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Julia Stiles Shares Proposal Story, Praises Her Fiance Preston J. Cook on ‘Live With Kelly’: “I’m So in Love”

Julia Stiles Fiance EngagedJulia Stiles gushed about her fiance Preston J. Cook on Live With Kelly! on Wednesday, July 6. (Photo credit:  David M. Russell, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution)

The dozens of things she loves about him. Julia Stiles appeared on Live with Kelly! on Wednesday, July 6, where she discussed her Christmas Eve engagement to Preston J. Cook.

“It was a total surprise,” the Save the Last Dance actress, 34, told Kelly Ripa and guest host Jim Parsons. “Mostly because I talked myself out of it.”

Stiles explained that she didn’t want to set herself up for disappointment — especially since they were with his family on a luxurious island. “We went on a trip to Colombia with his entire family over Christmas and New Years,” she recalled. “So, because I’m a lady, I was like, ‘Do not ruin a perfectly good vacation by getting your hopes up. Just let it go. Be in the present moment.’”

The 10 Things I Hate About You star shared that Cook, a camera assistant, alluded to the engagement long before he proposed. “We had had a conversation waiting for an elevator one day, where he was randomly like, out of nowhere, ‘With jewelry, you don’t really wear silver or platinum. You’re more into gold.’” she shared. “And then I went, ‘What is up with this conversation?’”

The couple got engaged last December 24, at a private residence in Isla Grande, Colombia. The two first met on the set of the movie Go With Me, and their romance blossomed into more.

Julia Stiles Live WIth Kelly

Kelly Ripa and Jim Parsons talk with Julia Stiles during the production of “Live Kelly” in New York on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. (Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution)

“Overall, I’m so happy,” Stiles shared on Wednesday. “I’m so in love. Life is great … It was a full moon. We were on a tropical island and he’s a really good man. I found it!”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.