Amber Riley is a young actress and musician who has had a lot of hard breaks in Hollywood. She was a contestant on American Idol at 17, but got rejected. Then her pilot St. Sass wasn't picked up, but her luck has started to turn. She then landed…more
Amber, along with her Glee costars, was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Amber won a 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" with her co-stars for her role in Glee.
Amber, with the cast of Glee sang the national anthem at Game 3 of the 2009 World Series on October 31, 2009.
In addition to singing and acting, Amber also writes songs.
Amber appeared in the September 2009 issue of Nylon along with some of her Glee co-stars.
Although Amber was rejected from the show American Idol she remains a big fan of the program.
While working with the Los Angeles Opera, Amber appeared in productions of Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Into the Woods and Mystery on the Docks.
Amber lives with her family in Long Beach, California.
Amber: (On auditioning for Glee) I started singing at age two and my mother noticed that gift and immediately started training me vocally. I heard about Glee at the end of the audition process, I went in initially thinking the role was more of a background gig and soon learned it was a co-starring role! Everything happened so fast and I'm blessed to be a part of something so influential to young people and to be having so much fun living a part of my dream!
Amber:(On how Hollywood has responded to her weight) I actually noticed it more when I was younger which is why I stopped, it was getting to my self-esteem. But once I learned I am not my dress size and to never let anyone put me in a box, I was more content with being myself and letting the world see my light shine.
Amber: I like to describe my style as comfortable classy chic. I love to have clothes that I can mix and match to either dress up or dress down. I have expensive pieces in my closet but this girl does not turn a blind eye to the sales rack! I love a bargain! Fashion knows no price tag in my eyes!
Amber:(On her time in high school) I kind of had a life outside of high school. I was singing in background, singing in choir, studio work. There wasn't a glee club in my school, and if there was I sincerely apologize, I had no idea.
Amber: You're not your dress size, you're not your shoe size, you're not your pants size. If I'm going to wear a name tag, it's going to say 'Amber Riley,' not 'Fat Girl'!
Amber: (On difficult songs in Glee) I don't consider myself a "gritty" singer as they say. I have a softer toned voice and I'm not a belter by nature. So doing songs like "Bust Your Windows" was kind of difficult. I had to dig deep from a different place.
Amber: I was actually 2 years old when mother discovered how much I loved music and how easy it was for me to pick up the songs that she would sing. My first performance was at a park. I just remember singing and a lot of clapping at the end, but I was only 4 at the time.
Amber: My favorite place is on my couch in my living room! I'm such a homebody, I love just chillin' at home.
Amber: God is my greatest inspiration in life. And my family inspires and encourages me always. I'm really blessed.
Amber: (On her character in Glee) What people are going to see about Mercedes Jones, they see the diva and the attitude, but they're going to find a beautiful insecurity that turns into an acceptance later on in the episodes, with herself. In high school, a lot of girls judge themselves on if they have a boyfriend, that means that they're pretty and she goes through the "I want to be in a relationship! Everybody else is in a relationship!" And she just finds out that love yourself and that's not all you need, but it's a lot of what you need.
Amber:(On her solo slated for the third episode of Glee) I was nervous when I saw the background dancers for the first time because they're so tall and they're kicking their legs up in the middle. I'm like, my head's gonna be chopped off. I hadn't danced for a long time but now I'm really comfortable. I was singing for a long time, doing open mikes, everywhere in Santa Monica, L.A., Hollywood. So performing is what I'm used to. I'm a little more comfortable doing this than the acting part.
Amber: (On getting rejected on American Idol) My life was crushed when they told me 'No.' But I was 17, it was a long time ago and rejection like that only makes you stronger, gets you asking - how can I better myself?