Naya Rivera is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of 4, for which she received a nomination for a Young Artist Award. Rivera received her breakthrough role as an adult as Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee, for which she received nominations for numerous accolades. She was signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist in 2011 and released a single in 2013, Sorry, featuring rapper Big Sean. In 2016, she published a memoir with TarcherPerigee, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up.

Birth Name

Naya Marie Rivera

Nickname

The Veiled Fairy, N’Nay, Bee, Nay Nay, Nay Nay Rivers, Nougat, Snix, Ni Ni, Smoochy

Profession

Singer, Actress, Model

Genre

Pop, R&B

Instruments

Vocals

Labels

Columbia Records

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Naya Rivera was born on January 12, 1987, in Valencia, California, United States.

Age

She’s currently 32 years old.

Sun Sign

Capricorn

Ethnicity

Multiracial

She is of Puerto Rican, African American and German descent.

Religion

Christianity

Education

Rivera attended Valencia High School, Santa Clarita, California.

Family Details

  • Father – George Rivera
  • Mother – Yolanda Rivera
  • Siblings – Mychal Rivera (Younger Brother) (Footballer player), Nickayla Rivera (Sister) (Model)

Marital Status

Divorced

Boyfriend / Spouse

Naya Rivera has dated –

  • Mark Salling (2007-2010) – Actor Mark Salling and Naya Rivera started dating in 2007. However, this off-screen relationship was denied by Mark’s representative and they decided to call off their relationship in 2010.
  • Matthew Hodgson (2011-2013) – Matthew Hodgson, the writer for the TV show Glee, dated Naya for 2 years from April 2011 until April 2013.
  • Big Sean (2013-2014) – Rapper Big Sean and Naya started dating in February 2013 after meeting via Twitter. The couple’s love song Is Hello by Lionel Richie. They engaged in October 2013. They called it quits in April 2014 after remaining together for a year.

  • Ryan Dorsey (2014-2016) – The actors commenced dating each other in July 2014. Though, she met him long before, 4 years earlier. On July 19, 2014, the lovebirds married each other in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In September 2015, the couple welcomed their child, son Josey. After 2 years of marriage together, Naya applied for divorce in November 2016. Later, in October 2017, the divorce was called off by her. In December 2017, she re-applied for divorce which was finalized in June 2018.
  • David Spade (2017) – In the summer of 2017, for about three months until June 2017, Naya dated actor David Spade.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 5 inches
  • In centimeters – 165 cm
  • In meters – 1.65 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 53 kg
  • In Pounds – 117 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 35-25-34
  • Bust – 35 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip – 34 inches
  • Bra Size – 32C

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

She wears a size 8 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Playing the role as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on the Fox’s teen musical comedy drama television series, Glee since 2009.

Film Debut

She debuted with 2009 movie Frankenhood  for her role as Hottie. By mistake, her role was credited as Naya Maria Rivera.

Singing Debut

In September 17, 2013, she released her debut single Sorry with Big Sean digitally.

Television Debut

In 1992, she appeared in the American sitcom The Royal Family for her role as Hillary Winston. Naya was 4 years old at that time.

Brand Endorsements

As a child, she appeared in the Kmart commercials. She became the face of Proactive Solution in December 2011.

Awards & Nominations

Year Association Category Result
1992 Young Artist Awards Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Ten Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with Glee cast) Won
TV Land Awards Future Classics (Glee cast) Won
Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (Glee cast) Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Glee cast) Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (Glee cast; “Don’t Stop Believin'”) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (Glee cast) Nominated
ALMA Awards Favorite Female Music Artist Won
2012 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Glee cast) Nominated
My TV Awards Ridiculously Good-Looking Female Won
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Won
NewNowNext Awards Cause You’re Hot Won
ALMA Awards Best Female Music Artist Won
Favorite TV Actress – Comedy Won
Gold Derby Best Comedy Supporting Actress Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Glee cast) Nominated
Giffoni Film Festival Giffoni Award Won
2014 People’s Choice Awards Favorite TV Gal Pals (with Lea Michele) Won
Teen Choice Awards Female Scene Stealer Nominated

Naya Rivera Favorites

  • Favorite TV Show – Boy Meets World (1993-2000), Doug (1991-1994)
  • Favorite Animal – Penguin
  • Favorite Book – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Favorite All-time Song – A Song For You by Donny Hathaway
  • Favorite Accessory – Watch
  • Favorite Color – Pink
  • Favorite Band – Coldplay

Naya Rivera Net worth

Naya Rivera has a estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Naya Rivera

  • She is connected to various organizations such as GLAAD, Stand Up to Cancer, The Elephant Project, The Trevor Project and The Sunshine Foundation.
  • She had auditioned for American Idol in 2002, but didn’t make it through.
  • In 2002, Rivera appeared in the music video for B2K’s Why I Love You.
  • In 2009, Rivera was cast as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Fox’s musical comedy series Glee, about a high school glee club.
  • In May 2011, Rivera signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album.
  • In 2012, she was placed at number 1 spot in the AfterEllen’s Hot 100 list.
  • In April 2012, Rivera was featured on the cover of Latina magazine.
  • In May 2012, Rivera made FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list, coming in at number 39.
  • She made the Maxim Hot 100 list for the third year in a row, moving up sixteen spots to number 27.
  • In October 2012, Rivera was featured in the third episode of MTV’s series This Is How I Made It.
  • In December 2012, Rivera attended the annual Trevor Live! event, where she performed a cover of the song Silent Night.
  • In May 2013, Rivera posed nude in an issue of Allure magazine.
  • Rivera was ranked number 37 in the Men’s Health Hottest Women of 2014.
  • In 2014, she shared the Favourite TV Gal Pals with Lea Michele at the People’s Choice Awards.
  • In 2015, Rivera portrayed the recurring role of Blanca Alvarez in the third season of Lifetime’s drama series Devious Maids.
  • In January 2015, during her appearance as a guest host on The View, Rivera alluded to her possible bisexuality.
  • 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.
  • Visit her official website @ nayarivera.com.

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