The cast of “Glee” reunited nearly to recollect Naya Rivera, who died final July at the age of 33, at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday.
The tribute was opened by Demi Lovato, who had a short function on the Fox sequence alongside Rivera.
“I haven’t got to let you know that this yr was a troublesome, robust yr,” Lovato stated. “A specific second of heartbreak stands out for me: dropping my buddy Naya Rivera. I’ll all the time cherish the prospect I received to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.'”
“The character Naya performed, Santana Lopez, was ground-breaking for closeted queer women — like I used to be at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments impressed Latina girls all around the world.”
Lovato then launched the “Glee” cast: Jacob Artist, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jessalyn Gilsig, Dot-Marie Jones, Vanessa Lengies, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Alex Newell, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., Becca Tobin and Jenna Ushkowitz, who remembered Rivera and the influence she had on queer youth in her function on “Glee.”
Lynch recalled when Rivera was first introduced on as a sequence common on “Glee,” pondering that she was “cute and an ideal dancer.” “And then [‘Glee’ co-creator] Ryan [Murphy] began giving her traces, and I used to be like, ‘Wow. This lady is admittedly one thing.'”
The cast additionally made a degree to pay tribute to the opposite main function in Rivera’s life: being a mom to her son, Josey.
“Naya and I had been good mates on the show,” Morrison stated. “But I believe we turned a lot better mates once we each had kids, and to see her put all that vitality into her son was simply an unbelievable sight to see, and one thing I’ll all the time bear in mind.”
“Her greatest function was her being a mother,” Ushkowitz added. “That was probably the most fulfilling, to see her do this.”
They additionally celebrated the tenth anniversary of Santana’s coming-out storyline on “Glee,” throughout a time the place there was little LGBTQ illustration on tv — particularly when it got here to queer folks of coloration.
“That scene when Santana got here out to her grandmother and was rejected, it nonetheless makes me cry,” Lengies stated.
Rivera’s mom, Yolanda Previtire, couldn’t attend the tribute, however left a message that was learn by Gilsig.
“Her want was to all the time be an advocate to those that didn’t have a voice,” the message learn, partially. “I do not imagine that she realized how vital she was to this world. I’m grateful that my eldest daughter helped to alter the panorama of how we view and see one another.”
Watch the total tribute under.