How did you propose to your wife, Vanessa?
I did okay considering I didn't have a team of experts! We really fell in love on this one ski trip we took together. So, when I wanted to propose to her, I wanted to do it skiing. We went up to the top of Vail Mountain in Vail, Colorado, and I took her up to this remote summit, which was a beautiful place to take photos. We hiked up through the snow to this little plateau—she was actually a little annoyed at me. I sat her down with a beautiful view behind her and I turned my back to her to go set up the camera. I pulled out the ring and turned around and proposed to her with the camera taking a ton of pictures. Then, I had a big champagne lunch waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain. We skied down the mountain—she said she couldn't feel her legs and was terrified she would fall and break her leg!
If you had Ultimate Proposal to help you, would you have done it any differently?
I've been thinking about it—I think what I did was kind of sweet already, but I think I could've stepped it up by hiring a video crew to follow us around the whole day as we skied, and then obviously, film the proposal. I would've had an elaborate lunch planned on top of the mountain just for her. The key on Ultimate Proposal is to to shoot the actual proposal with video so that it's not suspicious. That's one of the key elements: to capture the proposal without them wondering, "Why are there cameras around?"
What do you want viewers to walk away with? Do you want them to be inspired to up their own proposals, or is it more of a message of believing in true love?
Just believing in true love. These proposals—as elaborate as they are—are all about the expression of commitment and love. They're not big just to make them flashy and lose the intimacy. The expression of love is what I want people to get out of it. To be a part of something that gets that message across is great—not necessarily the cooking or dancing reality shows, but the other reality shows aren't sending these messages, and that's why I'm so thrilled to be a part of this. I'm thrilled to have my name be a part of it, it feels really good.
We heard you're joining the cast of All My Children for its online show. What can you tell us about that?
I'm really excited about it. The people who now have the rights to the show, Prospect Park, are flat out geniuses. They're creating this online network of original programming. It's going to be extremely exciting. There are fewer limitations as to how, where and when you watch. I think it's cool that soaps were really pivotal, from what I understand, in the transition from radio to TV. Here we are again as things are going more online, and soaps of original, full-length programming are at the forefront of it. Obviously, we need to get more actors locked in to it, but they already have the sets, studio, wardrobe, and everything going. They're really doing this right, and I'm outrageously impressed with how it's going, for sure. All My Children’s Mark Consuelos On Life With Kelly Ripa