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Olivia Wilde talks divorce and finding love with Jason Sudeikis

Olivia Wilde on the April 2013 cover of Marie Claire magazine. Marie Claire

Olivia Wilde says she's thankful for the heartbreak of her divorce from Tao Rispoli -- because it led to her finding love with "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis.

In a new interview with Marie Claire magazine, Wilde revealed: "I had grown up with Tao; we had just drifted. I felt I had something to prove. If you fall off a horse, you get back up. I am not a quitter. I hung on for as long as possible, until it was more hurtful to stay...I'm so grateful for the pain and the heartbreak. It gave me the courage to leave and brought me to the great love of my life."

Wilde, 29, also shared how she felt when she met her fiance for the first time, at the "SNL" finale in 2011.

"I was just learning to be by myself," she told the magazine. "We were both seeing people but were single. He seemed to really see me, see through the bullshit. He said very few words and couldn't keep eye contact. He was so handsome, and he could dance."

When Wilde and Sudeikis, 37, went out for the first time six months later, she recalled, "I thought, 'He won't be interested in me; I'm not a contender.' He was so cool, so funny -- I was such a fan of his and had always fancied his speed and his intelligence. He's a brilliant actor with a brain like lightening...I felt like fresh meat at the market...I thought, 'I'm not beautiful enough or his type.' I couldn't wait to sit down and hear him talk. On our first date, in New York City, we closed the restaurant down at 2 a.m.! He didn't kiss me, and I was madly in love. I was overwhelmed."

Now, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" actress is looking ahead, and says she "can't wait" to have children with Sudeikis.

"We've discussed all our ideals and hopes. I can't wait for children. I'm open-minded about how many, but three, which I love, is like a little party. I am not trying to have kids now - there's no strict plan for anything in my life. What happens, happens," she said. "He's so good with kids...I've never before experienced looking at someone and thinking, That's who I want to raise a child with."

The April issue of Marie Claire arrives on newsstands March 19. See another photo from the magazine below:

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