The actor-jewelry designer and his bride-to-be were an instant match, almost

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 29, 2011 12:00 PM
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Movie princess Anne Hathaway has found her prince, fiancé Adam Shulman, an actor-jewelry designer. The two have dated since 2008, and he has prompted her to admit, among other things, “I am very much in love with him.”

While the last man in Hathaway’s life ended up behind bars and the butt of her jokes when she hosted Saturday Night Live, her new match promises nothing less than a bright and loving future.

How bright and loving? Let us count the ways.

1. He and Hathaway were an instant match, nearly.
“We hit it off immediately, but it took us a pretty long time to get together,” the actress told Vogue a year ago. “He thought that I had a boyfriend, and I thought that he had a girlfriend, so I thought that I’d better keep my distance because I didn’t want to be that girl.” Only after their respective relationship statuses were properly determined, said Hathaway, “things sped up a bit.”

2. He’s creative – and a romanticist.
Shulman (whose middle name reportedly is Banks) and business partner Heidi Nahser Fink own James Banks Design, whose website states, “The mentality behind our work is that jewelry should be more than just an object you wear but rather should carry with it a past and a future that can mold and change with your life.” Among their most popular items is “The Light Bulb [pendant], a vessel for holding on to moments in your life you want to carry with you.” Part of a set, it retails for $1,100.

3. He’s earned his acting chops.
Apprenticing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts in 2000 and graduating as a theater major from Brown University in 2003, according to the Internet Movie Database, Shulman landed a recurring role on the NBC dramatic series American Dreams in 2005, as the character Paul O’Bannon. The following year he was seen as a young voter on an episode of The West Wing, and in 2007 played the deputy sheriff (and friend of the Hazzards’) Enos Strate in the cable movie The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.

4. He and she won’t be competing professionally.
During her Vogue interview, Hathaway received a call from Shulman, informing her that he just landed a spot in a commercial. Hathaway, it was reported, “seems genuinely thrilled.” While she is a bankable big-screen star (and Oscar nominee), the magazine notes, “If she has concerns about the disparity in their careers, she doesn t reveal them.”

5. He and Hathaway share a New York state of mind.
Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, which makes her, like her husband-to-be, a native New Yorker. Still living in the city – in fact, it was partly deduced that Hathaway was engaged when she was seen sporting her engagement ring while walking with Shulman in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park – “We have house parties and dinner parties and just hang out,” Hathaway told USA Today in August, adding: “I’m so delighted by my boyfriend. He’s all the things you want a partner to be. I so find joy in his presence.”