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Naya Rivera - Overview

Date of Birth: Jan 12, 1987    
Place of Birth: Valencia, California, United States
Nationality: United States
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With one exaggerated flip of her tightly wound ponytail, Naya Rivera captivated television viewers as self-assured and sassy cheerleader Santana Lopez on "Glee" (Fox, 2009-15), an award-winning musical comedy series about a group of teen misfits who deal with surviving high school while planning for various choir competitions. "Glee" launched the careers of its talented cast, including the California-born Rivera, whose devilish smirk, confident come-ons and star presence as Santana helped turn her supporting role into series regular status, and garnered the hardworking triple threat much-deserved praise from critics and viewers alike. Naya Rivera was born on Jan. 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, CA. The future star began modeling when she was a baby, appearing in print advertisements and commercials. The multitalented Rivera also took songwriting classes when she was 15 years old. She made her television acting debut opposite Della Reese and Redd Foxx on the CBS comedy "The Royal Family (1991-92), from creator Eddie Murphy. Even though the series was short-lived, Rivera... Read More
Began playing Collete Jones on "Step Up: High Water"
Cast as Collette on "Step Up: High Water"
Co-starred in the Charlie Sheen vehicle "Mad Families"
2009 - 2015
Had breakout role as Santa Lopez on the hit musical series "Glee"
2002 - 2006
Played Donna on "The Bernie Mac Show"
1991 - 1992
Made her acting debut as Hillary Winston on "The Royal Family"