January Jones and Nick Viall dating!
(Global Press Club)
January Jones has a new man in her life…and if you’re a member of #BachelorNation, he’ll look all-too-familiar. According to Page Six, the Mad Men mom is dating Nick Viall, who starred in The Bachelorette (as a two-time runner-up), Bachelor in Paradise and finally, The Bachelor.
While Viall never found love on reality television (or on Dancing With the Stars), despite getting engaged on his last go around, he’s now in a relationship with Bachelor superfan Jones.
He’s not the first Bachelor cast-off to start dating a well-known actress. Wells Adams announced his romance with Sarah Hyland of Modern Family late last year, and they’ve been posing on Instagram ever since.
The actress first declared herself a proud member of #BachelorNation on The Late Late Show. Then, Viall got in touch with her through a third party. “You don’t know if you like him, or if he’s a scumbag, and I think that’s why I’m attracted to him,” she told James Corden, echoing the thoughts of Bachelor viewers and Don Draper fans everywhere. The actress revealed that he asked her to compete with him on Lip Sync Battle—perhaps Viall was unclear about how to date without cameras.
The relationship is so serious that Viall joined her and her Mad Men castmates, including Kiernan Shipka, at her 40th birthday celebration at ink.well in Los Angeles on Saturday. The trendy restaurant is helmed by Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio and is known for its avant-garde cuisine.
Since they started dating, Jones has been channeling her inner Betty Draper, and commenting on Viall’s Instagram on a consistent basis with subtle shade, including the eye roll emoji.
Perhaps Jones can help Viall promote his subscription beauty box for men, although he seems to have left that behind in favor of acting. Now that this relationship has been uncovered, maybe Jones will finally reveal her child’s father, Hollywood’s favorite mystery—other than Mindy Kaling’s new baby.
January Jones, the 40-year-old former Mad Men actress with an active Instagram account, is great for gossip. Remember her 2010 “walk of shame” paparazzi photos? Remember when she had a baby the next year and never revealed the identity of the father? (Click here for theories.) Unlike ice-cold Betty Draper, Jones lives life on her own terms, never apologizing or explaining anything. And now she’s apparently dating a reality star.
“Page Six” exclusively reported last night that Jones is seeing Nick Viall
“Page Six” exclusively reported last night that Jones is seeing Nick Viall, a 37-year-old former software salesman who has appeared on The Bachelor and its related spin-offs four separate times. (He’s also done Dancing With the Stars.) According to “Page Six,” Viall reached out to Jones in November to see if she wanted to appear with him on yet another competition reality show, Lip Sync Battle. Jones declined, made fun of the offer on The Late Show With James Corden, and then reportedly started dating Viall anyway.
A source told “Page Six” that after Jones’s Late Show appearance, Viall “asked her out to a drink and she accepted. They’ve been seeing each other since.” Viall was reportedly present at Jones’s 40th birthday party at Inkwell in Los Angeles this past weekend. (Her ex-boyfriend Will Forte, whom she dated for five months in 2015, was there, too.)
If the “Page Six” source is correct, this makes Jones the second mainstream television actress to hook up with a Bachelor star in recent months. Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland is currently dating former Bachelorette contestant Wells Adams. (Adams and Viall both appeared on Bachelor in Paradise Season 3.)
Page Six has dropped a bombshell report
Page Six has dropped a bombshell report that the Last Man on Earth actress and the man who made a reality television career out of being The Bachelorette runner-up are an item. The outlet says the two even celebrated Jones’ 40th birthday together Saturday. Sounds serious!
If you’re stunned, perhaps you should tune in to The Late Late Show with James Corden more often. Jones has talked about Season 21’s Bachelor a couple of times on CBS’ late night program. Last March, she confessed, “Nick’s pretty cute,” and in November, she elaborated on her feelings. “You don’t know if you like him or if he’s a scumbag,” she told Corden, “and I think that’s why I’m attracted to him, maybe.”
At the time, Jones also revealed that she’d declined Viall’s offer to go head-to-head on Lip Sync Battle.
While reps for Jones and Viall have been mum with regard to USA TODAY’s request for comment, the captivated Twitterverse had plenty to say.