Naya Rivera is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009â€“2015), for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010. She was signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist in 2011 and released her debut single “Sorry” on September 17, 2013, featuring rapper Big Sean. She was also in the music video of the B2K”s song “Why I Love You.” She played Felipa Jonas in the 2017 comedy film Mad Families. Born Naya Marie Rivera on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California, USA, to Yolanda and George Rivera, she belongs to Puerto Rican, African American, and German descent. She has two younger siblings, a sister named Nickayla, and a brother, Mychal. At age four, she had her first acting role on the TV series The Royal Family and made her film debut in 2009″s Frankenhood. She married Ryan Dorsey in 2014, and the couple had a son named Josey Hollis Dorsey in 2015 before getting divorced in 2018.
Naya Marie Rivera Personal Details
Family / Birth / Real Name:
Naya Marie Rivera
Nay Nay, Nougat, Nay Nay Rivers, N”Nay, Bee
Date of Birth:
12 January 1987
Santa Clarita, California, USA
Race / Ethnicity:
Mixed (1/2 Puerto Rican, 1/4 African American & 1/4 German)
Josey Hollis Dorsey (Son) (Born: September 17, 2015)
Naya Marie Rivera Body Measurements
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35-25-34 in (89-63.5-87 cm)
35 inches (89 cm)
25 inches (63.5 cm)
34 inches (87 cm)
Naya Marie Rivera Distinctive Features
Naturally pouty lips
The â€œNayaâ€ dance
Various tattoos all over the body
Naya Marie Rivera Education
Valencia High School, Santa Clarita, CaliforniaValencia High School, Santa Clarita, California
Naya Marie Rivera Brand Endorsements
As a child, she appeared in the Kmart commercials.
She became the face of Proactiv Solution in December 2011.
Best Known For
Playing the role as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Foxâ€™s teen musical comedy-drama television series, Glee from 2009 to 2015
As a Singer
Naya Rivera gained her exposure as a singer, dancer and actor, all on Glee. Her performances had received much recognition and praise from the viewers. She had also received nominations and was included in the many â€œBest Ofâ€ lists.
On September 17, 2013, she released her debut single â€œSorryâ€ with Big Sean digitally.
She debuted with the 2009 movie Frankenhood for her role as Hottie. By mistake, her role was credited as â€œNaya Maria Riveraâ€.
First TV Show
From 1991 to 1992, she appeared in the American sitcom The Royal Family for her role as Hillary Winston. Naya was 4 years old at that time.
Due to her role as a cheerleader in Glee, Nayaâ€™s legs and butt were always visible. So, she always tried to make sure that her assets look good. She did squats for them.
Rivera also used to do side planks and traditional planks for her abs because she hated crunches.
She worked out and focussed on eating veggies and chips. By leaving pizzas and cheeseburgers, she got the right to flaunt her slim body.
TV Show – Boy Meets World (1993-2000), Doug (1991-1994)
Animal – Penguin
Book – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (By Stephen Chbosky)
All-time Favorite Song – A Song For You (By Donny Hathaway)
Accessory – Watch
Naya Marie Rivera Interesting Facts
*She was born on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California, United States. *She started her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials. *She is left-handed. *She is an avid reader and dedicates time to various charitable organizations. *She ranked #61 in 2010, #43 in 2011 and #27 in 2012 in Maxim”s Hot 100 list. *In 2011, she was named number one on AfterEllen”s Hot 100 list. *She has six tattoos. *She was once engaged to rapper Big Sean. *In November 2017, she was arrested and charged in Kanawha County, West Virginia with domestic battery against her future ex-husband Dorsey after she allegedly hit him in the head and face. *Visit her official website: www.nayarivera.com