‘Glee’ Breakout Star Naya Rivera: The New JLo?

Liz Calvario / April 3, 2012

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Glee star Naya Rivera is busting out on the cover of Latina magazine! 

Known for her role as newly out-of-the-closet cheerleader Santana Lopez, Naya chats with the mag about her upcoming solo album, her rise to fame, religion and being compared to Jennifer Lopez

Signed to Columbia records, this singer/actress addresses her songs by saying they’re awesome club songs that are fun to dance to.

When asked about her character’s coming out she says: 

“I get so many tweets a day from people thanking me and saying how the role has changed their lives, enabling them to come out.”

Many compare her to Jennifer Lopez and Naya says, “I would love to be where she is one day.” Even according to Glee co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy, Rivera will one day reach Jennifer Lopez status. “I’m friends with Jennifer, and they’re both beautiful, fun, talented and ambitious,” Murphy says.

Even after comparisons between her and one of the hottest stars out right now, Naya dishes about her preference to on-set high school than her real-life high school life by saying:

“I always knew I liked being on sets more than anything in the world, especially high school…I was super flat chested and really skinny. I didn’t have any boyfriends and didn’t go to any high school dances.”

Hard to believe from someone so gorgeous and talented! She even spills on her favorite indulgences by telling Latina:

 “I have a healthy balance [with food]. I watch what I eat sometimes but I definitely indulge. Yesterday for instance, I found out about this place that I had never been to called Oinkster in Eagle Rock. I saw it on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives because I was watching a marathon. I literally saw it on TV and they were slow-cooking the meat and I immediately got in the car with my best friend and we went. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was to die for. They have garlic aioli french fries with caramelized onions. It was heaven.”

She goes on to discuss more personal experiences about being raised as a devout Christian and many more interesting subjects, but we won’t spill anymore!

Make sure to grab the hot issue of Latina set to hit newsstand April 10th which is also filled with Deco inspired fashion trends, beauty surveys and more exclusive interviews!