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Full name: Naya Rivera
Date of Birth :12 January 1987, Valencia, California, USA
Height :5' 5" (1.65 m)

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"Naya Rivera" (born January 12, 1987) is an American actress and singer best known for her role in the musical comedy television series "Glee", as cheerleader Santana Lopez.

Early life
Rivera was raised in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California and has lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life. At eight or nine months old, she began to be represented by the same talent agent as her mother, who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modelling. She took up songwriting at the age of 15.

Career
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" in 1991. Between 1992 and 2002, she had small roles in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Family Matters", "Live Shot", "Baywatch", "Smart Guy", "House Blend",
 
"Even Stevens" and "The Master of Disguise". In 2002 she also appeared in the music video for B2K's 'Why I Love You'. She was hired for a single-episode guest appearance on "The Bernie Mac Show" in 2002, but was brought back to work on a further five episodes. She was later featured in single episodes of "8 Simple Rules" and "CSI: Miami".

In 2009, Rivera was cast as Cheerios cheerleading squad member Santana Lopez on Fox's musical comedy series "Glee", about a high school glee club. Rivera's character comes off as a cold-hearted and vicious cheerleader,
 
who often shows her softer side to fellow cheerleader Brittany (played by Heather Morris). Rivera auditioned for the opportunity 'to sing, dance and act all in the same show,' and because she was a fan of co-creator Ryan Murphy's previous work on "Nip/Tuck".Rivera is also an avid reader and dedicates some of her time to various charitable organizations.In 2010 Rivera made the Maxim Hot 100 list, coming in at number 61.

Personal life
Rivera is one half Puerto Rican, one quarter German, and one quarter African American.According to Rivera, 'My passion for music is one of my greatest loves.'

Rivera is best friends with Glee Co-Star Heather Morris (who happens to play her best friend on the TV Show).

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