Naya Rivera earned national recognition the way no other has: playing a minority singing homosexual high school cheerleader . . . What do you mean T.V. Carpio did the same thing! At any rate, Rivera's role as Santana on the hit Fox show "Glee" made her a national star. Her work on "Glee" has highlighted Rivera's singing talent, making her a triple threat with beauty, acting ability and some killer vocal chords. Though she initially seemed to be a secondary character on the show, Santana quickly became one of the stars, all thanks to Rivera's portrayal. Rivera and recording artist Big Sean became engaged in 2013.
Naya Marie Rivera (born January 12, 1987) is an American actress and singer known for her role in the musical comedy television series Glee, as cheerleader Santana Lopez.Rivera was raised in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California and has lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life. Rivera is of half Puerto Rican, quarter African American, and quarter German descent. At eight or nine months old, she began to be represented by the same talent agent as her mother, who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling.As 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 in 1991.
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