‘I was never bothered about getting married’: Dawn Porter
says getting engaged to Chris O’Dowd has validated their relationship
09:12 GMT, 11 June 2012
She may have tweeted her happiness and excitement on Boxing
Day last year when Chris O’Dowd popped the question, but Dawn Porter has
revealed that she was never fussed about walking down the aisle.
The 33-year-old television presenter, who met O’Dowd back in
2009, has clearly changed her mind but admits it still feels a bit odd.
‘It feels nice to be engaged but it’s all very surreal and I
keep looking at my hand and thinking: “Oh gosh that’s an engagement ring!”’
Porter told the Mail Online.
Changed her mind: Dawn Porter has revealed that before getting engaged to Chris O'Dowd she wasn't 'bothered' about getting married
'I was never bothered about getting married, and actually
when someone asks you it does change everything. It really does validate your
What I thought was really strange was how it validates it
for everybody else, because everyone changes towards you and are says: “Oh so
you guys are actually a thing” and your family start to take more interest.’
The happy couple are planning to say I do this Summer, so
they certainly haven’t wasted any time in setting a date.
‘We’re just going to go for it,’ Porter explained. ‘I think
if we didn’t do it soon, we’d just never do it. So we’re doing it this year and
yeah it will be lovely.’
Happy couple: The pair are planning on tying the knot this Summer
However, the former How To Look Good Naked star says she’s
not the most laid-back person when it comes to organising something as big as a
‘What I was really surprised by was how it just takes over
your life,’ she said. ‘The organisation of a big party was really stressful for
the first few weeks and I thought I can’t do this.’
Instead, a friend of Porter’s who owns her own company
entitled Theatrical Weddings is taking care of the preparations meaning that
Porter can just enjoy the build up.
‘She’s brilliant, so without her I could never have done it,’
she added. ‘I don’t know how you can turn up on the day and be remotely relaxed
if you’ve organised it. I’m not that kind of person.’
A big part of Porter’s and O’Dowd’s special day will be
having their dog Potato there with them.
Dog lover: Porter is currently supporting Cesar's Paws in Places campaign along with her pet Pooch Potato
The five-year-old pet, who the couple rescued in Hollywood
two and a half years ago, will take on the role of ring bearer -which Porter
said was an unspoken agreement as soon as O’Dowd proposed.
Porter is currently working on a dog-friendly campaign along
with Potato, in association with Cesar.
Paws in Places, is encouraging more retailers to allow
access to small dogs as there is a clear consumer need, and Porter has been testing
Last month she began her trail around London and started off
in the Society Club in Soho, where Potato was more than welcome, but why is it
so important to Porter to be able to take her pet shopping with her
‘Because I take him everywhere and it’s really annoying when
you can’t get into a caf with your dog,’ she explained.
‘Where I live in Bermondsey it’s amazing because there’s so
many dogs in the area, that shops and caf s would just lose so much business
if they didn’t let them in.
‘In one of the cafs they’ve got dog treats on the bar, and
actually people know their dogs, if they’ve got a manic one then they just
don’t take it out with them.’
On a mission: The TV presenter and her pet are trying to make the high street more dog-friendly
London has recently been named as the UK's least
dog-friendly city, and when Porter and Potato took a trip down Oxford Street,
various high-street retailers refused Potato entry.
However, some were more friendly with Topshop, Next, and
Costa Coffee letting Porter bring her beloved pet inside with her.
‘I understand it with supermarkets because of the food, but
with corner shops you have to tie your dog up outside and I end up just not
going inside because I’m worried that my dog could get stolen,’ she added.
‘I think if people had more of a pet friendly policy then
they’d probably get more business. Hopefully people will catch on.’
As well as working on Paws in Places, Porter is currently
writing her first book which is loosely based on her own childhood.
‘This is my first piece of fiction and it’s been the most
amazing experience,’ she explained. ‘It’s what I set out to do originally. I’ve
done lots of TV but this is the dream and now I’m doing it. It fits in so
perfectly with my lifestyle with Chris because we can travel, he can do films
all over the world and I can go with him.’
For more information on the campaign visit www.facebook.com/Cesarpawsinplaces
Thumbs up: London was recently revealed as the least dog-friendly city in the UK but Porter is hoping this will soon change