Anika Noni Rose and actor Jason Dirden are officially married! The lovebirds, who met in 2014, secretly tied the knot in October 2022 with a lovely Los Angeles wedding.
The couple met as castmates in the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun and kept their friendship and eventual relationship private and away from the public eye.
“We were friends for a couple of years, actually,” Anika shared with Brides. “We both went off and did our own things and were disconnected for a while and then swung back.”
Jason added, “It was the right moment for both of us to be open and available for the possibility of what we have now.”
Both stars admit they had no plans of dating, let alone marrying someone in the entertainment industry.
“Neither one of us really planned to end up with somebody in the business,” Anika explained. However, their common interests play a major role in their union. “We have fun. We laugh a lot, which is really, really important. And we don't talk so much about the business,” she shared.
Jason added, “When we first worked together, that's what drew us in together as friends. This woman is so silly. She has a four-year-old child living inside of her that will never go away. She loves to prank people, and she has that kind of spontaneous silliness to her that allowed us both to release any type of armor, or any type of defense mechanism, and allowed us to really just be who we are with each other."
He continued, "We created this friendship walking 60 blocks from rehearsal to the gym, just talking about life, or about anything really. It had nothing to do with the play that we were working on. There’s always been that kind of comfort and ease between us.”
The American Soul actor proposed to The Princess and the Frog actress in December 2021. The lovebirds married on October 16, 2022.
The ceremony, which was photographed by Adonye Jaja Photography, was officiated by Euphoria star Colman Domingo on the lawn at the Paramour Estate.
For the lovely outdoor nuptials, the bride glowed in a custom gown by Alonuko Bridal that was designed to represent “a rose coming into full bloom.” The groom looked dapper in a single-breasted salmon wool suit by Well Groomed Man.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Dirden! To read more about their wedding experience, visit Brides.com.
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