The Duchess of Sussex may have found her greatest Canadian fan in actress Cynthia Dale. The 58-year-old star sweetly gushed about the 37-year-old mom-to-be during a recent interview with HELLO! Canada. "I think she's awesome," she shared, noting that she thinks the former Suits star is handling the pressures of being a new royal very well. "I think she is making her way stylishly and gently, and beautifully, and I love her smile and her giggle... I choose to believe the joy that is evident between her and Harry. It just seems so joyful."
As a mom to a 20-year-old son herself, Cynthia – who's latest role in a Street Legal reboot is set to air in March 4 on CBC – added she has loved watching Meghan embrace her pregnancy. "I love that she holds her baby bump. I love it. You know, it is a moment in time that is like nothing other. Whether it's nine months or not. And those nine months go so fast," she said. "That's the only time in life you'll ever get that. I think it's absolutely beautiful."
That's not to say that the Stratford native feels motherhood was easy. Though she says she would do it all over again "Groundhog Day" style, she notes parenting is full of challenges – something Meghan and Prince Harry will want to take note of as they prepare to welcome Baby Sussex in the spring. "It was hard, and it was fantastic," Cynthia notes of parenting. "I don't mean to romanticize it. It was hard. Motherhood is the hardest thing in the world. And it's fantastic"
Off-screen she's a mom, but on-screen she'll step back into the shoes of smart and brash lawyer Olivia Novak. The hit series – which Cynthia starred in as Olivia, too – originally aired in the '80s and early '90s, and was at one point the longest-running one-hour show in Canadian history. "I would never in a million years have thought that I would have walked in her shoes again," she says. "I didn't even have wild dreams about it. I just never... it was an impossibility. You know, you finish a show, you walk away... So many things different happened. I have a whole other life. I live in Stratford, I've spent fifteen years at the festival."
But that doesn't mean she isn't excited to revisit a role that helped define her career. "I am so unbelievably grateful. I do not take this lightly. I know how incredible it is... I always said I had the best job in Canada for those seven years. I had the best job in Canada." Now she has it again.
In the new reboot, Cynthia plays current-day Olivia, and though the character's wardrobe is different (she's now wearing items from Smythe – one of Meghan's favourites – and Judith & Charles, instead of oversized earrings and shoulder pads), her attitude remains the same. "Her edges are just as sharp. They may be blunter from the blunt force of life over the years, but she's just as opinionated and just as aggressive, and just as fantastic and just as interesting. And just as passionate about what she does, and that's what's really interesting."