As ‘Glee’ slips into hate-watch territory faster than Journey can crank out a cheesy power ballad, we’re still willing to admit to the occasional viewing, if only to catch sassy, lady lovin’ cheerleader Santana, played by the lovely Naya Rivera, steam up the screen.

The 25-year-old actress and singer quickly became a major player on the show after it premiered in 2009, but ‘Glee’ wasn’t Rivera’s first shot as a prime time TV star. The Valencia, California native has a long TV acting resume; she’s appeared in everything from ‘CSI: Miami’ to ‘Baywatch,’ ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘Family Matters.’

Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican, German and African descent, started acting in commercials as a baby, which pretty much makes her a showbiz vet. She’s landed on several “Sexiest Starlets” lists in the past few years (Well deserved) and has ranked highly on Maxim’s Hot 100 list for three years in a row.

We’ll soon be seeing and hearing a lot more from Rivera. She signed a recording contract with Columbia Records to record an upcoming solo album, and she recently won a Logo NowNowNext Award in the “Cause Your Hot” category. Again, well deserved, Santana! Here’s hoping you make regionals this year! Whatever that means.