We were so distracted by Lena Dunham naked on a toilet eating cake at the Emmys that we completely missed this photo of Seth MacFarlane and Emilia Clarke looking quite cozy the first time around. But lo and behold, someone snapped it and posted it to Instagram, which only serves to fuel rumors that these two celebrities are dating.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Emmy Party Diaries spotted Seth and Emilia leaving HBO’s after-party right after midnight, and added that they’d been seen sitting at a table holding hands earlier in the evening. A less legitimate source at Life & Style magazine reports, “They were very intimate at a small table in the back of the party. He put his hand on her thigh and rubbed it! They were very close and flirty. When people came up to them, they moved apart like they were trying to hide that they’re an item.” That doesn’t seem to match with their easygoing expressions in the above photo, however.
But what a weird partnership it is, right? He’s the creator of the crass sitcom Family Guy, which has never won Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys despite being on the air since 1999; she’s the star of HBO’s critically acclaimed Game of Thrones. And while Emilia comes off as delightful and having a great sense of humor in interviews, we wouldn’t have thought that she’d be attracted to the man who made a movie about an anthropomorphic, pothead, horndog teddy bear. Like, how did these two even meet?
My guess is that a lot of it had to do with MacFarlane’s new movie Ted: It was such a surprise success that it stayed in theaters for a long time, and doubtless influenced his recent deal with Fox to write a new live-action sitcom. After several years where Family Guy was flagging in both humor and offensiveness, it looks like MacFarlane is back on the upswing. So it would make sense that he’d be rubbing elbows with the movers and shakers again, which is how I think he must have started running in the same circles as Emilia. VH1 found a photo of the two looking buddy-buddy at a True Blood event back in July, which could’ve been the first time they met.
At the same time, Emilia, 26, isn’t the first younger lady that Seth has allegedly dated. The 38-year-old has been linked to Amanda Bynes (26) and Pitch Perfect‘s Alexis Knapp (23). So, there seems to be a pattern in place. Aaaand here’s the happy couple in Los Angeles yesterday, enjoying Mel’s Diner and each other’s company.