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.

BY Brandon Voss

May 04 2010 6:10 PM ET

NAYA RIVERA 3 X390 (FOX) | ADVOCATE.COMThough no official announcement has come from the Glee camp, it’s being reported by various sources that you and Heather will be promoted to regular status next season.
Yeah, I think that will be happening for me, so that will be very cool.

You recently tweeted, “My goal in life is to be a hybrid of Ryan Murphy and Oprah.” How’s that working out for you?
I’m working on building my empire and giving back. [Laughs] I obviously have to dress better to be like Ryan Murphy. He always looks so sharp because his fashion sense is nuts. When I first met him, I was looking at the ground because I was so intimidated, but he’s the coolest person. He’s also confident. He knows what he wants, he gets it done, but he can joke around and have fun in the process. He really is like family.

At the recent GLAAD Media Awards, when Glee won a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Ryan Murphy commended Chris Colfer for coming out at such a young age. Were you supportive of Chris’s decision?
Oh, yeah, absolutely. I remember when all of that was happening, and he was nervous, as anyone would be, just because he’s so young. Other kids his age maybe deal with those issues at school and with their family, but not with the entire world, so that was tough for him. My advice to him was that it’s always better to be honest about yourself, because keeping up a lie is lot more work than saying, “Here I am, take it or leave it.”

Are you looking forward to the Glee concert tour?
Yeah, I’m really excited. I’ve seen the set list, the songs are great, and I know the fans are going to love it. The adrenaline rush we get when we’re up there and people are screaming is so fun.

OK, so what’s the real deal with you and costar Mark Salling?
There’s no deal. We’re just friends. We’re very close because we work together 16, 18 hours every day, and I think he’s cool, but we’re like best friends.

Gossip sites are saying you’re dating a costar when you’re not? That’s so Jennifer Aniston.
I know, right? Mark’s linked with someone new every week in the press, so you can’t always believe what you read.

His calling you “beautiful” in his “Chillin’ on Glee” YouTube video certainly didn’t help the situation.
Well, he can think I’m beautiful. We’re just friends and he thinks I’m pretty!

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