What's Up, Doc?
By Johanna Schneller
Walsh and Alex Young at the Knocked Up premiere.
Photo Credit: Mark Abrahams
"Doing everything at once like this, you spread the anxiety around," she says. "Normally, yeah, I would be crazily obsessed about any one of these events, but I don't have the time. I'm good at delegating, though. I don't think you need to spend a year planning a wedding. I went, 'Let's do this now.'"
Walsh describes Young as "superintelligent, supersmart. He's very handsome." Here she actually giggles. "He's got a great heart, he's a true gentleman. And curious. He's interested in life, politics, the world, the planet. Curiosity is a big one for me. It's so easy to be cynical, but it's not how he lives. I've always known I needed someone who lived from his heart. Not a Pollyanna, but someone who, knowing what we know about the world, still chooses to live in faith and curiosity and interest and love. And I'm a person who apologizes, but I've never had to shrink myself around him. I feel completely seen by him, and understood."
They met this past February at an executive meet-and-greet that she'd canceled once. It was set to last for 20 minutes. Two hours later, they were still talking. They moved in together in March and got engaged in May. Young popped the question while they were in San Francisco for a friend's wedding, and gave her a vintage ring with an elegantly honking jubilee-cut diamond. "I wasn't obsessed with marriage," Walsh says. "I'd let that go. I thought, I'm happy, I have a good life, a lot to be grateful for. But then I met him, and I knew unequivocally. Is that strange? I used to want to hit people who said, 'You know when you know.' It made me want to throw up." She laughs. "But I'm the annoying one now."