Naya Rivera
Actress, singer
Naya Rivera
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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Naya Rivera's personal information overview.
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These Stars Are Telling You You One Last Time 'Holy S**t, You've Got To Vote'
Huffington Post - 4 months
With just four days until the election, some stars got together to tell American citizens to f**king vote.  Rachel Bloom, creator and star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” leads the call in “HOLY S**T (You’ve Got To Vote),” a music video for Funny or Die starring other celebs including Elizabeth Banks, Moby, Naya Rivera, Amber Rose, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Lynch.  Yes, there are expletives. Yes, they call Donald Trump an orange, talking STD. But they’re trying to get a point across.   If you're on the fence about voting, um, don't be? https://t.co/Ew7oZD7Uus — Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) November 4, 2016 A vulgar truly passionate obscene plea to please #Vote @racheldoesstuff @thelittleidiot @janemarielynch @mradamscott pic.twitter.com/rB0UBl533h — Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 4, 2016 type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=581b3ea7e4b08f9841ad8d5a,5812708de4b0390e69cf2cc4 -- This fee ...
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Naya Rivera Claims She Caught Ariana Grande At Big Sean's House When They Were Still Engaged
Huffington Post - 6 months
Naya Rivera can’t stop, won’t stop, spilling tea in her new memoir, Sorry Not Sorry.  In a recently released excerpt from the book, the former “Glee” star revealed that she once caught Ariana Grande at home with her former fiancé, Big Sean, while they were still together.  Before we delve into the details, here’s a quick recap: Rivera and Big Sean got engaged in October 2013, but went through a messy public split in April 2014. In October 2014, the rapper and Grande confirmed they were dating, but after about eight months together, they called it quits.  According to Rivera, though, the “Side to Side” singer and hip-hop artist’s romance may have been blooming while she and Big Sean were still together.  Here’s how it all went down: Like all relationships, Rivera and Big Sean had their arguments.  “We’d been fighting for five straight days while he was traveling, and then on the one day that he was back in L.A., he said he didn’t want to see me,” she wrote in her boo ...
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'Glee' star Naya Rivera spills show's real-life feuds and scandals
Fox News - 6 months
The fascinating revelations just keep coming from former Glee star Naya Rivera’s forthcoming tell-all memoir.
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Naya Rivera reveals she had an abortion while on 'Glee'
Fox News - 6 months
Naya Rivera had an abortion while starring on “Glee.”
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Napa Valley's Hidden Gems: Food, Ambiance, and Architecture
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The beauty of staying at the Napa River Inn & Historic Napa Mill is the location: we were right in the center of Napa's cultural aesthetic, and we didn't need a car for the whole weekend. Our balcony had a lovely view of the river. The bed was uber-comfy with great pillows, and the staff were gracious and friendly. When it comes to spa's, I'm a guy. But my wife talked me into a couple's massage at the Spa at Napa River Inn, and I loved it. Some people feel shy about having a stranger touch their bodies, but lying next to my wife on adjoining tables put us at ease as Jessica and Jennifer lovingly kneaded the knots out of our backs. They took great pride in their work, and I was amazed at how they could "read" our tension with their fingers, and they knew just where to press to untie those knots. My wife adored her facial with Lisa, and returned all aglow to our room just in time for dinner. We are super-picky about restaurants, but the Italian fare of Ca'Momi went beyo ...
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The Most Influential Celebrity Baby Names Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some of most popular names in the U.S. today prove that celebrities influence baby name trends. Nicole Richie’s Harlow, Gwen Stefani’s Kingston, and half of the names chosen by the Jolie-Pitts have risen in popularity thanks to famous families. High profile birth announcements can take an already rising name and put it on more parents' short lists, like Channing Tatum’s Everly. Or it can transform an obscure choice, like Marlowe, into everyone’s new favorite. As 2015 draws to a close, Nameberry takes a look at the celebrity baby name choices likely to influence baby naming in 2016 and beyond. Charlotte One of biggest celebrity stories of 2015 was the birth of Her Royal Highness, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Just days after Charlotte’s birth was announced, we learned that the name had cracked the U.S. top 10. It’s a classic choice, not a trendy one, but it’s still a name to watch in 2016. Josey Naya Rivera named her baby boy Josey, a name traditional ...
