Glee character: Santana Lopez Full name: Naya Rivera Date of birth: January 12, 1987 Hometown: Valencia, Santa Clarita, Calfornia Currently residing in: Los Angeles
Naya got a very early start. When she was nine months old, her mother's talent agent began to represent her. (Her mother had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling.) As a baby, Naya appeared in commercials for Kmart, and she landed her first big gig at the ripe old age of four, when she starred as Hillary Winston in Eddie Murphy's sitcom The Royal Family. From 1992 on, she had small roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Live Shot, Baywatch, Smart Guy, House Blend, Even Stevens,The Master of Disguise, The Bernie Mac Show, 8 Simple Rules, and CSI: Miami. Who cares about the rest of these? She was on Family Matters, which means she got to meet the legendary Urkel!
Random factoid: Naya has expressed an interest in putting her acting career on hold in favor of screenwriting.