Naya Rivera, Glee
Rivera put a very different face on McKinley High’s LGBT community as Santana not only struggled to come out, but also demanded to define herself on her own terms. Rivera’s surprisingly multi-layered portrayal defied stereotypes, and her subtle approach allowed Santana to show her soft side (abuela, why?) without losing the hard Lima Heights Adjacent edge — her bold criticism of Mr. Schue, the Finn slap heard ’round Ohio — we’ve always loved.
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.”
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The 2012 Smile Downhill raises funds for Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity, with the highlight being the race starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31.
As teams of six racers (one celebrity, one professional and four amateurs or donors) compete against one another, they will be raising funds to provide the life-altering surgeries.
The public can watch the races along the Sunrise Trail with the finish line near Canyons Resort Village.
Operation Smile has changed the lives of more than 200,000 children born with cleft lips and palates.
The participating celebrities:
The participating winter olympians:
Race registration and course inspection: 9 a.m.
Celebrity Ski Challenge on Lower Sunrise Taril: 10 a.m.
Luncheon and awards ceremony at Alpine House: 12 p.m.
Free concert by Martin Sexton and Monophonics in the Resort Village: 3 p.m.
We knew Cory & Naya were hosting them in NY but…
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has tapped Glee stars Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron as hosts for a pair of its 23rd Media Awards.The organization on Thursday announced Rivera, who plays newly out lesbian Santana Lopez on the Fox dramedy, and her onetime onscreen foil Monteith as hosts for the March 24 New York portion of its annual awards show. Agron, meanwhile, will host the June 2 portion in San Francisco.The hosting duties are not a new gig for Rivera, whose Glee alter ego has become a breakout star this season as she battled a public outing and pushback from administrators and classmates alike. The actress hosted last year’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco and has repeatedly voiced her support for LGBT equality.
At the New York ceremony, Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will receive the Visto Russo Award, named after one of GLAAD’s funders and presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBT equality. Broadway great and Smash guest star Bernadette Peters will present the duo with the award.
At this month’s San Francisco ceremony, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes will receive the Golden Gate Award, presented to media professionals who through their work have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. During its eight-season run, Grey’s has featured several LGBT characters, including series-regular characters played by Sara Ramirez (Callie) and Jessica Capshaw (Arizona).
In addition, Facebook will receive a special recognition award for its efforts around bullying prevention, and the Weinstein Co.’s Harvey Weinstein will present a special award to 17-year-old Katy Butler for her work in launching a Change.org campaign to overturn the MPAA’s R rating for upcoming bullying documentary Bully.
“Each of these honorees has, in their different areas of expertise, helped build support for equality for every American,” GLAAD acting president Mike Thompson said. “Whether they bring the stories of LGBT people into living rooms or empower gay and lesbian individuals to take proactive steps in the face of inequality, each honoree is making tremendous strides toward full acceptance of the community.”
Guests slated to attend the New York ceremony include Smash‘s Megan Hilty, Twilight‘s Dakota Fanning and Raising Hope‘s Martha Plimpton. Los Angeles guests will include Hot in Cleveland‘s Betty White, Ellen DeGeneres, True Blood‘s Anna Paquin, The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Additional honorees for the April 21 Los Angeles event will be announced at a later date.
The GLAAD Media Awards fund the organization’s efforts to bring stories of LGBT people and issues to Americans. Each year, the events raise nearly $3.5 million for the group.
A full list of nominees can be found on www.glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees ” target=”_blank”>GLAAD’s website.