Naya Rivera Biography
Naya Rivera is an American actress and singer,born Naya Marie Rivera on 12, January 1987 in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California. Naya has lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life. She is of Puerto Rican, African American, and German descent. She was born to Yolanda, a former model, and George Rivera. Her younger brother is NFL tight end Mychal Rivera, and her younger sister is runway model Nickayla Rivera. At 8 or 9 months old, Rivera began to be represented by the same talent agent as her mother, who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling.
Naya Rivera Age
She was born on 12th January 1987. She is 31 years old as of 2018.
Naya Rivera Parents
She was born on 12th January 1987, to Yolanda, a former model, and George Rivera.
Naya Rivera Brother
Her younger brother is NFL tight end Mychal Rivera.
Naya Rivera Sister
She is an elder sister to Nickayla Rivera.
Naya Rivera and Big Sean
Rivera began dating recording artist, Big Sean in April 2013. They announced their engagement in October 2013, but ended their relationship in April 2014.
Naya Rivera Husband – Naya Rivera Married
Soon after breaking up with Big sean Rivera began dating actor, Ryan Dorsey, whom she had previously dated four years earlier. They later got married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on July 19, 2014, the original date set for her wedding to Big Sean.
Naya Rivera Baby
On February 24, 2015, Rivera announced that she and Dorsey were expecting their first child. Their son, Josey Hollis Dorsey was born on September 17, 2015.
Naya Rivera Divorce
Rivera filed for divorce in November 2016, two years after getting married to Dorsey, but called off the separation in October 2017. In late November 2017, Rivera was arrested and charged in Kanawha County, West Virginia with misdemeanor domestic battery against Dorsey after she allegedly hit him in the head and face during an altercation over their child.
Her bond was set at $1,000, and she was released and picked up from the courthouse by her father-in-law. Rivera subsequently refiled for divorce in December 2017. Later that month, after filing for a divorce Rivera and Dorsey agreed to temporarily share joint custody of their son. In January 2018, the domestic battery charge was dismissed at the request of Dorsey. On June 14, 2018, their divorce was finalized.
Naya Rivera Career
As a baby, she first appeared in commercials for Kmart , but her first significant acting job was in 1991, at age 4 when she appeared as Hillary Winston in The Royal Family sitcom. Although the show received a positive review and high ratings initially, but it was canceled soon after star Redd Foxx suffered a sudden heart attack on set. She received a Young Artist Award nomination for her performance in the series.
She played small roles between 1992 and 2002, 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. In 2002, she also appeared in the music video for B2K’s “Why I Love You”. 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.
Later she was featured in a few 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. Rivera took part in a production of Mark E. Swinton’s play, U Don’t Know Me: The Musical, both in Los Angeles in 2006 and 2007, 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.
Naya Rivera Glee
Naya was later in 2009 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-creator Ryan Murphy’s previous work on Nip/Tuck. She appeared in a parody of Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang, called Nuthin’ But a Glee Thang, co-written by Glee co-star Heather Morris in January 2011.
It was announced in May 2011, that she had signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album. 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. Rivera’s debut single “Sorry”, featuring rapper Big Sean, was released as a digital download on September 17, 2013. 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.”
It was reported on May 1, 2014,that Columbia had dropped Rivera because her debut single had under performed. 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. She 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. 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.”
Rivera portrayed the recurring role of Blanca Alvarez in 2015, in the third season of Lifetime’s drama series Devious Maids. Rivera released a memoir titled Sorry 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.
Naya Rivera Movies and TV Shows
- 2002 The Master of Disguise
- 2009 Frankenhood
- 2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
- 2013 The Naughty List
- 2014 At the Devil’s Door
- 2017 Mad Families
- 1991–1992 The Royal Family
- 1992–1993 Family Matters
- 1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1993 The Sinbad Show
- 1995 Live Shot
- 1996 Baywatch
- 1997 Smart Guy
- 1999 Tanya Episode: “Never Too Young”
- 1999 The Jersey
- 2002 House Blend
- 2002 Even Stevens
- 2002–2006 The Bernie Mac Show
- 2003 Soul Food
- 2004 8 Simple Rules
- 2008 Girlfriends
- 2008 CSI: Miami
- 2009–2015 Glee
- 2015 Devious Maids
- 2016 American Dad!
- 2017 RuPaul’s Drag Race
- 2018 Step Up: High Water
Naya Rivera Sorry Not Sorry Book
Funny and deeply personal, Sorry Not Sorry recounts Glee star Naya Rivera’s successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them. Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn’t easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we’re not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens.
Whether it’s with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over–or plod through–all the crap along the way. After her rise and fall from early childhood stardom, barely eking her way through high school, a brief stint as a Hooters waitress, going through thick and thin with her mom/manager, and resurrecting her acting career as Santana Lopez on Glee, Naya emerged from these experiences with some key life lessons:
– All those times I scrawled “I HATE MY MOM” in my journal. So many moms and teenage daughters don’t get along–we just have to realize it’s nothing personal on either side.
– At-home highlights and DIY hair extensions. Some things are best left to the experts, and hair dye is one of them.
– Falling in love with the idea of a person, instead of the actual person.
– That I don’t always get along with everyone. Having people not like you is a risk you have to take to be real, and I’ll take that over being fake any day.
– Laughing at the gossip instead of getting upset by it.
– Getting my financial disasters out of the way early–before I was married or had a family–so that the only credit score that I wrecked was my own.
Even with a successful career and a family that she loves more than anything else, Naya says, “There’s still a thirteen-year-old girl inside of me making detailed lists of how I can improve, who’s never sure of my own self-worth.” Sorry Not Sorry is for that thirteen-year-old in all of us.
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Naya Rivera Opens Up About Being a Working Mom: ‘Everything I Do Is’ for My Son Josey
Audiences were introduced to Naya Rivera through her role as spitfire Santana Lopez on Fox’s Glee in 2009, but these days she’s not only an actress and dancer — she’s also a clothing designer.
The mother of one, who founded the gender-neutral kids’ lifestyle brand JOJO&IZZY, tells PEOPLE her motivation for the latest business venture is entirely her son Josey Hollis, who turns 3 on Sept. 17.
“First and foremost, everything I do is for Josey. He’s at the best age! He’s talking so much and [he’s] so cool, kind and sweet,” Rivera, 31, says of her child, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.
“Josey inspires me in so many ways that it felt natural to want to create this for him and I,” adds the Step Up: High Water star. “Starting this company from the ground up is something I’m really, really proud of. I know that my son is proud of it too. It’s a sweet bond that we share together.”
Though the toddler is still growing up, his proud mom reveals he contributes to the company in his own adorable way.
“I’ll take things to Josey for his input, especially the capes. He really loves the capes and thought he was a superhero. He kept running around the house saying, ‘I’m a superhero!’ ” Rivera says.
“It’s really, really fun. It’s something that is new and something that is a different creative outlet that I don’t get to do outside of acting, singing or dancing. And I do get to do it with my son. It’s been a great experience,” she explains.
“I think everything is affordable, edgy and unisex,” Rivera adds of her brand. “I have so much fun designing the baby onesies because Josey is not a baby anymore. But to see my nephew and other people’s babies in them, it’s the sweetest thing.”
Along with being a working mom, she’s also moonlighting as a party planner.
“Josey’s having a Disney Cars-themed party. He’s obsessed with Disney’s Cars. He’s amassed quite the collection. He knows all their names and it’s really sweet,” Rivera enthuses.