Chloe Bennet denies dating Austin Nichols Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra; Jason LaVeris/ Getty Images

Just friends? Chloe Bennet is keeping mum about her relationship with former One Tree Hill star Austin Nichols! The 21-year-old actress is denying about a possible romance, despite rumors that the two are an item.

"Ah no, we're good friends," the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star told Us Weekly at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 27. "We met in L.A. just hanging out," she said.

The former Nashville guest star was reportedly said to be dating Nichols, 33, earlier this month. "He's a very nice guy," she added. "He's a cutie."

The brunette beauty and Nichols have been spending some time together since first meeting on the west coast. On Sept. 15, Elizabeth Henstridge, who costars with Bennet in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., tweeted a picture of the two with a group of friends. "Things that get better with age; cheese, wine and laser tag," she wrote. 

Bennet was briefly linked to her former Nashville costar Sam Palladio. Nichols split from his OTH former costar Sophia Bush after dating from 2006 to 2012.