Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images For Montblanc Photo: Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols in Santa Monica on June 18, 2011

UPDATE (9/29/13): Hmm … Are they dating or are they "just friends"? On September 27, at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party in L.A., Chloe told Us Weekly of Austin, "Ah no, we're good friends. We met in L.A. just hanging out." However, she added that he's "a very nice guy" and "a cutie."

Original story (9/20/13):

More hot TV stars are hooking up!

Austin Nichols — now on Ray Donovan and previously on One Tree Hill with his ex-girlfriend Sophia Bush — is reportedly dating Chloe Bennet — who is now on the new show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and was previously on Nashville with her ex-boyfriend Sam Palladio. Whew!

Credit: Twitter Photo: Nashville's Sam Palladio and Chloe Bennet

According to E! News, which first announced the new couple, Austin and Chloe were seen making out at a Hollywood bar a few weeks ago, and he's been on group outings with her S.H.I.E.L.D co-stars.

Austin, 33, and Sophia had dated on and off from 2006-2012. He was reportedly engaged to girlfriend Claire Oswalt before that. Chloe, 21, briefly dated her Nashville co-star, Sam, who told E! News on September 18, "I am not dating anyone at the moment. I am single."

So there's the silver lining — Austin may be off the market, but Sam is back on!

What do you think about Austin and Chloe as a rumored new couple? Do you miss him with Sophia, or her with Sam? Any thoughts on the 12-year age gap, or is that not an issue to you?

Source: E! News