With the end of Lili Reinhart’s hit show Riverdale and her relationship with co-star Cole Sprouse, fans have been curious who would be the next love interest in the actress’s life. She was briefly linked to Spencer Neville when they were seen holding hands at Coachella in 2022. A source at the time said they were “casually seeing each other” and met “through the industry and were introduced together by a few friends.”
Things fizzled out, and about a year later, Reinhart was connected to actor Jack Martin in the spring of 2023. They recently went red carpet official. Here’s everything to know about Martin, his relationship with Reinhart, and his surprising connection to her ex Sprouse.
Who is Jack Martin?
Martin grew up in McLean, Virginia, and graduated from Georgetown University in 2019. However, he’s always been interested in performing and took screen acting classes at NYU Tisch’s Stonestreet Studios Film & TV Conservatory during his time there.
On his website, he wrote that his “first connection to acting came from a wild experience in fifth grade” after he “fell just short of a big part in a major feature film” and realized how much he loved acting. In an interview with Bello, he talked about how his interests progressed.
“I went to college to study political science with the hopes I’d go into a career in politics and changed my mind after the first semester,” he said. “I remember talking to my mom and one of my friends, and we were sitting there talking about what I wanted to do as I actually didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life back then…This is like halfway through college. And they’re like, well, you seem to really like acting, I think you should try to be an actor. Don’t you want to do that?”
Martin continued, “And without hesitating, not even a thought given to it. I was like, of course. When I decided I wanted to be an actor, I was too embarrassed to even tell my friends about it because I didn’t know what they were going to say. I mean, all my friends in college went on to really classic corporate jobs … getting that call was like, oh my God, it’s really happening.”
What has Jack Martin been in?
The actor amassed an enormous following on TikTok before breaking into the mainstream entertainment industry. He’s currently close to one million followers but was apparently hesitant to get started on the social media platform.
“I was an elitist about TikTok. I was like, ‘I’m never downloading that app.’ It’s for 16 year olds to dance with their shirts off,” he told Comicbook. “Then I went on there, and I realized you can just make anything. You can make any video, as long as it’s a minute.”
He added, “I saw some guy doing a sketch that was rich guys or something, and it was terrible. I was like, ‘Oh, I could totally do that.’ I started doing the skits. Started doing that more.”
From his TikToks, Martin got both a manager and agent and was soon auditioning during pilot season. He booked a role on the NBC sci-fi series La Brea as Josh Harris. The show has been renewed for a third season, though it has been delayed by the writers’ and actors’ strikes of 2023.
When did Martin and Reinhart start dating?
In April 2023, Page Six shared photos of Reinhart kissing Martin outside the Los Angeles airport. They went Instagram official in July when Martin posted a carousel of photos that featured a few with his new girlfriend, one being a mirror selfie, one a sweet outdoor photo, and one in what looks like the interior of a plane.
In August, she shared an Instagram Story celebrating Martin’s birthday, calling him her “cowboy” in a photo where he’s leaning into a car window with a cowboy hat on.
In September, they went red carpet official at the Venice Film Festival, and were photographed attending a Giorgio Armani event.
What happened between Martin and Cole Sprouse?
A few weeks before Martin and Reinhart went public about their relationship, Martin mocked an interview Sprouse gave on the Call Her Daddy podcast, which was criticized by fans. During the real interview, Sprouse said he and Reinhart did “quite a bit of damage to each other,” but claimed that they’re “good friends now.”
In his sketch, Martin calls himself the “third Sprouse brother” and dresses up like the Riverdale actor while pretending to smoke.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.