<p><span></span>In classic <em>Mad Men</em> fashion, the characters played by <strong>Alexis Bledel</strong> and <strong>Vincent Kartheiser</strong> jumped into bed with each other just minutes after meeting. </p>
But Life & Style has learned that the stars' real-life love affair was a lot longer in the making! We can reveal how Vincent wooed Alexis.
"Vinny basically fell in love with Alexis while she filmed a three-episode cameo on Mad Men," a source tells Life & Style about the pair, who were recently spotted smooching on a transatlantic flight.
"He was definitely smitten with her from the beginning," says the source. "But he asked his friends for advice, and they told him to play it cool because he'd just got out of a long relationship. So he and Alexis spent some time together at viewing parties for the premiere and events in New York and really hit it off, and by June he was telling friends they were dating."
And Vincent isn't the first co-star Alexis has romanced. She once famously dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia. But most recently, she ended things with British model John Paul.
On Mad Men, the actress played a troubled housewife in an unhappy marriage who has an affair with Vincent's character, Peter Campbell.
"I was really nervous," Alexis said in an AMC Q&A about her sex scenes with Vincent. "[Vincent] noticed, and made it much better for me by just sort of making sure I felt comfortable. He kind of helped me take the edge off a little bit just by being nice."
Vincent's on-set attentiveness paid off. "They're both awkward and sweet," a source says. "They're both great people; he's nothing like his character on the show."
Alexis couldn't agree more! "He's light and funny and has lots of energy on set," she's said. "He keeps everybody energized as well. Very, very different than Pete."
Let's hope Vincent and Alexis' relationship lasts much longer than their on-screen fling!
Photo credit: Startraks; AMC (2)
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