Kindness is the number one quality I look for in a man. You can see in how he treats anyone – from a CEO to a housekeeper – and it's a reflection of how nice a guy is. Funniness and confidence come after that.
I can't stand it when men are snarky. Catty is not cool. I can't think of anything less becoming than a man who talks about people behind their backs.
When a guy approaches me, it's fantastic if he can make me laugh. But there's a fine line between being funny and being obnoxious. Some of the lines I've heard I could never repeat, because they're too vulgar. That's definitely not what you want to open with.
I was in Dublin a few days ago picking up an award at Trinity College, and one of the students there stood up in a room of 400 people and said: "Will you go for a drink with me tonight?" His confidence was so incredibly attractive. It would have been inappropriate to go, but I love that he asked.
I like it when a man puts thought into the kind of restaurant we're going to. That doesn't mean it needs to be fancy – some of the best meals of my life have been having a taco on a street corner.
It's nice to be relaxed on a date. For work I get so dolled up that it's nice to wear boyfriend jeans and a sweater.
At work [shooting Suits] I'm surrounded by men wearing beautiful bespoke suits. There is something that is so attractive about seeing a man who has put that much effort into his look. But for me, guys wearing converse and jeans is best.
The best job a man could have would be a chef. They'd understand the long hours I work and the drive and ambition it takes to succeed.
A man has no business taking two hours in the bathroom. When I get ready to go out, it's half hour and we're out of the door. I don't want to waste time getting ready: I want to go and have fun.
I'm really big on day dates. If you go for a stroll, have a picnic or lunch with a glass of wine – it doesn't get better than that.
I love how British guys dress for the cold. I'm from LA so I'm used to seeing people in sunglasses and flip-flops. There's something so romantic about a man in a scarf and a knitted hat.
It's really attractive if a man has a skill that you want to improve in yourself. If you can learn from someone, then that's sexy.
The article first appeared in 2013.