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Michael Vartan Talks Engagement & How His Dog Helped Him Learn To Love

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Former “Alias” star Michael Vartan has finally opened up about his recent engagement.

As previously reported on, the actor, 41, recently became engaged to Lauren Skaar.

“We met, fell in love and I proposed,” Michael told Access on the red carpet at the Genesis Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles, an awards show which honors media and entertainment which helps raise awareness for animal issues.

The star of such films as “Never Been Kissed” and “Monster-In-Law” reportedly met his ladylove in a Whole Foods parking lot in LA last year.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Lauren graduated with a BA in psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2006 and works in marketing and advertising.

And Michael told Access he is thrilled to have put a ring on it.

“I’m very lucky,” he said of his girlfriend turning into his fiancee.

When asked if the two had set a date yet for their nuptials, Michael said, “No, not yet.”

However, Michael did reveal he has another female competing for his attention – his beloved chocolate lab.

“When my fiancee’s not at home, the dog sleeps on the bed with me,” he revealed. “Don’t tell her because that’s a big no, ‘No,’ but I do treat my dog more like a little princess than a dog… Hey, what are you gonna do?”

In fact, Michael’s dog was a great comfort to him before he found his soon-to-be wife, Lauren.

“They allow you to love them unconditionally,” he said of his beloved canine. “We all have love to give and if you’re a single guy like I was for a long time, you have love to give, but you have nowhere to give it. You have a dog, that dog allows you to love it completely without fearing if she’s gonna cheat on you, so it’s just a wonderful kind of completely selfless, no judgment attached, very easy way to love something and to be loved back.”

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