London, Dec 22: Naya Rivera is making an impact on the hit Fox show, “Glee,” playing the villainous cheerleader coming to terms with her sexuality.
In real life, the 24-year-old star has struggled with acne. That's why it comes as no surprise that her very first commercial is for the acne cleanser, Proactiv.
On the set, Rivera talked about her “Glee” character.
“The Santana story line really grew this year. She's more up front and getting to sing more and share her stories. I do think that it's real important, the subject matter that we're touching on with Santana. Because you know, there are a lot of girls out there going through the same thing and love to see themselves in this character every single week, so I feel really blessed that I could bring that to the table.”
She also spoke of upcoming guest stars.
“Got Ricky Martin coming to ‘Glee,' and Gloria Estefan will playing my mother. So I'm excited that Santana gets a mom, for one, and I'm excited that she's a superstar.”
Rivera also had a message for high school kids on the fringe of popularity.
“I had the lowest self-esteem as possible in high school. I wasn't popular, I had no friends. But I would say it's really important to know who you are and you're going to win in the end because of that. So just be kind to people, do the best that you can do and don't compromise yourself for anybody else and you'll end up being the better person. Look at me,” Rivera said.
The actress said she did the commercial because she uses the product.
“Proactiv definitely helped get me my confidence back in regards to being in front of the camera at work all day, every day.”
Naya will appear in several new Proactiv TV spots, debuting in spring 2012. She joins a star-studded lineup of current Proactiv celebrity customers-turned-spokespeople, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne and Julianne Hough.