NCIS actress Cote de Pablo loves her boyfriend, despite their opposite personalities, according to People.  “I’m in a long-term relationship with [actor] Diego Serrano, and I’m very happy,” said the actress.  “He’s the worst influence that I have ever had in my life, and I love him for it.”  De Pablo, 31, elaborated, saying, “Every once in a while, he turns to me and goes, ‘Live a little.’  I’ll have chicken with broccoli and he’s like, ‘What about the chocolate cake?’  If it weren’t for him, I’d be the most boring person in Los Angeles…we balance each other.”

What are the benefits of having the opposite personality of your partner?

Cupid’s Advice:

While many feel that two people need to have similar personalities in order to make a relationship work, the old cliché “opposites attract” does have some merit.  Here are some reasons:

1. It’s exciting: While it’s possible to have fun with a partner who has the same interests as you, true thrill often springs from the excitement you get from stepping out of your comfort zone.

2. You can learn new things: If you like shopping and your partner enjoys hiking, then the two of you can learn a lot from each other.  You may discover a love of nature and your partner may begin to appreciate the indoors.  You can encourage each other to be open-minded.

3. You become well-rounded: By dating people different than yourself, you gain more points of view and life experience than you would gain by staying only with what you already know.