Naya Rivera graces the cover of Latina Magazine – ON SALE NOW!

On September 3, 2013, Glee star Naya Rivera told Latina how she and her costars are coping with the July death of Cory Monteith, and outlines how she stays grounded while skyrocketing to fame in the October 2013 issue of Latina, which hits newsstands and Nook Newsstand on September 10, 2013.

Rivera tells Latina how she began acting and modeling as a toddler, and how her mother kept her motivated and focused when she despaired in her late teens before scoring the groundbreaking role of Santana Lopez on Glee. The actress also talks about recording her debut pop album, including its first single, which also features Rivera’s boyfriend, G.O.O.D. Music rapper Big Sean.

On how the cast of Glee is recovering from Monteith’s sudden death: “We’re definitely taking it day by day. Everybody’s really just leaning on each other and trying to do good work.”

On having a very public relationship with Big Sean, whom she first met on Twitter: “We know so many who are in the public eye dating somebody, and they ’re going in through back entrances and won’t make eye contact with each other. That’s just not us.”

On becoming comfortable with her mixed-race heritage: “It used to hold me back when I was younger. Casting directors didn’t understand what I was. I wasn’t black enough, or Latina enough—I kind of fell through the cracks.”

On being an icon to the LGBT community: “There are very few ethnic LGBT characters on television, so I am honored to represent them. I love supporting this cause, but it’s a big responsibility, and sometimes it’s a lot of pressure on me. ”

On following in Jennifer Lopez’s footsteps: “It’s insane how gorgeous she is. Jennifer Lopez is a perfect example of what it means to be a mogul and have longevity, but still have people like you. She can do this until she chooses not to anymore. I hope I can say that one day.”

[SOURCE: Latina Magazine Intern]

Naya to perform new single at 2nd Annual RUN10 FEED10 10k race

Women’s Health Magazine and the Feed Foundation will be holding the 2nd annual RUN10 FEED10 10k philanthropic race and wellness event that helps fight domestic hunger. The concept is simple: register to run a 10K and feed 10 people in the NYC community.

Kicking off the event series in New York City on September 22, 2013, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed race ending at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. A post-race wellness festival will feature yoga sessions, nutrition and beauty consultations and great giveaways.

Glee star Naya Rivera will kick off the NYC event and performing her new single LIVE for the first time in a special concert for the runners.

  • Other great celeb guest include nutrition demos from Food Network chef, Ellie Krieger and meet and greets with Olympic soccer star Alex Morgan.
  • Finally, Good Morning America will be broadcasting live from the event with meteorologist Ginger Zee chatting with runners and special guests.

Those of you who are interested in participating can register to run the race at – if you participate, please comment.

[SOURCE: Susan Turner]

Most Likely To Succeed

Portrait Magazine is having its first ever Most Likely To Succeed (Female Edition) poll as part of its TV Yearbook. Visitors to the site were able to nominate the female stars from the current crop of television shows they think will go on to more storied careers than their counterparts. Voters can now choose from 34 nominees, and the top 10 will be featured in an upcoming issue, with the winner gracing the cover.

Naya Rivera is one of the nominees and is currently in second place, with Laura Marano of Disney’s Austin & Ally taking the lead with 44% of the total vote count.

Think we can beat her?

Two ALMA Award Nominations!

Glee’s Naya Rivera, who plays a lesbian cheerleader named Santana Lopez, has been nominated for two ALMA Awards.

Rivera’s character is one of the main characters of the show that sparked a cultural phenomenon, making glee clubs in high schools across the country cool. The show, which first aired on Fox in 2009 and stars comedian actress Jane Lynch, attracts guest appearances from celebrities like Brittany Spears and Ricky Martin.

In the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards, Rivera is up for Favorite TV Actress in a comedy and Favorite Female Music Artist. The 25-year-old actress of Puerto Rican descent won ALMA’s Favorite TV Music Artist award in 2011, but this year the competition is tough. In the Female Music Artist category she is is up against Jennifer Lopez—who is on tour with Enrique Iglesias promoting her latest album “Dance Again” — Demi Lovato, Gloria Estefan and Esperanza Spalding.

And in the Favorite TV Actress in a comedy are: “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara, “Shake it Up’s” Bella Thorn, Victoria Justice of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and Aubrey Plaza of “Parks and Recreation.”

Rivera is going to need her “Glee” fans to show their support online by voting. The winners of the awards are determined by fan votes and ratings on the show, film or song.

Rivera is no stranger to the spotlight. She made her television debut on “The Royal Family” sitcom at four-years-old and has since compiled a long-list of roles on hit TV shows such as “CSI: Miami,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Family Matters,” and “The Bernie Mac Show” among others.

Rivera and the cast of “Glee” won a Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2010. The show has also won four Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes.

