When Glee turned the must-see TV present in 2009, Naya Rivera’s Santana Lopez shortly turned one of the beloved characters of the highschool musical dramedy. Although she was initially meant to be a minor antagonist with a pointy tongue and salacious strategies, Rivera’s vibrant character, hilarious one-liners, and plain vocal energy shot her to sequence common by season two. She was casually merciless in a method that was each terrifying and endearing, solely because of Rivera’s skill to carry out her vulnerability by her defensiveness.
Santana’s nuanced exploration of her sexuality resonated with many viewers and her relationship with Heather Morris’s Brittany S. Pierce (the supply of a number of heartbreakingly gorgeous covers from Rivera) turned one of many present’s focal plots all through the sequence. They flirted, fell in love, got here out to their dad and mom, and finally received married. And whereas the “Brittana” love story was an enormous a part of Santana’s journey, her sojourn from closeted highschool imply lady to an out-and-proud artist was fantastically fleshed out by Rivera’s swish portrayal. Rivera’s function on Glee helped change queer illustration in tv – particularly for Latinas. She sang her solution to self-discovery, a life full of love, and a legacy as one of the fascinating characters to grace our screens.
In remembrance of Rivera, who died whereas boating along with her 4-year-old son, we’re wanting again at her most extraordinary Glee performances from Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird” to Alicia Keys’s “Lady on Hearth.”
The Forged of Glee Pay Tribute to Naya Rivera After Her Demise: "You Deserved the World"