Naya Rivera

Biography

Date of Birth 12 January 1987, Valencia, California, USA Birth Name Naya Marie Rivera Nickname Nay Nay Nay Nay Rivers N'Nay Bee The Veiled Fairy Nougat Snix Ni Ni Height 5' 5" (1.65 m) Trade Mark Naturally pouty lips Defined cheekbones The "Naya" dance Trivia Ethnicity: 1/2 Puerto Rican, 1/4 African American & 1/4 German. Has 5 tattoos; A small bow on the back of her neck, the word "Love" written in Hebrew on the inside of her right wrist, a large cross on her lower back, a small peace sign on the inside of her left ankle, and a shooting star on the top of her right foot. Rivera is an avid reader and dedicates time to various charitable organizations. Rivera's younger brother, Mychal Rivera, has started as tight end, #81, for the Tennessee Volunteers football team. In 2010 Rivera made the Maxim Hot 100 list, coming in at number 61. Her real-life best friends are "Glee" (2009) co-star, Heather Morris, who happens to play her best friend in the show as well, and "Glee" (2009) co-executive producer, John Peter Kousakis (a.k.a. Telly Kousakis). As a baby, Rivera appeared in commercials for Kmart, but her first significant acting job was at the age of four when she starred as "Hillary Winston" in the Eddie Murphy-produced sitcom, "The Royal Family" (1991). She took up songwriting at the age of 15. In 2002, she appeared in the music video for B2K's "Why I Love You". She signs her autograph as a heart with her first name followed. When she was 17 in high school, Naya worked as a greeter at Abercrombie & Fitch but quit to take a job selling memberships at Lake Elizabeth GoLf & Ranch Club. When Naya was 17, she loved "The Simple Life" (2003) (2003-2007) and all she wanted to do was be like Paris Hilton. She convinced her dad to let her get a little dog like Paris, whom she named "Kally". Is obsessed with sushi and Mexican food. Her first concert was going to see No Doubt. Has a younger sister named Nickayla, who models. In 2011, Naya jumped up 18 spots from last year on the Maxim Hott 100 list, coming in at number 43. In 2011, Naya jumped up 61 spots from her previous ranking in "The 2011 AfterEllen's Hot 100 List", coming in at #1. In May of 2011, 24yr old Naya Rivera signed a record contract with Columbia Records. While joking around one day, she made up a celebratory dance that is now known as "The Naya Dance". Unlike their characters on "Glee" (2009), Rivera and co-star, Kevin McHale are very close friends. They gave one another "Bee" as a nickname. Naya also calls him "Little Bee". In Dec. 2011, Rivera became the new face of Proactiv Solution. Has been to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, twice. She was invited by Jackson's niece, who she met while auditioning when she was younger.

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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)

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Mad Families

Felipa

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The Bernie Mac Show - Season 1

Donna (6 episodes, 2002-2006)

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Glee: The Concert Movie

Santana

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At the Devils Door

Vera

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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two

Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)

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The Master of Disguise

Captain America Kid

Starring In
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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two

Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)

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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)

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Mad Families

Felipa

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At the Devils Door

Vera

Movie Poster

Glee: The Concert Movie

Santana

Movie Poster

The Master of Disguise

Captain America Kid

Movie Poster

The Bernie Mac Show - Season 1

Donna (6 episodes, 2002-2006)

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