February 2, 2016


'Saturday Morning Fever' Cast Q&A: Marissa Rivera

Marissa Rivera
Marissa Rivera

1. Who/what inspired you to become a dancer?

When I was a toddler, I would bounce around, dance and shake my baby booty. When I turned four, my parents enrolled me in the usual ballet, tap and jazz programs. I really don't remember much being that young, but what I do remember is being on stage. There was a part in the dance where I was in the middle spinning around while the other little girls were around me. It made me feel special—made me feel like everyone was watching me. Afterward, my parents and family were so proud, and I received flowers.

Later, I would see J.LoCiaraChris Brown and Usher in music videos, and I would try to copy their moves. I was also taught how to dance bachata, salsa and merengue by my grandfather, who passed away when I was six.

 2. What's your absolute favorite song to sing in the shower?

"Here I Am" by Leona Lewis. Her voice is just gorgeous.

3. If you could duet/perform with one person in the world, whom would it be?

I would love to perform with Ciara because her style of sexy and hip-hop is just poppin'! It's like watching a porno 'cause she's having sex with the song. Another one would be J.Lo, my Latina. I would love to perform a salsa number with her.

Male-wise, I would love to do a performance with Usher or Chris Brown or Jason Derulo because they have rhythm and hit every beat—plus, they're hot!

4. What's an embarrassing thing that happened to you on stage?

One truly embarrassing moment happened when I was performing onstage as a backup dancer. I had to wear a thong with [my leotard]. This guy took a picture of us all and captured me with my legs open, seeing the thong peek out from the sides of the leotard. Rather that than have people see my vagina, but it was still embarrassing since the leotard was black, and the thong was white with blue cars on it!

5. Last song you listened to?

Last song I listened to was Justin Bieber's "Sorry (Latino Remix)" featuring J Balvin.

6. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Best piece of advice I've been given was from my parents. Before I go to an audition or do a performance, I need a little boost. They always tell me, "God gave you a talent. Do not ever stop doing what you love for anyone. Always follow your dreams; I believe in you, and I know you will get far. Never give up, and do what you love! Kill it!"

7. If Netflix were to recommend a "theme" of suggested titles to you, what theme would that be?

Comedy, horror and action, sprinkled with some cartoons 'cause we truly never grow up.

8. What has been your proudest career moment so far?

The proudest career moment so far is happening as we speak—being part of a national, reality television show. I’m just super grateful to be a part of this opportunity; I made it, I did it, I'm living in it, and this will never end for me. It is just the beginning.

I was fired from my job, and Patti called me telling me that they were going to do auditions again. That phone call just couldn't have come at a better moment for me. I am going to do anything in my power to hold on to this because no one will ever steal MY DREAM away from me!

9. Favorite Philly dish?

Favorite Philly dish is, of course, the cheesesteak WIT (with onions...it's not a misspelling—that's how we say it!) and Cheez Whiz on top. Also, I like Philly Water Ice Factory and Rita's. Oh, and Philly Pretzel Factory! Get yo self some pretzels and some cinnamon dip, and your taste buds are in heaven.

10. Favorite reality show?

My favorite reality show is, of course, Saturday Morning Fever. It's setting the tone for my entire life and career. Other favorites are Bad Girls Club, Keeping Up with The Kardashians, Cutthroat Kitchen, America's Best Dance Crew and Cops.

Catch all-new episodes of Saturday Morning Fever Wednesdays at 11/10c, and check out Fuse's exclusive character spotlight on Marissa below: