He may be one of the most confident and engaging talk show hosts on television, but when he went down on one knee to ask the woman he loved to marry him, Jimmy Fallon was no different from any other man anticipating what the answer would be. Fallon, who is known for his humor and fun personality, revealed what happened when he popped the question to the love of his life, Nancy Juvonen. And much like his personality, his proposal too had some fun and humor.
The couple had met each other on the set of the film Fever Pitch in 2004 according to the Daily Mail. Fallon was the lead role while Juvonen was producing the movie along with actress Drew Barrymore. Soon, the couple started dating. After three years of seeing each other, Fallon decided to pop the big question. Like most partners, he wanted it to be perfect. However, it did not go as planned for the first time.
In an interview with People, Fallon revealed details of his initial proposal fail. He was all set to propose to Juvonen when she came to meet him in New York. However, things took a different turn after she surprised him with a reservation at the legendary restaurant Per Se. The determined TV host was not ready to compromise on his plans. He knew the restaurant was not the right place for the proposal.
Recalling the incident, he said, “I wanted it to be romantic and perfect. I didn’t want to propose in Per Se because what if one year it moves locations. And years later I’m going to have kids and go, ‘Your mom and I got [engaged here]. I know it’s a laser tag place but at one point it was a very fancy restaurant.’” He continued, “Cut to 14 courses later, I was bombed out of my mind. Wine came with every course… So I waited another three months.”
So, Fallon enjoyed the hearty meal with Juvonen and waited for another few months for the perfect timing. Three months later, he decided to ask her hand in marriage during an intimate weekend at her parents’ summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
“I went out to the dock and said, ‘Don’t cry. Let her cry first,’” Fallon recalled. “I’m a pretty mushy guy… and I just wanted it to be perfect. I got down on one knee and I immediately [started weeping]. However, his weeping did not convey the right message to his girlfriend. The astounded woman asked Fallon if he was having a stroke.
“She’s like, ‘Are you having a stroke?’My face was like I was smelling burnt toast,” recalled Fallon. However, his emotional proposal ended with a big yes from Juvonen. The two then got married in December 2007. One might think that a proposal that was mistaken for a stroke must have ended in a disaster but it has been almost 12 years since their wedding and the couple has been happily married, with two daughters together, Winnie and Frances.