C-listers in love: Castle’s Nathan Fillion and actress Kate Luyben

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Last time I did a story on a couple who weren’t Brad and Angie or LeAnn and Eddie, the responses ranged from “It’s a nice change” to “Who are they and why do we care?”

This week’s non-A-list lovebirds are Nathan Fillion and his girlfriend, Kate Luyben. I’m sure the replies will range from “Who?” to “Castle!” to a few really loud squeals of “FIREFLY!”

I personally never saw Firefly or Serenity, but I like Nathan on Castle. I just keep forgetting to watch it because it’s on opposite Hawaii Five-0. Shirtless Alex O’Loughlin FTW.

Nathan’s girl is an actress who starred as Natalie on True Blood and as Woman Buying Videotapes in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, according to IMDB. And she’s apparently very understanding of his boyish tendencies.

Has Castle‘s Nathan Fillion found his queen? Although they’ve only been dating for several months, the 39-year-old star of the ABC cop drama and actress Kate Luyben looked head over heels for each other while attending the American Music Awards on Nov. 21.

“He’s always happy to show Kate off,” an insider says of never-married Nathan, who has dated Vanessa Marcil and Darla Delgado. “She might be a keeper.”

One reason their relationship works: Kate, 38, gives him plenty of space for pastimes like playing video games and hanging in his ‘man cave’ with pals. “He’s cute and charming but very boyish,” says the insider. “Kate lets Nathan be himself.”

[Star, print edition, December 13, 2010]

Hanging out in a ‘man cave’ with other guys usually leads to gay rumors, but this doesn’t seem to be the case with Nathan. I’m sure the Firefly fans will correct me if I’m wrong about that.

Before the American Music Awards, Kate also attended the Castle season 3 premiere party in LA on September 13, but the two have apparently been together for longer than that.

Castle airs on Mondays at 10 PM on ABC, opposite Hawaii Five-0.

Nathan and Kate are shown 12/11 and 11/21. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. Laura says:

    “Natalie on True Blood”

    Huge True Blood fan, I have no idea who she is?

    I wouldn’t have expected Fillion to go after a chick that looks like that, but I don’t really know much about him outside his tv roles. And her shoes are hideous.

  2. Dorothy#1 says:

    He is NOT a C-lister!! He is awesome!!! Also i loved him on Buffy!

  3. Brittney says:

    He’s absolutely the sweetest, friendliest celebrity I’ve ever met. I’m beginning to think that guest spots on True Blood spell romantic success.

  4. monsley says:

    Awful legs/shoes/hairdo. Apart from that, she looks sweet enough, and Captain Tightpants isn’t all he used to be either. Still oozing charm, though.

    But mostly I just wanted to loudly squeal FIREFLY!

  5. Rita says:

    “It’s a nice change” but “Who are they and why do we care?” lol

  6. searching4grace says:

    i think they’re cute but i’ve no idea who either of them are! @Dorothy#1 i don’t ever remember seeing him on BUFFY. was it the original movie or series?

  7. Sunnyjyl says:

    I’m a fan of everything Nathan Fillion. I would love to read more about him here.

  8. Venice says:

    I remember him from One Life to Live. He is good in Castle. They make a cute couple.

  9. jc says:

    To searching4grace:

    He was on the Buffy series. The last season, he was the evil preacher who the first evil (disguised as buffy) was talking to at the winery. He poked out Xander’s eye til Buffy defeated him with her special slayer weapon.

  10. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “Awful legs/shoes/hairdo. Apart from that, she looks sweet enough”

    laughing because that is the EXACT reaction I had. girlfriend needs some meat on those legs, they are scary looking. and if your legs are scary skinny, shoes like that look ridiculous. they’d look OK without the silly platform.

    and yes, she needs a new hair-do. she’s cute but the hair is terrible.

  11. Vi says:

    loved him on 2 guys and a girl and i love him on castle too!

  12. devon says:

    I LOVE Nathan. Ever since 2 Guys and a Girl with Ryan Reynolds. He’s hilarious. That chick looks way too high-maintainence for him.

  13. Brianna says:

    FIREFLY!!!!!!!!! Please include him in HGF more often:-) He’s delish.

  14. suki says:

    i love Nathan Fillion! I never saw buffy or firefly, but just watch him on Dr Horrible’s Sing a long Blog, and you will love him forever too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apEZpYnN_1g

    Happy to see a nice story about him.

  15. JulieM says:

    Wow, I agree with other commenter about her odd legs and bad hair, but she does look rather pleasant, personality wise. I just wonder how long her understanding of his man cave ways will hold up.

    I’m a big time fan of Nathan Fillion; loved him in Serenity/Firefly. But he has been looking a little pudgy lately. I’m only up thru season 2 of Castle on DVD (like Sammie323, I watch AlexO in H5-0) Has he lost any weight in season 3?

    The girl may be a C-lister, but Nathan is a solid B+ lister!

  16. Kaye says:

    ““Natalie on True Blood”

    Huge True Blood fan, I have no idea who she is?”

