Even Meghan Markle can’t figure out what made her former USA Network drama, “Suits,” hit streaming services this year, but she’s here for it.
Walking the red carpet at Variety’At the Power of Women event on Thursday, Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was briefed by Variety Senior entertainment editor Angelique Jackson said the legal drama has now surpassed 45 billion minutes streamed on Netflix and Peacock combined, according to Nielsen’s latest weekly streaming report, released earlier Thursday.
“Isn’t that wild?” said Markle, who played paralegal Rachel Zane on “Suits.”
Markle said she had “no idea” what sparked the surge in interest in the show, but then ventured to guess: “It was great working on a cast and crew so great. We had a really fun time. I was on it for seven seasons, so not bad. But it’s hard to find a show that you can binge watch that many episodes in these days, so this might have something to do with it. But good shows are forever.
While Markle retired from “Suits,” which aired for nine seasons from 2011 to 2019, when she became engaged to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in 2018, she has since returned to Hollywood, this time as as a producer. The former actor and her husband are developing TV and film projects through their Archewell Productions banner, which has an overall deal with Netflix (coincidentally, one of the streaming houses for “Suits”).
To date, the Sussexes have launched three projects with the streamer — documentary “Heart of Invictus,” docuseries “Live to Lead” and autobiographical project “Harry & Meghan” — and Markle teases more to come , with an emphasis on titles that evoke emotional reactions in viewers.
“Things that make people feel…I was going to say ‘good,’ but it’s more than that, things that make people feel something, right?” Markle said. “And feel a sense of community.” But we have so many exciting things planned. I can’t wait until we can announce them, but I’m really, really proud of what we’re creating. My husband loves it too. It’s really fun.”
Watch Markle’s full interview with Variety in the video above.
Markle, who was to be honored in the 2022 class of Varietyof Power of Women last September, but three weeks before the issue was published, Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Markle’s husband Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, died at the age of 96. on the women’s issue, after the official mourning period, Markle sat down for a new interview with Variety, which was published on the cover on October 19, 2022.
The 2023 Power of Women issue was released Wednesday, featuring honorees Lily Gladstone, Billie Eilish, Carey Mulligan and Fantasia Barrino, as well as the accomplished women featured in the annual Women’s Impact Report, which highlights the leaders in the entertainment industry.
In addition to celebrating Barrino, Gladstone, Mulligan and Eilish at Thursday’s party Variety Power of Women Presented by the Lifetime event at Citizen News in Los Angeles, Variety also honored LuckyChap co-founders Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara with the Producer of the Year award.
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