She was a force of nature, and it's just gut-wrenching and heartbreaking that she's gone.
Rivera was full of talent, Lynch noted:
I think that one of the things that kind of got lost when we were doing the show was what a force she was because there were so many talented people. She was one of those people. She wasn’t in every scene, but when she was … she just blew everybody away.
I had three-page monologues, so did she. It took me a week to get mine – she would do them right off the bat. She’d be changing them and she had no problem with it.
Lynch also praised Rivera for her LGBTQ+ advocacy. Watch the tribute below.