“Glee” star Naya Rivera may be a fan favorite among devotees of Fox’s song-and-dance series, but for many years, the starlet struggled to get work in Hollywood because of her perceived racial ambiguity. She opens up about those rough years in tomorrow’s brand-new episode of “This Is How I Made It.” Watch a preview below!
“I am half Puerto Rican, a quarter German and a quarter black. That was always a big issue for me — being mixed race — because casting directors tended to be very like, ’OK, are you Hispanic for this role?’ ’Or is she going to be African American?'” Naya recalled. “So, it was really tough and work started to show down. From the time I was 16 to really up until turning 21, the roles were really, really few and far between.”
Hear the rest of Naya’s story on Saturday’s “This Is How I Made It,” airing on MTV at 12/11c.
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