When Did Emily VanCamp & Josh Bowman Start Dating? Well, When Did ‘Revenge’ Premiere?

It's no secret that Revenge costars Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman are dating. We sighed when Emily Thorne and Daniel Grayson first had their meet cute, we watched as they got married, we gasped when he shot her. Well, that was all for the show, of course, but you can't deny that they're really good together. Just imagine what the two must be like without the intrigue and drama. VanCamp told Elle Canada in March, "It’s just really funny in the moments when we’re playing these absolutely absurd things. I call him 'wife-beater Daniel' ... But we’re actors. None of that lives in any of us. Thank God!"

I might be blurring the lines between the Hamptons and real life when it comes to these two, probably because I want more Revenge than my Netflix seasons will allow, but then again they make me want more because the show's just that addicting. Plus, VanCamp and Bowman are just so reserved about their dating life, of course I'm going to want to poke my nose in. VanCamp explained, "Josh and I keep it all very separate. I barely talk about him in interviews." Yes! We know! Why all of the secrets? It makes me questions you and your motives, Emily Thorne — er, I mean, VanCamp. As I try to un-blur the lines from fiction with reality, I start to wonder when these two started dating? Was it possibly when VanCamp first stepped onto that boat for her awkwardly staged meet cute with Daniel Grayson aka Bowman?

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The show’s been on since September 2011 and as far as I can tell, the leads have been dating pretty steadily early on its filming. Us Weekly first reported hints about these two with rumors in January 2012. Then Bowman and VanCamp were caught participating in some public smooching by February, confirming everything.

The history of costars dating is sort of bleak. Other than Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer on True Blood, I can’t come up with a TV couple that has made it. Dawson’s Creek's Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson, The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, and even Vampire Diaries’ consummate couple Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder all split eventually. Maybe that’s why I want to know more about the tight-lipped VanCamp and Bowman. They've been dating for two years, making out with their fictional and real life counterparts, double-crossing each other on set, then probably grocery shopping like any normal couple after work.

They're not like other celebrities who deny the obvious and call themselves "good friends" even if we catch them handholding in public. They just sidestep everything gracefully or at least with a laugh, like when Bowman was on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel poked fun at the actor, asking, "You're dating your co-star Emily VanCamp. That's a terrible idea! Tell us about the first time you made love. Was your dad there?"

And Bowman was quick to reply, "No, but your mom was!"

They might not say much about each other or how they managed to work and date for so long, but maybe actually liking each other, rather than resenting each other like their show counterparts is a factor. “It’s more about accepting each other as separate people," VanCamp told Women's Health magazine last year. "Laugh a lot and be really delicate with the other person’s heart, because sometimes you start to take each other for granted. Always remember that neither of you needs to be there. It’s a choice every day to stay together.” Yes, even if your wife is blackmailing you to stay in the marriage, Daniel Grayson.

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