kaepernick & sanaa*The gorgeous and sexy  Sanaa Lathan, whose currently riding a wave of popularity with “Best Man Holiday,” is denying (with a grin) rumors that she’s dating San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

It all started after she posted a photo with Kaepernick on her Instagram page in September. The actress, 42, hasn’t able to rest ’cause folks keep bothering her with questions as to whether she and Kaepernick, 26, are an item.

“That night I was just at a dinner and I took a picture with him. And he’s a cutie pie,” she tells ESSENCE. “All of a sudden the rumors are out there.”

“No, it’s not happening with Colin Kaepernick,” she adds.

Meanwhile, Lathan also dishes on her on-screen chemistry with “Best Man Holiday” co-star Taye Diggs and shares details of her next project, “Repentance,” opposite Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker.