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Wedding bells are ringing for this Simple Life star. On Tuesday, news broke that Paris Hilton and her boyfriend, actor Chris Zylka, became engaged over the New Year’s.
Here’s what you should know about the couple.
1. He Popped the Question During a Ski Trip in Colorado over the New Year’s Weekend
According to People, Zylka asked Paris to marry him over the weekend, during a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado. “I am so excited to be engaged to the love of my life and my best friend. I have never felt so happy, safe and loved. He is perfect for me in every way and showed me that fairytales really do exist!”, she told the outlet.
The pair were preparing to take a pic when Zylka reportedly got down on one knee and asked Paris to marry him. Hilton said, ““I was so excited and surprised! I immediately said yes!”
Zylka could not contain his excitement, either. Speaking to People about the big news, he said, “Paris is the most beautiful and incredible woman both inside and out. I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be marrying my dream girl. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”
2. They Met at an Oscars Party Eight Years Ago
Hilton and Zylka first met during an Oscars party at the Chateau Marmont eight years ago. In an interview with Page Six earlier this month, the socialite explains, “We met eight years ago at the Chateau Marmont at this Oscar party and then we flirted for years and years. Then two years ago at Art Basel, my brother got a text because Chris had seen an Instagram . . . and he wanted to meet up.”
3. Chris Is Known for His Work in ‘The Leftovers’
TV and movie-watchers may recognize 32-year-old Zylka.
In 2009, he was cast as Joey Donner in the TV series 10 Things I Hate About You. In 2011, he booked the role of Jake Armstrong in The Secret Circle.
Chris also played Tom Garvey in The Leftovers from 2014 to 2017. In an interview with Collider, Zylka was asked how an experience like The Leftovers dictates what he chooses to do next in his career. He responded, “I always live by the idea that my favorite job is my next one. It doesn’t really matter what the content is. It’s so hard to top HBO, Damon, Justin, Mimi, and the entire cast and crew. You feel like you’re reached a ceiling, but I could go do a guest spot on a Disney show and be just as satisfied because I get to work. You appreciate just being able to work because there are so many actors that aren’t. You have to appreciate every single job, just the same.”
According to IMDB, his latest film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, is currently in post production. The movie stars Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Jacob Tremblay, and Bella Thorne.
4. Paris Says Their First Kiss Was “Electric”
Paris gushed about Zylka in a September interview with Galore.
Discussing their first date, Paris says, “On our first date he came over to my house. We stayed up all night talking & getting to know each other. When we had our first kiss I felt that electric feeling and knew there was something special about him.”
Their favorite thing to do together? Paris says she likes to keep things low-key. “Actually my favorite thing to do is to be at home with him. He is my best friend and we always have the most amazing time together. For work, I have to be out and be social all the time. So in my private time, I would much rather be at home in bed watching TV with my boyfriend & puppies then out at a club.”
5. She Wants to Have Children Some Day
In her interview with Galore Magazine, Paris says that she hopes to have children of her own one day. “Just seeing how happy Lily-Grace makes my sister makes me want them even more. I know I will be the best mom!”