The 29-year-old actress gets real about growing up in the memoir, which will be released in September.
“I’ve always considered myself an open book and now I literally am one!” Naya said. “I’m so excited to share my story with everyone and hope that it inspires my readers to reach for the stars and never let life’s set backs set you back.”
Click inside to read an excerpt from “Sorry Not Sorry”…
You might know me from shaking my butt and singing in a cheerleader costume on Glee, or from throwing shade (or dodging it) in the tabloids, or maybe even— if you’re a super fan or just have a really good memory— from my child-actor days on TV shows like The Royal Family or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Which is exactly why I wanted to write this book—I wanted to tell my whole story and talk about the path (which was really more of a roller-coaster ride) that I took to get to be who I am now—an actress, singer, wife, and mother, currently knee-deep in spit-up.
Sometimes growing up happens in the blink of an eyelash extension. You spend years struggling to figure out who you are, and through a lot of those years you feel like it’s going to take a bit of divine intervention for you to pull it all together. And then, all of a sudden, you find yourself sitting in the dining room, wondering what to make for dinner and what that baby-related stain on your shirt is, and your adulthood smacks you in the face. And if this hasn’t happened to you yet, God willing someday it will. “Holy sh-t, I did it,” you’ll think. “I’m a grown-ass woman now.” And let me tell you, it will feel good.
Excerpted from “SORRY NOT SORRY: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up” by Naya Rivera. © 2016 by Naya Rivera. TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.