Franzese recently proposed to his partner, Joseph Bradley Phillips, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively
Franzese, known best for his role as Damian in the 2004 movie, recently proposed to his partner Joseph Bradley Phillips, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
The actor, 38, popped the question at a Starbucks in North Hollywood where the couple – who have been together for more than a year – met for the first time.
When they arrived at the coffee chain, Franzese slipped the ring to one of the baristas, whom he had spoken to the day before about the proposal plan.
And as the barista called out the pair’s coffee orders, she referred to them as “Mr. & Mr. Franzese” – and handed Phillips a different order, saying it was a new drink he should try.
Once Phillips opened the cup with the ring inside, Franzese got down on one knee and said to him: “Since I first saw you here, you have opened your heart to me, and I vow to God that for the rest of my life to honor and protect that heart if you will be my husband. Will you marry me?” the Looking star told his future husband.
Phillips, who’s in fashion marketing, will take Franzese’s last name, his rep confirms.
“Joseph has given me the best of his heart and I’m so happy he said yes,” Franzese tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Finding my soulmate has made all the years I struggled with myself worth it.”
He added, “We can’t wait to be Mr. & Mr. Franzese.”
•Reporting by MELODY CHIU