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Idris Elba has explained why he proposed to his fiancé, Sabrina Dowhre. During an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Elba said that the February proposal “was the most nerve-wracking thing for me ever.” He added, “But in terms of wanting to make someone feel super special and feel my love, that was pretty romantic for me.”

Elba said that he planned to propose on Valentine’s Day, “but that was going to be problematic,” so he decided to pop the question at a screening of his film. He said, “It was a little spontaneous, if I’m honest. I was at a cast and crew screening and among people I loved. We had all worked so hard for this project so I was like I’m doing it right now, here, today.”

The actor also revealed that he was shocked that the proposal made news in Britain and the U.S., saying, “Yeah, I didn’t expect it to quite make British news and American news and Japanese news, for that matter. It was quite a public affair. But it really wasn’t meant to be on the news.”

On why he proposed to Dowhre, Idris said that they “have good chemistry. She makes me laugh and we share common goals. She makes me happy. She makes me celebrate my successes and when I’m not too sure about stuff, she makes me think.”