Now that news of their relationship has gone public, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester are no longer trying to keep their mutual affection on the DL. As first reported in the new issue of Us Weekly, The O.C. vet, 33, and the Gossip Girl alum, 26, began dating several weeks ago.
Brody was photographed leaving Meester's home in L.A. on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The two met on the set of the 2012 dramedy The Oranges. "They were always close and friendly," an insider says, noting that the pair would hang out on occasion during shooting for the film.
"They're a really cute couple," another source says. "They've been circling around in similar circles for years."
In a July interview with Lucky magazine, Meester -- whose exes include actors Sebastian Stan and Aaron Himelstein -- talked candidly about her desire to find The One. "I love love. It's the most intriguing universally understood emotion, and it comes in so many forms: family love, love of friends," the actress said. "I fall in love with everybody all the time."
Brody dated O.C. his costar Rachel Bilson until 2006. The Lovelace actor most recently dated screenwriter Lorene Scafaria in 2011.