    I was going to say the same thing. I’ve watched every episode of True Blood and I have no memory of Natalie. Does anybody else know who she was?

    You can stream episodes of Firefly and the movie Serenity on Netflix. I highly recommend them.

  17. gee says:

    I LOVE the Firefly/Serenety love here. Love him!!!

  18. Jen says:

    I love Castle!

    After looking at her legs, I sincerely hope she eats a burger.

  19. mln76 says:

    Nathan Fillion is great. I loved him in Buffy, Firefly and The Waitress.
    He is a cutey pie and I would definitely call him a B list actor.

  20. ElizabethM says:

    I love everything about Nathan and am so happy he’s in a good relationship.

    However, girlfriend needs a stylist and someone to help her learn to stand/pose STAT. Currently she looks like a budget version of Heidi Montag.

  21. jaye E says:

    I swear, women are so horribly critical of each other. Especially when the other woman is romantically attached to an attractive man.

    I think this woman is very pretty. Her legs are thin…so what?

  22. Rachel says:

    That screeching wail you hear is the sound of my heart breaking.

    P.S. Sammie, I’m offended that you called him a C-lister. Me may not be mainstream, but he’s at least a B lister (though A+ in my heart). She, on the other hand … is there an F-list? I agree with everyone else. I love True Blood and have seen every episode, and I don’t know who the hell she is.

  23. sammie323 says:

    LOL, I’m glad I didn’t put Nathan down as a D-lister!

    What are the guidelines for A through D list stars anyway?

    I figured A-list is cover of People magazine worthy, B-list is a household name, and C-list is an actor on a successful TV show that isn’t quite a household name. I’d put Alex O’Loughlin on the C-list too.

    Using the movie Troy as an example (It was on TV this weekend):
    A-list: Brad Pitt
    B-list: Orlando Bloom
    C-list: Rose Byrne
    D-list: Garrett Hedlund

    Agree or disagree?

  24. Feebee says:

    Didn’t know him before Castle but totally charmed by him. She may look high maintenance but any chick who lets him hangs with his pal and play video games can’t be that high maintenance. They look sweet together.

    As for gay rumours with guys who hang out with their pals in man caves…. never heard the term ‘man cave’ and ‘gay’ in same sentence EVER. Seriously, I don’t think a gay man would ever use the term man cave?…. there’s got to be at least 10 far more fabulous names for that space.

  25. eja102 says:

    I knew, but I hoped he was gay.. somewhere.

    I love this man.

  26. Anna says:

    Agree with sammie323 totally! Just because I know who Nathan Fillion is doesn’t mean that 98% of the people I know know him haha, that’s what I usually assume when I rant about different actors/directors for a good few minute until I realise nobody knows who I’m talking about.

  27. coexxi says:

    FIREFLY! *squeal*

    But first time I started to think he is cute was actually in “Two Guys and a Girl” (oh Johnny!)

    Buffy, Kaleb the evil priest…

    Castle!

    *more squealing*

  28. lucy2 says:

    “Hawaii Five-0. Shirtless Alex O’Loughlin FTW.” Let me add a big HELL YEAH to that, and put in my request for HGF now.

    But I love Nathan, he’s very charming and good in all his roles. I’m catching up on Castle on DVD solely for him.
    I too have NO idea who she is, and I’ve seen every episode of True Blood a bunch of times. ???

  29. moxy says:

    can we have some nathan and alex olaughlin on hot guy fridays??? PLEASE!!!! PLEASE!!!

  30. moxy says:

    ps i think natalie was the strangled vamp tramp who worked at merlots that everyone thought jason killed. the one sooki found? or the other dead one…

  31. Delta Juliet says:

    When I hear “man-cave” my mind leans more towards immature man-child than gay. And I loved him on OLTL too!

  32. WOM says:

    YAY! Couple news that is not about reality tv stars!

    @sammie323: I agree with that ranking breakdown.

    As for Nathan’s love life, I have 3 comments:
    1. good for him for dating a woman his own age.
    2. when I first looked at the photo I assumed Kate Luyben was the actress who plays Castle’s ex-wife Gina. (Just checked: that actress is Monet Mazur.)
    3. if she tolerates/understands/encourages the man-cave hibernation, than he’s a lucky guy. And Luyben’s a better woman than I.

  33. AlaskaJoey says:

    I’m pleased as well he’s dating a woman his own age, but maybe he was in a mood in these pics, or drugged – he doesn’t look like he’s “with” her, if you know what I mean.

    She is a little scary skinny, and I think it’s aging her teribly. But if he’s happy with her, then I’m happy for him.

    BTW, there have been gay rumors about him, but I REFUSE to believe them.

  34. cprincess says:

    OMG-cover those legs and darken down that fried hair-this is yet another fried fake blond,skinny with fake tits and it is sooooooo not attractive!

  35. Rachel says:

    Ok Sammie. I like your logic. However, Nathan Fillion is still A list in my heart. Even though that will change when I work through my grief and progress to the anger stage where I hate his guts for treating me so badly.

