Where is Naya Rivera from? Naya Rivera is from Valencia, California, where she was born on January 12, 1987. The “Glee” star has been acting and modeling since she was a toddler, and at the age of four, she had scored the role of Hillary Winston on the sitcom “The Royal Family,” created by Eddie Murphy. While the show earned critical praise, it didn’t last long, and between 1992 and 2002, Rivera appeared in a string of TV shows, awaiting her big break. Viewers may remember the Cali native from such programs as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Family Matters,” “House Blend,” and “Bay Watch,” though it wasn’t until 2009, when she landed the part of Santana Lopez on “Glee,’ that she took steps toward becoming a superstar.

Fans likely began asking, “Where is Naya Rivera from?” right around the time “Glee” hit the air, as Santana was one of the show’s most compelling characters — a catty cheerleader later revealed to be a lesbian. That plot twist came after she sang her first solo in season two, cementing her status as one of the cast’s major players. In real life, Rivera is also an aspiring singer, and in September 2013, she released the single “Sorry,” featuring her then-fiance Big Sean.

Rivera has certainly transcended her Valencia, California, hometown roots, and she’s now a global star. In April 2014, when she and Big Sean announced their engagement was off, it made headlines around the world. Many accused the rapper of cheating on his bride-to-be, but he’s denied the allegations. “The recent rumors and accusations reported by so called or fake sources are simply untrue,” Sean said in a statement. “Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter.”

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