Naya Rivera’s ex Ryan Dorsey back on set as he appears on ABC’s Station 19 … five months after her death
Ryan Dorsey is back to work five months after ex-wife Naya Rivera’s tragic death at 33.
The actor, 37, is slated to appear on the ABC firefighting drama Station 19 playing the role of a character named Eddie on its Thursday episode titled Don’t Look Back in Anger.
The Charleston, West Virginia native, who shared five-month-old son Josey with the late Glee actress, posed in a shot with stars Barrett Doss and Jason George as he appeared to be getting worked on in a medical scene on spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, as Doss and George donned face masks.
The latest: Ryan Dorsey, 37, is back to work five months after ex-wife Naya Rivera’s tragic death at 33, as he’s slated to appear on the ABC firefighting drama Station 19. He posed with stars Jason George and Barrett Doss on the set
He wrote, ‘Tomorrow night on 8PM @ABC, see me/EDDIE on @station19 (thanks for having me!) & see how front line workers deal with insanity under pressure first hand during a pandemic never knowing the type of characters they will encounter.’
Dorsey, who’s also been seen on shows such as Ray Donovan and Justified, thanked Doss and George, who play the respective roles of Victoria Hughes and Dr. Ben Warren, ‘for being easy and fun to work with.’
It marked the first acting project for Dorsey since Rivera had gone missing July 8 while she took their son Josey, four, out on a pontoon boat ride in Lake Piru, California. Josey was subsequently found safe and sleeping on the boat in the hours following his mom’s disappearance.
Rivera’s body was subsequently discovered July 13, as authorities with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office named her cause of death as accidental drowning.
Tragic: Rivera’s body was discovered July 13, as authorities with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office named her cause of death as accidental drowning
Ryan and Josey were seen in a recent Instagram shot in which they decorated a Christmas tree
Rivera’s sister, Nickayla, 25, subsequently moved in to help Dorsey care for the child; they ‘are getting ready for Christmas now,’ a source said, and ‘Ryan and Josey have been decorating,’ as seen in a recent Instagram shot in which they decorated a Christmas tree.
Dorsey was been ‘doing okay’ amid the heartbreaking holidays without Rivera, as he’s ‘very much about keeping Naya’s memory alive,’ an insider told People this week.
The insider added, ‘He often tells Josey, “Mommy would have liked that,”‘ and they ‘look at pictures together and Ryan reminds Josey about all the fun that he had with his mom.’
Dorsey, who was wed to Naya from 2014 until 2018, remains ‘very focused on being the best dad’ and ‘is doing a great job,’ the insider said.
Flashback: Dorsey was wed to Naya from 2014 until 2018; they were snapped in LA in 2016
Following her death, Dorsey took to Instagram with a moving post, saying, ‘This is so unfair…there’s not enough words to express the hole left in everyone’s hearts. I can’t believe this is life now. I don’t know if I’ll ever believe it. You were just here… We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before.
‘Life just isn’t fair. I don’t know what to say…I’m thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for.’
He wrapped up in saying, ‘Life is all about good times and bad times but with Josey it makes the bad a little less so because a part of you will always be with us. He’ll never forget where he came from. We miss you. We will always love you. Love you Meep.’
Station 19 can be seen 8/7c every Thursday on ABC.