Fans of American daytime soap All My Children were left stunned yesterday (13JAN05) when characters JAMIE and Babe became engaged for real.

The characters, played by JUSTIN BRUENING (corr) and ALEXA HAVINS, are 'lovers on the run' in the ABC show - but Bruening used a proposal in the script to actually ask his girlfriend to marry him.

The hunky actor says, "Jamie proposes to Babe, finally, and the actual line was, 'Marry me Babe.' And, being the little prankster that I am, I decided to change the name to 'Alexa.'

"I came up with the great idea to propose to her right there a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

But Havins, who sobbed her acceptance after she realised what was happening, originally thought her real-life boyfriend was screwing up his lines.

She says, "I'm sitting there going 'You jerk,' then I just started bawling."

14/01/2005 19:43