Naya Rivera

Actress + Singer
Born Jan 12, 1987

Naya Marie Rivera is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role in the musical comedy television series Glee, as Santana Lopez.

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1987 Birth Born on January 12, 1987.
1991 4 Years Old Rivera appeared in commercials for Kmart as a baby, but her first significant acting job was at age 4 when she appeared as Hillary Winston in The Royal Family sitcom in 1991. … Read More
1992 5 Years Old Between 1992 and 2002, she had small roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Live Shot, Baywatch, Smart Guy, The Jersey, House Blend, Even Stevens and The Master of Disguise.


2002 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, she also appeared in the music video for B2K's "Why I Love You".
2006 19 Years Old In 2006 and 2007, Rivera took part in a production of Mark E. Swinton's play, U Don't Know Me: The Musical, both in Los Angeles and when the production was taken on national tour.


2009 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, Rivera was cast as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Fox's musical comedy series Glee, about a high school glee club. … Read More
2010 23 Years Old Rivera briefly dated Glee co-star Mark Salling in 2010. … Read More
In January 2011, Rivera appeared in a parody of "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang", called "Nuthin' But a Glee Thang", co-written by Glee co-star Heather Morris.
On March 24, 2012, she co-hosted the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York with Glee co-star Cory Monteith. … Read More
Rivera began dating recording artist Big Sean in April 2013. They announced their engagement that October but ended their relationship in April 2014. Soon after, Rivera began dating actor Ryan Dorsey, her good friend of four years. They were married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on July 19, 2014.
At the Devil's Door (previously titled Home), Rivera's debut feature film, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 9, 2014. … Read More
In 2015, Rivera will portray the recurring role of Blanca in the third season of Devious Maids. … Read More
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