‘Furiosa’ actress says husband, Alabama native, proposed on ‘Forrest Gump’ bench

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Apparently life really was like a box of chocolates, when it came to the marriage proposal that “Furiosa” actress Anya Taylor-Joy got from a suitor with Alabama connections.

Taylor-Joy is an actress who soared to fame in the central role of the Netflix Series “Queen’s Gambit” and who recently starred in the “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa.” In 2022, Taylor-Joy she married Malcolm McRae, a musician and model who grew up in the Birmingham area. (The private 2022 ceremony in New Orleans was followed by something a little flashier in Venice in 2023.)

More recently, Taylor-Joy revealed that she got an “accidental” proposal from McRae as the two sat on a bench in Savannah, Ga., that was prominently featured in the movie “Forrest Gump.”

Taylor-Joy made the revelation while appearing in a clip for the film enthusiast site Letterboxd. In the “Four Favorites” segment, hosted by actor Chris Hemsworth, Taylor-Joy got to speak about four of her favorite films. One was “Forrest Gump,” the Tom Hanks vehicle about an amiable Alabama dimwit who leads a charmed life.

“Did something special happen on the Forrest Gump bench?” Hemsworth asked.

“Yes,” said Taylor-Joy. “My husband accidentally proposed to me on the Forrest Gump bench in Savannah. Complete accident and he’s a boy from Alabama and I’m blonde. So, just happened.”

“I hear that music and I cry like a baby,” the actress said.

Hemsworth followed up by plugging his “Thor” movies, and Anya-Taylor didn’t explain exactly how that accidental proposal popped out of McRae. But if you’re a “Forrest Gump” fan, happy accidents kind of come with the territory.

Upcoming projects for Taylor-Joy include the action-romance film “The Gorge.” McRae’s band, more*, has released two EPs and he reportedly has been cast in a secondary role in a film based on the life of musician Jeff Buckley.

According to Savannah.com, the park bench scenes from “Forrest Gump” were shot in the city’s Chippewa Square. According to the site, “They actually used at least four fiberglass benches while filming these scenes” and one was donated to the city and moved to a museum.

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