AceShowbiz - Jodie Turner-Smith has trouble finding where she belonged as a child. Opening up about her experience relocating to the U.S. following her parents' divorce, the leading lady of "Queen & Slim" recounted the time she was subjected to exclusion from the black community.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the 33-year-old actress talked about being raised in Peterborough, England, where she and her siblings became the only black children in their school. She then pointed out that was the reason why she looked forward to meeting black people in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
"I was really excited when I came to America about meeting black people," the British model recalled. "But it was a huge culture shock, because I was rejected by the black community. They were like, 'You talk like a white girl.' People would call me an Oreo. All I wanted was acceptance."
The unwelcoming treatment prompted the actress playing Sgt. Azima Kandie on "The Last Ship" to "practice in the mirror, talking in a way that I thought was like black American: cutting you down with my words in five seconds if you came for me."
During the interview, Turner-Smith noted that to this day she was still subjected to race issue. "There was this wave of people who were upset that I was possibly married to a white man," she said as referring to her relationship with Joshua Jackson. "In America interracial dating or marriage is not something that is as accepted."
"Certain people feel strongly against it, in both communities. I felt it from the black community. It is so complicated. I don't want to give it too much energy. The horrific things that people were saying, it makes you…," she confided on the prejudice she has been dealing with. "I'm learning there are certain things I have to really keep for myself."
Turner-Smith, who is now seven-month pregnant with her first child, went on to confess that she didn't want to raise her kid in America. "The racial dynamics over here are fraught. White supremacy is overt. It's the reason I don't want to raise my kids here," she admitted. "I don't want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school."
On where she prefers to raise her baby, the former "Nightflyers" actress has also scratched England off her list. "England has gone off the rails," she explained, before adding, "so I was thinking maybe Canada." Her actor partner, Jackson, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Elsewhere in the interview, Turner-Smith has also addressed rumors of her secret marriage to Jackson. Refusing to confirm the swirling speculations, she simply stated, "I haven't said to anybody, 'Yeah, we got married'. People are assuming whatever they want, but when people tell me 'Congratulations', I say 'Thank you'. "