As Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith prepare to welcome their first child, the couple is contemplating where they should raise their family – and it’s not in the United States.
During a new interview, the 33-year-old Queen & Slim actress revealed that she and the 41-year-old actor are 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,” Jodie shared with the Sunday Times via People. She also added: “I don’t want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school.”
Despite being raised in Peterborough, England, Jodie doesn’t plan on her raising her kid there either.
“England has gone off the rails,” Jodie said, “So I was thinking maybe Canada.” Josh was born in Vancouver.
Jodie then went on to talk about the “culture shock” she received after moving from England to Maryland as a child.
“I was really excited when I came to America about meeting black people,” Jodie shared. “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.”
Jodie said that she still experiences prejudice today because of her skin color.
“There was this wave of people who were upset that I was possibly married to a white man,” Jodie 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.”
Jodie and Josh quietly got married back in December.
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