Christina Milian will be replacing the late Naya Rivera in the Step Up TV series on Starz. The swap was decided after consulting the family of Rivera, who died last summer of a drowning accident.
Regarding the announcement, Ne-Yo said, “There is no replacing Naya. Let’s get that straight… Her spirit lives on in our memories and every part of what this show is and will be… We’ve welcomed Christina with absolute open arms and have rallied around her with love and support. I’m excited and can’t wait for the world to see this!”
Milian has previously starred in Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Snowglobe, and Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past among others, also will star in an upcoming Netflix feature from Alicia Keys.
When talking about joining the TV series Step Up, she said, “I am so excited to join the ‘Step Up’ family. I know I have massive shoes to fill. Naya was incredible. I hope to honor Naya, her family, friends, and fans with a great performance”.
Holly Sorensen, the executive producer and creator of the series also added, “It was almost impossible to consider there could be someone so graceful and loving who could both help us honor our loss, while also bringing a deep reservoir of talent to our show, in so many areas, Christina is an exceptional human and a dazzling performer and we are so happy she has joined our family”.