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‘Glee’ Cast Honors Naya Rivera at GLAAD Awards 9 Months After Her Death

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‘Glee’ Cast Formality Naya Rivera at GLAAD Awards 9 Months After Her Death

The cast of Glee reunited essentially to pay tribute to the late Naya Rivera 9 months after her death.

The GLAAD Media Awards section, which aired on Thursday, April 8, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Rivera’s Glee character, Santana Lopez, coming out and “the character’s influence on LGBTQ teenagers and Latinx LGBTQ representation on tv.” Demi Lovato, who played Santana’s girlfriend during season 5 of the Fox series, provided the award.

A number of members of the cast– consisting of Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Matthew Morrison, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Harry Shum Jr., Becca Tobin, Jacob Artist, Alex Newell and Vanessa Lengies— collected for the celebration. However, some of the show’s stars, such as Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet, did not get involved in the occasion.

'Glee' Cast Honors Naya Rivera at GLAAD Media Awards 9 Months After Her Death
Naya Rivera goes to the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon in Beverly Hills on November 6, 2019. ENEWS/MEGA “What’s up celebration people?” Morrison, 42, who played Will Schuester, stated as the cast reunited by means of Zoom. Lynch, 60, kicked things off by narrating about how moved she was by Rivera’s onscreen efficiencies, saying she came to life when the cam turned on.

“I remember when Naya became a regular cast member, she was a dancer. And I constantly thought she was charming, and she was a fantastic dancer,” the actress, who played Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester, recalled. “And then Ryan [Murphy] stared offering her lines and I resembled, ‘Wow, this girl is truly something.'”

Morrison kept in mind that Rivera was much more inspiring offscreen as a mother to her son, Josey.

“Naya and I were buddies on the program, but I think we ended up being far better pals when we both had kids and to see her put all that energy into her child was simply an unbelievable sight to see and something I’ll constantly remember,” he said.

Ushkowitz included: “Her finest function was her being a mama. That was the most satisfying to see her do that.”

Rivera passed away in July 2020 after she went missing out on while out on a boat with her boy, Josey, now 5. Her body was recovered after a five-day search. A few of her Glee castmates were at the scene at the time.

Morris, Riley and more honored Rivera in January on what would have been her 34th birthday. “I can’t compose a sappy monologue since it’s just too hard,” the Spring Breakers actress, 34, noted at the time. “However I like you and I can’t explain how much I miss you.”

Riley, for her part, gushed: “There hasn’t been a day where you don’t cross my mind, and when you do, I take a minute of silence to keep in mind all the lovely minutes we got to spend together.”

The cast arranged a fundraiser to benefit Rivera’s preferred charity in December 2020. The GoFundMe campaign raised money for Alexandria Home, a not-for-profit in L.A. that offers safe real estate for women and children.

“This year I lost one of my dearest pals, Naya,” Morris composed by means of Instagram at the time. “She constantly inspired me because she never let a holiday pass without offering back to those in requirement. We’re keeping Nayas spirit alive this vacation season by raising funds for among her favorite organizations, Alexandria House. Please, give what you can and assist spread Snixxmas cheer.”

Morrison opened up in December 2020 about losing Rivera after the deaths of costars Cory Monteith and Mark Salling.

“It was a really tough year to lose yet another member of our cast, but we’ve just bonded together a lot through this experience,” the What to Expect When You’re Expecting star, 42, informed Entertainment Tonight.

Monteith passed away in July 2013 from an overdose at the age of 31. Salling died by suicide in January 2018 at the age of 35.

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Published at Fri, 09 Apr 2021 02:15:21 +0000