Congratulations are in order for former Dexter star Julie Benz and her boyfriend of 4 years Rich Orosco … because on Sunday the couple got themselves engaged to be married! Benz, who recently starred in ABC’s No Ordinary Family and is beloved among Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans for her work on BtVS and Angel as the villainous vampire Darla, tells People magazine that Orosco proposed to her in the couple’s backyard with a phat diamond engagement ring and a live Mariachi band to serenade her! So cute!! Read on for all the deets about Julie and Rich’s happy engagement news.
Actress Julie Benz is taking on a new role: fiancée! The former Dexter star, 39, is engaged to her boyfriend of four years, marketing executive Rich Orosco, her rep confirms to PEOPLE. Orosco, 38, popped the question with a customized Kwiat cushion-cut diamond and platinum engagement ring – complete with a diamond frame and milgrain edge band – on Sunday in the backyard of the home they share in Los Angeles. “It was absolutely perfect,” Benz, who can next be seen on Royal Pains, tells PEOPLE. Nearly 60 of their closest friends and family – and a Mariachi band! – helped them celebrate their engagement at a Mexican-style surprise party Orosco planned. “The proposal was simple and beautiful – and then I was shocked by the pop-up surprise Mexican fiesta engagement party,” she says, adding, “What girl doesn’t want to be serenaded by a Mariachi band surrounded by close friends and family?”
This marriage will be Benz’s second but considering how happy the last four years of her life with Orosco have been, it seems pretty evident that she has finally found Mr. Right. I gotta say … Julie Benz is one of my fave ladies in Hollywood. I’ve been a fan of hers for years and really grew to love her during her stint as Rita on Dexter. I am so thrilled for her and Rich and wish them nothing but the best for a very long and very happily ever after together. Let’s send Julie and Rich all of our love and congrats on their happy engagement news!!