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Amber Riley

  • American actress
  • Born February 15, 1986

Amber Patrice Riley (born February 15, 1986) is an American actress, singer and author. She is best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009–2015). For her performance on the series, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, and a Grammy Award. In November 2016, Riley led the West End debut of Dreamgirls, playing the lead role of Effie White. She won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2017 for her role in Dreamgirls.Riley won season 17 of Dancing with the Stars in 2013.


I'm a healthy person.




I haven't personally experienced bullying, but when I was in high school, I had a best friend who became a bully. I took a stand and took it upon myself to separate from her. I couldn't be associated with her because it wasn't the type of person I wanted to be.




I always say as a celebrity you have two choices - you can be a celebrity, or you can be a role model. You can choose to just go to parties and do the red carpets and all that, or you can choose to be an example to these people.




I auditioned for 'American Idol' at 17. They told me, 'No.'




What is the use in being a celebrity if you can't use the platform to help?




I don't ever feel like anybody knows who I am.




I love myself.




I dreamed really big when I was little.




I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren't the only roles for people like me, normal girls.




Back in high school, I went on dates, but I was too focused on my career. My parents were like, 'It's nice to have a boyfriend, but it's even nicer to own your house when you're 21.'




I worked at Ikea as a customer service rep for two years and loved it.




Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is.




I've always been comfortable with my size.




Not having a private life is hard.




I have great friends around me that are positive and I think that's the key to life is making your own path. Set your own rules because there is no set rule, there is no set look, there is no set anything. You make your own rules in your life. You make your own decisions.




As long as you are being true to yourself, you will always find happiness.




Everyone needs a creative outlet to express themselves, and the arts in school provides that.




My parents always instilled knowing that your beautiful, that your fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you know who you are.




I love Adele, I want her to be my best friend. She could come to the U.S., live with me and sing to me every morning.




Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there's not a lot of roles for us.




When I receive letters from girls that say, 'You give me confidence,' I think, 'Wow, this is amazing.' That's my goal: to let people know it's truly what's on the inside that counts.




I love, love, love Michael Jackson.




My friends tell me I'm the most boring celebrity they know! A typical night for me is at home in California or watching movies in my pyjamas.




I want to encourage young women to stand up for each other and speak up when they see others in a tough situation.




I'm a little bit of a germophobe - not that bad!




As a kid, I was super skinny.




I am so girly. I love dresses.



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