This Is Us star Justin Hartley filed for divorce from his wife Chrishell Stause six months ago, and it appears that he has already moved on with one of his former Young & the Restless co-stars. This week, cameras spotted Hartley kissing a mystery woman, and numerous outlets are claiming that the woman was actress Sofia Pernas.
TMZ obtained the pics that show Pernas dropping Hartley off at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, and they shared a kiss before he went inside. Pernas returned a few hours later to pick Hartley up. US Weekly has confirmed that the former co-stars are dating.
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Hartley and Pernas were both on Y&R a few years ago, along with his estranged wife. Hartley played Adam Newman from 2014 to 2016, Pernas played Marisa Sierra from 2015 to 2016, and Stause had a three-month run in the summer of 2016 as Bethany Bryant. When Stause joined the CBS soap opera in May 2016, she and Hartley were dating at the time.
Hartley and Stause married in 2017 at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California; but, just two years later, the 43-year-old actor filed for divorce. Hartley was previously married to Lindsay Korman, and they share a 15-year-old daughter named Isabella.
Hartley cited irreconcilable differences in his November 2019 divorce filing, and he also listed the separation date as July 8. However, in her return filing, Stause listed the date of separation as November 22, the date he filed. She has since removed the words “wife”and “stepmom” from her social media profiles, and cameras followed her during the separation for the Netflix series Selling Sunset.
The episodes following Stause during the divorce filing and the aftermath have not been released yet, but they were teased at the end of Season 2 which dropped earlier this month. Stause recently told Entertainment Tonight that she is not looking forward to watching those episodes.
“It’s obviously not something that I am looking forward to but it does follow our real life,” explained Stause. “Where the show picks up, that was my life and unfortunately you are going to follow the journey of that — the good and the bad.”
As for Sofia Pernas, she was born in Morocco and moved to California with her family when she was just five years old. After growing up in a multilingual household, Pernas is now fluent in four languages: English, Spanish, German, and Arabic.
After her stint on Young & the Restless with Justin Hartley, Pernas has appeared in shows like Jane the Virgin. And, she will be the lead character in the new CBS adventure series Blood & Treasure.