— Fri, Jan 19, 2007 —

After surely being emboldened by his ex's miserable failure at the box office, Chad Lowe's gotten out there and found himself a rebound.

Chad Lowe is seeing producer Kim Painter, his rep confirms.

"They are dating," Lowe's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, tells PEOPLE. Lowe, 39, split last year from wife Hilary Swank.

Lowe, 39, and Painter were spotted together at the Nov. 15 L.A. premiere of Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, which Painter co-produced...

...And after the Golden Globes, they chatted and smooched at the InStyle/Warner Bros. party, and later, while waiting at the valet stand, Lowe introduced Painter to friends including Emilio Estevez, Seal and Heidi Klum. Painter grumbled about the cold and Lowe gave her a snuggle to keep her warm.

People goes on to report that Chad's career is on the upswing, too, as he's going to be premiering on 24 later this month.

Now that he's out and about again, Chad has given his "What In the Hell Happened to My Career?" hermit kit—which includes bourbon, cigarettes, sleeping pills and a track suit— to his brother, Rob.


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No. 1
kat says:

I really LIKE Chad Lowe--I really RESPECT him for NOT disrespecting his ex, Swank, when she did it to him. I wish for him--nothing but the best! Including--A woman that loves HIM, AND, sobriety AND an Oscar for being the Best Actor in an Academy Award winning Best Picture!

January 19, 2007 1:09 PM
No. 2
Sam says:

What the....when did Chad Lowe start to look hot???

I'm flashing back to my "Life Goes On" crushing all of a sudden...

January 19, 2007 1:27 PM
No. 3
Bah says:

Hillary Swank is one of those people whose success baffles me. She has no charisma and gives the world's most boring interviews.

January 19, 2007 1:28 PM
No. 4
HNK says:

Ummm... Rob Lowe is now a recurring character on Brothers & Sisters and seems to be doing pretty well... that and at least he's good looking.

And, Bah... maybe Hilary Swank is successful because she can ACT.

January 19, 2007 2:20 PM
No. 5
ok says:

chad looks smokin' in these pics

January 19, 2007 2:21 PM
No. 6
Bah says:

Come on, when did ACTING ever matter in Hollywood.

There are thousands of talented actors and actresses in LA who can't get work. And have you actually SEEN The Next Karate Kid. Stink bomb!

Swank's fugly boyish-ness scored her a juicy gig in "Boys Don't Cry" and that should have been the beginning and end of her career. As for Million Dollar Baby... Clint Eastwood could teach a monkey how to act (and he has!).

January 19, 2007 3:21 PM
No. 7
KS says:

I agree, Chad is looking pretty Hot again! I can't stand hillary "horse face" swank. I don't think she is a great actress at all. (she got fired from Beverly Hills 90210 for god's sake!!) I think she won those oscars due to politics of the studios, not talent. I also lost all respect for her when she sold out her husband during the divorce. I know for a fact she was doing her manager before she ended it with her husband. She only talked about Chad's drug use because she didn't want to tarnish her image for leaving her husband. She totally used him and his connections to get her career off the ground and left him after she thought she got all she can out of him. I am glad her stupid lame movie tanked. Even with Mc Dreamy couldn't save that movie. I hope just goes away and goes bankrupt!

January 19, 2007 5:16 PM
No. 8
Baby Pie says:

Kudos for Chad - I'm glad he is recharging his career, and out of Hilary's shadow. I guess Hilary is talented, but I have no desire to watch her movies - she just seems abrasive and masculine. It seems like she was the MAN in her marriage with Chad. Now Chad can show all of us how talented and classy he is, without Hillary's weird demented smile standing beside him. Chad is looking hotter than ever!

January 19, 2007 5:23 PM
No. 9
papa joe's coke binge says:

chad lowe has "people"?!?

January 19, 2007 5:53 PM
No. 10
Christine says:

is it me, or does the new chick look like Hillary? And yes, Chad is looking hot - but never as hot as his bro!

January 19, 2007 7:00 PM
No. 11
kat says:

Christine, you are right. She KINDA looks like Hillary--only cuter. And, less HORSE teeth...

January 19, 2007 7:36 PM
No. 12
kmt says:

ok so i seriously thought that he was balding. or had that bald spot in the middle of his head or whatever. but damn, rogaine seriously must work. he's looking REAL good. those lowe boys have beautiful eyes too. and i totally agree that his new chick looks very similar to swank. especially when she had those bangs. shudder.

January 19, 2007 8:09 PM
No. 13
bluemoo says:

I didn't know Chad Lowe was this cute....he has the face of a boy so he doesn't even look 39. The girl pictured with him looks very similar to Hillary. Good luck to Chad in the future.

January 19, 2007 8:45 PM
No. 14
SJ says:

The person who knows some facts about Hillary should get to know some facts about Chad's latest prize of a girlfriend as well. Kim is Carrie Fisher's assistant she's a glorified ass wiper who has a horrible repuation in Hollywood as being a star f**ker. She has dated Robert Downey Jr., Richard Dreyfus and Craig Ferguson just to name a few. Actually, "dating" is being nice. She has cheated on and slept with these actors in order to further her career. She loves the attention, even some of the posts on this site are from her and her friends. What I would love to see is how long this lasts before Chad realizes what he's dating and who Kim really is. Maybe she will take him to Shane Black's house and use the "Richard Dreyfus Room" I'm sure the hidden camera is still on. Goodluck Chad!

January 20, 2007 3:51 PM
No. 15
kat says:

Say it isn't so, SJ! Chad needs to stay away from female vermin that run wild all over Hollywood. I just want him to find a NICE GIRL in LA--I guess that would be an oxymoron now, wouldn't it?!

January 20, 2007 5:10 PM

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