In May, Naya Rivera made People en Espanol’s list of “50 Most Beautiful.”

She is currently working on her debut album. Rivera revealed to fans at Comic-Con 2012 that her single “My Heart,” on her upcoming dance-pop album will be released soon.

The NCLR Alma Awards will be hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez and airs September 21 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Voting ends on September 7.


“The Glee Project” Season 2 Guest Mentor

It has been reported that Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Samuel Larson will all be appearing as guest mentors on the second season of The Glee Project. Rivera is scheduled to appear on the June 26 episode, “Sexuality.”


2012 NewNowNext Awards: WINNERS!

Bringing together the most buzzed about new talent in film, television, fashion and music, Logo’s fifth annual “NewNowNext Awards” returned to Los Angeles today with a spectacular show hosted by Kelly Osbourne.

Always at the forefront of the styles, trends, personalities and guilty pleasures on the verge of a pop culture explosion, this always unpredictable show brought together today’s hottest celebrities and tomorrow’s brightest stars for a night of brilliant performances, outrageous awards and fierce entertainment! Logo’s “NewNowNext Awards” 2012 premieres Monday, April 9, at 10/9C on Logo.

As voted on by the public, the 2012 “NewNowNext Award” winners are the following:

  • Next Mega Star – Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”)
  • Most Addictive Reality Star – Nadia G. (“Bitchin’ Kitchen,” Cooking Channel)
  • Cause Your Hot – Naya Rivera (“Glee,” Fox)
  • TV You Betta Watch – “GCB” (ABC)
  • Best New Indulgence – “Revenge” (ABC)
  • Superfan Site Award –
  • Next Must-See Movie – “The Avengers” (Paramount)
  • Beyond Style Award– Kelly Osbourne (TV Personality) and Andrej Pejic (Model)
  • Brink of Fame, Music Artist – (Neon Hitch, Warner Bros. Records)

No photos have been posted in the gallery as of yet.

Importance of Hard Work to Find Success

Thanks to “Glee,” Naya Rivera has quickly become one of the most-popular actresses on TV, but she will also be the first person to say that the road to being a star for her was far from easy.

Speaking as a part of a new interview with Latina (which has used her as their newest cover model), Rivera had this to say about her journey from struggling actress to star:

I think it’s important to be able to say that you did live a normal life and struggled to make ends meet. It all has to do with work ethic and how I apply myself to my awesome job now. I’ve always been used to working because I’ve been working since I was four.”

It’s still to be seen what is going to be happening next for Rivera’s character of Santana, but we can certainly expect her to be looking to the future with graduation coming up soon.


Naya Rivera on the cover of Latina Magazine

Naya Rivera will be featured on the cover of the May 2012 issue of Latina Magazine – which hits the newsstand on April 10.

The Glee star chatted with Latina about playing a newly out-of-the-closet lesbian, religion, her debut solo album and her rise to becoming one of TV’s most loved characters.

On her debut album deal with Columbia Records: “So far I’m doing some awesome club songs that are fun to dance to…” Glee co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy says, “She can and will be on the radio.”

On playing a newly out-of-the-closet lesbian on Glee: “I get so many tweets a day from people thanking me and saying how the role has changed their lives, enabling them to come out.”

On her character’s impending graduation on Glee: “Personally, I want to stay on the show for as long as they’ll have me. I see it as my little home base.”

On being compared to J.Lo: “I would love to be where she is one day.” According to Muprhy, Rivera will one day reach Jennifer Lopez status. “I’m friends with Jennifer, and they’re both beautiful, fun, talented and ambitious,” Murphy says.

On being raised a devout Christian and discussing her beliefs: “It’s hard and sort of sad that you do feel like you need to tread lightly when you say, “Yes, I do go to church and I read the Bible,’ because once you do that people will be like, ‘Why are her boobs out? Why is her midriff showing? Why is she playing a lesbian?’ I don’t want to deal with that stuff, and so I’ve never really discussed it. It’s very personal.”

On preferring on-set high school to the real thing: “I always knew I liked being on sets more than anything in the world, especially high school…I was super flat chested and really skinny. I didn’t have any boyfriends and didn’t go to any high school dances.”


Rivera takes a stand against bullying

Naya Rivera, who plays Santana, McKinley High’s sassy lesbian Cheerio with the big pipes on Glee, has joined The Bully Project in making a PSA. The Bully Project was created in conjunction with The Weinstein Company’s lighting rod documentary Bully that follows bullied kids over the course of a year.

After firing off some alarming statistics about bullying in her PSA Rivera says, “I’m Naya Rivera, and I’m taking a stand against bullying.” She then implores, “How can you take a stand against bullying?”

Rivera goes on to say “There are many ways to help from standing up for a kid in school to teaching kids about acceptance and love.”


