Just like Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera caught her big break in the acting business when she was cast to appear in musical television series, Glee, where she played the role of Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader. Following her acclaimed performance in the musical series, the actress, who has been named by numerous men’s magazine as one of the hottest women in the world, went on to try her hands in music, releasing her first song in 2013. Read on to find out more about her career, marriage, and other facts
Naya Rivera was born Naya Marie Rivera to Yolanda and George Rivera on the 12th of January, 1987, in Santa Clarita, California. It is not clear what her father did for a living but her mother, on the other hand, was a model. As an infant, about 8 or 9 months old, her mother got her signed to the same talent agency that represented her. Through this, she was able to land a number of jobs, most notably appearing in the commercial for the department store Kmart, before going on to start acting.
Rivera made her acting debut at the age of 4 in the sitcom The Royal Family (1991–92) for which her performance on the show earned her a Young Artist Award nomination. Following the show’s cancellation, she made guest appearances in television shows like Family Matters (1992-93), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993), Live Shot (1995), Baywatch (1996), Smart Guy (1996, 1997), Even Stevens (2002), and the film The Master of Disguise (2002), before landing a recurring role on The Bernie Mac Show (2002-2006) and appearing in the B2K music video for “Why I Love You”.
Despite what seemed to be a busy schedule for the young actress, Naya Rivera had to find work as a telemarketer, nanny, and greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in order to make ends meet as her on-screen work was not enough to pay bills. In the mid-2000s, after taking part in a nationwide tour of the production of Mark E. Swinton’s play, U Don’t Know Me: The Musical, Rivera landed her breakthrough role as Santana Lopez on the musical comedy series, Glee (2009-2015).
Naya Rivera Net Worth
Naya Rivera, according to Celebrity Net Worth, has an estimated net worth of $5 million which she made through her careers as an actress and singer, as well as her occasional modelling and hosting gigs. In addition to her earnings from the listed endeavours, Rivera is said to have received an unspecified sum from the publishing company TarcherPerigee for her memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.
Husband – Ryan Dorsey, Son
On the 19th of July, 2014, three months after she broke up with her rapper boyfriend, Big Sean, Naya Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple’s decision to get married surprised many people as they had only dated for less than three months before taking the huge step, although it was reported that the two had previously dated in 2010 before breaking up and moving on to other people.
According to Rivera’s memoir, she had an abortion shortly after parting ways with Dorsey in 2010, in order for her pregnancy not to affect her work on Glee. The two eventually welcomed a son named Josey Hollis Dorsey in September 2015.
Why Did They Divorce?
About a year plus after welcoming their son, in November 2016, Rivera, for unknown reasons, filed for divorce from her husband. The pair separated, but by October 2017, they reconciled and called off divorce proceedings. The drama between the two did not end there but instead, it took another turn as Rivera was arrested and charged with misdemeanour domestic battery against her husband over an issue concerning their child in November 2017.
Following the altercation, arrest, and subsequent release on a bond of $1,000, Naya Rivera filed for divorce for a second time. While proceedings were going on, the pair agreed to share joint custody of their son as Dorsey requested for the domestic battery charges against his soon to be ex-wife to be dismissed. Divorce proceedings between the pair ended on the 14th of July, 2018.
Naya Rivera is 5 feet 5 inches or 165 cm tall. The slim body built actress, who is has black hair and dark brown eyes, further weighs about 53 kg or 117 pounds and has body measurements of 35-25-34 inches or 89-63.5-86 cm.