Naya Rivera Had the Sweetest Crush on Bryton James When They Were Kids

by Jeremy Spirogis
Nya Rivera and Bryton James in 1992

Years earlier than Bryton James turned a star on The Young and
the Restless
, he was a toddler actor on the ABC comedy Family Matters.
The late Glee actor Naya
Rivera
was his co-star for 3 episodes. Here’s what Rivera stated about
the candy crush she had on James.

Naya Rivera appeared on ‘The Royal Family’ and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ earlier than ‘Family Matters’

Nya Rivera and Bryton James in 1992 | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images
Nya Rivera and Bryton James in 1992 | Walt Disney Television by way of Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television by way of Getty Images

Rivera obtained an early begin within the leisure business. She
joined the solid of The Royal Family again in 1991. She performed the position of
Hillary Winston till the present resulted in 1992. After that, Rivera appeared in
one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air after which secured a recurring
position in Family Matters.

In her ebook, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and
Growing Up
, Rivera discusses the massive crush she had on James. Her
character, Gwendolyn, was the love-interest of Richie (performed by James). “Richie
wasn’t simply my on-screen love; offscreen I used to be satisfied I used to be going to marry
him,” writes Rivera. “He might dance, and he had the perfect Jheri curl on TV—what
extra might a lady need?”

Naya Rivera says she was ‘obsessed’ with Bryton James

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James made an enormous impression on Rivera. She says she would
discuss to him on the telephone for hours. They even danced collectively on the Family
Matters
wrap get together. James dazzled her along with his Michael Jackson strikes and
she tried to impress him along with her operating man. Here’s what Rivera stated about that
magical night time:

I assumed he appeared like Michael Jackson, and I used to be obsessed. I’d name his home to speak to him, and [James] and I might tie up the telephone traces for hours. As to what our conversations have been truly about? Beats me. The pinnacle of our romance was the Family Matters wrap get together.

As all of the adults have been getting drunk, and older children have been being cool, [James] and I burned up the dance flooring till we have been sweaty—him along with his Michael Jackson strikes and me with the operating man, which I had mastered so nicely that it ought to’ve been within the particular expertise part of my résumé.

Rivera stated being a toddler actor helped her get perks

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Rivera had a superb life as a toddler star. She obtained unique
invitations and made well-known associates. One massive invite was to Michael Jackson’s
Neverland Ranch. “My on-screen roles definitely led to some offscreen perks,”
wrote Rivera. “Michael Jackson’s niece was additionally an actor, and we have been on
a number of auditions collectively. Over time, our mothers turned associates, sufficient in order that
I used to be invited to her celebration at Neverland Ranch.”

For Rivera, the perfect a part of the journey was having the ability to eat
all of the sweet she wished. She couldn’t consider she didn’t should pay for something.

 “I keep in mind strolling
as much as a concession stand that was stuffed with popcorn and sweet,” wrote Rivera.
“I had deliberate on simply drooling on the snacks from behind the glass as a result of I
didn’t have any cash, however then the man working the counter stated, ‘Do you need
something? Everything is free right here.’ If this had been a film, we’d have lower
to a trippy echo sequence at that second: ‘Everything is free… Everything is
free…’ I’d by no means heard something so superb in my temporary little life.”

Read extra: Naya
Rivera’s Traumatic Experience as a Child Actor

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