‘Glee’ Cast Honors Naya Rivera at GLAAD Media Awards After Death

The forged of Glee reunited almost to pay tribute to the late Naya Rivera 9 months after her dying.

The GLAAD Media Awards part, which aired on Thursday, April 8, celebrated the tenth anniversary of Rivera’s Glee character, Santana Lopez, coming out and “the character’s influence on LGBTQ teenagers and Latinx LGBTQ illustration on tv.” Demi Lovato, who carried out Santana’s girlfriend all through season 5 of the Fox sequence, launched the award.

A number of members of the forged — along with 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 — gathered for the occasion. Nonetheless, among the many current’s stars, akin to Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet, didn’t participate throughout the event.

Naya Rivera attends the Ladies’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon in Beverly Hills on November 6, 2019. ENEWS/MEGA

“What’s up social gathering individuals?” Morrison, 42, who carried out Will Schuester, acknowledged as a result of the forged reunited by the use of Zoom. Lynch, 60, kicked points off by telling a story about how moved she was by Rivera’s onscreen performances, saying she obtained right here to life when the digital digital camera turned on.

“I keep in mind when Naya grew to become an everyday forged member, she was a dancer. And I all the time thought she was cute, and he or she was an awesome dancer,” the actress, who carried out Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester, recalled. “After which Ryan [Murphy] stared giving her traces and I used to be like, ‘Wow, this lady is admittedly one thing.’”

Morrison well-known that Rivera was rather more inspiring offscreen as a mother to her son, Josey.

“Naya and I had been good mates on the present, however I feel we grew to become a lot better mates after we each had kids and to see her put all that vitality into her son was simply an unbelievable sight to see and one thing I’ll all the time keep in mind,” he acknowledged.

Ushkowitz added: “Her greatest position was her being a mother. That was probably the most fulfilling to see her try this.”

Rivera died in July 2020 after she went missing whereas out on a ship alongside together with her son, Josey, now 5. Her physique was recovered after a five-day search. A few of her Glee castmates had been on the scene on the time.

Morris, Riley and additional honored Rivera in January on what would have been her thirty fourth birthday. “I can’t write a sappy monologue as a result of it’s simply too arduous,” the Spring Breakers actress, 34, well-known on the time. “However I really like you and I can’t describe how a lot I miss you.”

Riley, for her half, gushed: “There hasn’t been a day the place you don’t cross my thoughts, and while you do, I take a second of silence to recollect all the attractive moments we obtained to spend collectively.”

The forged organized a fundraiser to revenue Rivera’s favorite charity in December 2020. The GoFundMe advertising marketing campaign raised cash for Alexandria Home, a nonprofit in L.A. that provides safe housing for women and youngsters.

“This yr I misplaced certainly one of my dearest mates, Naya,” Morris wrote by the use of Instagram on the time. “She all the time impressed me as a result of she by no means let a vacation season go by with out giving again to these in want. We’re maintaining Nayas spirit alive this vacation season by elevating funds for certainly one of her favourite organizations, Alexandria Home. Please, give what you possibly can and assist unfold Snixxmas cheer.”

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

“It was a very difficult yr to lose yet one more member of our forged, however we’ve simply bonded collectively a lot by this expertise,” the What to Count on When You’re Anticipating actor, 42, knowledgeable Leisure Tonight.

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

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