15 Things You Should Know About Actress, Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera is an American actress, singer, and model.

She went missing on July 8, 2020, after her four-year-old son, Josey, was found alone in Rivera’s rented boat at Lake Piru, near Santa Clarita, California.

Multiple sources reveal Rivera saved her son by putting him back on the boat before she drowned.

Her body was however recovered on the morning of Monday, July 13 following a five-day search.

Here are some things to know about her.

Emotional Reactions As Actress, Naya Rivera Is Confirmed Dead After Her Body Was Recovered From Lake

1. Rivera was born in Santa Clarita, California, on January 12, 1987.

2. She was of African-American, German, and Puerto Rican descent.

3. She was the oldest of three children, she had a brother and sister.

4. Rivera appeared in commercials for Kmart as a baby but her first acting job was at age 4 when she appeared as Hillary Winston in The Royal Family sitcom in 1991.

5. She had small roles in sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirFamily MattersLive ShotBaywatchSmart GuyHouse BlendEven Stevens, and The Master of Disguise between 1992 and 2002.

Naya Rivera (Glee) in an episode of Family Matters (1992 ...

6. She appeared in the music video for B2K’s “Why I Love You” in 2002.

7. Her breakthrough came when she was cast as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Fox’s musical comedy series Glee.

8. Rivera had signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album in May 2011.

9. Her debut single “Sorry”, featuring rapper Big Sean, was released as a digital download on September 17, 2013.

10. She made her debut in the feature film, At the Devil’s Door (previously titled Home) which was released on August 8, 2014.

11. She was selected by People en Español for their 2012 ’50 Most Beautiful’ list and in May 2012 she made FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list, coming in at number 39. She made the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2012 for the third year in a row, moving up sixteen spots to number 27. Rivera was ranked at number one on AfterEllen.com’s “Hot 100” list in 2011 and 2012, and at number three in 2013.

12. Rivera dated Tia and Tamera Mowry’s brother, Tahj between 2000 and 2004, She began dating recording artist Big Sean between April 2013 and April 2014.

13. She dated actor Ryan Dorsey and they got married in July 2014. They however divorced in July 2018

14. Their son, Josey Hollis, was born in September 2015

15. Rivera won ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’ at the Screen Actors Guild in 2010. She was also nominated for ‘Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals’ at the Grammy Awards in 2011.

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