Spill the tea, Naya Rivera.
This is what Gleeks have been waiting for years – the truth behind the speculated feud between the 29-year-old actress and her former “Glee” co-star, Lea Michele.
In her newly published memoir, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up”, Rivera reveals some juicy details about not getting along with “Glee”‘s queen bee, Lea Michele while filming the popular TV show.
Here’s what she had to say about their rumoured rivalry (which turns out, wasn’t a rumour): “One of the ‘Glee’ writers once said that Lea and I were like two sides of the same battery and that about sums us up. We are both strong willed and competitive—not just with each other but with everyone—and that’s not a good mixture,” wrote Rivera, whose character Santana Lopez often didn’t see eye to eye with Michele’s Rachel Berry.
“As the show progressed, though, that friendship started to break down, especially as Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel—erm, I mean Lea—didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” she added.
She continued, “On top of that, she had a hard time separating work from our outside friendship, whereas it was a lot easier for me. I’m not offended when people offer feedback or criticism, and if things get heated on set, I try to keep perspective. We’re all stressed, yes, but we’re all working toward the same goal, so laugh it off and keep it movin’. Lea was a lot more sensitive, though, and it seemed like she blamed me for anything and everything that went wrong.”
“If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was bitching about her. Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of Season 6,” Rivera recalled. “Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again, but the rumours of our ‘feud’ were blown out of proportion.”
Besides her rivalry with Michele, Rivera also revealed that she wasn’t too surprised by Mark Salling’s arrest for possessing child pornography on his laptop and a flash memory drive. “My son’s nanny actually told me about it when the story broke. I can’t say I was totally shocked, but still — WTF? Then I had no doubt that God really did have my back along the way,” she wrote.
The couple dated for awhile before calling it quits in 2010 because Salling’s publicist thought the actress was bad news for his poster boy image. “When Mark dumped me, I thought it was the worst thing ever, but can you imagine if that didn’t happen? I think everyone should have that one relationship where you look back and ask yourself, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ You’ll learn something and you won’t regret it,” Rivera added.
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