On Tuesday, Chenoweth posted an Instagram story video in which she recalled her time on the “Glee” set with Rivera.
“A long time ago, I was invited to be a guest star on a show called ‘Glee.’ I had the honor of meeting all my babies, those kids who still make me proud,” said the actor and singer, who played struggling thespian April Rhodes in five episodes of the musical comedy series. “With Naya gone, I know how that hurts them. She was such a sweet, sweet child.”
“To see her sitting with her baby really just gets me,” she added, referring to a photo she shared Monday of Rivera and her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey.
Her close friend John Sawyer also died earlier this year on Mother’s Day, the Tony and Emmy Award winner shared in her Instagram story Tuesday.
“I thought maybe John was up in Heaven with [Rivera], preparing the way,” Chenoweth said. “Anyway, I just want to tell you all not to lose hope. It’s going to be OK. And if you need to have a big cry like I’m doing right now, then do it.”
Rivera’s body was discovered in California’s Lake Piru on Monday after she went missing last week during a boating trip with her son. The 33-year-old actor’s death was declared an accidental drowning, medical examiners said Wednesday.