Lynch spoke about Rivera during the 4th hour of the Today show on Wednesday, speaking with Jenna Bush Hager. The 33-year-old Rivera died last month from drowning in a California lake.
“She was a force of nature, and it’s just gut-wrenching and heartbreaking that she’s gone,” Lynch said of Rivera, who played high school cheerleader Santana Lopez for six seasons on the Fox series. Lynch played William McKinley High School cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.
“I had three-page monologues, so did she. It took me a week to get mine – she would do them right off the bat. She’d be changing them and she had no problem with it.”
Lynch also noted Rivera’s influence on young LGBTQ people through her work on the show. Rivera’s Lopez was in a relationship with Brittany S. Pierce, a character played by Heather Morris.