By James Hibberd
Updated January 08, 2013 at 10:21 PM EST

For a brief moment, James Purefoy had zero degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.

After fielding questions about TV violence, Fox’s The Following panel at the TV critics press tour in Pasadena briefly shifted into a lovefest. A critic told Following stars Purefoy (Rome) and Bacon (A ton of stuff) that they have so much chemistry on the show that in one screen she wanted them to just start kissing. The actors immediately leaned and granted her wish.

“Rule nothing in, rule nothing out,” said Purefoy, who added that working with Bacon has been improving his (presumed non-kissing) performance. “If you’re playing tennis against somebody useless, you get worse,” he said. “When you’re playing tennis against somebody like him, you just get better as an actor. So every day when I’m doing a scene with him, I feel like I just get a little bit better.”

The current panel on Fox’s press tour stage has Mindy Kaling and Zooey Deschanel. Are they taking requests too?