Bryan Cranston Reenacting How He Proposed to His Wife Will Make You Believe in Love Again


Former Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and his wife of 27 years, actress Robin Dearden, are one of those rare celeb couples who truly prove that love can last in Hollywood. And last... and last... and last... After almost three decades of marriage, they had to have gotten their start with a picture-perfect, über-romantic proposal, right? Welllll... Cranston just revealed how he popped the question to his longtime love and it was rather interesting to say the least. Was it romantic? Well, that's up for debate. But gosh darn adorable? So much yes!

During his appearance on 60 Minutes this past weekend, Cranston spoke of his beginnings of his love story with his wife, explaining that they met on the set of a 1984 episode of the TV show "Airwolf," in which Cranston's character held Dearden's at gunpoint. How romantic...?? Despite the scene, a connection was made and months later, Cranston and Dearden crossed paths again in an improv class. Clearly, it was fate! And if their meet-cute wasn't more adorably awkward than cute enough, the way Cranston proposed sounds like something straight out of a sitcom comedy à la Malcolm in the Middle.

Bryan Cranston Proposal

Photo: Getty Images

"If I were to face her and propose to her, I couldn't get through it. I'd start crying," remembered Cranston, explaining that he had to devise a plan that involved his bride-to-be not looking at him in order to propose! So instead of popping the question in the traditional romantic restaurant, where'd they gaze lovingly through candlelit at one another, Cranston opted for a squished bathtub for his proposal spot. Yep... But what does one do with the engagement ring while sitting in a bathtub, you ask? "I squeezed it on my baby toe and I dipped it into the water so she wouldn't see," said Cranston. Natch.

"The only way we could fit was with me facing the wall," Dearden added, sitting beside her husband. "I'm thinking, 'What the hell is this?'" she remembered, laughing.

See More: The 25 Most Iconic TV Proposals

"Let's demonstrate," Cranston then said to his wife, having Dearden turn away from him so they could reenact the hilarious moment. "And she starts to turn toward me," Cranston explained, as he began proclaiming his love to Dearden. The solution? "I push her head back, because I'm not done," he recalled, laughing. "I'm barely holding on."

And once Cranston got those four little words out, it was time to present his bride with her engagement ring. "Here's your ring," Cranston said, lifting his leg out of the water. "But I can't reach it. Take the ring off my toe."

"It was so romantic," laughed Dearden. Well, at least she said yes, right? And 27 years later, that's all the matters.

Breaking Bad

Photo: Giphy

Give a Subscription to Brides Magazine as a Gift

Get personalized planning advice, exclusive offers and must-read wedding news.

Thank You
for Signing Up!

Check your e-mail inbox for the latest updates from