Actress Chloe Bennet has played down speculation she is dating former One Tree Hill star Austin Nichols. The pair became romantically linked earlier this month (Sep13) after they were spotted out together on various occasions in Los Angeles, but the Nashville beauty claims their relationship is strictly platonic. She tells UsMagazine.com, "We're good friends. We met in L.A. just hanging out." However, the 21 year old is full of praise for Nichols. She adds of the 33 year old, "He's a very nice guy. He's a cutie." Bennet recently split from her Nashville co-star Sam Palladio, while Nichols previously dated his One Tree Hill castmate Sophia Bush from 2006 to 2012.