getting it a lot more around the time she got engaged. The crazy part is that before that, a lot of British people in the United States would come up to me and say, “Do you know who you look like?”
And some of my girlfriends used to tell me, “There’s this show we watch called ‘Suits,’ and there’s a girl on it who reminds us so much of you.” I had seen bits and pieces of it, so I knew there was “someone” out there.
Q: How is it to establish yourself as an actress while playing someone so famous?
A: What is so lovely about it for me is that I’d gone into this year booking an acting career and saying, “OK. What are some roles I can play that I feel I can connect to easily?” When this came up, I remember thinking I’d obviously have to do research and find out more specific things about her and her experiences, since I don’t have her life – but I remember that it also felt like it was meant for me to do, which was really wonderful.
Q: You’ve been a program host and an interviewer as well as an actress. Did that help you tap into portraying Meghan?
A: For sure, that helped me connect with Meghan more, both the character and the person. She went to school for international relations, and the public-speaking side came really naturally to me. There’s obviously also a side of her that we don’t get to see all the time, with her family and friends, but (my own background) helped me connect with some things in the script a little more.