Gina Rodriguez on making her family a priority, being starstruck and Kate Hudson's 'dope' Halloween party

At a recent party in her new home, Gina Rodriguez brought together two people from different parts of her life to form an unusual connection.

"My cousin is a doula, and she's now going to be the doula for my friend that is pregnant -- and they met at my house!" she told me excitedly over the phone. "That just recently happened, and it was so special. My cousin is the best, and this is going to be her fourth or fifth birth. It's so cool that I could bring them together."

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That ability to bring people together -- especially under the roof of the first home she's ever bought -- is something that genuinely thrills the "Jane the Virgin" actress, and it's what she deems the marker of a good party.

"I want to feel as though I'm successfully bringing people together to meet each other," she explained. "You have your work groups and your family and your friends, and when someone in my family gets to meet new friends of mine, it warms my heart. I love the crossing of different worlds."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, Actor Gina Rodriguez speaks onstage during 'One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief' at the Universal Studios Lot on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actress Gina Rodriguez arrives at the L.A. Dance Project's Annual Gala at L.A. Dance Project on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Joe Locicero, Gina Rodriguez arrives at the L.A. Dance Project's Annual Gala at L.A. Dance Project on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Gina Rodriguez attends the 27th Annual EMA Awards - Show at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Gina Rodriguez speaks onstage at the Environmental Media Association's 27th Annual EMA Awards at Barkar Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actress Gina Rodriguez attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'Jane The Virgin' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on May 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actress Gina Rodriguez attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'Jane The Virgin' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on May 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Gina Rodriguez attends the 'Jane The Virgin' Screening during the Vulture Festival at Milk Studios on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Aurora Rose/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Gina Rodriguez at Stephen Colbert show on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Gina Rodriguez attends The CW Network's 2017 Upfront at The London Hotel on May 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The CW)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Gina Rodriguez attends the Ballet Hispanico 2017 Carnaval Gala at The Plaza Hotel on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Actress Gina Rodriguez attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'Jane The Virgin' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 11: Gina Rodriguez attends the 'Seed' Documentary Film Premiere at Violet Crown in Austin on March 11, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actor Gina Rodriguez speaks onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 04: Gina Rodriguez attends the 2nd Annual Moet Moment Film Festival and Kick Off of Golden Globes Week on January 4, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Gina Rodriguez visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 30, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
MARINA DEL REY, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 1st Annual Marie Claire Young Women's Honors at the Marina del Rey Marriott on November 19, 2016 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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In celebration of her newfound ability to host people at her first home, Rodriguez partnered with Stella Artois -- the "only beer" she drinks -- for the latest incarnation of its Host One To Remember campaign to "take this moment in time and celebrate and hold it."

"It's been such a sanctuary for me," she said of her new home. "It's big enough to host people, but it's not too big where I can't clean it myself."

Though she loves hosting friends, it's her family that Rodriguez says she's "making a priority" as she embarks on this new chapter. Whether it's having her nieces and nephews over for an arts and crafts party on a Sunday or making use of her new big screen TV for a fight night viewing, the 33-year-old is on a simple mission: Create moments to remember.

"I need to make memories," she explained. "And I'm making that a priority."

As she continues to have people over for celebrations -- yes, including "Jane the Virgin" viewing parties -- Rodriguez is looking back at memorable parties she's attended for inspiration. One such soirée? Kate Hudson's annual Halloween party.

"After we did 'Deepwater Horizon' together, we fell in love," Rodriguez gushed about Hudson. "She's the baddest B. She's so dope, and such a woman's woman. She's an uplifter, and I love her. Her party was just amazing. I was like, 'This is how you throw a party,' and I would love to throw a party like that one day."

Having been to so many star-studded events -- from Hudson's Halloween bash to award show after parties and beyond -- I had to know: When was the last time that Rodriguez got starstruck? Turns out, it was only a month ago.

"I saw Riz Ahmed and Issa Rae in the back of the Emmys," she said with a rush. "I was like, 'Yo, dawg! You two! You better work!' They were so loving and fantastic. They're both amazing and I'm so proud of everything they're doing."

It's that genuine interest, investment and celebration of the people around her that sets Rodriguez apart. Want more proof? Before we finished our interview, the Golden Globe-winning star took the time to ask me a question.

"Who's your favorite person you've interviewed?" she asked as she drove through the Hollywood Hills. "I totally Instagram stalked you."

Now that is a moment to remember.

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