Julianne Hough on the cover of InStyle Makeover
09/11/2012 at 08:00 AM EDT
It didn't take long for Julianne Hough
to become smitten
with boyfriend Ryan Seacrest
, but the starlet
admits she almost passed up the opportunity to date him.
"I was reluctant because he is such an influential guy, and what if it didn't work out?" Hough, 24, tells InStyle
in its Makeover 2012 cover story. "Our first date, I was so nervous that I just sat there and interviewed him with questions like, 'Are you loyal?' and 'Are you close to your family?' "
Fast-forward to two years later, the pair – who met in 2007 when the Dancing with the Stars
and American Idol
sets were across the hall from each other – are totally comfortable in their lovey-dovey relationship
"When we do see each other, we are super excited and do these cute and romantic things," Hough
, who cooks for her beau, 37, says. "I'm 20 lbs. heavier than I was when we started dating. And now we always have great wine, and I can tell the difference. So I told him, 'You ruined my life because I can't go to a friend's house and drink cheap wine anymore.' "