Dot-Marie Jones is engaged! The Glee star proposed to her longtime girlfriend, Bridgett Casteen, over the weekend near Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. Jones proposed to Casteen, who she has dated for seven years, last Friday during the Anaheim Gay Days festival at the theme park, and later announced the news on her Twitter page.
Casteen tweeted shortly after the proposal: "Thank you @dotmariejones for making me the happiest woman in the world #engaged," and also tweeted a picture of the proposal. Although Casteen has been married once before and has three children, it will be the first union for the 49-year-old Jones.
Speaking to The Advocate, Jones beamed about the engagement and called it "the happiest day of my life. I never thought I'd find somebody that is so loving and kind." The day after the engagement, she tweeted a picture of themselves together and wrote: "SO HAPPY!!"
Jones has been nominated for an Emmy on three different occasions for her role as Shannon Beiste. She has worked steadily as an actor for over 20 years and appeared on a variety of shows including Lizzie McGuire, Nip/Tuck and Venice: The Series. Her role as championship-winning football coach Beiste is fitting because Jones also has an extensive athletic background; she is a 15-time world arm wrestling champion and set records for shot put while attending California State University, Fresno.
Recently, she has been open about her grief in losing fellow Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, who passed away last July from a drug overdose. Speaking to Spreecast, Jones admitted that it took her well over two days just to get through reading the script of the Monteith tribute episode.
"It's like losing a family member. I loved Cory. I loved him so much, and I loved working with him," said Jones. "I was so thankful and so glad that I had so many scenes last season where it was just he and I. He was a great guy and it was a horrible accident."