The Americans’ Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are dating

Matthew Rhys - Keri Russell - The Americans

Life imitating art: The Americans Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are discovering their true love connection after paired together by third parties.

The co-stars were spotted during a date night at New York’s The Public Theater last Thursday. While Keri and Matthew were watching The Library, onlookers were apparently watching them — and noted they were extremely affectionate.

“They looked very close, like a couple on a date together,” a source told Daily Mail. “It was very obvious they weren’t just there as two people who work together… They were whispering in each others ear and at one point Keri was stroking and playing with Matthew’s hair.”

People now confirms Keri and Matthew are dating.

Matthew and Keri, who play married Soviet spies embedded in America during the Cold War in The Americans, have dodged relationship rumors ever since Keri confirmed her split from husband Shane Deary in December. Her rep later said they separated in Summer 2013.

Matthew joked to People in February that his own mother isn’t sure of his status with the former Felicity actress.

“She calls up going, ‘What’s going on? I just read this about you,'” Matthew said of his mother’s inquiries. “I tell her, ‘You have to take off your Google alerts.'”

The Americans airs on FX Wednesday nights at 10/9c.

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