Linda Perry Shares 'Why It Works' with Wife Sara Gilbert

04/15/2014 at 08:40 AM EDT

Linda Perry Shares 'Why It Works' with Wife Sara Gilbert
Linda Perry (left) and Sara Gilbert
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Happy couple alert!

Newlyweds Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert were all smiles Sunday at the MTV Movie Awards, where the singer-songwriter told PEOPLE their secret.

"There's nothing Sara is hiding from me, and there's nothing I've hidden from her," says Perry. "That's why it works, because it's just like, 'Here I am.' "

Perry, 48, and The Talk co-host Gilbert, 39, began dating in 2011 before they tied the knot in late March. They say solid communication has been a constant.

"We've always been pretty open with each other," says Perry. "I think that's what the draw is."

While they have packed schedules – Perry's VH1 musician mentoring show The Linda Perry Project is due in July, while Gilbert is also producing and starring in the upcoming CBS comedy Bad Teacher – they are looking forward to some down time.

The pair took a break from their standard Sunday routine to hit the awards show. "This is usually our day that we spend together," says Gilbert.

But it's no lazy Sunday for these two. Their favorite weekend pastime: "We love to walk. That's our fun thing to do because of exercise, and we get to walk around L.A., and we discover new things all the time," Perry says.


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