Zooey Deschanel on What Jonathan Scott Did on First Date to Prove He’s the One: ‘This Is My Dream’ (Exclusive)

Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott at their L.A. home.

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A primary date doesn’t all the time decide {that a} couple is supposed to be. However Zooey Deschanel knew Jonathan Scott was the one due to one easy second the primary time they obtained collectively.

The Property Brothers host and New Lady alum, who obtained engaged in August, instructed PEOPLE on this week’s cowl story concerning the fateful dinner — adopted by a wine-fueled escape room and karaoke.

“We went on our first date. I had truly by no means performed an escape room, and he saved telling me how a lot he appreciated them,” Deschanel, 43, tells PEOPLE. “It sounded very a lot up my alley and I liked it instantly. I imply, I wasn’t good on the first one to be sincere, however I’ve gotten fairly proficient.”

However what made Deschanel really feel as if their romance was really destined? Scott’s meticulous planning.

Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott photographed at their home in Los Angeles, CA, on September 14, 2023. ROLLOUT

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“The very first date we went on, you had been impressed as a result of I despatched you a schedule,” Scott, 45, recollects.

“I used to be like, ‘Oh my God. He despatched me an itinerary. That is like my dream.’ I am a Capricorn, so…” she provides.

Sadly the order of occasions had an unintended aspect impact.

“Do not have wine earlier than an escape room,” Deschanel jokes. “It is all the time higher to do the escape room first after which go to dinner and have slightly little bit of wine. The wine, it is not nice for the mind.”

“Tipsy escape rooming just isn’t very profitable,” Scott provides. 

The date continued with a karaoke session, which was harking back to their first assembly on the set of Carpool Karaoke alongside their well-known siblings: Zooey’s sister, Bones actress Emily Deschanel, and Jonathan’s twin and HGTV co-star, Drew Scott.

“it was like a recurring theme of this stuff,” Scott says.

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4 years after their meetcute, Scott popped the query in August 2023 throughout a household trip to Scotland, alongside Deschanel’s two kids from her earlier marriage: daughter Elsie, 8, and son Charlie, 6. 

Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel engagement photos in Scotland on August 12, 2023.

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Deschanel instructed PEOPLE that she did not count on Scott to suggest.

“Clueless. I used to be clueless,” she recollects.When it occurred, Scott made it so the couple and two youngsters had been the final guests at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fort. A bagpipe band had been performing, however when the music modified, Deschanel recollects, she thought “I believe one thing’s occurring.”

Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott photographed at their home in Los Angeles, CA, on September 14, 2023.

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A guitarist began enjoying Neil Younger’s “Harvest Moon,” which is “a particular track” for her and Scott.

“I did not wish to resolve what was occurring till I knew,” she explains — earlier than the youngsters pulled out a banner that learn: “Zooey, will you marry me?”

And that is when she stated “sure.”

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