Just don't ask about the ring.
It seems Cain hasn't yet splurged for the traditional diamond set in a gold band. Nope. Instead, he's given his beloved a green twist-tie, yanked off a bag of bread. "I'm a very formal, traditional guy," Cain tells USA Today. "I know exactly what I'm going to get her, but I didn't want to wait for the ring. I took my next available option." Good thing they weren't eating donuts.
In the meantime, his button-cute, 21-year-old bride-to-be insists she'll always keep the stand-in tie as "an unbreakable bond." "I'll show it to my kids [and say] your dad was such a dork, he gave me a bread tie!" jokes McCready, a rising Nashville star who scored a platinum smash with her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels.
Clearly no dork, the handsome, Hollywood-reared Cain, 31, has been one of Tinseltown's most eligible bachelors. His love life was a target for the tabloids even before his success in the ABC TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He dated Brooke Shields while both were at Princeton and, more recently, squired volleyball glamour girl Gabrielle Reece. But his mother Sharon knew instantly that she'd found him the perfect mate the moment she met McCready.
That was at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April, which Sharon attended because Cain's director dad, Chris (Gone Fishin), had forged links with country when he made the 1992 movie Pure Country.
"She told me 'I think you're the perfect woman for my son'...I didn't know who her son was! I'd seen the show, but I didn't know Superman was Dean Cain," McCready admits.
Following mom's advice, Cain called McCready and they talked on the phone many times before meeting a month later. Cain drove down from the Toronto location of his movie Dogboys to Rochester, New York, where she was performing. And KABOOM! Supermom was right--the couple plan to wed next year.