Naya Rivera’s mom was hitting internet trolls

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Naya Rivera and her mother were very close. This is what the Joy star spoke about her mother and the gentle way she tried to protect Rivera from internet trolls.

Naya Rivera’s career was led by her mother during the early years

Naya Rivera attends the Warner Bros. Premiere Pictures ‘And Legendary Pictures’ ’42’ at the TCL Chinese Theater in 2013 | Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images

In his book, Sorry not sorry, Rivera said her mother worked hard to make sure she had everything she needed to be successful in the entertainment industry. She helped Rivera get the right outfits and buy the tools she needed to seek out the role for the auditions.

Make no mistake about it: Mom was not just a mom. She was a tough guy and really good at her job. She took my auditions very seriously and took every detail into account to help me watch the part. We took a lot of trips to TJ Maxx, where we rummaged through the shelves until my mom found exactly what I needed. She has also invested in makeup and accessories.

I had a mole on my chin that we sometimes covered up using this thick, creamy makeup that was invented for burn victims to cover up scars (to this day I still use it for contouring), and we have had a very expensive pinball machine made – false teeth that we could plug in when a real one falls.

Naya Rivera in ‘Sorry, not sorry’

Naya Rivera said her mother applauded internet trolls

In an interview with IS! News, Rivera said she used to watch online to see what viewers were saying about her Joy performance. She also revealed that her mother will go online and respond to people who make negative or inaccurate statements.

“My mother is hysterical,” said Rivera IS! News. “She’ll go to a blog or something and find that someone has said something, and she’ll post things. She has gone too far. It will display things like the correct information below. She is so cute. I was like, ‘Mom, you know once you get to a certain point you can’t go back and do all the dirty work.’ “

Naya Rivera thanks her mom for helping her get her first big TV role

In 1991, Rivera had her first big break from acting when she was cast for the TV series. The Royal family. Rivera said her mother’s persistence helped her get the part. During her time on the show, she developed a close relationship with co-star Redd Foxx.

Mom’s diligence (and my hard work, of course) paid off, and at age five I landed my first TV role on CBS ‘ The Royal family. Honestly, I don’t remember the audition, but when I found out I got it, I bet you could hear me screaming all the way in San Diego.

Created and produced by Eddie Murphy, the series was a family comedy starring Redd Foxx and Della Reese as a retired couple forced to cope when their daughter and three grandchildren move in with them. I played the youngest grandchild, Hillary and Redd Foxx, and was intergenerational best friends from the moment we first met.

Naya Rivera in ‘Sorry, not sorry’

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