updated 04/01/2010 AT 1:45 PM ET
•originally published 04/01/2010 AT 3:20 PM ET
Splitting from her longtime partner, Tim Robbins, three months ago has left Susan Sarandon with some mixed – but hopeful – feelings.
“I did a movie a long time ago where I had to fly in a glider,” the Oscar-winner, 63, tells Entertainment Weekly in its new issue. “You get towed up in the air by a plane, and it’s loud and annoying. And at some point you pull the cord and you’re suddenly floating, and in your mind it makes absolutely no sense. But it’s exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. That’s where I am now.”
But Sarandon, who called it quits with Robbins in December, hasn’t let that fear change her outlook on courtship – or love.
“It’s a long time to not be dating and then go back into it,” she says, while also remaining tight-lipped about a rumored romance with Jonathan Bricklin, 31, a partner in her New York ping-pong club, SPiN.
“I certainly love the idea of being in love, and I love the idea of companionship,” she adds. “Whatever happens next in terms of romance and partners, I don’t know.”
The actress, who told PEOPLE in March that the secret to staying young was being happy, seems to have found another mantra to live by.
“I think the point is just keep moving,” she tells EW, “and to just say yes to life.”