Naya Marie Rivera (Santa ClaritaCalifornia12 January 1987) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her portrayal of the role of Santana Lopez on the TV series Glee.


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Early Years[Edit]Edit

Naya Rivera grew up in Valencia, Santa ClaritaCalifornia and lived most of her life in Los Angeles. When she was only eight to nine months old she came at the same talent agency where her mother, who had come to Los Angeles for models work, also was registered. When she was 15 years old, she began writing her own songs.

Private Life[Edit]Edit

Naya Rivera is half Puerto Rican, quarter German and quarter Afro-American. She is the eldest of 3 children and has one younger brother and one younger sister. She is an avid reader and spent a lot of time volunteering at several voluntary organisations. But above all, music is her greatest passion. Just like in the series is Rivera also in real life best friends with co-star Heather Morris. The two have built up a fan base.

They began in april 2013 dating rapper Big Sean. They announced their engagement in October 2013. On 9 February 2014 made Big Sean known to the engagement was done. Rivera married on 19 July 2014 with actor Ryan Dorsey. [1]


Naya Rivera appeared in commercials as a baby by the American brand ' Kmart '. In 1991, then 4 years old, she played ' Hillary Winston "in the sitcom produced by Eddie Murphy " The Royal Family ". Between 1992 and 2002 she got a number of small roles in series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel AirFamily Matters (United States)Live ShotBaywatchSmart GuyHouse BlendEven StevensMaster of DisguiseThe Bernie Mac Show8 Simple Rules and CSI Miami. In 2002 she also appeared in the music video for the song ' Why I Love You ' of the R & B band B2K.

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In 2009, Naya Rivera cast in the role of cheerleader Santana Lopez, in Glee; a musical-comedy by Fox. She was introduced as head cheerleader Quinn Fabray 's sidekick (played by Dianna Agron) and was soon known as perhaps the meanest member of the Cheerios who with her big hits from words alone managed to share, but in the course of season 3 as it accepts everyone, and herself. Similarly, they are part of the Glee club family. Santana was often spotted on the side of co-Cheerio and best friend Brittany Pierce (played by Heather Morris). Towards the end of season 2, found Santana Lopez himself, and in early season 3 she admitted that she is a lesbian. Her relationship with Brittany s. Pierce was accepted by virtually everyone except Santana's grandma. Brittany, and the fellow glee club support her in everything they're going through.

Rivera auditioned for the show because they would get the chance to sing, to dance and acting in one show and being a big fan of Ryan Murphy's former Co-Director television series Nip/Tuck. Rivera claims using her own experiences as "unpopular" teen in high school to prepare for her role. She describes itself as "the typical high school cheerleader Santana Lopez" and as "common, but very witty and contained". Especially the quick-witted one-liners they to everyone's head winds are one of the reasons why Rivera likes to play its role. She also loves the fact that Santana is stubborn and combative.

Rivera has received praise for her rendition of Santana, especially during the second season in which Santana gets larger, deeper and more storylines. They also received a lot of positive responses to her vocal work in a lot of songs that were performed in the show.


Filmography as an actress
Year Title Role Comments
1991 – 1992 The Royal Family Hillary Winston
1992 – 1993 Family Matters Gwendolyn
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cindy
1995 Live Shot Ann
1996 Baywatch Willa
1997 – 1999 Smart Guy Kelly; Tanya
2002 House Blend Chloe
2002 Even Stevens Charlene
2003 Soul Food Lauryn
2002 – 2006 The Bernie Mac Show Donna
2004 8 Simple Rules Nice Girl
2008 Girlfriends "Young Lady"
2008 CSI Miami (episode "Power Trip") Rachel Calvado
2009 – present Glee Santana Lopez

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