Sydney Morton mentioned that taking part in Meghan Markle in Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace,” got here with a way of social consciousness.
“It’s a brand new expertise for me,” mentioned Morton. “I’ve performed actual individuals prior to now, historic figures who’re not dwelling, so not solely do you’re feeling a accountability to respect this particular person … but it surely’s additionally such a delicate topic — particularly on this third [Lifetime] film [about Harry and Meghan] that’s protecting very private and traumatic occasions they’ve spoken about very publicly.”
“Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace,” is the third in Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan” sequence, which began in 2018 with “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” and continued with “Harry & Meghan: Changing into Royal” (2019). Every film has tracked completely different phases of their relationship and subsequent marriage with completely different actors portraying the royal couple.
Jordan Dean performs Harry in “Escaping the Palace,” airing Monday (Sept. 6) at 8 p.m. It dramatizes Harry and Meghan’s break from the Royal Household, their transfer to California with child Archie and all of the Sturm und Drang in-between. It ends with a scripted scene exhibiting Harry and Meghan of their blockbuster interview with (an unseen) Oprah Winfrey, which aired in March on CBS.
“I believe in the event you’re approaching any position as an actor you’ll be able to’t decide your character,” mentioned Morton. “You’re solely attempting to painting them from their viewpoint, their fact, and I knew I might strategy this position with respect.
“[Meghan’s] interview with Oprah actually resonated for me as an individual of shade and a girl of shade,” she mentioned. “I haven’t skilled being a princess however oftentimes I can really feel like an outsider and I really feel remoted … and I used a few of my shared experiences.”
Morton’s appearing resume features a co-starring position reverse Octavia Spencer in “Self Made: Impressed by the Lifetime of Madam CJ Walker,” Alice Bates in “Manifest” and Cheryl Overstreet in “She’s Gotta Have It,” Spike Lee’s adaptation of his 1986 big-screen film which ran for 2 seasons on Netflix.
She mentioned not too many individuals ever commented to her that she resembled Markle.
“Pals mentioned ‘You form of seem like Meghan’ and per week later I needed to say that I bought the audition for the film,” she mentioned. “The extra I began to play with the make-up and freckles and hairstyles and wardrobe … I do assume there’s some resemblance, particularly once I’m standing subsequent to Jordan dressed as Harry.”
Morton mentioned she wasn’t an everyday viewer of “Fits,” the USA authorized drama through which Markle performed Rachel Zane, who labored her approach by means of regulation college, handed the bar and married fellow lawyer Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). “I’ve a really vivid reminiscence of channel-surfing — I didn’t know the present — and I clicked on ‘Fits’ and I had to return,” Morton mentioned. “I used to be considering, ‘Who is that this lovely girl taking part in this sturdy character?’ Whereas I used to be getting ready for the film I watched lots of scenes from the present and likewise the blooper reels. Seeing Meghan laughing and fooling around and cracking jokes was good. There’s definitely no footage of that now.”
And, she mentioned, taking pictures “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace,” was a studying course of, each for her and for her portrayal of Markle.
“I form of needed to uncover their humanity within the means of filming the film and taking part in this position,” she mentioned. “Once I first accepted the position, I positively considered the bigger image, of the Prince and Duchess taking a baby and leaving their palace. I used to be quarantined for 2 weeks earlier than filming [due to COVID] and I immersed myself in all-things Royal. By then I had a way of their household drama, of doing one of the best for themselves and their baby.
“That’s what motivates them.”