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Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri Spark Dating Rumors as They Share Sweet Moment in St. Patrick's Day Selfie

The actors were snapped a cute selfie together on Instagram Sunday

<p>Ayo Edebiri/Instagram</p> Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri/Instagram

Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri

Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri are causing a stir with their latest photo together!

The actors set dating rumors ablaze after they were seen getting close in a new joint selfie posted on Instagram on Sunday to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

In the cute snap, which was shared on Edebiri’s Instagram Story, she and Mescal, both 28, laughed as they sat together on a stairwell. Edebiri had her arms wrapped around Mescal’s shoulder as he took the photo.

“Happy St Paddy’s 🍀,” Edebiri wrote in the caption.

In additional snaps taken on the same stairwell, Mescal and Edebiri posed with director Oliver Hermanus and Slave Play playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Hermanus is directing Mescal in the film The History of Sound, which is currently in production.

<p>Ayo Edebiri/Instagram</p> Mescal and Edebiri have sparked dating rumors after a new photo posted on Instagram Sunday

Ayo Edebiri/Instagram

Mescal and Edebiri have sparked dating rumors after a new photo posted on Instagram Sunday

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The Bear star most likely posted the photo in joking reference to her claimed Irish roots shared with Mescal, which has become a running joke on social media. (She previously raved about her time living in Ireland to prepare for a role in The Banshees of Inisherin, only she wasn’t actually in the Oscar-nominated film, nor did she live in Ireland.)

Some fans though are now convinced Edebiri and Mescal might have possibly “soft launched” a new romance with their latest cozy snap. (Edebiri was last linked to actor and comedian Colin Burgess in 2022.)

Or perhaps the pair are testing their chemistry out working on a new project together?

Mescal previously said in an interview last November that he’d be interested in working with Edebiri on a romance-comedy.

<p>Carlo Paloni/BAFTA via Getty</p> Andrew Scott, Edebiri and Mescal pictured at the EE BAFTA Film Awards in February

Carlo Paloni/BAFTA via Getty

Andrew Scott, Edebiri and Mescal pictured at the EE BAFTA Film Awards in February

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“That’s one of those I leave the cinema and I’m incredibly jealous and brightened by everybody’s talents involved with that film,” he told Awards Watch. “But I think in the next five years I’m going to set myself a challenge to do maybe a rom-com with Ayo, or something like that would be cool.”

On Sunday, romance novelist Emily Henry appeared to support a collaboration between the actors as she reposted the pair's St. Patrick’s Day photo on her Instagram Story.

Fans quickly picked up on the repost and shared their reactions to Edebiri and Mescal possibly starring in a romcom together on social media.

<p>Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty</p> Mescal previously said he'd like to work with Edebiri on a romcom (pictured in march 2023)

Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty

Mescal previously said he'd like to work with Edebiri on a romcom (pictured in march 2023)

“If Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri play a couple in an Emily Henry rom com … I might actually not survive i'm serious,” one fan wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

“Thought about the prospect of an Ayo Edebiri Paul Mescal romcom and started hyperventilating with excitement,” a second user added.

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Edebiri and Mescal have been pictured a few times together in recent months.

In February, the pair were seen catching up at the BAFTA Awards in London. They were also snapped in a group photo with Fred Hechinger, Jeremy O. Harris and Michael Seater in October 2023. Last March, the actors were pictured together at the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards in California.

PEOPLE has reached out to Edebiri and Mescal’s representatives for comment.

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