Gary Oldman took his role as Winston Churchill for Academy Award-winning film The Darkest Hour very seriously. So much so, in fact, that the British actor proposed to his wife, art curator Gisele Schmidt, in character.
On Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Oldman, 59, confirmed to the late night host that he had indeed popped the question while on set for the Joe Wright-helmed film released in November 2017.
“There was a break in the filming, and we had talked about it and I just felt the urge,” the actor told Kimmel. “We were down in the war rooms, and I took her into the map room. And as Winston Churchill, I said ‘Will you marry me?'”
The couple’s romantic moment didn’t last long, however. Oldman explained that almost immediately following his life-changing question, he was called back on-set to shoot the next scene. “So you did not get the chance to consummate as Winston Churchill?” Kimmel asked jokingly. A flustered Oldman turned beet red and smiled sheepishly.
“It’s funny you should say that,” the actor said, “because my wife has often said she went to bed with Winston Churchill but woke up with Gary Oldman.”
The couple first went public at Milan Men’s Fashion Week in June 2015. They married in August 2017, at the Beverly Hills home of his friend and manager Doug Urbanski in front of several dozen friends. Asked in an interview later to confirm his rumored marriage, Oldman said he and Schmidt had opted to get married “quietly.”
This is the actor’s fifth marriage, after ending his marriage to his fourth wife, Alexandra Edenborough, in 2015.