Naya Rivera Wiki, Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Boyfriend, Family & More

Biography / Wiki

Naya Rivera, a renowned American actress and singer, gained fame for her role as Santana Lopez in the popular television series ‘Glee’. Throughout her career, her exceptional acting abilities were evident, showcasing her talent from an early age. From the time she was a toddler, Naya was immersed in the world of entertainment, starting her journey with commercials at a tender age of eight or nine months.

At the age of four, she achieved her debut acting role in the sitcom ‘The Royal Family’ as Hillary Winston. Her breakthrough moment came with ‘Glee,’ where she portrayed Santana Lopez and left a lasting impact with her exceptional talent and professionalism, establishing herself as one of the finest actors in the industry.

Rapidly ascending the ladder of success, she swiftly became the sensation of the glamorous entertainment industry, garnering countless accolades along the way. Her name graced prestigious lists celebrating the nation’s most captivating individuals, such as FHM’s esteemed ‘World’s Sexiest Woman’ compilation, People en Español’s distinguished ’50 Most Beautiful’ roster, and an impressive three appearances in Maxim’s renowned ‘Hot 100’ ranking. In 2012, she attained the coveted #1 spot in Ellen’s Hot 100 list and secured the respectable #37 position in the esteemed Men’s Health Hottest Women of 2014.

Height / Weight / Age

Naya Rivera, a talented personality, had a charming appearance. She had silky black hair and sharp, wide, dark brown eyes. With a slim body, she weighed 53 kg (117 lbs) and stood at a height of 165 cm (5’5″). Her figure measurements were approximately 35 inches for her breasts, 25 inches for her waist, and 34 inches for her hips. Naya had a bra size of 34B, wore a dress size 4, and had a shoe size of 9 (US). Her trademark features included pouty lips and characterized cheekbones. Unfortunately, she passed away on July 14, 2020, at the age of 33.

Net Worth

Naya Rivera was reportedly estimated to have a net worth of approximately $5 million, according to sources.

Education / Family

Naya Rivera, originally named Naya Marie Rivera, was born on January 12, 1987, in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California. Her parents, Yolanda and George Rivera, raised her along with her younger brother Mychal Rivera and younger sister Nickayla Rivera. Naya had a diverse heritage, including Puerto Rican, African American, and German roots. She held the position of the eldest daughter in the family.

At the age of nine months, she started being represented by the talent agency that also represented her mother, who was a model. Even as a baby, she starred in commercials for Kmart. She received her elementary education at Valencia High School in Santa Clarita, California.


Naya Rivera

Real name Naya Marie Rivera
Birth Place Santa Clarita, California (USA).
Date Of Birth January 12, 1987
Age  33 years (as in 2020)
Height In centimeters – 165 cmIn feet inches – 5’5”
Weight In kilograms – 53 kgIn pounds – 117 lbs
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Profession Actress, Singer, Model
Zodiac sign Capricorn
School Valencia High School, Santa Clarita, California
College University of California
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Home Town California, USA
Debut Not known
Fathers Name George Rivera

Naya Rivera with her father
Naya Rivera with her father

Mothers Name Yolanda Rivera

Naya Rivera with her mother
Naya Rivera with her mother

Brothers Mychal Rivera

Naya Rivera with her brother
Naya Rivera with her brother

Sister Nickayla Rivera

Naya Rivera with her sister
Naya Rivera with her sister

Career / Fashion And Style

Naya Rivera embarked on her career at a tender age of 4 when she landed the role of Hillary Winston in the acclaimed sitcom ‘The Royal Family.’ The show garnered favorable reviews and achieved high ratings. From 1992 to 2002, she made notable appearances in various popular television series as a guest, such as ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Family Matters,’ ‘Live Shot,’ ‘Baywatch,’ ‘Smart Guy,’ and numerous others.

In 2002, she made an appearance in B2K’s music video for ‘Why I Love You’. During that period, she took on various part-time jobs like telemarketing, nanny work, and working as a greeter at Abercrombie & Fitch to support herself. Following numerous auditions and guest roles, she achieved a major breakthrough in 2009 with her casting as Santana Lopez, a cheerleader in high school, on the musical comedy series ‘Glee’ aired on Fox.

Having the chance to sing, dance, and act simultaneously was incredibly thrilling for her when she took on this role. In 2011, she entered into an agreement with Columbia Records to create her own album and provided vocals for the second single of 2Cellos’ second album, a rendition of Muse’s ‘Supermassive Black Hole’.

She achieved victory at the Screen Guild Awards in 2010, receiving the accolade for Outstanding Performance by the Ensemble in ‘Glee’. In 2013, she was bestowed with the Giffoni Award during the Giffoni Film Festival as a mark of honor.

Boyfriends, Affairs, Husband and More

Boyfriends 1. Mark Salling (2007-2010).

Mark Salling
Naya Rivera with her ex-boyfriend Mark

2. Douglas Booth (2011).

Douglas Booth
Naya Rivera with her ex-boyfriend Douglas

3. Chord Overstreet (2011).

Chord Overstreet
Naya Rivera with her ex-boyfriend Chord

4. Matthew Hodgson (2011-2013).

Matthew Hodgson
Naya Rivera with her ex-boyfriend Matthew

5. Big Sean (2013-2014).

Big Sean
Naya Rivera with her ex-boyfriend Big Sean

6. David Spade (2017).

David Spade
Naya Rivera with her ex-boyfriend David

Marital Status Divorced
Husband Ryan Dorsey

Ryan Dorsey ex
Naya Rivera with her ex-husband Ryan

Children Son – Josey Hollis Dorsey

Naya Rivera with her son
Naya Rivera with her son


Naya Rivera

Some Interesting Facts About Naya Rivera

  • Naya Rivera was a big fan of Ryan Murphy’s work.
  • She had revealed to the media that she was a bisexual.
  • She promoted so many commercial brands like Kmart and Proactiv Solution.
  • She became popular for her Naya dance.
  • She also worked with many charitable organizations including GLAAD, The Trevor Project, Stand Up To Cancer, The Elephant Project, and The Sunshine Foundation.
  • Due to drowning at Lake Piru California, USA, Naya died on July 14, 2020.

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