AnnaLynne McCord appreciates a man who knows what he wants out of life.

That's why, as she explained to Us Weekly Tuesday, Dec. 4, at W Hotels, Intel and Roman Coppola's "Four Stories" premiere, she gets on so well with on-and-off boyfriend of nearly two years, Dominic Purcell -- who happens to be 17 years her senior.

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"What I like about an older man is that they tend to be your rock," the 90210 actress, 25, told Us. "Whenever I have my crazy [moments], like, 'Ah, this is never going to work out!' Then he's there."

Continued McCord, "I need a guy who's confident and is secure in himself, because we're always apart."

Her 42-year-old Prison Break star beau certainly fits that bill -- and despite a couple of rough patches, they're about to celebrate their two year anniversary. (They first met while shooting Officer Down in early 2011.)

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"What is that song? 'Are You Strong Enough to Be My Man?' by Sheryl Crow. That sums it up for me!" McCord concluded. "He's got to be strong!"

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