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Naya Rivera is glad to be gay on 'Glee'

May 24, 2011 |  1:21 pm

Naya The relationship between "Glee" cheerleaders Santana and Brittany could have remained a little inside joke on a series packed with inside jokes. But fans' love of the couple --"Brittana" -- encouraged the show's creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk to bring the story line to center stage.

In doing so, they also gave Naya Rivera, the former child actress who plays Santana, a much more prominent role on the show. After she came out on "Glee," she even won the ultimate honor for any aspiring gay icon: a gig as host of the GLAAD Media Awards.

"Honestly, I never thought I'd actually be playing a teen lesbian," says Rivera in Tuesday's paper. "I didn't think it was going to go this far. But I'm glad that it did, because there have been a lot of fans who have expressed that they've been going through similar situations in their lives." Read more of the feature here.

Photo: Naya Rivera at home. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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