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Naya Rivera            

Singer and Actress; Plays Santana Lopez on "Glee"

Naya Rivera was born in Santa Clarita, CA. Her multiethnic features derived from her Puerto Rican, German and African-American ancestry. The future star began modeling when she was a baby, appearing in print advertisements and commercials for companies such as Kmart. The multitalented Rivera also took songwriting classes when she was 15 years old.

She made her television acting debut opposite Della Reese and Redd Foxx on the CBS comedy "The Royal Family (1991-92), from creator Eddie Murphy. Even though the series was short-lived, Rivera quickly landed guest spots on wholesome, family-oriented sitcoms, including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96) and "Family Matters" (ABC, 1989-1998).

Rivera made a leap to feature film acting in 2002, landing a supporting role in "The Master of Disguise." The comedy starred "Saturday Night Live" alum Dana Carvey as a quirky and dim-witted waiter named Pistachio who has the ability to transform himself with the help of hundreds of disguises and voice impressions. Soon after, Rivera appeared in a recurring role opposite another comedy legend, Bernie Mac, on his long-running Fox series "The Bernie Mac Show" (2001-06). Rivera was reportedly hired for a single-episode appearance, but was brought back for more episodes throughout the series' run.

In 2009, the California native's fortunes changed when she was cast as an Ohio cheerleader on Fox's big gamble, "Glee." Rivera played Santana Lopez, a cold-hearted and competitive member of the cheer squad, the Cheerios, who is sent by her coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) to spy on the school's fledgling glee club. Her character also finds a sidekick in Brittany (Heather Morris), a fellow Cheerio. Rivera showcased her singing talent during one of the show's most acclaimed episodes, "The Power of Madonna" (2010), where she had featured vocals during covers of the singer's hits "Like a Virgin" (1984) and "Express Yourself" (1989).

Such was the phenomenon of the musical comedy series, that Rivera shared a 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy with her fellow cast members, as well as staged a successful nationwide concert tour that featured the show's musical numbers and hilarious skits. Both Rivera and Morris were cast in supporting parts during "Glee's" successful first season, yet their talent and popularity with the show's fans helped promote them to series regulars by season two. Santana and Brittany's relationship soon moved beyond friendship and their budding rommance quickly made Rivera an icon in the LGBT community. In 2011 she hosted the GLADD Media Awards in San Francisco.

Also in 2011 Rivera signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album.

News


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Tell us how you really feel, Naya Rivera. In her newly published memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, the 29-year-old actress writes ...

Naya Rivera Calls Out Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Big Sean, Ariana ...

Tell us how you really feel, Naya Rivera. In her newly published memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, the 29-year-old actress writes ...

Naya Rivera Calls Out Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Big Sean, Ariana ...

Tell us how you really feel, Naya Rivera. In her newly published memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, the 29-year-old actress writes ...

Naya Rivera Calls Out Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Big Sean, Ariana ...

Tell us how you really feel, Naya Rivera. In her newly published memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, the 29-year-old actress writes ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera Calls Out Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Big Sean, Ariana ...

Tell us how you really feel, Naya Rivera. In her newly published memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, the 29-year-old actress writes ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera Calls Out Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Big Sean, Ariana ...

Tell us how you really feel, Naya Rivera. In her newly published memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, the 29-year-old actress writes ...

Naya Rivera Calls Out Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Big Sean, Ariana ...

Tell us how you really feel, Naya Rivera. In her newly published memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, the 29-year-old actress writes ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera News and Photos | Perez Hilton

As you may have learned by now, Naya Rivera filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey, while requesting primary physical custody of their ...

Naya Rivera Splits From Husband Ryan Dorsey After 2 Years - ABC ...

Former "Glee" star Naya Rivera is splitting from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey. The two have a 1-year-old son, Josey. In a joint statement, the couple ...

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