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Naya Rivera

Biography

She became recognized to tv audiences as Santana Lopez about Fox’s hit show Glee, a job that she won a Screen Stars Guild Award this year 2010. She’s received the American Latino Press Arts Honor multiple instances. She experienced her first performing part at four years of age on it series The Royal Family members and appeared within an show of THIS IS ONE WAY I MANAGED TO GET with Chris Dark brown in 2012. She produced her film debut in 2009’s Frankenhood. She was acknowledged as Naya Maria Rivera. She’s one sister, Nickayla, who’s a model. She was involved to rapper Big Sean before they known as off the relationship in Apr 2014. She after that married acting professional Ryan Dorsey in July 2014 and a yr later on they welcomed their 1st child. She made an appearance with Omarion in the 2002 music video for B2K’s music “Why I REALLY LIKE You.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Naya Rivera
Date Of Birth January 12, 1987
Place Of Birth Valencia, CA
Height 1.65 m
Profession TV Actress
Education New York Film Academy
Nationality American
Spouse Ryan Dorsey
Children Josey Hollis Dorsey
Parents Yolanda Rivera, George Rivera
Siblings Mychal Rivera, Nickayla Rivera
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Gal Pals, ALMA Award for Favorite Female Music Artist, ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actress - Comedy
Nominations Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer
Movies Mad Families, At the Devil's Door, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, Glee Encore, The Master of Disguise, A Monsterous Holiday
TV Shows Devious Maids, Glee, The Royal Family
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1She is left-handed.
2Revealed in her autobiography "Sorry not Sorry" that she had an abortion in 2010, after discovering that she was pregnant with the child of Ryan Dorsey with whom she had split at that time. She and Dorsey would marry in 2014 and start a family together.
3Battled with anorexia as a teenager.
4Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a son named Josey Hollis Dorsey on September 17, 2015. Child's father is her estranged husband, Ryan Dorsey.
5(July 19, 2014) Married her boyfriend of 3 months Ryan Dorsey. Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of a small group of close family. He is originally from Charleston, West Virginia, attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts before moving to Los Angeles, where he met Rivera four years ago. Longtime friends, they saw their relationship blossom into a romance shortly after her engagement to rapper Big Sean ended in April 2014.
6[April 9, 2014] Big Sean called off their engagement.
7Los Angeles, CA, USA: Recording for her first solo album under Columbia Records [January 2012]
8Younger sister, Nickayla Rivera, calls her "Little Sonic", because of her "off-the-charts energy" when she gets excited.
9Got engaged to rapper Big Sean towards the end of Sept. 2013. They met via Twitter and were together for 6/7 months before he proposed.
10Released her first single, Sorry ft. Big Sean, on iTunes on September 17, 2013.
11Started a Christmas inspired holiday, and dubbed it as "Snixxxmas"; which came from her nickname, Snix. She even wishes people a "Merry Snixxxmas" and throws a party to celebrate with family and friends.
12In 2012, Naya Rivera held her #1 rank in "The 2012 AfterEllen's Hot 100 List".
13In September of 2012, Naya Rivera was signed to Elton John's management company.
14Auditioned for American Idol (2002), but didn't make the cut.
15In 2012, Naya jumped up 16 spots from last year on the Maxim Hot 100 list, coming in at number 27.
16Has been to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, twice. She was invited by Jackson's niece, who she met while auditioning when she was younger.
17In Dec. 2011, Rivera became the new face of Proactiv Solution.
18Unlike their characters on Glee (2009), Rivera and co-star, Kevin McHale are very close friends. They gave one another "Bee" as a nickname. Naya also calls him "Little Bee".
19While joking around one day, she made up a celebratory dance that is now known as "The Naya Dance".
20In May of 2011, 24yr old Naya Rivera signed a record contract with Columbia Records.
21In 2011, Naya jumped up 61 spots from her previous ranking in "The 2011 AfterEllen's Hot 100 List", coming in at #1.
22In 2011, Naya jumped up 18 spots from last year on the Maxim Hott 100 list, coming in at number 43.
23Has a younger sister, Nickayla Rivera, who models.
24Her first concert was going to see No Doubt.
25Is obsessed with sushi and Mexican food.
26When Naya was 17, she loved The Simple Life (2003) (2003-2007) and all she wanted to do was be like Paris Hilton. She convinced her dad to let her get a little dog like Paris, whom she named "Kally".
27When she was 17 in high school, Naya worked as a greeter at Abercrombie & Fitch but quit to take a job selling memberships at Lake Elizabeth GoLf & Ranch Club.
28She signs her autograph as a heart with her first name followed.
29In 2002, she appeared in the music video for B2K's "Why I Love You".
30She took up songwriting at the age of 15.
31As a baby, Rivera appeared in commercials for Kmart, but her first significant acting job was at the age of four when she starred as "Hillary Winston" in the Eddie Murphy-produced sitcom, The Royal Family (1991).
32Her real-life best friends are Glee (2009) co-star, Heather Morris, who happens to play her best friend in the show as well, and Glee (2009) co-executive producer, John Peter Kousakis (a.k.a. Telly Kousakis).
33In 2010 Rivera made the Maxim Hot 100 list, coming in at number 61.
34Rivera's younger brother, Mychal Rivera, has started as tight end, #81, for the Tennessee Volunteers football team. And in 2013 he was the 184th pick in round 6 of the NFL Draft. He debuted in 2013 as a tight end, #81, for the Oakland Raiders.
35Rivera is an avid reader and dedicates time to various charitable organizations.
36Has 6 tattoos. 5 of which include: A small bow on the back of her neck, the word "Love" written in Hebrew on the inside of her right wrist, a large cross on her lower back, a small peace sign on the inside of her left ankle, and a shooting star on the top of her right foot.
37Ethnicity: 1/2 Puerto Rican, 1/4 African American & 1/4 German.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mad Families2017Felipa
American Dad!2016TV SeriesLolo Fuentes
Devious Maids2015TV SeriesBlanca Alvarez
Glee2009-2015TV SeriesSantana Lopez Artie Abrams
At the Devil's Door2014/VIVera
The Naughty List2013VideoSparkle (voice)
Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode2009TV MovieSantana Lopez
Frankenhood2009Hottie (as Naya Maria Rivera)
CSI: Miami2008TV SeriesRachel Calvado
Girlfriends2008TV SeriesKarin
The Bernie Mac Show2002-2006TV SeriesDonna
8 Simple Rules2004TV SeriesNice Girl
Soul Food2003TV SeriesLauryn
The Master of Disguise2002Captain America Kid
Even Stevens2002TV SeriesCharlene
House Blend2002TV MovieChloe
The Jersey1999TV SeriesGirl #2
Smart Guy1997-1999TV SeriesKelly / Tanya
Baywatch1996TV SeriesWilla
Live Shot1995TV SeriesAnn
The Sinbad Show1993TV SeriesParty Guest
Family Matters1992-1993TV SeriesGwendolyn
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1993TV SeriesCindy
The Royal Family1991-1992TV SeriesHillary Winston

