Naya Rivera: Bring It On, Bitch!

As Santana, Glee’s resident mean girl, Naya Rivera loosens her tight Cheerios ponytail to talk gay bars, drag queen inspiration, and the bisexual future of Brittana.



Santana and Brittany have been doing a lot of pinky-holding in recent episodes. Are the writers still joking around, or is this Brittana flirtation actually going somewhere?
We definitely always hint at it, but I don’t know what will happen with that. Maybe they’ll fall in love. I do think they’re soul mates. Brittany just gets Santana, even though a lot of people don’t like her. The guys are crappy, so maybe Santana should just be with Brittany.

Could Santana be bisexual?
There’s always a chance on this show. Everything’s always twisting and turning, and you never know what the writers and Ryan Murphy are going to do next.

Santana once told Finn, “You buy us dinner, and we make out in front of you. It’s, like, the best deal ever.” Now a lot of people are hoping for Brittana make-out session.
I know. That would be nuts, but I don’t know if we can do that because it’s such a family show. If it does happen, I’m up for it. I’m really up for anything, so maybe I’ll make their dreams come true.

You and Heather Morris, who plays Brittany, are close in real life. When did you two become BFFs?
We were friends from the beginning. I remember not knowing who the third cheerleader was going to be and not knowing if she was going to be cool, but we hung out the first day I met her. We live close to each other, so now we hang out all the time. It’s nice that I’ve found a friend out of work. The chemistry that we have on-screen has stemmed from our real-life friendship. Half the stuff we do is us just joking around or ad libs like the pinky thing. Brad told us to do the pinky thing one time, but now we try to fit it in other scenes. That kind of stuff really makes our scenes better.

You guys should take a cue from Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie and Becky Newton and start your own Web series and cabaret act.
I know, right? I smell a spin-off!

Let’s talk about the “Like a Virgin” number in the Madonna episode.
When I read it in the script, I was like, No way, I’m the one who gets to take Finn’s virginity? Awesome! How did they pick me for this? That was basically the first time I’d ever gotten a step-out solo part on any of the songs, so I was stoked for people to hear me sing. When we shot the scene, Ryan’s direction was that he wanted me to be a lioness prowler, but he also wanted me to be like a drag queen with my hair, so that’s what all the hair-whipping was about. That was my drag.

It’s always good to see you without your Cheerios uniform and tight ponytail.
Yeah, I felt really free. Another reason I was whipping my hair so much was because I never get to.

And that Cory Monteith, who plays Finn, is a hot piece.
I know. I’ve been getting Twitter messages, like, “You’re so lucky you humped Cory Monteith.” I can’t complain.

After she took Finn’s virginity, Santana said, “I’ve noticed that it takes about 20 or so times before the feeling of accomplishment really kicks in.” Is she really that big of a slut, or is she all talk?
I think she really is a slut. She’s just that girl in high school. But the good thing about that scene was that Ryan had us not play up the comedy aspect, so we played it kind of sad. There was a little moment you got to see that maybe she does regret being a teenage harlot.
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