By Alexis Bennett
Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:00 am
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In a night of stand-out looks, Gina Rodriguez's Reem Acra gown at the Critics' Choice Television Awards had us transfixed from the moment she stepped onto the red carpet—and it turns out, it was love-at-first-sight for the actress, too. "It was the first dress I tried on," Rodriguez told InStyle. "My stylist picked it out and I told her, 'I think you're right!'" A longstanding friendship with said stylist, Lauren Rodriguez, definitely has its advantages—beyond the fun of sharing a last name. "[She] knows my body, she knows my style, she knows my heart," which allows the actress to put total faith in her friend's sartorial choices. "I always tell [her], 'Just pick it—you know I'm going to love it.'"

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So what tips has the actress picked up over the years? "I've learned that A-line dresses look great on everyone and anything tailored looks amazing. I've been spoiled cause on Jane the Virgin my amazing costume designer makes everything fit for my body." As for her off-screen looks, she admits, "I'm learning my body, I'm exploring, and I'm taking risks."

-With reporting by Kwala Mandel

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