02/28/2011 AT 6:45 PM ET
According to a source, Hudgens, 22, looked “smitten” last week with her Journey 2: Mysterious Island costar Josh Hutcherson at an L.A. after-party for the premiere of her latest flick, Beastly.
“Their arms were wrapped around each other and they were really touchy together,” the source tells PEOPLE. “They were very cute.”
Just two days later, Hutcherson, 18, brought Hudgens as his date to the Independent Spirit Awards, where his film The Kids Are All Right won for best screenplay.
“Josh walked Vanessa to the bathroom and then guided her to their seats with a hand on the small of her back,” an onlooker says.
Hudgens and her High School Musical ex Efron split in December.
Reps for Hudgens and Hutcherson could not be reached for comment.
Reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD and JESSICA WEDEMEYER
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