Naya Rivera is an actress best known for playing high school cheerleader Santana Lopez on Fox’s hit musical show, “Glee.”
As a child, Naya began her acting career with commercials for Kmart. But her true break came at the age of 4 when she was cast in the short-lived sitcom “The Royal Family.” For the next decade, Naya worked steadily, appearing in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Family Matters,” “Baywatch,” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” When she wasn’t acting, Naya worked as a nanny, telemarketer, and greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store.
In 2009, Naya landed the role that would turn her into a star — snarky ”mean girl” Santana Lopez on the smash hit “Glee.” As fan interest in her character grew, so did Rivera’s part. In the second season, she was upgraded to a regular, assigned solos, and given a meaty storyline about Santana’s sexuality.
Rivera became a fixture in the spotlight, with appearances at various GLAAD Awards ceremonies across the country. She also participated in an episode of MTV’s “This Is How I Made It,” and starred in an M&Ms commercial during the 2013 Super Bowl.
With her role on “Glee” diminished, Rivera has been working on her debut album. She released the first single, “Sorry,” a collaboration with boyfriend Big Sean.
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