San Diego Latino Film Festival Honors Latinos in TV

The history of Latinos on TV most memorably stretches back to the 1950’s with Desi Arnez and “I Love Lucy.”

Since then, there’ve been such greats as Freddie Prinz, George Lopez, Wilmer Valderrama, America Ferrera, and most recently the smoking hot Sofía Vergara in “Modern Family” and Naya Rivera in “Glee.”

For the last five years, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has honored the work of the talented TV actors who, like most actors, move seamlessly through the mediums of TV to film, to sometimes theater—in the case of one-man-show super-star John Leguizamo.

This year the lineup was as stellar.

The great film actress Carmen Salinas was in attendance on Saturday to promote her film “Algien Ha Visto Lupita”—the story of a young woman named Lupita (played by Mexican pop princess Dulce Maria,) flees to America after her family decides she belongs in a mental institution.

The comedy features Salinas and Cristián de la Fuente. Salinas is best known in the U.S. for her role in the film with Oscar-winner Denzel Washington titled “Man on Fire.”

Veteran TV actor Michael DeLorenzo kicked of the festival talking with press and promoting the film he’s currently writing, directing, and producing titled “High From Miami.”

Most known for his work on the television series “New York Undercover” and before that “Fame,” DeLorenzo is an accomplished musician with several CDs, a classically trained ballet dancer, and has played supporting roles in films like “A Few Good Men.”

When DeLorenzo talks about Latinos on TV it’s with some trepidation about how far the group has come and how much further they have to go.

“We have universal stories that haven’t been told. We can’t keep telling the same old stories. We’re not unified,” said DeLorenzo. “We have our own cultures, we’re so diverse, but we divide and conquer ourselves. Look at African Americans—they’re unified. They support their athletes and entertainers.”

“We need to find work that connects us,” he added. “We need to be the ones behind the cameras to really get our authentic stories out there.”

Paying a visit to the festival to premier a trailer for the film she recently finished titled, “Gun Hill Road,” starring Esai Morales, and transgender actress Harmony Santana, actress Judy Reyes is best known for her role on Scrubs.

Reyes spoke at the festival of similar issues regarding Latinos and their, sometimes stero typical roles on TV.

Reyes is currently in rehearsal for an ABC pilot called “Devious Minds,” written by Mark Cherry, creator of the TV show “Desperate Housewives.”

The new comedic sitcom revolves around the lives of four Latina housekeepers living in Beverly Hills.

“The reaction around the show and its concept has been tangible,” Reyes said. “Based on a popular Telenovela–it’s campy and humorous. But the reality is, you’d be hard pressed to find a household in Beverly Hills not being run by a Latina; often the homeowners don’t even know these women’s last names.”

“My mother was a domestic,” she went on. “I grew up in the Bronx and my family is from the Dominican Republic. The Latino community will have its eyes on this project—if it gets picked up. We haven’t even started filming the pilot yet.”

Reyes said she is “prepared to face our critics” because she is “the biggest critic of all.”

“What’s great is that myself and the other actresses are there to help the writers define these characters,” Reyes added.

Beautiful Spanish actress Claudia Bassols is currently starring as Rob Schneider’s love interest on the TV show “Rob” with Cheech Marin and Diana Maria-Reva.

TV critic for the Sexy Beast called Rob “TV’s Worst New Show,” The Denver Post said it was “genuinely offensive,” and the New York Times said, “The entire show is predicated on cheap ethnic humor.”

Despite the critics, the show appears to be a genuine hit. With over 11.5 million viewers, actresses like Bassols are probably going to be working on “Rob” for many seasons to come.

“It’s huge to be on primetime with a predominantly Latino cast,” Bassols said. “I’m so grateful the show is doing so well. We’ll know at the end of the month if we’ll continue onto another season.”

Bassols just finished filming the thriller “One in the Chamber” as the love interest of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is set to release in the fall.

One actor who isn’t worried about his role on TV is the ultra famous Telenovela star Rafael Amaya who currently stars in “La Reina Del Sur” on Mun2.

Amaya says “soaps are an industry” because “they’re like a machine.”

“I shoot on average 20 scenes a day, and work 15 hour days for six to eight days per week.,” sai Amaya.

“I’m not ashamed of what I do. I’m in several films. I’m not locked into a contract,” he continued. “I broke out of my Telenovela box with various roles in films and I believe in taking risks this way.”

Amaya recently finished filming “Meddling Mom” with screen star legend Sonia Braga, and “Ugly Betty” actor Tony Plana—set to be released on Mother’s Day 2013.

The festival says it will continue to support and bring in TV actors in, as they are the talent audiences know and love. With so many shows awaiting word to find out whether they live or die in the coming weeks, it looks as if Latino actors may very soon represent on TV the same 16% they represent in the U.S. population.