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Glee2009-2015TV Series performer - 75 episodes
One Hit Wonderland2013TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie2011Documentary performer: "Don't Stop Believin", "Empire State of Mind", "Valerie", "River Deep, Mountain High", "Loser Like Me"
Queens of Pop2011TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The X Factor2010TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee (uncredited)
2012 ALMA Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favorite TV Actress - Comedy
The Glee Project2012TV SeriesHerself
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
2011 ALMA Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Guesting on Glee2011Video documentary shortHerself - Santana Lopez
Pop Wrapped TV2010-2011TV Series documentarySantana Lopez
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2011TV SeriesHerself
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie2011DocumentarySantana
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself
CMT Insider2011TV SeriesHerself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Nuthin' But a Glee Thang2011ShortHerself
The X Factor2010TV SeriesSantana Lopez / Herself - Special Guest
When I Was 172010TV Series documentaryHerself
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHerself
Teen Choice Awards 20102010TV SpecialHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHerself
78th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2009TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1991TV SeriesHerself
The Dr. Oz Show2016TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHerself - Author, Sorry Not Sorry
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself - Author, Sorry Not Sorry
Entertainment Tonight2010-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Real2016TV SeriesHerself
The View2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess
Speak of the Devil2014Video documentary shortHerself
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
American Music Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHerself
Fashion Police2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Teen Choice Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2013TV SeriesHerself
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
2013 New Now Next Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
The Talk2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Devious Maids2015TV SeriesBlanca Alvarez
Glee2015TV SeriesSantana Lopez
Stevie Nicks Goes Glee2011Video documentary shortSantana Lopez (uncredited)
Glee Encore2011VideoSantana Lopez

