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Racism is everywhere, but British-born actress Jodie Turner-Smith and her husband, Joshua Jackson, are contemplating raising their child outside of the U.S. because of white supremacy.
"The racial dynamics over here are fraught," Turner-Smith told People.com. "White supremacy is overt. It's the reason I don't want to raise my kids here. I don't want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school."
The 'Queen & Slim' star, 33, is expecting her first child with Jackson, 41. She said she has felt hostile reactions from the Black community over being an interracial couple.
"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."
She said she was initially excited to move to America and meet other Black people, but it felt like a "huge culture shock" because she claims she was "rejected by the Black community."
Turner-Smith and other British actors were criticized by the Black community for taking acting roles away from American-born Black actors.
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Actors Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith are married. The couple quietly tied the knot in a civil ceremony at a courthouse over the summer, Us Weekly confirms.
A source told Us Weekly that Jackson is "so supportive of Jodie and loves to cheer her on."
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Rumors swirled that Jackson and Turner-Smith were married after sharp-eyed fans noticed an engagement ring on that finger when she attended an event with him in August.
Then in November, they made their red carpet debut together at the Queen & Slim premiere in Los Angeles.
A witness tells Us Weekly, "Joshua looked so thrilled to be there to support [Jodie]. He was all smiles and doting on her and her family all night. A total gentleman."
Turner-Smith showed off her dazzling engagement ring on her left hand which she rested on her abdomen, sparking rumors that she and Jackson are pregnant.
Jackson and Turner-Smith began dating in mid 2018. A source told Us Weekly that they attended singer Usher's 40th birthday party together in October 2018. The source noted that they "were all over each other" and gazing into each other's eyes as they danced together the whole night."
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In August, the British-born actress shared a photo of the couple gazing into each other's eyes. She captioned the image: "Two people who only fancy each other a little bit."
Not much is known about Turner-Smith. The 33-year-old former model was born in England to Jamaican parents. She worked as a banker in Pittsburgh, and was convinced to become a model after meeting musician Pharrell Williams.
She made her acting debut as a vampire in HBO's True Blood.
Jackson, 41, previously dated actress Diane Kruger from 2006 to 2016. Their union did not produce children.
Kruger, 43, moved on with Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus. They welcomed a daughter in November 2018.
Actor Joshua Jackson was spotted walking his dogs with his ladyfriend shortly after news broke that his ex-girlfriend, actress Diane Kruger is pregnant with her first child.
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