The Word: Naya Rivera worked as nanny while on ‘Glee’

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Actress Naya Rivera arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Naya Rivera didn’t know if she’d stay on the show. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

What’s the first thing you’d do if you hit the big time? Tell your day job to suck it, right? (I would never do that to Metro, of course. Metro is my big time.) Naya Rivera, who plays Santana on “Glee,” chose to play it cool: She kept her day job as a nanny until several weeks into the first season.

“I was still a nanny up until the third episode of season one,” Naya told Complex. “I didn’t work that much and I didn’t know if I would still be around.” She said that she finally quit nannying once showrunner Ryan Murphy convinced the studio to bring her on as a series regular.

I bet those kids wish he hadn’t. You’d be the coolest kid in school if you had a singing lesbian cheerleader babysitter.

The death of “Glee” actor Cory Monteith over the weekend came just weeks before production is set to begin on the fifth season of the Fox musical comedy, throwing it into disarray at a time when the creators needed to revive the waning series.

Canadian actor Monteith, 31, was not only a founding cast member, but also an integral player in promoting the show’s overarching message of tolerance.


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