07/17/2007 at 12:00 PM EDT
Connecting with new boyfriend Pedro Andrade was a real high for Lance Bass: He first spotted him 35,000 feet up in the air.
"He was asleep in the back of the plane on the way over," the former 'N Sync star said of the Brazilian model, who was also en route to Vienna for the May 28 Life Ball.
"I was like, 'He's really cute,'" Bass, 28, told PEOPLE at Monday's New York premiere of the movie Hairspray
. (The singer will appear in the Broadway version of the long-running musical starting on Aug. 14.)
At the time Andrade, according to designer Richie Rich, was working at the Austrian event as a model for Heatherette.
The couple's romance was first reported by PEOPLE
earlier this month.
"It's so fresh and new," Bass said about the relationship. "The good thing is learning everything about him. He's really great . . . amazing."
Asked if their Vienna escape was anything like Before Sunrise,
the romantic Ethan Hawke movie set in the same city, Bass said, "It's fun to say, 'Hey, I'm seeing someone I met in Vienna.' We were there for, like, 24 hours."
Bass said that it took some time to get over his break-up with Reichen Lehmkuhl
last December – but he's enjoying the dating life. "It's the first time I've ever been able to date, so it's nice to go out … and get to know people and not jump into a relationship right away, which I usually do."
And will Andrade go see Bass in Hairspray
? "Of course," said Lance. "He'd better."