04/02/2007 at 07:00 AM EDT
Rosario Dawson, who split from beau Jason Lewis last year, says she's enjoying the single life.
"It's really good," she told PEOPLE at an autograph signing for her upcoming movie, Grindhouse,
in New York City on Saturday.
"I'm really kind of crazy and so busy and everything so it's nice to just be spending time with my friends and family and also not having to worry about, you know, calling in and doing the check-in," she said. "I'm not really good at that."
Dawson, 27, and Lewis, 35, started dating in 2004, and made their first red-carpet appearance together in January 2005 at a Volkswagen Jetta party in Los Angeles.
Also at the Grindhouse
event, which was held at comic-book mecca Jim Hanley's Universe, were Dawson's costars Rose McGowan and Freddie Rodriguez, as well as the film's co-directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
Dawson, who stopped by Comic-Con
in San Diego last year to promote her own comic-book series, The Occult Crimes Taskforce,
said she felt gratified getting to meet fans face-to-face.
"You get to really hear what they have to say – I think that's so important," she said. "I don't really have a connection a lot of times to that fan base. That's why the Internet's been really amazing in allowing fans more access, but still, you don't get that one-on-one."
Also on the actress's busy schedule is working with the Girls Club, which is breaking ground on a new building next year. "It's going to be the first Girls Club in all of Manhattan," said the New York City native. "It's a really, really big deal. It's very exciting."
Reporting by KARA WARNER