Paris Hilton Guested On Meghan Markle’s Podcast, And Meghan Said She Quit “Deal Or No Deal” Because It Made Her Feel Like A Bimbo
Meghan Markle’s podcast, Archetypes, is all about… archetypes! The dictionary says an archetype is “a very typical example of a certain person or thing,” and Meghan’s podcast dives into the tropes and labels used to pigeonhole women. Now, I ain’t no English major, but that sorta feels more like a “stereotype,” non? Unfortunately, Meghan and Prince Harry’s company is called Archewell, not Stereowell. And their son’s name is Archie, not Stereoie. So Archetypes it is! On this week’s episode, the archetype was “bimbo”, and the guest was one of the biggest bimbos of all time. No, not Angelyne (I wish). It was Paris Hilton!
To start the episode, Meghan talked about her job as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal in 2006. She said she was flipping through the channels on TV, “this, by the way, is a rarity when you have two children under the age of 4,” when she caught an episode of the game show, and it brought back a lot of memories. Meghan said she used Deal or No Deal to pay her bills while she was auditioning for acting roles. She compared the job to her time working as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. There, she was “valued specifically for my brain.” On Deal or No Deal, she was “valued for being something quite the opposite.”
Meghan said that, before tapings of the show, all the models would line up for different stations: lashes, hair extensions, and bra padding. They were also given weekly spray tan vouchers:
“There was a very cookie-cutter idea of precisely what we should look like. It was solely about beauty — and not necessarily about brains,” Meghan said.
“When I look back at that time, I’ll never forget this one detail — because moments before we’d get on stage, there was a woman who ran the show and she’d be there backstage, and I can still hear her. She couldn’t properly pronounce my last name at the time and I knew who she was talking to because she’d go, ‘Markle, suck it in! Markle, suck it in!'”
Meghan revealed she eventually quit the show cuz it made her feel like a hot dumdum:
“I was thankful for the job, but not for how it made me feel, which was not smart. And by the way, I was surrounded by smart women on that stage with me, but that wasn’t the focus of why we were there. I would end up leaving with this pit in my stomach knowing that I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage. I didn’t like being forced to be all looks and little substance, and that’s how it felt for me at the time — being reduced to this specific archetype.”
Here’s Meghan talking about leaving Deal or No Deal:
During Paris’ appearance on Archetypes, she talked about how producers on The Simple Life wanted her to play up the “dumb, rich blonde” persona, complete with the baby voice. Paris says she did it, and she began acting that way in interviews, too:
“So, I almost got like stuck and lost in the character where I, at some points, it was like the lines got blurred or I, it’s like, I forgot who I was,” Paris, 41, said. “And I don’t know, makes me sad because I used to be such a free spirit, and I was just so like, I don’t know, just like, not so closed off.”
Paris describes herself as “shy,” “a tomboy,” and “an undercover nerd.” She talked about her work as an advocate against child abuse, particularly at boarding schools like the one Kathy and Rick Hilton sent her to as a teen. Paris has said she was physically and mentally abused her at Provo Canyon School:
“Now I’m pushing for federal legislation and going to D.C. and yeah, it’s just been so empowering. Just really turn my pain into a purpose,” the star said. “And I almost think that maybe God made me go through this and gave me this special gift so that one day I could be the hero that I needed when I was a little girl and help save these children from having to go through the torture that myself and so many others went through.”
Archetypes took a month-long break after THE QUEEN’S death on September 8. Damn, it’s too bad THE QUEEN couldn’t stick around long enough to be a guest. I’d have loved to hear her thoughts on the “Elderly Monarch”
stereotype archetype: “everyone thinks I’m some ancient, posh wet blanket, but the corgis and I can fuckin’ party!”