That woman! The ProposalThe love story of Margaret Tate & Andrew Paxton gave unorthodox romance a new meaning.
The 2009 rom-com portrayed the unusual relationship between Margaret and (Sandra BullockAndrew (her assistant)Ryan Reynolds) after the book publisher learns she’s about to be deported. Margaret, who is from Canada, schemes to stay in the U.S. by making Andrew pretend to be her fiancé.
The twosome, however, get more than they bargained for while visiting Andrew’s family — including the sneaky Grandma Annie (Betty White) — in Alaska. After breaking the news of their engagement, the pair find themselves falling in love … despite their opposite personalities.
“We first met nine years ago [because] we had a mutual friend,” Reynolds told ET CanadaIn June 2009, Bullock announced his relationship with him. “We’ve just been friends ever since.”
The Deadpool actor noted that although he’d known the Miss CongenialityThey had not worked together for many years. It was difficult to deny their dynamic on set.
“In terms of gelling together, chemistry is, I think, the last magical component left in Hollywood. It’s something you have no control over,” Reynolds explained. “It’s either there or it’s not. When it’s there it’s like winning the lottery. You really need to embrace the chemistry. We just had a ball.”
More than a decade after the movie hit theaters, Bullock and Reynolds reunited to celebrate White’s 98th birthday in a funny tribute video. The former costars sing separately for White in the clip. Mary Tyler Moore Show alum before jokingly competing over White’s affection.
“From Sandy who loves you more than Ryan,” Bullock sang before the clip cut back to Reynolds interjecting, “From Ryan who loves you so much more than Sandy.”
The Buried actor added: “What does Sandy do for you every year? Is she able to show up with flowers and hand-deliver them to you in black socks and a dozen of gold bracelets just like you asked? Doubt it.”
White died two years later on December 31, 2021, just weeks before her 100th Birthday. Her Proposal costars later paid tribute to the late actress, with Reynolds tweeting, “The world looks different now. She was a great example of defying expectations. She was able to grow old, but not too old. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.”
Bullock, for her parts, said People that she planned to honor White’s memory by drinking vodka (the comedian’s favorite) “on ice, with a slice of lemon with a hot dog on the other side.” She added: “I’ll have to buy some rose-colored glasses because Betty was that for all of us.”
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