Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys have taken their romance off screen. The Americans costars, who play KGB spies Philip and Elizabeth, were spotted out on a theater date in New York City on March 27.
Rumors the two were together have been spreading for a long time, but this latest evidence seems to confirm the hype.
People magazine reported that the pair “sat together and theatergoers spotted Russell stroking Rhys’ hair and the two whispering before they left together.”
Here’s what you need to know about their blossoming romance.
1. They Did a Sexy Photo Shoot Right After She Got Divorced
don't watch the americans you end up looking through matthew rhys and keri russell's photoshoots pic.twitter.com/sZ9nrxOABN
— Sharon Yang (@realsharonyang) February 18, 2014
The poses they held for the magazine in February definitely hinted that the costars have more than a friendship.
Russell divorced her husband, Shane Deary, and announced the split in December. Is still hasn’t been confirmed whether she left her husband for Rhys.
After the split, her representative told People:
They have been separated since early summer. The separation is amicable and their focus is on their children.
2. Keri Slapped Matthew During His Audition
This photo of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in GQ? Damn. pic.twitter.com/zv9J1mJv4N
— Johanna Fuentes (@jfuentes) January 24, 2014
During the read-through of an argument scene, unbeknownst to Rhys, the director told Russell to hit him.
The tradition has help up to this day. Rhys even told E News about it:
It goes back to the audition, the first audition that I had, the chemistry read that I had with Keri where she was told by Gavin O’Connor, the director, to slap me in the scene, completely unbeknownst to me, and did incredibly hard, and has consequently continued to do so in two seasons now. It’s happened several times. She likes to do it at inopportune moments, or when she thinks I’m least expecting it.
3. Even Matthew’s Mother Thought They Were Dating
In an interview with People, Rhys said he didn’t mind the dating rumors. “That is the best one I love,” he said.
He went on to explain that his mother contacted him to confirm:
She calls up going, ‘What’s going on? I just read this about you,’ I tell her, ‘You have to take off your Google alerts.’
4. Both Got Their Big Break From Starring in a TV Series
Keri Russell's hair in the pilot episode of Felicity >> the world pic.twitter.com/4uareZzaJ9
— Melissa (@MelissaPisan) June 4, 2013
Rhys played gay lawyer Kevin Walker in Brothers and Sisters, while Keri was the iconic Felicity.
5. They Both Live in Brooklyn
In December, People reported that they were shopping in her Brooklyn Heights neighborhood together.
A source told the magazine:
They looked very much like a couple. They were laughing and walking closely together.
Rhys is loving his New York home and told stylecaster that he’s in a “love affair” with the city.
How much of that has to do with the fact that he is neighbors with his new girlfriend?
At the moment there is NOTHING I don’t like about New York. I’m firmly in the middle of my love affair with this city and am continually acting out cliched moments of all the things I’ve seen in films.
He's a Welsh man playing a Russian pretending to be an American. Rhys stars opposite Keri Russell, and their chemistry heats up the screen, sparking dating rumors.Click here to read more