Naya Rivera Loved Wearing the ‘Glee’ Cheerleading Uniform: ‘I Was Stoked’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, and Naya Rivera

is finest recognized for her position as Santana Lopez on Glee. Here’s
why the Cheerios cheerleading uniform made her so comfortable.

Naya Rivera was ‘annoyed’ throughout her ‘Glee’ audition

Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, and Naya Rivera | FOX Image Collection via Getty Images
Amber Riley, Matthew Morrison, and Naya Rivera | FOX Image Collection through Getty Images

Although Rivera was grateful for the chance to audition for Glee, she mentioned she was a bit ‘annoyed.’ The half required her to drive to a music retailer and buy sheet music.

“When I auditioned for Glee, I used to be irritated,” mentioned Rivera
in her ebook Sorry, Not Sorry. “This wasn’t shocking, as a result of at this
level in my profession, I hated auditions (nonetheless do, really), however this one additionally
concerned driving out to a music retailer in Van Nuys to purchase sheet music. Annoying
errand apart, it appeared like one of many cooler auditions I’d been to in a protracted
time as a result of it concerned singing.”

Naya Rivera later grew to become excited to play Santana Lopez on ‘Glee’

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Things started wanting up for Rivera. At first, she solely had a
small half within the pilot (the half had no strains). However, she mentioned she performed the
half so nicely she was supplied extra display screen time within the subsequent episode. She mentioned she
tried her finest to make her character stand out so she might get observed.

“There was a giant scene within the choir room, with a bunch of
college students sitting in chairs, and I used to be rolling my eyes and popping my neck at
each joke,” recalled Rivera. “And I guess it must have worked!” Rivera mentioned
Ryan Murphy, creator of Nip/Tuck and Glee, instructed her to be taught the
music “Sing a Little Prayer.” She was about to get a much bigger scene in a future episode.

Why Naya Rivera cherished the ‘Glee’ cheerleading uniform

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One memorable a part of Glee is the pink and white
cheerleading uniform a few of the characters wore. The present’s cheerleaders have been
referred to as the Cheerios, and so they wore their uniforms with delight. Rivera mentioned she
was very comfortable when she first obtained her cheerleading uniform for her position as

“When wardrobe first handed me the cheerleading uniform, I
was stoked,” mentioned Rivera. “One, as a result of I’d by no means performed a cheerleader earlier than,
and two, as a result of I used to be relieved that I obtained to put on a dressing up that made me look
scorching. I keep in mind making an attempt it on and doing a little bit soar once I appeared within the
mirror.” Rivera mentioned she had no thought she could be sporting that uniform for the
subsequent three years.

Rivera’s co-stars additionally introduced her pleasure. She mentioned they all the time
made her snigger. “Actors are typically extroverts, and a minimum of 20 instances a day
somebody would do one thing that might have me laughing so arduous that I’d be pink
within the face and unable to catch my breath,” wrote Rivera.” [They were] a few of
the best folks I’ve ever referred to as buddies.”

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