LaToya Tonodeo Wiki Bio

LaToya was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 23 April 1997 – her zodiac sign is Taurus, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, model and social media star, who’s probably known best for her portrayal of Diana Tejada, one of the main characters in the popular crime drama series “Power Book II: Ghost”. It was created by Courtney A. Kemp, also stars Michael Rainey Jr. and Shane Johnson, and is a sequel of the series “Power”, which follows Tariq who has become involved with the drug smuggling Tejada family; “Power Book II: Ghost” has been airing since 2020, and has won five of the 10 awards for which it has been nominated.

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Early life and education

LaToya was raised in Los Angeles by her parents, about whom only little is known, because she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her father works at a local grocery store, and that her mother’s a housewife, while both can be seen featured in some of LaToya’s Instagram pictures. Because she hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, fans believe her to be an only child.

She became interested in acting at a quite an early age, mostly because she used to watch movies and TV series with her parents nearly every day.

Her father began taking her to auditions when she was 11, and she was 12 when she launched her career with her portrayal of Party Girl in the 2009 comedy movie “Becoming Pony Boi”. It was written and directed by Sergio Myers, who also starred in it, alongside Amy Weber and Beate Antares. The film follows Hollywood director Jackie Stein, who has decided to try and become a rap superstar – it won two awards.

LaToya then focused on her education, and had no other roles until she matriculated from a local high school in 2015; she was physically quite active during those years, and played several sports for her school’s teams.

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Roles in movies

In 2015, LaToya played Lady in Casino in the action crime comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”, directed by Andy Fickman, and which starred Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez and Eduardo Verastegui. It follows security guard Paul Blart who has gone on a vacation with his family, and the movie won one of the 10 awards for which it was nominated.

The same year saw LaToya portray Jasmine Pierce in the crime horror thriller “Dutch Hollow”, and in 2016, she played Bridesmaid in the romantic comedy “The Perfect Match”. It was directed by Bille Woodruff, starred Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura and Paula Patton, and follows playboy Charlie who has fallen in love with Eva.

LaToya has only one other film credit: she played Jordan in the 2018 adventure comedy “The Head Thieves”, which won six awards.

Roles in TV series

LaToya made her debut TV series appearance in the 2018 episodes “Where the Heart Is” and “Turks & Caicos” of the critically acclaimed romantic drama “The Fosters”, created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, and which starred Teri Polo, Sherri Saum and Hayden Byerly. It follows teenager Callie Jacob who has been placed in a foster home run by two lesbians, the series aired between 2013 and 2018, and won seven of the 39 awards for which it was nominated.

LaToya’s only other TV series role has been her portrayal of Tara Byrd in five episodes of the crime drama “The Oath”, created by Joe Halpin, and which starred Ryan Kwanten, Katrina Law and Cory Hardrict. It follows a group of people who are helping police catch criminals, and discover secret societies.

Other credits

LaToya could’ve been seen featured in a 2018 episode of the talk-show “Noches con Platanito”.

She made a guest appearance in the 2021 episode “Power Book II: Ghost Cast + Brian Volk-Weiss” of the talk-show “Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz”.

Awards and accolades

In 2019, LaToya received Honorable Mention for Best Indie Short at the Independent Shorts Awards, for her performance in the 2015 film “The Last Straw”.

Love life and boyfriend

LaToya doesn’t shy away from sharing the details of her love life with her fans, and it’s widely known that she’s today engaged.

Since 2014, she has been in a relationship with American actor and film producer Arlen Escarpeta, and the two have uploaded numerous pictures which feature them together onto their Instagram accounts. Arlen has appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series, and is perhaps known best for his portrayal of the lead character Damon Byrd in the series “The Oath”.

LaToya and Arlen became engaged on 31 December 2021, and announced this on their social media accounts a couple of days later.

LaToya hasn’t mentioned any other men whom she has perhaps been with, and as of April 2022, she’s engaged to Arlen Escarpeta, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

LaToya seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 700,000 Instagram followers, and is thus highly active on the network; she has uploaded over 150 pictures, most of which feature her during her everyday life.

She’s a fashionista, trying to keep up with all of the latest trends by reading fashion magazines, and she’s also a bit of a shopaholic, as she goes shopping for clothes at least once a week.

LaToya’s physically quite active, and has two to three training sessions at the gym every week, mostly because it’s important for her acting career to stay in shape.

She’s passionate about travelling, and her career has taken her to a couple of US states, while she has also been to several European countries, including England and France.

LaToya has her own favorite actor and actress, Will Smith and Julia Roberts, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Bad Boys”, “Seven Pounds” and “Pretty Woman”.

Age, height and net worth

LaToya’s age is 24. She has long black hair and green eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

As of April 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $400,000.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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