Glee actress and singer Naya Rivera beamed with pride as she boasted about raising her son as a working single mother in Hollywood in a 2019 interview with DailyMailTV.
Rivera smiled about the enjoyment of mixing her career with parenting son Josey Hollis Dorsey, despite recognizing that ‘being a working woman’ brings ‘challenges’.
The 33-year-old reflected on her pride of starring in the global TV hit Glee for six series, even teasing her hopes for a reboot.
Rivera, who enjoyed a three-decade career in Hollywood, is still missing and presumed dead after her unaccompanied four-year-old son was found floating on a boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said.
‘This is considered to be a horrible accident.’ Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials said, expressing that no foul play was suspected.
Naya Rivera beamed at the the annual Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai gala in May 2019 in an interview with DailyMailTV
Rivera smiled about the enjoyment of mixing her career with parenting her son Josey, despite recognizing that ‘being a working woman’ brings ‘challenges’
The department said it responded to a report of a boy alone on a boat around 4.48pm. Officers on scene found the child, but no information was immediately released about the child’s condition.
That night Rivera wowed on the carpet in a daring plunging dark grey satin gown
Our unseen exclusive interview from Rivera came as she spoke at the annual Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai gala to support the Women’s Guild and Cedars-Sinai hospital in May 2019.
That night she wowed on the red carpet in a daring plunging dark grey satin gown, posing with host Kevin Nealon and Shelley Cooper – the Women’s Guild President.
Rivera, who had just then finalized her divorce to Ryan Dorsey and agreed joint custody over Josey, reflected on being a Hollywood working mother.
‘Oh how do I do it? Oh gosh, I dunno, wing it? Wing it and try to stay as healthy as I can. I recently upped my workouts,’ Rivera said.
‘Gotta wake up earlier because I’m a mom, gotta get to school drop off, but it’s so good. I feel like being a working woman and a working mother is always going to have its challenges.
‘I’ve been blessed and fortunate enough to work on shows and productions where that’s not really an issue, mostly because they’re female ran.’
Rivera, who has starred in Step Up: High Water created by Holly Sorensen since 2018, added: ‘The show I work on now, Step Up: High Water for YouTube, Holly runs it and so she’s our show runner and every one at YouTube has been great and so I’ve been able to have my son there and really prioritize both.’
Rivera was best known to audiences as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Fox’s musical comedy series Glee, about a high school glee club. She appeared in 113 episodes of the Emmy winning series from its start in 2009 to end six years later.
Rivera was best known to audiences as Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader, on Fox’s musical comedy series Glee, about a high school glee club
This diagram shows where Naya Rivera and her son rented a boat on Lake Piru before the four-year-old was seen alone. The map in the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles where Rivera lives
The Glee star and her son Josey rented a pontoon boat on Lake Piru on Wednesday afternoon, but three hours later another boater raised the alarm
Smiling about the ‘So many, too many (great memories) to count’, she revealed: ‘It was like six seasons so that’s a lot, a lot of special moments.
‘I feel like it’s different for everyone, it was all good. I think that Glee is still awesome and everybody still loves it and especially with it being on Netflix now, everyone gets to go and watch it.
‘I feel like the fans get younger and younger. I’m like how do you know, and they’re like Netflix.’
She teased that reports of a rebooted Glee would excite her as ‘Yeah, I feel like anything is possible.’
For more than 60 years, Women’s Guild has supported world-class healthcare through research and innovation.
Rivera felt it was an important cause for her to provide support.
‘Well all of the work that the Woman’s Guild does at Cedars Sinai is amazing obviously so I am happy to lend my support to anything like this.
‘I mean my son was born at Cedars, I love Cedars, I’m from LA so you know, I love it.
‘I’m really proud of all the work that they’ve done. Well, I think hospitals anywhere are special, you know what I mean? I mean it’s a really, really great hospital. They have fantastic healthcare, fantastic doctors, and they really go above and beyond to help, especially in research and innovation. I guess that’s what makes it super special.’
She boasted about raising her son as a working single mother in Hollywood during the interview
Rivera is presumed dead a day after posting a tragic final Instagram with her son which she captioned ‘just the two of us’
Women’s Guild members have raised nearly $50 million in support of Cedars-Sinai’s most critical work, including the Women’s Guild Chair in Gastroenterology, Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills, Women’s Guild Lung Institute, Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center–A Project of Women’s Guild at Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, and the soon-to-be announced Women’s Guild Neurology Transformation Project.
The project will support innovative research and education for the understanding and treatment of complex neurological disorders, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, dementias, epilepsy and migraines.
Cedars-Sinai is a national leader in providing high-quality, patient-centered healthcare encompassing primary care as well as specialized medicine and conducting research that leads to lifesaving discoveries and innovations.
Today, Cedars-Sinai is widely known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare to the benefit of patients.