Naya Rivera graces the May 2012 cover of Latina, which hits newsstands and Nook newsstand on April 10.
The Glee star chatted with Latina about playing a newly out-of-the-closet lesbian, religion, her debut solo album and her rise to becoming one of TV's most loved characters.
On her debut album deal with Columbia Records: "So far I’m doing some awesome club songs that are fun to dance to…” Glee co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy says, “She can and will be on the radio."
On playing a newly out-of-the-closet lesbian on Glee: “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.”
On her character’s impending graduation on Glee: "Personally, I want to stay on the show for as long as they’ll have me. I see it as my little home base."
On being compared to J.Lo: "I would love to be where she is one day." According to Muprhy, Rivera will one day reach Jennifer Lopez status. "I’m friends with Jennifer, and they’re both beautiful, fun, talented and ambitious," Murphy says.
On being raised a devout Christian and discussing her beliefs: "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."
On preferring on-set high school to the real thing: “I always knew I liked being on sets more than anything in the world, especially high school…I was super flat chested and really skinny. I didn’t have any boyfriends and didn’t go to any high school dances.”
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