Rachel Zegler has shared a cover of the song “Valerie” and she has dedicated the performance to Naya Rivera, who famously sang the tune on Glee.
The 19-year-old actress is playing the role of Maria in the upcoming movie remake of the musical West Side Story.
“the day i recorded this cover i had a dream about naya rivera and in the dream she laughed and just said ‘i’m doing okay.’ i woke up in tears and remembered how she killed this song time and time again— this is for her, just as much as it’s for amy, and for you all,” Rachel tweeted.
She added, “i tend to have dreams about folks after they have passed on, and always take it as a sign that they are safe. if you love naya like i do, i hope you find comfort in this the way i did.”
Rachel is also encouraging fans to donate to Covenant House to support homeless youth who have been affected by the pandemic. She’s raising money right now as part of the annual Sleep Out.
Check out a photo of Rachel in character as Maria for WSS!