Sean Penn Treated Minka Kelly to Pricey Birthday Dinner for First Date: They “Got Along Great”

Sean Penn and Minka Kelly
Days after Us Weekly broke the news of Sean Penn's split from Charlize Theron, the actor took Minka Kelly on a first date in Napa, Calif.  Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Walter McBride/WireImage.com

Movin' on. Less than two weeks after Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of Sean Penn and Charlize Theron's split, the Gangster Squad actor, 54, has found another potential leading lady: Minka Kelly.

A source confirms to Us that Penn treated Kelly and a couple of friends to a "very pricey meal" at Thomas Keller's elite eatery The French Laundry in Napa, Calif., for the Almost Human actress' 35th birthday. (TMZ was first to report the outing, with photos of the pair at the restaurant.)

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Sean Penn and Minka Kelly TMZ.com

The insider says that Penn — whose famous exes include Theron, Scarlett Johansson, and ex-wives Madonna and Robin Wright — flew up to Napa with a pal on the night of June 23, and met Kelly and her girlfriend for dinner. The two apparently met at a benefit the actor threw for his Haiti relief organization J/P HRO.

"That was their first date, but it was a group setting," the insider tells Us of the birthday feast at French Laundry. "It was more of a 'let's see how this goes.'"

It went well, according to the source. "Minka and Sean got along great and had a great time, but it's unclear where it's going," the insider says.

The date came just days after Us reported that Penn and Theron, 39, had called off their engagement after nearly a year and a half together. "Charlize wasn't responding to his calls and texts," a second source previously told Us. "She just cut it off."

Kelly, for her part, has been linked in the past with Captain America star Chris Evans, whom she first dated (and broke up with) in 2007, and then dated again in 2013. She also had a long-term relationship with former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.

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