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Naya Rivera’s character on Glee has graduated from high school and moved on, but she’s feeling the effects on set as well.
Rivera, who plays former cheerleader Santana Lopez, has moved in with Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) in New York City, and those still in high school (like Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz) shoot their scenes on a separate stages.
"It does feel like a different show and sometimes I get really sad about it. We shoot on the same soundstage, but there's this big door that separates the two worlds, so on my lunch breaks I'll go over there and see [Kevin McHale] and [Jenna Ushkowitz] and everybody I haven't seen, like, 'I miss you guys! What are you doing?' I have no idea what they're doing! I have no idea about the gossip and drama with the new kids," she told Vulture.
She adds, "I feel like I've really grown up because we used to have all that stuff and now we don't."
Rivera went on to say that she and co-star Michele are " insanely jealous of the new New Directions” because “at the end of every episode they get to do a fun number where they just, like, run around. Like, free-form rock-out! We never got to do that!" Us Weekly reports.
She also said she would be up for coming back next season, as “I wasn't really sure what they were going to do with Santana but I think that her story line is evolving and there is more to tell. So yeah, I'd absolutely be down to be around for some portion of that.”
Rivera is also working on her debut album, which she describes as “urban, it’s not super pop. It’s soulful, jazzy, urban, like Amy Winehouse’s jazz influences, a hip-hop Adele, a little Beyoncé ...”