Howland native engaged to Paris Hilton

Special to the Tribune Chronicle Chris Zylka appeared in the Columbia Pictures movie “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Zylka, who grew up in Howland with the name Chris Settlemire, is engaged to Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton, who posted a photo of Zylka proposing on Twitter Tuesday.

Howland native Chris Zylka is engaged to heiress Paris Hilton.

Hilton posted a photo on Twitter Tuesday of Zylka proposing with the message, “I said Yas! So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life.”

Zylka, whose name was Chris Settlemire growing up, played quarterback for Howland High School, where he graduated in 2003. He changed his name to Zylka, the surname of his maternal grandparents, when he started to pursue an acting career.

The 32-year-old actor has been a regular on such television series as HBO’s “The Leftovers” and ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You,” and he’s appeared in such films as “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Kaboom” and “Shark Night 3D.”

According to People magazine’s website, Zylka gave Hilton, 36, an engagement ring with a 20-carat center stone that is valued at close to $2 million.

Zylka told People, “Paris is the most beautiful and incredible woman both inside and out. I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be marrying my dream girl. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Hilton’s great-grandfather is the founder of Hilton Hotels, and she is known as a model, actress and socialite. She has starred in several reality series, including “The Simple Life,” “The World According to Paris” and “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF.”