“In my earlier experiences with relationships, I really was vulnerable to somebody else’s personality, hobbies, and way of life,” says the actress.
“But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become proud of the traits that make me who I am. Maintaining my individuality is really important to me because otherwise I can easily slip into somebody else’s life. So I’m glad I’m getting better at it. It’s a process, but it’s getting simpler.”
And Biel, whose brief split from Timberlake was rumored to of been the result of his wandering eye, keeps her own eyes on the big picture.
“One of the keys to a happy relationship is letting go of the little stuff. You can’t let it get to you,” she says.
Despite her and Timberlake’s busy schedules, she has learned from her parents to put a relationship first.
“You need to make time for your partner,” she asserts.
“Justin and I have a rule that we don’t let a certain amount of time go by without seeing each other, but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes you are both working and it just happens. But from here on out, I want to participate in making smart choices for the relationship.”