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The Most Influential Celebrity Baby Names Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some of most popular names in the U.S. today prove that celebrities influence baby name trends. Nicole Richie’s Harlow, Gwen Stefani’s Kingston, and half of the names chosen by the Jolie-Pitts have risen in popularity thanks to famous families. High profile birth announcements can take an already rising name and put it on more parents' short lists, like Channing Tatum’s Everly. Or it can transform an obscure choice, like Marlowe, into everyone’s new favorite. As 2015 draws to a close, Nameberry takes a look at the celebrity baby name choices likely to influence baby naming in 2016 and beyond. Charlotte One of biggest celebrity stories of 2015 was the birth of Her Royal Highness, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Just days after Charlotte’s birth was announced, we learned that the name had cracked the U.S. top 10. It’s a classic choice, not a trendy one, but it’s still a name to watch in 2016. Josey Naya Rivera named her baby boy Josey, a name traditional ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Naya Rivera
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    Rivera will release a memoir titled Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up in September 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 28
    On February 24, 2015, Rivera announced that she and Dorsey were expecting their first child.
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    Rivera and her family reside in Los Angeles. During her appearance as a guest host on The View on January 14, 2015, Rivera alluded to her possible bisexuality.
    More Details Hide Details Rosie O'Donnell remarked on a recent study that showed that bisexual women were more likely to have mental health problems than lesbians, to which Rivera replied, "Rosie, no wonder I'm crazy. This just solves it all." Rivera took up songwriting at the age of 15, declaring in one interview, " my passion for music is one of my greatest loves." In 2008, Rivera completed an 8-week screenwriting workshop at the New York Film Academy. She has stated that if she could not act or sing, she would work as a writer. Concerning her religious views, Rivera noted in an interview with Latina magazine that she was raised a devout Christian but is very private about it, noting the conflict that can result from revealing such information. She stated, "It's hard and sort of sad that you do feel the need to tread lightly when you say, 'Yes, I do go to church and I do read the Bible,' because once you do that, people will be like, 'Why are her boobs out? Why is her midriff showing? Why is she playing a lesbian?' I don't want to deal with that stuff, so I've never really discussed it. It's very personal."
    In 2015, Rivera portrayed the recurring role of Blanca Alvarez in the third season of Lifetime's drama series Devious Maids.
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  • 2014
    Age 27
    Rivera was ranked number 37 in the Men's Health Hottest Women of 2014.
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    On May 1, 2014, it was reported that Columbia had dropped Rivera because her debut single had underperformed.
    More Details Hide Details Rivera's representative released a statement to news outlets stating that any claims were falsified, and that legal action would be potentially taken to ensure Rivera's creditability; at the time of publishing, Columbia Records could not be reached for comment. Rivera subsequently worked on an immigrant project with Guillermo Diaz, directing a short film PSA about the effect of immigration on children and their parents. While Diaz's part is about telling the stories of young dreamers and the fear they have of their mothers being deported, Rivera's PSA is about the problems immigrants deal with or face in the United States.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film has been described by its director, Nicholas McCarthy, as "a unique kind of genre film I think, almost like a Rubik's cube of a horror movie." The film was released through video on demand on August 8, 2014, and theatrically released on September 12, 2014. The film continued to play at festivals, receiving mixed reviews. Rivera's acting, however, received praise. Edgar Chaput, of Sound on Sight, called Rivera "the standout... the most natural performance in the film," while Marsha McCreadie, of Film Journal, wrote, "At the Devil's Door doesn't pick up steam until late in the story, when Rivera carries the narrative," and Jeremy Kibler of Diabolique magazine wrote, "Coming primarily from a TV background and fun to watch as sharp-tongued lesbian cheerleader Santana on Glee, the eye-grabbing Naya Rivera adjusts to the big screen with ease in front of the camera. Her Vera is headstrong and rigid but cut with just the right amount of vulnerability."
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Rivera's debut single "Sorry", featuring rapper Big Sean, was released as a digital download on September 17, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details However, production on the album "kind of halted" due to "so many things going on," Rivera stated, "Politics got involved so I've been putting it on the back burner; there are a lot of things that I'm doing that I'm excited about."
    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, whom she had previously dated four years earlier. They were married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on July 19, 2014.
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    Rivera starred in an M&M's commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013, as the girl that "Red" is referring to (and who is essentially trying to eat him) with a cover of Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)".
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    In December 2012, Rivera attended the annual Trevor Live! event, where she performed a cover of the song "Silent Night".
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    In October 2012, Rivera was featured in the third episode of MTV's series This Is How I Made It.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, Rivera recounted her childhood career as an actress and a model, as well as the lean times that came between the age of 16 and 21, leading up to her big break of being cast on Glee.
    On the 2012 AfterEllen Hot 100 list, she was again ranked number 1.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2013, Rivera posed nude in an issue of Allure magazine.
    In May 2012, Rivera made FHMs 100 Sexiest Women list, coming in at number 39.
    More Details Hide Details She made the Maxim Hot 100 list for the third year in a row, moving up sixteen spots to number 27.
