Ayo Edebiri and Paul Mescal in an Emily Henry Rom-Com Together? The Author Teases 'I Can't Confirm or Deny' Rumors

A source told PEOPLE that the actors are "just friends" after sparking romance rumors following a joint Instagram selfie on St. Patrick's Day

<p>Ayo Edebiri/Instagram</p> (L-R) Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri/Instagram

(L-R) Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri and Paul Mescal's future may include starring in a rom-com together.

Romance novelist Emily Henry spoke with Variety and said that the actors—who recently went viral after posing for an Instagram photo together, sparking dating rumors — would be a good fit for a film adaptation of one of her novels.

"I think that they would be amazing. I actually saw them being discussed [online] for several different roles — and I definitely have a favorite," Henry told the outlet.

<p>ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Gett</p> Romance novelist Emily Henry


Romance novelist Emily Henry

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While scripts for film adaptations of Henry's Beach Read, People We Meet on Vacation and Book Lovers, are currently being worked on, the author said she "can’t confirm or deny anything about the casting for any of the movies.

"I will say that those are two of my favorite ' Irish' actors," Henry added.

The novelist was among the many fans who celebrated the actor's joint St. Patrick’s Day selfie by sharing it on her Instagram story. A source later told PEOPLE that the two are "just friends."

<p>Ayo Edebiri/Instagram</p> Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri shared a St. Patrick's Day selfie

Ayo Edebiri/Instagram

Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri shared a St. Patrick's Day selfie

Henry told Variety she would love to have Edebiri and Mescal, both 28, included in the films in any capacity.

"Different adaptations would either have one of them playing to type, or one of those adaptations would have them both playing to type, and one of them would have them both playing against type. It’s an interesting thing. I mean, they’re great, they could do anything," said Henry.

One thing Henry guarantees is that each upcoming film adaptation will be directed by someone who has her fans' best interests at heart.

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<p>Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty</p> (L-R) Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri at the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty

(L-R) Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri at the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards

"They also know that I’m always watching my readers and I want them to be happy. So in my involvement in every single adaptation, my main goal is to represent the readers’ interests," Henry said.

Edebiri is currently working on season 3 of The Bear, which is expected to premiere sometime in June.

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The actress's portrayal of Sydney Adamu has won her many awards, including outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series at the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

For his latest project, Mescal leads the long-awaited Gladiator sequel, which is set to be released this November. Mescal stars as Lucius, the son of 2000's original Gladiator's Lucilla (Connie Nielson) and villain Commodus' (Joaquin Phoenix) nephew, who grows to idolize Maximus (Russell Crowe) as he fights in Rome's gladiator rings throughout the film.

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