updated 07/17/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/17/2010 AT 8:00 PM ET
When it comes to dating, Gabourey Sidibe has a pretty good idea what she wants in a guy.
“I like smart men,” she tells PEOPLE at the Three16 Music Showcase in New York. “Smart men with grown up jobs who share my unusual sense of humor.”
“People might be surprised to know I have a thing for nerds too,” Sidibe, 27, says. “I am looking for someone who is so sweet, who offers to help me put on my shoes before an event.”