    In April 2012, Rivera was featured on the cover of Latina magazine.
    More Details Hide Details The following month she was also featured in the inaugural issue of Cosmo for Latinas, and was selected by People en Español for their 50 Most Beautiful list.
    On March 24, 2012, she co-hosted the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York with Glee co-star Cory Monteith.
    More Details Hide Details Along with John Stamos, both hosts auctioned off kisses to the crowd, raising $15,000. This tradition started with Rivera when she hosted the 22nd Annual Media Awards in San Francisco.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    In December 2011, Rivera was revealed as the newest celebrity spokesperson for Proactiv.
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    In November 2011, Rivera and her Glee co-star Amber Riley performed at the 10th Annual Celebration of Dreams Event for the Dream Foundation.
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    In 2011, Rivera hosted the San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards.
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    In May 2011, it was announced that Rivera had signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album.
    More Details Hide Details The musical duo 2Cellos released the second single to their second album, a cover of Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole" featuring vocals by Rivera. She also starred in the music video for the song.
    As 2011 ended, she or her character were on many "Best Of" lists, including HitFix's 25 Breakout Stars of 2011, TV Guide Best Performances of 2011, MTV Best TV Characters of 2011, as well as others.
    More Details Hide Details In the second half of the series' third season, she was given the opportunity to do a duet with Ricky Martin, and worked with Gloria Estefan, who was cast as Santana's mother. As the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards approached, Rivera was listed by many critics and media outlets as deserving of a nomination; The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Emmy 2012: Supporting Players" photo shoot, and Rivera was also honored by E! HitFix, TV Guide, and others. She was also chosen by the TV Academy to take part in a promotional video for the upcoming awards ceremony.
    In July 2011, Rivera was nominated for two ALMA Awards, in the categories of Favorite Female Music Artist and Favorite TV Actress – Leading Role in a Comedy.
    More Details Hide Details Rivera received a great amount of critical praise for both her acting and her singing performances in the latter part of season two and the beginning of season three.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    In her memoir, Rivera revealed that she had an abortion in 2010, shortly after splitting from Dorsey, due to the fact her career was taking off with the success of Glee.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    She finds the show's pacing challenging, especially the dancing, and commented in June 2009 that her most memorable moment on Glee was performing the Cheerios' glee club audition piece, "I Say a Little Prayer".
    More Details Hide Details Santana played a more prominent part in the last nine episodes of Glee first season. Rivera commented: "Santana's been wreaking havoc with people's boyfriends and people's babies and teachers – she's the high school terror, and she's going to continue to be the villain." After having her screen time and musical involvement increased in the second half of the first season, Rivera was promoted to official series regular status as of the beginning of the second season. She was given her first solo in the fifth episode of season two, "The Rocky Horror Glee Show", and performed several others as the season progressed. During the second season, Rivera's role in the show was radically changed when it was revealed that her character was a lesbian. Rivera portrayed Santana struggling to come to terms with her sexuality, with her love for her best friend, and with her inability to come out of the closet. She received favorable reviews for her performance.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rivera's character comes off as a cold-hearted and vicious cheerleader, who often shows her softer side to fellow cheerleader Brittany (played by Heather Morris). Rivera auditioned for the opportunity "to sing, dance and act all in the same show," and because she was a fan of co-creator Ryan Murphy's previous work on Nip/Tuck. Rivera drew on her own high school experience of unpopularity to prepare for the role, as well as watching films such as Mean Girls to "really get in the zone and feel like a bitchy sophomore." She has described Santana as "your typical high school cheerleader, for the most part," explaining: "She's really mean and loves boys. She's really witty so I love playing her." She has characterized Santana as "a bit of a bad girl" who is "really snarky and always has these really witty one-liners she throws out there." Rivera enjoys the fact Santana is competitive and headstrong as she herself shares those traits, but dislikes Santana's mean streak.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rivera auditioned for an unspecified season of American Idol during the San Francisco auditions, she was cut in the first round.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    She was hired for a single episode guest appearance on The Bernie Mac Show in 2002, but she was brought back to work on a further ten episodes throughout all five seasons.
    More Details Hide Details She was later featured in episodes of 8 Simple Rules and CSI: Miami. In between auditions and roles, Rivera worked jobs as a telemarketer, a nanny and a greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store.
    In 2002, she also appeared in the music video for B2K's "Why I Love You".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 5
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 4
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show received positive reviews and high ratings initially, but it was canceled soon after star Redd Foxx suffered a sudden heart attack on set. Rivera received a Young Artist Award nomination for her performance in the series.
  • 1987
    Age 0
    Born on January 12, 1987.
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