First, let me say I am deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Naya’s co-star Cory Monteith. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Glee’s Naya Rivera has released a statement on the passing of her friend and co-star Cory Monteith.
“The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the actress said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone’s well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated.”
Rivera, along with stars Lea Michele (Monteith’s girlfriend), Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz and others, was one of the original Glee stars. She was promoted to series regular in season two.
Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday. A cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday. Foul play is not suspected. The actor voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility in late March for treatment for substance abuse, marking his second attempt to seek help. He left the facility in April and in recent weeks vacationed with Michele before spending time in Vancouver earlier this month.
Rivera plays former cheerleader Santana Lopez. While Her character often clashed with Monteith’s Finn Hudson, the two were considered friends. Santana played a key role in bringing Finn back into Rachel’s life in New York, ultimately breaking up Michele’s Rachel and a new relationship. In a November 2011 episode of Glee, Finn was the one who publicly outed Santana.
It’s unclear how Monteith’s passing will impact Fox’s Glee.
My good friend Brittany recently had a chance to chat up Naya Rivera for Examiner.com to discuss hosting 50/50/1, her career and a secret ambition of hers that not many people know about. View the video below and a special thanks to Brittany for sharing this with us!
Taking a break from preparing for the big event, Naya joined me last week for a video interview to talk about what music fans can expect from this nationwide concert initiative, and how they can stay connected even if they’re not lucky enough to snag a ticket to one of these 50 special shows.
She also provided a little information on her own forthcoming album, and chatted with me about another talent you might not know she had: her screenwriting ambitions, and whether or not they’ve influenced her acting career.
“But it was a blast, and her family was there, and everyone was just really excited,” Naya continues. “I can’t wait to meet her baby!”
Women’s Health, the fastest-growing international women’s magazine in the world today with a global readership of 22 million, and FEED, the social business founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, whose mission is to “Create Good Products That Help FEED the World,” are partnering for the 2nd annual RUN10 FEED10 10K race series to motivate consumers nationwide to help fight domestic hunger. In its inaugural year, RUN10 FEED10 raised over 1 million meals to support the cause and in 2013, the bar is set even higher.
“Women’s Health is proud to announce details for our 2(nd) annual RUN10 FEED10 national event series, with partners FEED and Unilever. The concept behind RUN10 FEED10 is simple: run a 10K and feed 10 hungry people in your hometown,” states Women’s Health Publisher Laura Frerer-Schmidt. “Right now, over 50 million Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. By participating in RUN10 FEED10, Women’s Health readers can make a huge impact in a very simple way.”
Timed 10k races will take place in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. People living in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle can participate in one of the Women’s Health “Fun Runs.” If runners don’t live in one of the RUN10 FEED 10 host cities, they can still participate by registering via RUN10FEED10.com to run their own 10k. A partnership with WalkJogRun enables the program to operate virally through a free RUN10 FEED10 training app (available on iTunes) that brings the event to every city in the country.
“RUN10 FEED10 is a terrific way to get involved in the fight to end hunger here in America. By combining fitness and philanthropy, runners get a double dose of accomplishment by challenging themselves and helping others,” says FEED CEO and Founder, Lauren Bush Lauren. “Building on last year’s momentum, we hope that this year’s run will have even more of an impact, particularly because we’ve expanded into new cities.”
Kicking off the event series in New York City on September 22, 2013, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed race ending at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. A post-race wellness festival will feature yoga sessions, nutrition and beauty consultations and great giveaways from sponsors. Plus, singer and actress, Naya Rivera, will kick off the NYC event and perform a special concert for the runners. Expanding this year, RUN10 FEED10 will launch timed races in Chicago and San Francisco, and also feature the robust wellness festivals post-race.
Our girl Santana will be hosting Bud Light Music First’s 50/50/1 show — a venture that will include 50 concerts across all 50 states on the same day, August 1st!
Lucky for you, Perezcious readers, PerezHilton.com got an EXCLUSIVE interview with Naya, during which she informed us that she would be manning the live stream during Miguel Los Angeles performance!
She dished on her upcoming solo career, too!!