Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson are preparing to welcome their first child together — but the couple doesn’t want to raise their child in the United States.
In an interview with the Sunday Times published last weekend, the pregnant Queen & Slim star, 33, opened up about her relationship with the Affair actor and revealed they’re considering raising their baby elsewhere.
“The racial dynamics over here are fraught. White supremacy is overt. It’s the reason I don’t want to raise my kids here,” Turner-Smith told the publication. She added: “I don’t want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school.”
As to where they’ll possibly go?
“England has gone off the rails,” the British actress said, “so I was thinking maybe Canada.” (Jackson, 41, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.)
“I haven’t said to anybody, ‘Yeah, we got married’, ” she said. “People are assuming whatever they want, but when people tell me ‘Congratulations’, I say ‘Thank you’. ”
The daughter of Jamaican parents, Turner-Smith was raised in Peterborough, England. She recalled being one of the only black children in her village school, aside from her siblings. After her parents divorced, her mother relocated to Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her, her brother and half-sister.
“So I was really excited when I came to America about meeting black people. 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,” she said.
When she moved to the U.S., Turner-Smith said she “would 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.”
Turner-Smith said she still experiences prejudice because of her skin color.
“There was this wave of people who were upset that I was possibly married to a white man,” she said. “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. … I’m learning there are certain things I have to really keep for myself.”