  36. Anne de Vries says:

    Browncoat love!

    She looks like a sweet person, and I like that he dates someone his own age. Have to say the scary skinny legs startled me as well though. Feed her, captain!

  37. JulieM says:

    Sammie323: Concerning ABCD listing. I guess I’ve always added the question when I was considering which list a particular actor/actress was on, can they act? Nathan Fillion may not be a household name, but he is a quality actor with a hit series. His comic timing is spot on. He can do drama too, just watch him tear up in Serenity. Thus, I consider him a B-lister. AlexO is also a quality actor (it remains to be seen if H50 is a hit), even though his quality is not easy to tell from that monotone Steve McGarrett they have him playing on the show. And that dreadful Backup Plan he did with JLo. Not his fault, though.

    Now watch me blow up my theory: Love Keanu Reeves, most assuredly an A-lister. Terrible actor. Go figure!

  38. Alarmjaguar says:

    Squee!! Firefly! NF rocks.

  39. Ashley says:

    FIREFLYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

    Castle!!!

    You really think he’s C-list? I would give him B-list, for sure.

  40. Sparkly says:

    Another huge Nathan fan. Definitely above a C!

  41. Ashley says:

    @sammie323 – I dunno about the People Magazine designation…Kate Gosselin and Heidi Montag have scored their covers before.

  42. Lucky Charm says:

    @sammie323 – If you have Comcast, Hawaii Five-O is on On-Demand in the tv series folder the next day. So you can watch them both, lol. Oh, and Nathan is cute, but ITA about a shirtless Alex!

  43. Liana says:

    There used to be rumors galore about Nathan being gay. They weren’t true, of course. He is such a sweetheart of a guy, but yeah, big giant kid at heart.

  44. spooge says:

    you never saw firefly or serenety??
    what the hell is wrong with you?

  45. irishserra says:

    Wash is my co-pilot!!

    I cannot believe I just typed that.

  46. Missy says:

    Wow, I can see 2 very large reasons he is in “love” with her, she will not be staying around once Castle is cancelled. She looks high maintenance or as Dolly sez…it takes alot of money to look this cheap.

  47. angelic says:

    I saw a ‘Natalie’ – when Arlene can’t sleep because of Sam’s brother – yesterday in epi 9 (s3) from True Blood, maybe that’s her ?

  48. ichsi says:

    FIREFLY!!! *hahaha*

    @angelic Yep, she’s the one Tommy is boinking in “Everything is broken”. Just a tiny role, but she’s topless and from what I saw I wouldn’t say they’re fake…

    I think she looks quite cute, however, she would be even cuter if she tried a little less hard and hold back on the make-up and the hair-dye. Makes her look cheaper than I assume she is. And yeah her legs are scrawny but I probably only noticed that because of the weird jealousy sting I felt when I first saw her on his arm. Damn you Nathan Fillion for making me feel like a 12-year old finiding out that Justin Bieber has a girlfriend! *hehe*

    PS: How can you call a leading man of prime-time series c-list? Did I miss something?

  49. lemniskate says:

    Saying she “starred” in True Blood is hilarious. You know the scene where Sam comes over to find his younger brother out of control and partying with a half-naked chick? That topless girl, that’s Kate Luyben. If you search for her name on Getty images you can see they’ve been together a while – or at least she’s been coming with him to events; she went with him to the Oscars this year.

    And I really have to agree; Nathan’s no C lister. B, if for nothing else but Desperate Housewives.

  50. Jeri says:

    Since Castle started I am a real Nathan Fillion fan. I don’t care if he’s C-List or A-F List. His show is good!

  51. pato says:

    oooh I love him!! or loved…she looks awful…
    and I agree with Missy, the two reasons LOL

  52. gemgeek says:

    Wow Nathan! A Horse Face knobby chick??? You can and have done SOOO much better in the past dude! eww

  53. Mona says:

    And he took her to Bora Bora for the holidays and unless he loses his nerve will be proposing…yeah get over it jealous ladies. She has something he likes, even if it is her ankles behind her ears and her hefty funbags =)

  54. Lee says:

    Don’t be hating on her. They have been living together since he bought his house earlier this spring. I would say look for more concrete details around Valentine’s Day.

  55. Sue says:

    I didn’t see any more concrete details around Valentines Day. Nathan and Kate are not engaged. Nathan Enjoys dating and as of yet not ready to settle down. He’s very independent. Also Kate has been seen around town with some other guys and it seems her and Nathan are no longer dating.

  56. Castle FREAK says:

    Nathan, I’m sorry to say I have only seen you in castle. But I LOVE that show! He should have gotten B+ listed!

  57. zelya says:

    nathan u look good only with stana, pls do something, ask her out…..

  58. Shaneen says:

    I am a big Nathan Fillion fan! Loved him in Firefly, Serenity, and now Castle. Also, anyone wanting to get a good chuckle, check out Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. It stars Nathan and Neil Patrick Harris. Amazing!!