Gloria Estefan: ‘It was a joy to play Naya Rivera’s mother on Glee’


Gloria Estefan has shared her fond memories of working with the late Naya Rivera on hit Fox series Glee.

Following the actress’ tragic drowning death in Lake Piru, California last month (July 2020), the hitmaker, who played Naya’s character Santana Lopez’s mom on the show, spoke with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, admitting she loved working with the star, who was just 33 years old when she passed away.

“Naya was really down to earth and warm and it was a joy to play her mom,” Gloria shared. “She had really amazing singing chops. We were working on music and then she got pregnant. She married and got pregnant. So she got side-tracked in that respect.”

The Anything for You star also opened up her reaction when she heard of Naya‘s disappearance, confessing: “When I heard what happened, and the baby was on board…deep down inside as a mom you know that she would have never left that baby along unless something happened to her.

“I hope she is remembered as a wonderful triple threat,” she added. “It’s just such a shame. It broke my heart.”