12/22/2012 at 12:15 PM EST
“When I take off my makeup, that’s my boyfriend’s favorite,” the Revenge star, 26, tells Women’s Health in its January/February issue of her Revenge costar and real-life beau, 24. “And that, to me, is a symbol of a great guy – someone who doesn’t care about all that [glamorous] stuff.”
VanCamp first realized this special quality her man possessed when she was on a fishing trip with him and his dad in England.
“I was there in my baseball cap and these crappy fishing clothes,” she explains. “And I remember thinking, this is when I feel 100 percent comfortable – in these dirty clothes with fish guts all over them. I know it sounds horrendous. I’m at my most confident when I’m in nature and I don’t have to dress up.”
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When it comes to her relationship in general, she understands, “It’s more about accepting each other as separate people,” adding, “Laugh a lot and be really delicate with the other person’s heart, because sometimes you start to take each other for granted. Always remember that neither of you needs to be there. It’s a choice every day to stay together.”
But even a lady in love appreciates her alone time.
“I like to reflect,” she says. “I need that sort of peace and quiet. It’s something my friends and I laugh about: ‘Oh, Emily’s having a night to herself.’ It centers me.”