Naya Rivera wows as the host of the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco


AE: How does it feel having such a large lesbian fanbase?
NR: It’s amazing. I never thought in a million years that I would have a strong fanbase and people that latch onto the character and her storyline so much. I just feel honestly blessed and honored to just do what I do and be a part of this. So I thank them, and I owe them everything.

AE: We’re in the midst of our annual season of respectful objectification we call the Hot 100. I think you’re going to do very, very well this year. Who would you say is your Hot 100 picks?
NR: Are we talking women in general?
AE: Yep.
NR: It’s so hard, I don’t think I can pick, there are so many beautiful women that I look up to.
AE: I know it’s a tough question. You can give me two or three then.
NR: I know that that girl, I forgot her name, who is No. 1 on the Maxim Hot 100 now, she is gorgeous. [Rosie Huntington Whiteley.] And then I would also say Camila Alves [a Brazilian model and TV personality] because I just look up to her. And Halle Berry, of course. She is my idol.

AE: Sara Ramirez will be here as well. She is an amazing singer. How about getting her on Glee?
NR: I want to. I want to badly. I want her to play my mother or something.
AE: I want her to be your cool lesbian aunt.
NR: I am so excited to meet her and I watch Grey’s Anatomy. I watched the musical episode and she sings wonderfully.

Credit: Photo by Trisha Leeper/WireImage

AE: And, finally, how has this affected your relationship with Heather Morris? I know you were both friends already. Have you discussed what this storyline means to your fans? What has it done for your relationship?
NR: I think we both had an understanding from the beginning of how our characters interacted. I think we’ve both done a good job and I commend her. It’s stretched our acting skills and chops and challenged us. And I think it’s brought us closer.

Oh, and Naya had a little something to say to all her ardent, loyal fans on AfterEllen as well

I apologize for the terrible, jittery video. My hands were shaking at that point for some unknown (cough, Naya, cough) reason.

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