Naya Rivera was a well-renowned actress/model who was best known for her roles in films and TV shows like “Glee”, “The Royal Family” and “At the Devil’s Door”. She was active in the industry from 1991 to 2020. She won several awards including SAG Awards, Grammy Awards, and ALMA Awards.
1.She was born in Valencia.
Naya Rivera was born on January 12 of 1987 in Valencia which is located in California, USA. She grew up in LA.
2.Her father worked for Disney.
Naya Rivera was born to parents Yolanda Prevetire and George Rivera. Her mother was a model and also worked as a real estate agent. Her father was involved in the IT industry and worked for various big companies like Disney and Universal Music.
3.er parents separated when she was a child.
Her parents divorced when she was 9 years old. Their parents lasted for about 10 years.
4.She was very close to her stepfather.
After their divorce, her mother married Charles Previtire. They got married in 1999. Charles was a positive influence on Naya and was a loving father figure. She had a close relationship with him.
5.She didn’t talk Spanish growing up.
Naya Rivera didn’t speak Spanish as a child. She only understood Spanish but couldn’t speak Spanish. She learned how to speak Spanish later on.
6.She has two younger siblings.
Naya is the oldest of her siblings. Her brother Mychal Rivera was born in 1990 and her sister Nickyala was born in 1994.
7.She’s named after a TV Character.
She’s named after a character named Nyah in “Fantasy Island”. Her mother liked the name after hearing it and even had a pet parrot named Naya before.
8.She loved boating.
As a child, she went boating with her family. She however didn’t like getting her hair wet. This love for boating since childhood translated to her adulthood and she often went on boat rides at Lake Piru.
9.he same talent agency represented Naya and her mother.
When Naya was around 10 months old, she was represented by the booking agency that represented her mother when she was working as a model.
10.Tupac was a fan of her acting.
She met Tupac Shakur when she was a child. After seeing them in LAX, Tupac went ahead and talked to them and expressed his liking for Naya’s acting.
11.Dealing with Anorexia.
Naya suffered from anorexia as a teenager. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person has a desire to become extremely thin and not eat. She weighed only 98 pounds once.
12.Kmart Advertisements and The Royal Family.
Naya Rivera was very famous as a child too. She appeared in various advertisements for Kmart. She made waves when she was just 4 years old. She appeared in the sitcom called “The Royal Family” in which she played the role of Hilary Winston. The show featured famous actors and actresses like Red Foxx and Della Reese.
13.The end of The Royal Family.
Redd Fox died of a heart attack on the sets of “The Royal Family”. Everybody was panicking and afraid. Naya Rivera was very small at this time and she couldn’t comprehend what was going on. This moment was a life-changing experience for her.
14.Breakthrough with Glee.
Naya made her breakthrough with the TV series “Glee” in which she played the role of Santana Lopez. She was a recurring character in the show’s first season. She was then written as the main character for the show’s upcoming seasons. She was the main character from seasons 2 to 5.
15.Going through abortion.
Rivera was pregnant with Ryan Dorsey’s child when she was in her early 20s. She found out about it after they broke up. She made the decision to abort the child.
16.She was in a relationship with Big Sean.
Rivera was in a relationship with Big Sean. After 6 months of being together, he proposed to her for marriage and she agreed. But it didn’t go as planned. She caught Big Sean cheating on her with Ariana Grande. After this, their relationship came to an end.
17.She was married to Ryan Dorsey.
Ryan and Naya had broken up after she was pregnant with her baby. After her relationship with Bug Sean ended, they got back together and got married in 2014. They divorced in 2018. Together, they had a child named Josey Hollis Dorsey.
18.She assaulted Ryan.
Ryan and Rivera got into a fight in 2017. She was charged with domestic assault. She allegedly hit Ryan in the head. The case was dismissed at the request of Ryan. They shared joint custody of their child.
19.Her net worth was in the millions.
As of January of 2021, Naya Rivera’s net worth is estimated to be around US$ 6 million. She made most of her fortune from being an actress.
20.Her horrific death.
They found her dead body on July 13 of 2020. She had drowned while on a boat trip with her son on Lake Piru. The boat was found with only Josey on it. The two had given swimming but she was able to help only her son up. She wasn’t wearing a life jacket. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be drowning.