Naya Rivera – Season MVPs: The Year’s BestFriday, April 20, 2012
Naya Rivera, Glee
Rivera put a very different face on McKinley High's LGBT community as Santana not only struggled to come out, but also demanded to define herself on her own terms. Rivera's surprisingly multi-layered portrayal defied stereotypes, and her subtle approach allowed Santana to show her soft side (abuela, why?) without losing the hard Lima Heights Adjacent edge — her bold criticism of Mr. Schue, the Finn slap heard 'round Ohio — we've always loved.