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Digital Spy's Emily Browne wrote of the significance of showing Santana's emotional response to her sexuality but not being defined by it, with the character being "a popular, confident, smart femme". [13] Confronted by Brittany about her feelings for her, Santana confesses that she is in love with her but fears being ostracized by the student body for being in a same-sex relationship, due to what had happened to Kurt (Chris Colfer), who is openly gay, so many times that year. Santana Lopez is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. In "The Untitled Rachel Berry Project", Santana was not in New York because she was shooting a Yeast-I-Stat commercial. She confronts Brody over this and eventually informs Finn, who tries to scare Brody into leaving town. Santana's first appearance. Santana and Brittany return briefly in the series finale "Dreams Come True" for a last performance with the rest of the Glee Cast. Santana Lopez is a young student at McKinley High.She is the co-captain on the Cheerios alongside Becky Jackson, as well as a current member of New Directions and former member of The Troubletones, two Glee Clubs at McKinley.She lives in Lima Adjacent, which is a rough area of Lima, Ohio according to her.. Santana originally joined New Directions alongside her two best … [67], Romero noted that while Santana starts the show as little more than "the feisty Latina trope", Rivera's performance gave her more nuance and the character ultimately confronted others for perpetuating harmful Latino stereotypes in the episode "The Spanish Teacher"; this episode notably included a duet between Rivera and the queer Latino Ricky Martin, something Romero describes as one of the show's more subtle nods to queer representation and "one of Santana's best moments of Latinx pride". The character was portrayed by the late Naya Rivera, and has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. There is a flashback of Santana studying in the library and turning around. [26] She auditioned for the role as she loves singing, dancing and acting, and had never before had the opportunity to combine all three skills in one project. In season four, Santana is attending the University of Louisville in Kentucky on a cheerleading scholarship. The reveal about Santana hasn't washed away her less savory qualities; indeed, it's heightened them, to a degree, as she struggles to be true to herself and still maintain her status as the hottest girl in school. Later, Kurt and Rachel are shown attempting to adjust to Santana, who is making herself at home in the loft a little too quickly for their comfort. [53] They were nominated in the same category the following year. At the beginning of season six, Santana, Brittany and the rest of Glee Club alumni return to McKinley High School in "Homecoming". Santana meets Dani (Demi Lovato), a fellow waitress at the diner who is also a lesbian. 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The Troubletones are defeated by New Directions at Sectionals, and Quinn convinces Santana, Brittany and Mercedes to return to the New Directions, having arranged for them to be guaranteed one Troubletones number in all future competitions. Season Three of Glee was aired between September 20, 2011 and May 22, 2012. [39] Poniewozik did not find Santana's revelation sudden; he was impressed that the episode found "pathos and heartbreak" in a coupling formerly treated humorously. They begin a relationship in "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds". [72] Singer Demi Lovato, who played the girlfriend of Rivera's character on Glee in its fifth season, expressed similar sentiments, writing: "The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted (at the time) queer girls like me and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world". Brittana was always on."[33]. 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