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'Glee' Star Jane Lynch Reveals the Greatest Quality She Admired about Late Co-star Naya Rivera

Busayo Ogunjimi
Oct 01, 2020
06:30 P.M.
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Naya Rivera might be dead, but her legacy is not, as friends and actors have taken to various platforms to pay their tributes and share her accomplishments on and off the set.


Naya Rivera passed away on the 13th of July, 2020, in a drowning accident when she went swimming with her 5-year-old son, Josey. Her body was found five days later in Lake Piru, Ventura County, California.

Months later, her co-star, Jane Lynch, shared with reporters the most beautiful thing about Rivera, which only her friends knew.

Jane Lynch at the Amazon Prime Day Concert on July 10, 2019  | Photo: Getty Images

Jane Lynch at the Amazon Prime Day Concert on July 10, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


The 60-year-old said the late actress was quick to speak up about unfair, cruel, and wrong incidents, and anyone that was close to her could feel it. She added that the star was very "loyal" and protective."

The "Glee" star had talked about the 33-year-old's death sometime last month as she shared that her death was very devastating. Lynch added that Rivera had been one of the most talented people on the "Glee" set.


The five-time Emmy winner mentioned how the actress had mastered and flowed seamlessly through her three-page monologues on the "Glee" set, even with corrections being made continuously to her script. The same number of pages had taken Lynch a week to master.

Rivera played the role of Santana Lopez on the Fox TV series, "Glee." Santana was a sassy bi-sexual cheerleader who, for many, represented a LGBTQ forerunner as she had to embrace her sexuality in the series run.


The late star loved her role and she was a passionate advocate who was glad to play a role that meant so much to young people.

Lynch also revealed that the "Devious Maids" actress had been friends with her niece, Meghan Doyle, who was an assistant on the "Glee" set. She added that her niece had nothing but kind words for Rivera.


In an interview with People, to promote the show, "Weakest Link," Lynch shared that Rivera was a "fierce force of nature" and her death was a great loss to everyone.

It is a reboot of the 2000 trivia show, which was hosted by Anne Robinson. The reboot required Lynch to access her sarcastic and snarky side, which was the trademark of her "Glee" character, Sue Sylvester.

The show is set to premiere on NBC and has already shot thirteen episodes over the course of the quarantine. Short clips from the show display a 2020 Sue Sylvester.

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