Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway
01/03/2013 AT 05:45 PM EST
believes in love at first sight – in fact, she experienced it with her husband, Adam Shulman.
"I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life," the Les Miserables
star says in an interview with Harper's Bazaar UK
. "I also knew that I couldn't have met him at a worse time."
Hathaway says the timing was bad because she found it difficult to trust after a previous breakup.
"I took my trust out for a ridiculous joyride with him," Hathaway, 30, told the magazine for its February issue of falling for Shulman, 31.
"It was scary. But as the days wore on it kept getting better and better. I found that the love I found for him made me more trusting of everyone, and the more I started to see who I had become."
Since marrying in Big Sur, Calif., in September
, Hathaway says she's as happy as ever
"He walks into a room, and I light up. I can't help it," says the Golden Globe nominee
. "A few days into [filming Les Miserables
], I said, 'I'm having too much fun, I just want to play with you and I need to be really sad right now.' "
Hathaway, who looks sexy in a strapless gown on the cover of Harper's Bazaar UK
, says she never loved her good-girl image.
"I'm not Rihanna
; I'm not cool," she says. "I was seen as this bizarre-world, good-girl cartoon that I in no way identified with – very vanilla, very sweet, very accessible and not interesting. I had no grit, no sex appeal."