"I would rather be a girl in a relationship," the actress, who's been linked to DJ AM, tells PEOPLE
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Mandy Moore has been spotted with DJ AM – but that doesn’t mean that she has it easy in the romance department.

“I don’t enjoy dating in the public eye. I don’t even really enjoy dating,” the actress, 22, told PEOPLE at Tuesday’s Hollywood premiere of her new romantic comedy Because I Said So.

“I find it really not fun. When it comes to the romantic side of things, I would rather be a girl in a relationship than dating.”

Asked if she is dating Nicole Richie’s ex, she smiled, shrugged and said, “I don’t know.”

Later in the evening, Moore was spotted with DJ AM attending the Because I Said So after-party at Hollywood hotspot Boulevard 3. “DJ AM’s arm was wrapped around Mandy as she spoke to suits, cast members and guests,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. “The pair still found time to break away to be alone and kiss.”

Because I Said So director Michael Lehman also weighed in on Moore’s love life, telling PEOPLE: “In my dealings with her where I’d ask her about her relationships and stuff, she was very up front and out there. At the time we were making this, she was dating Zach Braff. He came to the set a few times. They seemed to have a very solid relationship. … So I never asked her about the turmoil.”

Earlier this month Moore revealed that she recently went through a period of depression and attributed part of it to her split from Braff.

“A few months ago I felt really low, really sad – depressed for no reason,” she told Jane magazine for its February issue. “The breakup added to what I was going through, but it’s not the complete reason.”