Naya Marie Rivera (born January 12, 1987; disappeared July 8, 2020) is an American actress, model, and singer. She started her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television advertisement before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of four (1991–1992). For the part, she received a nomination for a Young Artist Award. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera received her breakthrough role as an adult as Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received nominations for numerous awards. She was inscribed to Columbia Records as a solo artist in 2011 and Mechanics a single in 2013, “Sorry”, featuring rapper Big Sean.
Rivera made her attributed film debut as Vera in the horror film At the Devils Door (2014). Beginning in 2015, she had a recurring role as Blanca on the third season of the Lifetime television series Devious Maids.
Rivera was born in Santa Clarita, California, on January 12, 1987, and raised in Santa Clarita’s Valencia neighborhood. She has lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life. She is of African-American, German, and Puerto Rican descent. Her parents are Yolanda, an Aviation model, and George Rivera. Her younger brother is NFL tight end Mychal Rivera, and her younger sister is runway fashion model Nickayla Rivera. At 8 or 9 months old, Rivera began to be elected by the same talent agent as her mother, who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling.
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. 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 presentation in the series.
Between 1992 and 2002, she had small roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Live Shot, Baywatch, Smart Guy, Jersey, House Blend, Even Stevens, and The Master of Disguise. In 2002, she also appeared in the music video for B2K’s ” Why I Love You”. She then had a guest appearance on The Bernie Mac Show in 2002, before returning to the show for ten episodes throughout its five-season run. She was later featured in episodes of 8 Simple Rules and CS/ Miami: In between auditions and roles, Rivera worked jobs as a telemarketer, a nanny, and a greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store. In 2006 and 2007, Rivera took part in the fabrication 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.– Rivera auditioned for an unspecified season of American Idol during the San Francisco auditions, she was cut in the first round
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. Rivera’s character comes off as a cold-hearted and vicious cheerleader, who often shows her softer side to fellow cheerleader Brittany. Rivera auditioned for the opportunity “to sing, dance and act all in the same show,” and because she was a fan of co-composer 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 described Santana as “your typical high school cheerleader, for the most part,” explaining: “She’s really mean and loves boys. 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. 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. As 2011conclude, she or her character was on many “Best Of” lists, including HitFix’s 25 Carpentry Stars of 2011, TV Guide’s Best Performances of 2011, MTV’s Best TV Characters of 2011, as well as others. 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. At The Devils Door (previously titled Home), Rivera’s debut feature film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 9, 2014. 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 carries on with 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.”
In 2015, Rivera portrayed the periodical role of Blanca Alvarez in the third season of the duration of life drama series Devious Maids. She wrote a memoir titled Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up in September 2016. In 2018, it was announced that she would be taking the role of school administrator Collette Jones in the YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water The series moved to Starz in May 2020, and Rivera was announced to be continuing her role; at the time, the third season was in production, but no timetable for its release was given.
She has one sister,Nickayla , who is a model and her brother, Mychal, played in the NFL. She was occupied to rapper Big Sean before they called off the marriage in April 2014. She then married actor Ryan Dorsey in July 2014 and a year later they welcomed their first child. The couple divorced in late 2017.
Naturally pouty lips
The “Naya” dance
My desire for music is one of my greatest loves.
My heart is a Slushee full of fondness and I want to toss it all over you.
Getting hit on by both genders is such a champagne problem.
[In reference to Glee (2009)]: And for those of you who don’t watch the show, A. Kill yourself and B. As if… And what I think is most
breathtaking about “Brittana” and shows like “Glee” is that the
The connection that we portray isn’t just about the ratings. I truly trust that Santana really does love Brittany.
[on how Glee(2009)’s Santana is a gay fan favorite] Well, I love my gay bars – I go all the time – and we’ll literally be
Identify more at gay bars than anywhere else. In fact, I don’t get recognized anywhere except for gay bars. The gay boys will be like, “Oh, my God, I’m talking to Santana!” They only call me “Santana”. It’s awesome.
[on her dream role] I want to play Lena Horne because I’ve always been fascinated with her. Her talent was astounding and more than that, her life story is incredible.
[on paying her dues] I think it’s important to be able to say that you did live a normal life and struggled to make ends meet. It all has to do with the work ethic and how I apply myself to my awesome job now. I’ve always been used to working because I’ve been working since I was four.
I eat the same thing every day: brown rice pasta that’s gluten-free. I put arugula at the bottom of the bowl, make the pasta and while it’s still hot I put it on top of the arugula so it sort of wilts it. Throw on some tuna, mix it up and it’s a really good tuna salad.
Rivera disappearance story
Glee star Naya Rivera went missing while boating and swimming with her son on Lake Piru, and the search continues for the star who is presumed dead. Her four-year-old son, Josey, was found sleeping alone on the rented boat after his mother didn’t return it. Ventura County Sheriff officer Chris Dyer said at a press conference: ‘I think a tragic accident happened here and it breaks my heart.’ While the search for her goes on, this isn’t the only terrible event to have taken place in the lake’s treacherous waters… ADVERTISEMENT Top articles by Metro Brooklyn Beckham’s love life as he proposes to Nicola Peltz: Chloe Grace Moretz to Hana Cross READ MORE SKIP AD The dark history of Lake Piru, located in a reservoir in southern California, has been the site of several deaths over the years. These tragedies have often been blamed on things like low visibility, debris, winds strong enough to tip boats over, whirlpools, and cold temperatures in the water. Sheriff Dyer has cited ‘dangerous conditions’ as the reason why authorities had to pause the search for Naya on Wednesday night. He said: ‘We’re talking during the day 8 to 10 inches of visibility in the lake, lots of debris, full-sized trees and debris under the water and varying depths.’ Naya Rivera underwater footage released The LA Times reported in 2000 that there had been seven deaths in the lake since 1994. Lake Piru’s parks and recreation services manager at the time, Douglas West, told the publication that there had been approximately a dozen deaths there during his then-23 years working there and that most of those who died were not experienced swimmers, were without life jackets and had sadly overestimated their skills in the water or swam in prohibited areas.