Paula Patton Dishes on Lasting Relationships as Rolling Out Cover Girl

The actress says she's glad to be in a relationship or else she'd be "messed up."

Posted: 09/30/2013 12:45 PM EDT

(Photo: RollingOut Magazine, October 2013)

Paula Patton is gracing the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Out with a sweet updo and a rockstar pointed-shoulder jacket. In her cover story, the Baggage Claim actress opened up about finding Mr. Right and how to make a relationship stand the test of time.

"It's a marathon; it's not a sprint. As women, we get caught up in that day when you get to be a princess. When that day is over, you're like, wait, hold on a second! What just happened? Do I even want to sleep with this person? That's why marriage is beautiful. The longer it [lasts], that's someone who loves you inside and out, loves you for all your flaws," she says.

In the film, Patton plays Montana Moore, a woman desperate to find The One in 30 days. Patton, who has been married to singer Robin Thicke for eight years, says she's happy she was able to find her Mr. Right and explained how relationships push us to grow and become better versions of ourselves.

"I am so glad that I am in a relationship or I would be messed up," she shares. "Hopefully, you enter the relationship open and ready to learn and this person who tells you there are some flaws you need to work on, you should listen. That's what I love about my relationship and it has made be a better human being."

That said, she also warns against believing that your partner will make you feel complete or placing your happiness in their hands.

"People think finding love is going to complete them. It's much more important that you are already complete when you enter that bond. That can make the search for love so hard when you're thinking that's the thing that will make me important or special," she says. "You have to be a full human, love yourself and the partner is there to be the dessert. You have to be the meal."

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