“When Reese met Rippon” should be the name of a new rom-com coming to theaters to warm our hearts this winter, but instead, it was a magical moment that occurred on The Late Show on Wednesday night.
“This is meant to be,” Witherspoon said. “This is the relationship the world has been waiting for.”
The actress of A Wrinkle in Time and Big Little Lies tweeted about her love for Rippon while watching him skate for Team USA at the Winter Games in South Korea last month. “Reason #1 to Watch #WinterOlympics2018: ADAM RIPPON,” she wrote.
Rippon responded soon after. “WHEN YOURE RIGHT, YOURE RIGHT,” he wrote, adding, “Quick movie idea for you: You (played by you) tweet me in the middle of the night at the Olympics and I (played by me) die immediately. Thoughts?”
And now it’s happened. Now they’ve met.
“Can I share something with you guys?” Rippon asked, taking off his bronze medal and handing it to Witherspoon. “I really needed this today, meeting Reese,” he explained, “because before I got out here, my life was like in shambles because I was getting dressed and I wanted to look my best for you and I lost a button. And I’m embarrassed but I’m not. Do you know what I mean?”
The two shared their favorite things about each other and played “Acting on Ice,” which is when they pull a Legally Blonde bend-and-snap move to the camera and show the audience what their poker face would be for falling on the ice. Colbert wasn’t so great at it.
“Some nights are like a magical moment of destiny,” Witherspoon tweeted later of the night. “Meeting Olympic medalist and all-around-best-in-class-super-star @Adaripp Made my night.”
Watch Colbert’s celebrity matchmaking in the video above.