Naya Rivera is bringing Demi Lovato to the “dark side” on “Glee,” and the “Heart Attack” singer couldn’t be more excited about it.
Lovato will appear in at least six episodes in the upcoming season of “Glee” playing the role of Dani, a New York friend of Lea Michele’s character, Rachel, who falls for Rivera’s character, Santana.
“The X Factor” judge called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Wednesday (September 4) to talk about her time on set — a “giant hangout environment” since she’s been longtime friends with some of the cast. She also explained how proud she is to be representing the LGBT community on the hit Fox series.
“What I want people to take away from this isn’t, ’Oh my god, Demi is kissing a girl, like this is crazy’ or whatever; I want people to take from it [that] this is actually an incredible step in our generation today where I’m able to play a young lesbian on prime time TV,” said Lovato, who guests on the show alongside Adam Lambert. “It’s becoming the norm and I’m honored to be able to be hopefully inspiring people with my character to be who they are and not be afraid or ashamed.”
Lovato shot her first episode last week with Rivera, giving Gleeks their first look at the two together after posting a picture on Instagram.
“I mean, she’s playing my love interest, so I’m very, very excited about that,” Rivera told MTV News at the 2013 Video Music Awards. “We get to sing a song together. It’s gonna be good. I’m excited to work with her. We’re bringing her to the dark side. Well, she comes in in a Beatles episode, so [we’re singing] a Beatles song. I’m excited.”
Following the Beatles episodes, “Glee” will spend October 10 paying tribute to the late Cory Monteith, who died in July at the age of 31.