Rider Strong might not be returning for “Girl Meets World,” but that’s because he’s got bigger plans on the horizon. The “Boy Meets World” star just got engaged to his girlfriend, actress Alexandra Barreto.
“I asked on December 23rd, while her parents were visiting for the holidays,” Strong says in a statement to Zap2it. “I took her for a walk under the redwoods on the property where I grew up in Northern California. It was pouring rain, but it didn’t look like it was going to stop anytime soon, so I just decided to go for it.”
Barreto said yes, but little did she know what she was getting. Strong made the ring he proposed with himself, and as you can see in the image below it was one-of-a-kind.
“I spent weeks making the ring in secret,” he says. “I found an old-school jeweler who works out of his basement in Echo Park and asked him to teach me how to do a lost wax casting (it took a while to convince him I didn’t want to become an apprentice jeweler — I only wanted to make this one ring).”
Strong continued, “My brother and I write together at his loft in downtown LA, so I was able to set up a workspace there. I carved the ring out of wax, and then cast it in white gold. I had my dad make a wooden ring box for me. My dad made my mom’s ring, so I was following in his footsteps.”
Strong and Barreto first met on the 2006 TV series “Pepper Dennis.” They also worked together on a 2008 ad for President Barack Obama, which you can watch here. Strong went on to direct his soon-to-be wife in the “Strong Brother’s Magic Show” shorts “Method” and “Dungeon Master.” Both short films were acknowledged with awards from various festivals. All the best wishes for the happy couple!