“They were laughing and walking closely together.” But just months later in February 2014, Rhys laughed off rumors about a brewing romance with his leading lady, telling PEOPLE he’d even had to deflect inquires from his mother. I just read this about you,’ ” he told PEOPLE about his mom’s habit of keeping up on reports about him. It’s not that you’re trying to do the scene, it’s that you’re trying not to laugh during these intense scenes.
“I tell her, ‘You have to take off your Google alerts.'” Rhys said he found his mother’s reaction to rumors that he and Russell were dating particularly amusing: “That is the best one I love. There’s a lot of practical jokes.” But the actor denied that his steamy scenes with Russell were a sign of any real-life passion.
I’ve told her a million times that there are a million inaccuracies that she’s read, [but she still] calls and goes, ‘Is this true? “We’ve all done a million of them in this crazy life we sign up for,” he told PEOPLE about shooting racy sex scenes. ’ The clinical element of it kicks in, which sort of takes away from that embarrassment.” Meanwhile, Russell told that acting opposite Rhys always felt “easy” and “safe.” “What I enjoy is [Rhys] makes it so easy,” she said.
“The first one is always the hardest, and then you realize there’s a very perfunctory element to it where cameramen shout, ‘Hand up more! “You feel you’re in safe hands, and it’s enjoyable to work like that because you’re sort of like, let him do all the hard stuff.” In March 2014, PEOPLE finally confirmed what fans had long suspected: Russell and Rhys were a couple.
Evidence began to pile up in favor of the former when the twosome was spotted walking around Russell’s neighborhood in Brooklyn Heights a few days before Christmas 2013.