Jesse Metcalfe talks friendship with Meghan Markle: 'She's lovely' (Exclusive)

Jesse Metcalfe is singing the Duchess of Sussex's praises!

ET's Katie Krause caught up with the 40-year-old actor at Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Winter 2019 TCA event in Pasadena, California, on Feb. 9 and he dished about his longtime acquaintance with Meghan Markle that goes back "many years."

"I think it's amazing. I think it's awesome," Metcalfe said of Markle's pregnancy with her husband, Prince Harry. "Obviously the news is flooded with all these negative stories and she just has crazy trolls and stuff, but hey, you know, screw the haters! I mean, who cares?"

"She's lovely," he added.

Despite his affection for the duchess, Metcalfe doesn't think he'll send her an invitation to his upcoming wedding to Cara Santana. "I don't think we'd probably invite her," he confessed. "That would really turn our wedding into a spectacle, wouldn't it?"

Cara Santana and Meghan Markle

Cara Santana and Meghan Markle in 2014

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Even if Markle doesn't score an invite to the nuptials, she may have inspired the couple to pick London as their possible wedding location.

"We were considering that, and I guess we still are considering it, because SoHo house has a property there that's amazing in the English countryside," he revealed. "We've had a lot of great times in London, so it's a place that's sort of near and dear to our hearts, but it's sort of a random location, really."

When he's not planning his upcoming nuptials, Metcalfe is busy starring on Hallmark Channel's Chesapeake Shores, which is gearing up to head into its fourth season.

"We have a lot of fun. The character I play is a lot like me," Metcalfe said of his character, Trace Riley, a country musician. "I was sort of involved early with the creative on the show and... I take a lot of pride in the show... It's a great gig." 

Prior to his leading man role on the Hallmark series, Metcalfe played John Rowland, a gardener who has an affair with Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) on Desperate Housewives. With the show nearing its 15th anniversary, Metcalfe spoke to the possibility of a future revival.

"Wow," he marveled over the decade and a half since the show premiered. "... It means I'm getting old, firstly! Should they reboot it? I don't know... what would be cool is if they did a movie, sort of like they did with Sex and the City, 'cause then I could be in it."

"But hey, you never know," he continued. "They could reboot it. It hasn't been that long, but it's a pretty iconic show so I think it would work."

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JANUARY 12: Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe attend a private dinner at the Dine Small dinner as American Express celebrates the opening weekend of Hamilton on January 12, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for American Express)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actor Jesse Metcalfe speaks onstage at amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for amfAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Jesse Metcalfe is seen on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Jesse Metcalfe attends Steven Tyler's Second Annual GRAMMY Awards Viewing Party to benefit Janie's Fund presented by Live Nation at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Janie's Fund)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe attend The Art of Elysium's 12th Annual Celebration - Heaven, on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Jesse Metcalfe is seen on February 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW HOLIDAY SPECIAL - Victoria's Secret's legendary Angels take to the runway for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Holiday Special, showcasing an all-star lineup of musical guests, including Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes and The Struts. Merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment, 'The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special' will air SUNDAY, DEC. 2 (10:0011:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Lou Rocco via Getty Images) CARA METCALFE, JESSE METCALFE
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe attend 2018 Annual WISH Gala - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 24, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Jesse Metcalfe (L) and Cara Santana are seen in Midtown on October 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Cara Santana (L) and Jesse Metcalfe attend The Zoe Report's Box of Style Winter Edition Dinner at Chateau Marmont on November 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana attend the W Las Vegas Preview Event in Los Angeles at W Los Angelesâ West Beverly Hills on November 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, Californi (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for W Las Vegas)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Cara Santana (L) and actor Jesse Metcalfe arrive at amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actor Jesse Metcalfe (L) and Givergy SVP Harry Santa-Olalla support along with Belvedere the amFAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Belvedere Vodka)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actors Fiona Gubelmann (L) and Jesse Metcalfe visit Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on December 14, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actors Cara Santana (L) and Jesse Metcalfe attend the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2017 at Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/amfAR/Getty Images for amfAR)
Jesse Metcalfe arrives at the VIP Gala screening of John Tucker Must Die at the Courthouse Kempinski Hotel, central London. Picture date: Thursday 10 August 2006. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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