11:30am PT by Mia Galuppo
Comic-Con: 20th Century Fox Approved That Surprise Proposal in Hall H
At this year's Comic-Con, during the Aliens' 30th anniversary panel, Chris Naylor, 33, got up in front of the Hall H crowd to ask a question during the panel's Q&A, but it wasn't for panelists James Cameron or Sigourney Weaver.
In front of thousands of strangers (and the cast of Aliens), Naylor asked his girlfriend of three years, Brittany Sharman, 27, to marry him, a plan that began a month earlier when he requested — and received — permission from moderator Anthony Breznican, Comic-Con and 20th Century Fox.
“I had never actually gotten into Hall H before, so I thought it would have been a couple hundred people,” Naylor told The Hollywood Reporter. Hall H seats approximately 6,000.
They weren't the only lovebirds to announce their ring-laced commitments at Comic Con. NBC's Grimm actors Elizabeth Tulloch, 35, and David Giuntoli, 36, as well as Flash actress Danielle Panabaker, 29, all confirmed their engagements at the San Diego convention.
The special anniversary panel for the sci-fi classic proved to be the perfect venue for Naylor’s big ask, being that Comic-con was the couple’s first date and Aliens was the film that inspired Naylor’s move to Los Angeles, where he met Sharman.
Post-proposal, Sigourney Weaver leaned into her microphone to question whether the cast would be receiving invitations to the eventual nuptials, to which Naylor responded: "Everyone but Burke." (Burke being Aliens' resident bad guy Carter Burke, played by Paul Reiser).
The couple went onstage to take a picture with the director and the entire Aliens cast — a snapshot they plan to use for their engagement announcement. Of the Aliens cast and crew, Naylor was most excited to meet Weaver, Ellen Ripley herself, whom he describes as "the first female badass of science-fiction." He recalled: "When we were up there meeting her, she was like 'I'm serious. I want to come.'" Naylor says that Weaver can expect an invitation.
Cameron offered his personal well-wishes to the couple, saying, “I wish you happiness and that you have many spawn."
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.