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About (Late) Last Night: Seth Rogen tells Jay Leno about proposing to topless girlfriend [video]

January 13, 2011 |  8:20 am


Seth Rogen stopped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to plug his upcoming movie "The Green Hornet." In the time-honored tradition of the American late-night talk show, this meant sharing a colorful personal anecdote in exchange for a little publicity for the movie. Tit for tat, if you will.

Leno asked Rogen about his recent engagement to longtime girlfriend Lauren Miller and Rogen shared the story of how he proposed. It was equally parts romantic and juvenile, sweet and prurient -- a little like Rogen himself.

Though he and Miller had been dating for six years, Rogen says once he got the ring, he simply couldn't wait to propose -- like, really couldn't wait.  His girlfriend was in the closet changing, naked from the waist up, when he barged in.  "She was in only her underpants and her ... breasts were hanging out," Rogen delicately explained, taking a moment to recall the polite term for mammary glands, as if it had slipped his mind.

This was not the romantic scene Rogen -- or, I'm guessing, his girlfriend -- had envisioned. "I never pictured it like this," he said. Plus, there was the small matter of how he'd tell the story later on; would he gloss over the more intimate details, or leave them in there for comic effect.  Truth be told, it was probably never that much of a question for Rogen, who had already shared this story with Conan O'Brien.  Like his mentor, Judd Apatow, Rogen seems to know how the very intimate can also be very funny.

But back to the story at hand.  Rogen decided to move ahead with the proposal, despite the less-than-ideal circumstances.  "Boobs out, I plowed forward," he joked to Leno.  It was a pretty great line, misplaced modifier notwithstanding.

The good news is she accepted, and now it's on to planning the wedding. Presumably on the big day, both bride and groom will be fully clothed.

-- Meredith Blake