Naya Rivera a.k.a Santana Lopez - January 12, 1987 - 25 yrs. old
Naya Marie Rivera was born on January 12, 1987, and is an American singer, song-writer, actress, and a model. She is best known for her role in the musical comedy series Glee, as Santana Lopez.

Early LifeEdit

Rivera was raised in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California and has lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life. She is of half Puerto Rican, quarter African American, and quarter German descent. Her parents are George and Yolanda Rivera. At eight or nine months old, Naya began to be represented by the same talent agent as her mother, who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling. She is the oldest of three in the family. She has a brother named Mychal Rivera and a sister named Nickayla Rivera.


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 Winstonin the Eddie Murphy produced sitcom The Royal Family in 1991.

Between 1992 and 2002, she had small roles 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. 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. She was later featured in episodes of 8 Simple Rules and CSI: Miami. In between auditions and roles, Rivera worked odd jobs as a telemarketer, a nanny, and a greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store. In 2006 and 2007, Rivera took part in a production of Mark E. Swinton's play U Don't Know Me: The Musical, both in Los Angeles and when the production was taken on national tour.       


In 2009, Naya was cast as Cheerios cheerleading squad member Santana Lopez 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 S. Pierce (played by Heather Morris). 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.

Personal LifeEdit

Rivera is an avid reader and dedicates her time to various charitable organizations, including GLAAD, The Trevor Project, and The Sunshine Foundation. She took up song-writing at the age of 15. According to Rivera, "My passion for music is one of my greatest loves." Rivera has stated that if she could not act or sing she could work as a writer. She has completed several screenplays and television scripts.

Rivera's brother, Mychal, is a college football player, a tight end for the University of Tennessee, their sister is Nickayla which is a model.

On April 9, 2013 she and Big Sean are seen held hands, so they are dating.

Rivera noted in an interview with Latina magazine that she was raised a devout Christian but is very private about it,  noting the conflict that can result from revealing such information. "It's hard and sort of sad that you do feel the need to tread lightly when you say, 'Yes I do go to church, and yes I do read the Bible' because once you do that, people will be like, 'Why are her boobs out? Why is her midriff showing? Why is she playing a lesbian?' I don't wanna deal with that stuff, so I've never really discussed it, it's very personal."


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Master of Disguise Captain America Kid Deleted Scene
2009 Frankenhood Hottie Credited as Naya Maria Rivera (Maria was a typo)


Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Santana Lopez

3D Concert Film

2013 The Naughty List Sparkle
2014 Home Vera 
Year Title Role Notes
1991–1992 The Royal Family Hillary Winston Regular role
1992–1993 Family Matters Gwendolyn Episodes: "Just One Date," "Heart Strings," "Mama's Wedding"
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cindy Episode: "Bundle of Joy"
1993 The Sinbad Show Party Guest Episode: "It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To"
1995 Live Shot Ann Episode: "Another Day, Another Story"
1996 Baywatch Willa Episode: "Scorcher"
1997–1999 Smart Guy Kelly
Episodes: "Baby, It's You and You and You," "Never Too Young"
1999 The Jersey Girl #2 Episode: "Be True to You"
2002 House Blend Chloe Pilot
2002 Even Stevens Charlene Episode: "Short Story"
2002–2004 Pajama Rama Herself Host
2002–2006 The Bernie Mac Show Donna Recurring role
2003 Soul Food Lauryn Episodes: "Truth's Consequences," "Nobody's Child"
2004 8 Simple Rules Nice Girl Episode: "Halloween"
2008 Girlfriends Young Lady Episode: "Stand and Deliver"
2008 CSI: Miami Rachel Calvado Episode: "Power Trip"
2009–present Glee Santana Lopez Season 1: recurring cast member
Seasons 2 - 4: regular cast member
2012 The Glee Project Herself Guest Star (Season 2, Episode 4 "Sexuality")
2012 This Is How I Made It Herself

Episode 3

2013 Fashion Police Herself Guesr Star


  • She likes to write songs.
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  • Her vital statistics are 34-22-32.
  • She has a brother named Mychal Rivera, 22 and a sister named Nickayla Rivera, 18.
  • Her nicknames are NayNay, Bee, Nay Nay Rivers, Na Nay, Little Bee, and the Veiled Fairy.
  • Had a crush on Robin Thicke.
  • She likes Sushi and Mexican food.
  • Her favorite color is pink.
  • Her favorite band is Coldplay
  • Has an iPhone.
  • She loves to read
  • Is a fan of Nip/Tuck.
  • Has a Cavalier King Charles puppy named Lucy Ann Rivera
  • She worked on Hooters
  • Has a video of "Naya Dance" that has been on Youtube.
  • Made the cathphrase "Wanky."
  • She is the only left-handed cast member.
  • She's 5'5 feet tall (165 cm).
  • Her first concert was No Doubt.
  • She's a very good impersonator.
  • Got a record deal.
  • Favorite animal was a penguin.
  • She watches Pretty Little Liars.
  • She is best friends with Heather Morris.
  • Has dated  glee writer Matthew Hodgson.
  • Her fans are called "Nayaholics".
  • One of her best friends is Kat Grahram from The Vampire Diaries.
  • She and Big Sean announced their engagement in October 2013 [1]


Videos Edit

Good Quality Glee's Naya Rivera on The Talk (Mar 20, 2013)05:02

Good Quality Glee's Naya Rivera on The Talk (Mar 20, 2013)

Glee - 'The Naya Dance'00:11

Glee - 'The Naya Dance'

Craig Ferguson Naya Rivera 01 Mar 201310:12

Craig Ferguson Naya Rivera 01 Mar 2013

I Heart Glee - Naya Rivera Interview-103:46

I Heart Glee - Naya Rivera Interview-1

Naya Rivera - When I Was 17 (2010)05:57

Naya Rivera - When I Was 17 (2010)

The Naughty List - Trailer01:38

The Naughty List - Trailer

M&M'S "Love Ballad" Commercial00:31

M&M'S "Love Ballad" Commercial

Naya Rivera confirms dating Big Sean backstage at Logo NewNowNext Awards 201302:00

Naya Rivera confirms dating Big Sean backstage at Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013

2CELLOS - Supermassive Black Hole ft03:47

2CELLOS - Supermassive Black Hole ft. Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera - Sorry (Lyric Video) ft03:37

Naya Rivera - Sorry (Lyric Video) ft. Big Sean-1

Naya Rivera - Behind The Scenes of her "Cosmo for Latinas" Photoshoot03:35

Naya Rivera - Behind The Scenes of her "Cosmo for Latinas" Photoshoot

My First Time Naya Rivera02:44

My First Time Naya Rivera

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