Tom Hiddleston Makes Rare Comment About Engagement to Fiancée Zawe Ashton: 'I'm Very Happy'

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Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton
Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton

Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton

Tom Hiddleston is a man in love.

While the Essex Serpent actor, 41, is usually hush-hush about his fiancée Zawe Ashton, he gave a rare comment about their relationship in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, published Tuesday.

"I'm very happy," Hiddleston said.

PEOPLE confirmed tin March that Hiddleston and Ashton, 37, were set to marry.

The engagement came three years after the two played husband and wife in the play Betrayal on Broadway, though they first met when the show was revving up in London before making the leap to New York City.

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Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton
Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton

Jeff Spicer/Getty Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton

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A source close to the production told PEOPLE in March that the mostly private couple always had "lovely" chemistry together.

"They were very private publicly, but behind the scenes you could just see a lovely chemistry," the insider recalled. "There were twinkles in both of their eyes, and the entire company, including Charlie Cox, were all very close."

"And being Brits abroad, they would hang out frequently. Zawe and Tom showed great affection for each other, and you could also see that coming off slightly in their onstage performance," said the source.

The insider added, "Tom has always been a very, very private person. Behind the scenes, they would just privately be affectionate and hugging and sitting next to each other and holding hands."

Charlie Cox, Zawe Ashton and Tom Hiddleston
Charlie Cox, Zawe Ashton and Tom Hiddleston

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In Betrayal, Hiddleston starred as Robert, a man whose wife Emma (played by Ashton) is having an affair with his best friend, Jerry (Cox, 39). The story follows the infidelity in reverse, from its aftermath to its beginnings. It opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Sept. 5, 2019, and continued performances until Dec. 8, that year.

The pair confirmed their relationship in September 2021 when they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Tony Awards, where he was nominated.

At the 2022 BAFTA Awards, Ashton sported her engagement ring while holding hands with the Loki actor on the red carpet.