updated 03/16/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/18/2014 AT 8:30 PM ET
Emmy Rossum has some advice for women attracted to bad boys: “Stop!”
The 27-year-old may play a Shameless character who’s attracted to heartbreakers, but they’re definitely not Rossum’s type in real life.
“I’m kinda more attracted to the nerd,” she told PEOPLE at Real Simple’s Beauty & Balance Botanical Cocktail party Saturday in New York City.
“I’m really into guys who are super smart and funny and can teach me something I don’t know about.”
“Girls, and guys too, are so shallow that we don’t give a chance to the good guy who’s maybe not as cute,” she says. “They’re kinda like a fixer-upper apartment.”
“You need to pick the guy who’s really good inside and then give him a makeover,” she advises. “Turn him into the perfect version of himself. You can never change what’s inside, that’s the problem. You can change their jacket and their hairstyle, and buy them a Clarisonic.”