Nick Viall and Rachel Bilson spark romance rumors: Inside their connection (Exclusive)

Could Nick Viall and Rachel Bilson be the next Bachelor celebrity couple

The pair have recently sparked romance rumors after fans started noticing their flirty comments to each other on social media, months after Bilson appeared on an episode of Viall's podcast, The Viall Files, in July. 

Whether the pair's connection turns into a relationship remains to be seen, but a source close to the situation tells ET that Bilson and Viall have stayed friendly and "kept in touch" since she appeared on the podcast.

Viall confessed on the episode to having a crush on Bilson, and ET's source says that hasn't changed. According to the source, the former Bachelor finds Bilson "smart, fun and attractive." 

During an interview with ET last month, Bilson said that dating was not a priority for her as she raises her 4-year-old daughter, Briar Rose, with ex Hayden Christensen. However, she always makes time for The Bachelor. 

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Rachel BIlson promotes her Celebreaks partnership with La Marca Prosecco (Credit: La Marca)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 01: Rachel Bilson attends a limited edition capsule presentation by Rodarte featuring artwork by Mari Eastman and hosted by Made and Mastercard at Milk Studios on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: Rachel Bilson arrives at the InStyle Max Mara Women In Film Celebration at Chateau Marmont on June 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Rachel Bilson attends the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala Presented by Paul Mitchell at 3LABS on November 10, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Jenna Dewan (L) and Rachel Bilson pose at the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala Presented by Paul Mitchell at 3LABS on November 10, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Rachel Bilson attends Michael Kors Dinner to celebrate Kate Hudson and The World Food Programme on November 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Rachel Bilson attends Jennifer Meyer Celebrates First Store Opening in Palisades Village At The Draycott With Gwyneth Paltrow And Rick Caruso on October 17, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Jennifer Meyer Jewelry)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rachel Bilson attends POPSUGAR At Kohl's Collection launch event on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Kohl's)
TAKE TWO - "One to the Heart" - Still wrestling with the emotional reverberations of sleeping together, Sam and Eddie take a case involving a serial con man who victimizes wealthy women. In order to recover their client's money and jewelry without scaring off their suspect, the pair hatch a plan to con the con man using Sam as bait. But their plan goes awry when they discover they're not the only ones after the con man and they may be stepping into a trap themselves. As events unfold, Sam's future and Eddie's past collide to test their professional and personal relationship that could change everything, on "Take Two," THURSDAY, SEPT. 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Jack Rowand via Getty Images) EMILY ROSE, RACHEL BILSON
TAKE TWO - "It Takes A Thief" - Sam's friend implores Sam and Eddie to track down and recover a $50 million painting that was stolen from his auction house. If he can't get it back before the upcoming auction, his personal and professional reputation will be ruined. With the clock ticking, Sam and Eddie manage to identify a suspect who they believe was hired to steal the painting by a wealthy, corrupt businessman. With no hard evidence against them and time running out, Sam and Eddie devise a bold plan to get the painting back. Meanwhile, Sam's return to the dating scene tests her relationship with Eddie, leading to a surprising realization for both of them, on "Take Two," THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Jack Rowand via Getty Images) RACHEL BILSON
TAKE TWO - "It Takes A Thief" - Sam's friend implores Sam and Eddie to track down and recover a $50 million painting that was stolen from his auction house. If he can't get it back before the upcoming auction, his personal and professional reputation will be ruined. With the clock ticking, Sam and Eddie manage to identify a suspect who they believe was hired to steal the painting by a wealthy, corrupt businessman. With no hard evidence against them and time running out, Sam and Eddie devise a bold plan to get the painting back. Meanwhile, Sam's return to the dating scene tests her relationship with Eddie, leading to a surprising realization for both of them, on "Take Two," THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Jack Rowand via Getty Images) RACHEL BILSON
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Rachel Bilson (L) and Eddie Cibrian visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 18, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Rachel Bilson visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 18, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Actress Rachel Bilson visit Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 18, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
TAKE TWO - "Stillwater" - Sam and Eddie travel to California's wine country to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a wheelchair-bound woman. Hired by the woman's son, the two quickly discover this is no ordinary missing person's case when the son reveals that he witnessed her otherworldly abduction. Despite Sam's enthusiasm for the bizarre story, both she and Eddie know there must be a more down-to-earth explanation for her disappearance. But when their investigation uncovers things even they can't explain, they can't help but wonder if the truth is out there, on "Take Two," THURSDAY, AUG. 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Jack Rowand/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) RACHEL BILSON
BURBANK, CA - MAY 20: Actress Rachel Bilson attends the Disney/ABC International Upfronts at the Walt Disney Studio Lot on May 20, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 20: Actors Eddie Cibrian (L) and Rachel Bilson arrive at the Disney/ABC International Upfronts at the Walt Disney Studio Lot on May 20, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
TAKE TWO - Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "Take Two" stars Rachel Bilson as Sam. (Craig Sjodin/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
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"I have 'me nights' that are very short because I have to get to sleep and I have to wake up with my daughter, where I take baths or make time to watch any of the Bachelor shows, because that is my 'me time,'" Bilson said, before clarifying her complimentary comments about another Bachelor Nation alum, Tyler Cameron.

The O.C. star had joked with Viall, 38, about finding the 26-year-old Cameron attractive, but insisted to ET at the time that she wasn't interested in a date with the contractor. 

"He was definitely my favorite and my pick, I should say, while watching. I think most people enjoyed watching him," said Bilson, 38. "[But] no. I mean, I could have birthed him, so the answer is there. [Laughs] I'm just kidding! He's very young. But he's definitely easy on the eyes."

Cameron is now dating Gigi Hadid

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: 'Bachelor' alum Nick Viall (R) and Vanessa Grimaldi attend the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: (L-R) Reality Television personalities Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall attend Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's 3rd Annual Blue Diamond Gala at Dodger Stadium on June 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall pose in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 05: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi attend the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala on May 05, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall attend the premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Dolby Theatre on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VANESSA GRIMALDI, NICK VIALL
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi are seen on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: TV personality Vanessa Grimaldi and dancer Nick Viall attend the 'Dancing With The Stars' season 24 premiere celebration at Mixology 101 on March 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood International)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, March 13 included Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi (ABC's 'The Bachelor'), Milo Ventimiglia ('This Is Us') and musical guest mash-up performance OK Go-Go's (this is a mash-up of OK Go and The Go-Go's). (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, VANESSA GRIMALDI
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