LaToya Tonodeo is an American social media influencer, model, and actress, most famous for her role in the popular crime TV series “Power Book II: Ghost,” a sequel to the series “Power.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
LaToya Tonodeo was born in Los Angeles, California, under the Taurus zodiac sign on 23 April 1997, so is 25 years old as of 2022. She has kept most of her childhood details hidden, and hasn’t revealed the name of her father, who allegedly works at a grocery store, or her mother, who is a housewife. She grew up interested in acting, and loved watching TV series and films together with her parents. They were supportive of her dreams, and they started taking her to auditions in 2008 when she was 11 years old, so launching her career one year later.
To focus on her education, LaToya took an hiatus from the screens until she matriculated in 2015. She hasn’t revealed the name of the local high school she attended, but where she was a member of several sports teams.
LaToya is physically active, and hits the gym at least thrice a week.
She once shared that she is a shopaholic who goes shopping for trendy clothes once a week, and enjoys reading fashion magazines to stay updated with the latest trends.
Her favorite films are “Bad Boys” and “Pretty Woman”, and her best-loved actors are Julia Roberts and Will Smith.
Her acting career has seen her visiting many US states. She‘s also traveled overseas to Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, and England.
She is a lover of animals, especially dogs, and likes featuring her pet dog on her Instagram account.
LaToya made her film debut with the supporting role of Party Girl in the 2009 film “Becoming Pony Boi”, and later played Lady in Casino in the Andy Fickman-directed 2015 action film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”, appearing together with Eduardo Verastegui, Raini Rodriguez and Kevin James – the film was nominated for 10 awards including a Razzie. In the same year, the Californian actress appeared as Jasmine Pierce in the crime horror film “Dutch Hollow”, “The Last Straw” as Sonia, and in the year that followed, she appeared as Bridesmaid in the Bille Woodruff-directed comedy “The Perfect Match,” which starred Cassie Ventura, Paula Patton and Terrance Jenkins. In 2018, LaToya portrayed Jordan in the Festival Prize Award-winning film, “The Head Thieves.”
TV Appearances and Other Roles
Tonodeo made her TV debut as Asley in the episodes “Turks & Caicos” and “Where the Heart Is” of the hit drama “The Fosters,” which was created by Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg, and stars Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly and Teri Polo. The series aired on ABC Family from 2013-2018, and was nominated for 39 awards winning seven out of these including a Teen Choice Award. Her next role was as Tara in Joe Halpin’s crime series “The Oath,” which stars Katrina Law, Elisabeth Rohm, and Cory Hardrict and follows the story of a group of people who help police fight crime, and investigate secret societies.
LaToya recently landed the starring role of Diana Tejada in the acclaimed Courtney A. Kemp’s crime-drama show “Power Book II: Ghost,” which premiered on Starz on 26 September 2020.
In 2018, LaToya participated in the talk show “Noches con Platanito”, and she also appeared as a guest in the 2021 episode “Power Book II: Ghost Cast + Brian Volk-Weiss” of the talk show “Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz.”
Her praised appearance in the movie “The Last Straw” saw her receiving Honorable Mention – Best Indie Short – at the Independent Shorts Awards.
Tonodeo is active on Instagram with more than 700,000 followers, and has a Twitter account that’s followed over 50,000 fans. She is active on TikTok – @toyofficial – with over 71,900 fans, and close to 268,000 likes.
LaToya is an engaged woman. She first met her future fiancé, the Belizean-born American actor Arlen Escarpeta at the gym and began dating in 2014. He’s well known for appearing in the films “Friday the 13th” and “Final Destination 5”, and the series “Secret Circle”; she announced their engagement on Instagram on 31 December 2021. Arlen was formerly married to the American producer and actress Benita Krista Nall, famous for appearing in the comedy-drama series “Hart of Dixie” – they divorced in 2012. LaToya is currently living with her fiancé in New York.
Tonodeo revealed during an interview that she was devastated when her grandmother sadly passed away in 2018, that she was her best friend, and disclosed that their favorite song was the gospel, “This Little Light of Mine I’m Gonna Let It Shine.”
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Tonodeo is of Hispanic and Afro-American ethnicity, and has a pair of dark brown eyes and black hair. She’s 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, and weighs approximately 121lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 34-28-37, and she wears shoe size 6 (US).
LaToya began acting at an early age and has appeared in many high-grossing projects such as the action movie “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” which had a box-office collection of over $107.6 million against a budget of $30 million. She has made a name for herself in Hollywood, and earned a net worth of around $2 million as of 2022.
Who is LaToya Tonodeo’s Fiancé, Arlen Escarpeta?
Arlen Alexander Escarpeta was born in Belize, Central America, on 9 April 1981, and is currently 41 years old as of 2022. His mother was a dental office manager, and his late father was a construction worker. His family relocated to the U.S. after his father died when Arlen was three years old. He attended several art schools in Los Angeles before joining Hollywood High School, where he was actively involved in the drama club, and was also the school’s football team captain.
Escarpeta is popular for appearing in the Greg Morgan-directed film, “The Playaz Court” in 2000, “American Gun” in 2005, 2009’s horror “Friday the 13th”, and the 2011 film “Final Destination 5.” He played Bobby Brown in the biographical movie “Whitney” in 2015.
LaToya’s fiancé has also appeared in many TV series, such as “ER,” “American,” and “Judging Amy.” He recently appeared in the TV shows “The Magicians” in 2017 and 2018, as well as “S.W.A.T” “The Oath” in 2018.
Arlen has black eyes and black hair. He’s 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, and weighs approximately 148lbs (67kgs). He is authoritatively worth over $300,000 as of 2022.