updated 07/08/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/08/2010 AT 2:45 PM ET
It looks like we’re not the only ones who can go on and on about all the many reasons Johnny Depp is the perfect man.
“I could make an endless list of all the things I admire about him,” PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive’s longtime girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, in a rare interview, gushes in the August U.K. edition of Marie Claire. “But above all, I admire his immense loyalty I admire him as an actor, as a father and as the man he is for me. But more than anything, I admire him as a person.”
And just how does one snag – and keep – a Hollywood heartthrob like Depp for 12 years?
Space, she says.