April 29, 2005 03:00 PM

Love seems to be blossoming all around the stars of Desperate Housewives, at least resident hunk Jesse Metcalfe and series scene stealer Teri Hatcher.

Metcalfe and Tara Reid were holding hands at L.A. hot spot Prey on April 21. They met again April 23 at Silver Spoon’s Dog & Baby Buffet, a merchandising fair and fund-raiser for animal-rescue efforts, two days later.

Are they an item? “We’re just friends,” Reid, 29, tells PEOPLE, although she admits Metcalfe, 26, “is cute. He has great eyes.”

[IMAGE “2” “right” “std” ]Reid’s hunt for “Mr. Right” recently went as far as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she teamed up with the comedian to look for potential suitors. The “Tara’s Search for Love” contest featured videotaped interviews sent in by potential suitors.

As for Hatcher, 40, the New York Post reports that she and production assistant Benjamin “Benjie” Bamps, 30, were seen kissing and cuddling at a Manhattan club while she’s in town for the Tribeca Film Festival. Hatcher’s reps did not return calls for comment.

The paper describes Bamps’s parents as international art dealers based in Belgium with a New York condo. And Bamps reportedly is a pal of Nick Savalas, the half brother of Housewives actress Nicolette Sheridan.

Hatcher was formerly linked with 36-year-old Lost producer Bryan Burk, though she said of him: “We’re just friends.”

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