Naya Rivera was born and raised in Valencia, California.
Rivera is a devout Christian–though there is no indication as to what denomination exactly. But she’s obviously serious enough about it to tattoo a large cross on her back. She has mentioned the difficulties associated with fame and religious devotion:
It’s hard and sort of sad that you do feel like you need to tread lightly when you say, ‘Yes, I do go to church and I read the Bible,’ because once you do that people will be like, ‘Why are her boobs out? Why is her midriff showing? Why is she playing a lesbian?’ I don’t want to deal with that stuff, and so I’ve never really discussed it. It’s very personal.
Well, this isn’t a surprising revelation considering that, for example, videos have been released of Rivera pole dancing and she occasionally tweets mildly irreverent things like:
Jesus Christ better be playing at the Hollywood bowl for all this highland traffic to be legit.
Given her religiosity, one would imagine that if Jesus were to play the Hollywood bowl, Rivera would know about it.
Rivera’s politics have two main themes: 2012 presidential politics and homosexuality.
She plays a lesbian on the hit show, Glee, and as such, has become a bit of an icon in the gay community. She said:
I get so many tweets a day from people thanking me and saying how the role has changed their lives, enabling them to come out.
She’s returned the gratitude in kind, co-hosting the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards (GLAAD Awards) and even auctioning off a $5,000 kiss for the organization. Plus, she says she frequents gay bars–just a little side-note there.
In 2012, when the Republicans were battling for the presidential nomination, Rivera expressed extreme dissatisfaction with candidate Rick Santorum. She tweeted:
And now a political tweet: Rick Santorum is the most disgusting person I’ve ever seen in my life. Who is this clown?!
And why are Americans letting [Santorum] open his ignorant mouth? #embarrassing
When Obama ultimately won the election, she celebrated at a post-election party, and in the photos, she looks pretty happy.
So, liberal Democrat seems an appropriate title.