'Private Eyes' star Cindy Sampson talks tango, Toronto and taking on William Shatner

By Clare Douglas

While her co-star Jason Priestley was busy zooming in on his skills as a director during the filming of Private Eyes' sophomore season, Cindy Sampson also had the chance to tap into another one of her many talents. "I got to tango," the actress, 39, tells Hello! "It was my Dancing With the Stars moment!"


Cindy stars as P.I. Angie Everett in Private Eyes (Thursdays, Global)

The trained dancer couldn't wait to show off her impressive moves in the ballroom but soon learned that her character, Angie Everett, has two left feet. "I was so excited and [the producers] said, 'Angie's not a good dancer. That wouldn't make sense' – so I had to Lucille Ball it up."

Still, the Nova Scotia native was given the chance to shine in other ways – she owned the catwalk in scenes filmed during Toronto's Women's Fashion Week and went head-to-head with William Shatner, who guest-stars as Angie's arch nemesis. "He had me on my toes," gushes the actress. "He is so sharp."

Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestly in Private Eyes
Cindy and Jason Priestley are the perfect onscreen team.

The city of Toronto also plays a huge part in the series (Jason Priestley even calls it a 'character'). "We showcase a lot of the different neighbourhoods," says Cindy, pointing out the Danforth and the Distillery as some of the prime locations. "We're really starting to dive into Toronto as being Toronto."

From mysteries at the opera to matters of the heart, Cindy says this season they have also "upped the ante" when it comes to drama. "Every episode is so different," she promises. And while the series is bigger and better this time around, one element has stayed the same, much to the delight of Cindy's number one fan, her mom. "She loves the show," says Cindy, who laughs as she adds: "She's mostly happy that I don't take my clothes off and there's no swearing."

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