The life of a “Glee” star seems to be anything but.
Actress Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez on the musical show, disappeared Wednesday while boating with her 4-year-old son in Lake Piru in California. Though authorities are still searching for her, she is presumed dead. Efforts to find her have shifted to a recovery mission.
“This is considered to be a horrible accident,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Eric Buschow said.
It’s just the latest dark tale from the Fox show, which was co-created by Ryan Murphy (“Hollywood”), Brad Falchuk (“9-1-1”) and Ian Brennan, and aired from 2009 to 2015. While the characters were dancing and singing songs, some of the actors who portrayed them were fighting, drinking, doing drugs and committing sex crimes.
A source who worked on the show, who declined to be identified for fear of retribution, tells The Post that “Glee” is simply overshadowed by gloom. “I don’t know if I would say it was cursed, but it’s unfortunate for most of them,” says the insider. “The things that have happened with some of the cast . . . it’s very sad.”
Last month, the show made headlines once again when star Lea Michele was called out for treating her black cast members less-than-fairly. “It wasn’t the friendliest place. It just wasn’t a friendly cast,” recalls the source. “They were very spoiled and bratty kids, and they got a chance to do whatever they wanted to do.”
The cast frequently acted up behind closed doors. “They did a lot of things in hiding that nobody knew about,” says the insider. “During our lunch breaks, they’d go off and go drink while they were working and then come back.”
But naughty behavior pales in comparison to the heartbreak and loss that plagues some of those who worked on the show. In light of Rivera’s disappearance, the cast is banding together online, sending prayers and well wishes for her safe return. “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us,” “Glee” actress Heather Morris wrote on Instagram about her former onscreen girlfriend. “We need your love and light.”
Rivera appears to be the latest in a growing list of tragedies and traumas associated with the hit show. The following is a rundown of those hit hardest by the rumored “Glee” curse:
Rivera, 33, went boating with her son, Josey, Wednesday at 1 p.m. Three hours later, the boy was discovered sleeping alone on the pontoon. Though he was wearing a life jacket, an adult-sized vest was found in the boat.
The actress’s purse, wallet and some food were found on the boat, along with Josey. He is now with family members.
Rivera shares the boy with her ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey. In 2017, she was arrested for allegedly hitting him in the head and lips. The domestic battery charges against her were dropped in 2018. Dorsey and Rivera then divorced.
Fans were angered Wednesday night when the search for Rivera was temporarily suspended until daytime. “WOMEN OF COLOR DESERVE TO BE SEARCHED FOR. TREAT NAYA LIKE SHES LEA MICHELE AND GO F—-G LOOK FOR HER I’M SICK,” one fan of the Puerto-Rican actress wrote.
As of press time, Rivera has yet to be discovered.
Actor Mark Salling, who portrayed Noah “Puck” Puckerman, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in 2017. According to documents, he purposefully downloaded thousands of illicit images over eight months in 2015. He was arrested in December of that year.