Melanie Lynskey Says Jason Ritter’s Proposal Was “So Confusing” She Didn’t Know She Was Engaged

The way Jason Ritter proposed to Melanie Lynskey was so low-key that she didn’t even know he was proposing.

While appearing on The Tonight Show on Monday, Lynskey shared with host Jimmy Fallon that Ritter had to redo their engagement because his first one was “so confusing.”

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“The day before, I had been looking at rings, and I tried one on,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh, it kind of looks like an engagement ring, almost. I don’t think I’m going to get it.'”

Ritter then got her the ring and when he gave it to her, Lynskey thanked him for it, thinking it was just a considerate gift. “It didn’t sort of cross my mind [that it was a proposal],” she told Fallon.

“And then there was this strange speech,” Lynskey continued. “We were just sort of sitting there. He had paused whatever [was on TV], The Bachelor. And I was just sort of like, ‘Oh, OK.'”

She then explained that the proposal was so confusing she actually asked Ritter if they were breaking up. “He was like, ‘No, no, no.’ So I said, ‘OK,’ and then I was like, ‘Well, thank you. Lovely. Good chat?'”

While Lynskey didn’t know what was going on, Ritter was certain she had accepted his proposal. “Then, three days later, we went to meet his family for Christmas, and he said, ‘We’re engaged.'”

Since the engagement mishap, Lynskey said Ritter has been making up for it by proposing “over and over.” A recent re-proposal was on her birthday in Slovakia — with a new ring, as well. Their child even got to be part of it. “He was going to take me out for dinner and do it at dinner, but our daughter was like, ‘Give her the ring, Dad!'” said the actress.

Ritter and Lynskey met while filming The Big Ask in 2013 and started dating that year. The pair announced their engagement in 2017 and married in 2020, nearly two years after the birth of their daughter.

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