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Naya Rivera Net Worth: $5M.

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Who is Naya Rivera?

Naya Rivera was an American actress and singer who had a net worth of $5M at the time of her death.

She was best well known for playing the cold hearted cheerleader Santana Lopez in the musical series Glee.

The Early Years

Naya Marie Rivera was born in Valencia, California, on January 12, 1987.

At the time, Valencia was one of four unincorporated communities that would be merged to form the city of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, in December 1987.

Rivera was raised in Valencia and lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life.

She was of African American, German, and Puerto Rican descent. When the term “Afro-Latinx” became widespread in the 2010s she was often identified as such.

Her parents are Yolanda Previtire, a real estate agent and former model, and George Rivera, who worked various IT jobs, including positions at Disney and the Universal Music Publishing Group.

George and Yolanda had married in 1986 but divorced in 1996, and Yolanda married Charles Previtire in 1999; Rivera was close with her stepfather, but did not really know her grandparents.

Her maternal grandmother was Clara White (formerly Weaver), an abortion counselor and figure in the civil rights movement who was involved in the March on Washington, Selma to Montgomery marches, and 1968 Chicago riots, and who organized protests with and was represented by activist and lawyer Lloyd Barbee.


When she was just 9 months old, Naya began being represented by her mother’s talent agent.

She was just a baby when she started appearing in commercials for Kmart, however she did not get her first significant acting job until she was four when she began starring as Hillary Winston in the sitcom The Royal Family, a series that was produced by Eddie Murphy from 1991 to 1992.

Naya appeared in 15 episodes before the show was canceled after star Redd Foxx suffered a heart attack and could not return to production. Rivera received a Young Artist Award nomination for her performance.

She has starred in many small roles on major TV shows such as; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Smart Guy, Baywatch, The Bernie Mac show, 8 Simple Rules and CSI: Miami. In 2002, she appeared in the music video for B2K’s “Why I love You”.

In 2009, Rivera was cast as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Fox’s musical comedy series Glee, about a high school glee club. 

She 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.

She drew on her own high school experience of unpopularity to prepare for the role, as well as watching films including Mean Girls to “really get in the zone and feel like a bitchy sophomore”.

Rivera described her character Santana as “a bit of a bad girl” and “your typical high school cheerleader, for the most part”, saying that she enjoyed playing Santana because she “always has these really witty one-liners she throws out there”.

In 2011, Rivera won her first ALMA Award, as Favorite Female Music Artist; she won two more in 2012, in the categories of Favorite TV Actress – Leading Role in a Comedy and Female Music Artist.

She received a great amount of critical praise for both her acting and her singing performances in the latter part of season two and the beginning of season three of Glee.

In 2015 Naya appeared in five episodes of the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids.

She also appeared in 21 episodes of “Step Up: High Water”, between 2018 and 2020.

Real Estate

In 2013 Naya paid $2.6 million for a home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz She sold this home in July 2018 for $3.55 million.

Around the time of the sale she paid paid $2.7 million for a new Los Feliz home.

In January 2021, the home was listed for sale for just under $2.7 million.

Top 5 Naya Rivera Quotes

Music is one of my greatest loves. I don’t think I would be able to live without music in my life. – Naya Rivera

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We’ve all been hurt by words before. So before you speak, think about how your words might affect someone else. – Naya Rivera

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Be kind to people, do the best that you can do and don’t compromise yourself for anyone else and you’ll end up being the best person, trust me. – Naya Rivera

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You only get one you, it’s best to just love yourself. – Naya Rivera

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If you think back to your first love, you always remember them and little things always remind you of them. – Naya Rivera

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Naya Rivera was an American TV star and signer whose net worth stood at $5M at the time of her death.

She was most well known for starring in the TV musical Glee.

At the time of her death in 2020 Naya Rivera’s net worth was $5M.

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