Naya Rivera on the best lesbian make-out music and shippers


Ahoy, passengers of the S.S. Brittana. Those who want to float blissfully forward to an unknown fate, skip the next three paragraphs. Those who are already in the eagle’s nest scanning the horizon for any bit of information let’s sail ahead together. In other words: Spoiler Alert.

Fans wanting more from Glee’s Brittany and Santana last night are in for a bit of a wait. According to TVLine’s resident scoopmeister Michael Ausiello, Santana will go back to her old ways “macking on anything in pants (or a skirt, for that matter).” And in episode 18, which will air sometime in April, she even gets a new love interest. Though, no word on said love interest’s gender. But take heart, Ausiello also said:

(A) source tells me, in the season’s final three episodes, the Santana/Brittany storyline really gets kicked into high gear. There are lots of revelations.

This means we’ll probably have to wait until April to see more sweet lady kisses. But it’s still incredibly encouraging. And, despite last night’s return of bitter, angry Santana, you could tell her hurt was coming from a place of heartbreak. I mean, otherwise why would Brittany just looking at her make her forget her locker combination. I’ve got to hand it to the writers, they seem to be taking the Brittany and Santana relationship seriously. I can handle slow, I couldn’t handle glib.

Right, spoilerphobes, you may now board the ship. In fact, speaking of ships, Naya Rivera herself seems to be very aware of them. In a Q&A with Vanity Fair, the artist also known as Santana Lopez talked about the show’s fans, Brittana shippers and the best make-out music.

The interview by Vanity Fair’s self-professed (not kidding, off his Twitter profile) “Fun and Faggy” editor Brett Berk is described as “a few good-natured rounds of Lesbian Multiple Choice.” On how the Brittana relationship came to be:

Vanity Fair: When I talked to Heather Morris [Brittany] for the first time last year, she said that your on-screen relationship was going to be more B.F.F. than F.W.B. We all know the show isn’t known for its internal consistency, but what changed, and how?

Naya Rivera:
I think it was because the writers and Ryan [Murphy] were getting such a strong craving from the fans — from the Brittany and Santana fans — for them to be together. And we sort of took it lightly at first. But then we thought it was something people really wanted us to do, that it was something we should tackle. And so, one day, [head writer] Brad Falchuk came up to me and said, “We’ve decided that we’re going to explore this storyline,” and I was totally for it, and knew people would appreciate it.

See, like I’ve said before, the fans made Brittana happen. High five, fans.

For those who have a secret notebook of all of Naya’s likes and dislikes under your pillows, she also prefers The O.C. lesbian Mischa Barton to Once and Again lesbian Mischa Barton, blazers and boxer shorts as lesbian fashion accessories and Sade for the interviewer puts it “girl-on-girl make-out music.” Or, as Naya puts it, “Sade is good for making out with any gender.”

And then there’s her extensive knowledge of us shippers.

VF: What is that “shipper” thing? I’ve seen that on some of the fan sites, and since I’m over 15, I’m like, huh?

“Shipper” is when the fans started mashing up all the couples’ names. That’s where me and Brittany got “Brittana.”

VF: And why “shipper”?

I think it comes from the word “relationship.”

Seriously, pop culture-versed gay men don’t know about shippers? The interview questions are rather glibly tongue-in-cheek, like a lesbian stereotypes crash course. It should be noted that the openly gay writer is the same one who was wrist-slapped by GLAAD for using the word “fag” in his Glee recap last week. He has since apologized, as has Vanity Fair. Though our brother site thought the whole blogoversy was overblown.

And, just in case you think there were no important questions lobbed at Naya, this one came from a lesbian friend of the writer’s.

VF: Santana has the sexy-mean-girl stereotype down. Can she start a new sexy-confident-lesbian stereotype now?

I think she is very capable of bringing confidence to anything.

Truer words have rarely been spoken. So, excited about the Brittana news? Impatient? Stocking up on Sade CDs?

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