Ryan Phillippe 'madly in love'

Ryan Phillippe is madly in love with his fiancee, Paulina Slagter, and feels like she is changing him for the better.

Ryan Phillippe 'madly in love'

Ryan Phillippe is madly in love with his fiancee.

The 41-year-old actor proposed to law student Paulina Slagter over the holidays and friends say the couple are completely loved up.

A source told PEOPLE: "Ryan is madly in love and wants to spend the rest of his life with Paulina. And the feeling is mutual. They are a wonderful couple."

Ryan is said to be extremely proud of his fiancee's intelligence and has told friends that she is changing him for the better.

The insider added: "Ryan and Paulina are very much in love. She is changing him. He is a better man.

"Ryan feels Paulina is very intelligent and has opened his mind to equality and civil rights, areas he has never really focused on that intently.

"Being a student at Stanford law is impressive to him, and he is very proud of her. He feels that she has the ability to change the world and make it a better place."

Meanwhile, the 'Catch Hell' star - who was previously married to Reese Witherspoon for eight years - recently gushed about his wife-to-be.

He shared: "She's awesome. When people see her they have these judgments because she could be a model but she's about to graduate Stanford Law.

"Also what's great about it - as you get older certain issues become more important to you. I'm very involved in civil rights issues, and so to be with a woman who could actually make an impact in the legal realm - that's a beautiful thing."

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