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Female Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortThe Naughty List (2013)
2014People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV Gal PalsGlee (2009)· Lea Michele
2012ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actress - Leading Role In A ComedyGlee (2009)
2012ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite Female Music Artist
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Supporting ActressGlee (2009)
2012NewNowNext AwardNewNowNext AwardsCause You're HotGlee (2009)
2011ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite Female Music ArtistGlee (2009)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGlee (2009)· Dianna Agron
· Chris Colfer
· Patrick Gallagher
· Jessalyn Gilsig
· Jane Lynch
· Jayma Mays
· Kevin McHale
· Lea Michele
· Cory Monteith
· Heather Morris
· Matthew Morrison
· Amber Riley
· Mark Salling
· Harry Shum Jr.
· Josh Sussman
· Dijon Talton
· Iqbal Theba
· Jenna Ushkowitz

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Female Scene StealerGlee (2009)
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGlee (2009)· Dianna Agron
· Chris Colfer
· Darren Criss
· Samuel Larsen
· Vanessa Lengies
· Jane Lynch
· Jayma Mays
· Kevin McHale
· Lea Michele
· Cory Monteith
· Heather Morris
· Matthew Morrison
· Alex Newell
· Chord Overstreet
· Amber Riley
· Mark Salling
· Harry Shum Jr.
· Jenna Ushkowitz
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesGlee (2009)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGlee (2009)· Dianna Agron
· Chris Colfer
· Darren Criss
· Ashley Fink
· Dot-Marie Jones
· Jane Lynch
· Jayma Mays
· Kevin McHale
· Lea Michele
· Cory Monteith
· Heather Morris
· Matthew Morrison
· Mike O'Malley
· Chord Overstreet
· Lauren Potter
· Amber Riley
· Mark Salling
· Harry Shum Jr.
· Iqbal Theba
· Jenna Ushkowitz
2011ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actress - Leading Role In A ComedyGlee (2009)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGlee (2009)· Max Adler
· Dianna Agron
· Chris Colfer
· Jane Lynch
· Jayma Mays
· Kevin McHale
· Lea Michele
· Cory Monteith
· Heather Morris
· Matthew Morrison
· Mike O'Malley
· Chord Overstreet
· Amber Riley
· Mark Salling
· Harry Shum Jr.
· Iqbal Theba
· Jenna Ushkowitz
2010Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble of the YearGlee (2009)· Dianna Agron
· Chris Colfer
· Patrick Gallagher
· Jessalyn Gilsig
· Jane Lynch
· Jayma Mays
· Kevin McHale
· Lea Michele
· Cory Monteith
· Heather Morris
· Matthew Morrison
· Amber Riley
· Mark Salling
· Harry Shum Jr.
· Dijon Talton
· Iqbal Theba
· Jenna Ushkowitz
2010Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress - TelevisionGlee (2009)
1992Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under TenThe Royal Family (1991)


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#Quote
1[on marriage equality] I think that everyone should have the right to be with whoever they love. I mean, love is so rare and - God, first of all, marriage is so hard. I think that people should be able to be with whoever they love. Life is too short. I just don't think it's anyone else's business.
2[on getting married] No matter what [anyone] says to you, every girl wants to get married. Of course I want to get married! I think that it'd be the party of the century.
3[on her beauty obsessions] I love getting waxed, or getting tanned, getting my hair done, or laser hair removal - I'm obsessed with anything like that.
4[on her ideal guy] He's really good looking. He's talented. He's nice. I don't know. I like people that are kind. And people who like me.
5[on working at Hooters and overcoming self-consciousness] I have nightmares about that job, period. When I was working there, I was really skinny - a lot skinnier than I am now. But I was always self-conscious. It's so funny now to feel completely different... You can't be so hard on yourself that you're not enjoying everyday. It just got to be too much, so I shelved it. I just started eating right and working out and putting my energy into that.
6[on being a lesbian sex symbol] Its kind of cool - and it makes me feel like a badass. I get more girls than my boyfriend [Big Sean]. They always tweet me about my booty.
7I 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.
8[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 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.
9[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.
10[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 recognized 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.
11[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 awesome about "Brittana" and shows like "Glee" is that the relationships that we portray aren't just about the ratings. I truly believe that Santana really does love Brittany.
12Getting hit on by both genders is such a champagne problem.
13My heart is a Slushee full of love and I want to toss it all over you.
14My passion for music is one of my greatest loves.

#Trademark
1The "Naya" dance
2Defined cheekbones
3Naturally pouty lips

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