How Nick Viall tricked Tom Hanks into proposing to fiancé Natalie Joy: ‘He got a kick out of it’


Nick Viall went all out to make a surprise proposal to his now-fiancée Natalie Joy.

On Thursday’s episode of Viall’s podcast The Viall filesthe former Bachelor education lead actor, 42, revealed he told Joy they were going to a screening of the new Tom Hanks movie, A man named Ottobefore asking the question.

“My whole idea of ​​even faking an event was I wanted her to get glam,” he explained. “I knew she wanted to look fun and special.”

He continued, “I had to figure out how to get her to glam up and it had to be some sort of special event.”

Viall shared that Hanks, 66, eventually found out about his grand scheme, adding, “I think he got a kick out of it.”

Nick Viall and Natalie Joy are engaged

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Once they arrived at the venue, Viall had even more tricks up his sleeve to make sure Joy didn’t realize he was about to propose.

“I don’t want her to come to this event and say, ‘This is weird. This isn’t a premiere,'” he said. “So we had extras… When we came to this event, they were already lined up.”

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He added that his publicist told Joy it was an “immersive experience” so people go in one at a time. Once in the room, Joy shared how she was surprised to see bright lights, a videographer and a photographer.

“I’m like ‘What the f—?'” she recalled. “Then 200 candles are lit and laid across the floor of the warehouse and then a TV at the end. It turns on and it’s Nick talking to me and he tells me to walk down the walkway, right downtown go stand.”

“At the end of the video it’s like, ‘Now if you just look up…’ and I look up and he walks down the stairs,” added Joy. “He steps into the circle with me and just says, ‘Hey, honey.’ I said, “Hey.” He said, ‘Are you ready?'”

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Then it was finally time for Viall to pop the question. “And then I said a few things on one knee,” he said.

The party was barely over for the couple, who were then joined by friends and family for an engagement party.

“When I walked into that party and saw my mom there, I lost it,” Joy said. “I was just so filled with joy and happiness. All the people who flew out and gathered to celebrate us were so beautiful that I just couldn’t control my emotions. Throughout that whole party I was just screaming and I’m so happy.”

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“This is how I always wanted to feel,” Viall added. “It’s how I’ve always imagined I’d feel… I’m crazy happy in life. I really am.”

Nick Viall and Natalie Joy are engaged

Nick Viall and Natalie Joy are engaged

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Viall and Joy were first linked in 2020, but they only started sharing their relationship publicly in 2021.

As their bond grew more serious, Viall said he “wouldn’t have a relationship with” Joy if he “didn’t think it was possible” to marry her one day. He then revealed on the PEOPLE Every day podcast last year that “everyone’s situation is different” when it comes to marriage.

“I think timelines can be a little bit dangerous sometimes, you know, setting false expectations and reaching a certain timeline and all of a sudden… [you] have other priorities,” he explained. “I just tell people to be careful about setting timelines. If they want to set a time that’s fine, just make sure it’s mutual.”

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The big day finally came for the couple last Thursday when they announced they were engaged in a joint Instagram post.

“For the rest of my life it’s you,” they wrote in the post’s caption, featuring a handful of photos from the couple’s engagement and close-ups of Joy’s custom 5-carat engagement ring from Brilliant Earth.

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In a follow-up post, Viall said of his journey to love, “Many of us have hoped that our path to love should be clean, pure, and without disappointment. I have been that person. In reality, for many of us, our path to love is messy, dirty and full of heartbreak. I consider myself really blessed and lucky to have made it through the mess, so I can fully appreciate what I have right now.”

“@nnataliejjoy, to me you are perfect,” he continued. “You are a protector of the people you love. Your heart surpasses your incredible beauty. You radiate joy and bring so many smiles to those you get in your presence. I promise to wake up every day and you, us, choose, and our family. Forever”