Natalia Rivera Aitoro, Guiding Light
Natalia Rivera (Jessica Leccia)
On long-running American soap opera Guiding Light, Natalia was a sweet and naive Catholic woman with one young son. At one point, she attempted to rekindle the relationship with her son’s father, Gus, though another woman, Olivia Spencer, was also looking to start a romance with him.
They were involved in a love triangle that Natalia seemed to be winning, until Gus was killed in an accident and his heart was transplanted into Olivia. Though initially reluctant, Natalia couldn’t help but look after Olivia in the aftermath of her surgery, especially since she worked as a maid in the hotel Olivia ran and lived in.
Olivia and Natalia began to forge their own unique friendship and in December 2008 moved in together. Olivia quickly realized that people believed she and Natalia were lesbian lovers. When she tried to explain that to Natalia, she was unable to say “lesbians” and skirted the issue by using ambiguous terms. Finally, after Natalia still did not comprehend the meaning, Olivia impulsively kissed her.
Olivia realized that she had romantic feelings for Natalia. Natalia, concerned with public perception and her religious beliefs, was having problems facing her feelings for Olivia. Instead, she tried to date Frank Cooper. Olivia dealt openly with her romantic feelings towards Natalia by discussing them with several people in town, and even attempted to verbalize these feelings to Natalia, but Natalia foiled Olivia’s attempts.
Frank proposed to Natalia. Olivia, afraid to lose her heterosexual identity and to subject Natalia and Emma to potential ridicule by others, told Natalia to marry Frank. At the wedding altar, with Olivia as her Maid of Honor, Natalia was unable to say her vows to Frank, and fled the church. Olivia tried to get her to return to the wedding, but Natalia refused and she declared that she could not marry Frank because she did not love him – she loved Olivia. Olivia walked away from Natalia after saying they had no relationship because someday Natalia would regret loving her and Olivia was unable to live with that prospect.
In the aftermath of the failed wedding, Natalia convinced Olivia that she understood the consequences of her declaration of love and that she wanted a relationship with her. The two women tried to establish their relationship by dating and spending time with each other, growing more comfortable with each other, and gradually letting others in on their changed status. Olivia and Natalia seemed entirely resolved to face their challenges together. As they did so, they seemed more drawn to each other on a physical level, in ways both tender and flirtatious: increasingly expressing that they were in love.
On April 1, 2009, CBS announced that the 72-year-old production of Guiding Light would cease broadcast on the network after September 18, 2009, effectively ending any long-term plans for the pairing.
- 247 episodes. Season 70 - Season 72
Female love interests:
- Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell, main cast)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
Male love interests:
- Augustus "Gus" Aitoro 💀 (Ricky Paull Goldin, main cast, ex-husband)
- Remy Boudreau (Lawrence Saint-Victor, main cast)
- Frank Cooper Jr. (Frank Dicopoulos, main cast)
Relationship story arc with a man: Yes
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.