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Lindsay Kimble
January 11, 2016 12:50 PM

It definitely wasn’t love at first sight for Transparent costars and real-life couple Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker.

“I knew Bradley for a year before we dated and I kind of thought that he seemed like a cocky actor boy and I wasn’t really that interested,” she told PEOPLE at Amazon’s Golden Globe Celebration at the Beverly Hilton Stardust Ballroom on Sunday night. “Now I’ve learned that If I don’t like someone at first, that’s probably a sign that they’re perfect for me because my taste is so bad.”

“So I was like, ‘Oh, see here it is! I didn’t think and now I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,’ ” she added.

Landecker, 46, and Whitford, 56 – who couldn’t keep their hands off each other during the party – began dating last summer.

The actress said she never expected to find romance on set – but that she’s totally confident in their relationship.

“I’m not even scared,” she said of publicly discussing her dating life. “Normally I would think like I was bringing down the evil eye but I don’t even think I can ruin it myself.”

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Landecker, who plays Sarah Pfefferman on the hit series, says the veteran TV star is a “really good guy.”

“He’s an amazing person,” she raved to PEOPLE. “He’s super political and conscious and funny and incredibly talented, and he’s a great dad and, I mean, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about him.”

And she’s happy to give thanks where it’s due – namely, to the series creator (and apparent matchmaker) Jill Soloway.

She joked: “I say to Jill, ‘You gave me the best role of my life and you gave me the best boyfriend of my life. So thank you very much!’ “

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