LaToya Tonodeo performs Mary J. Blige’s daughter in ‘Energy E-book II: Ghost.’ LaToya spoke EXCLUSIVELY about Diana and Monet’s sophisticated relationship and extra.
LaToya Tonodeo stars as Diana Tejada, the daughter of Mary J. Blige’s queenpin, Monet, within the Energy spinoff, Energy E-book II: Ghost. For LaToya, taking part in Diana is a dream come true throughout. Not solely is she working alongside an icon, she’s been a Energy fan because the authentic collection started.
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with LaToya about what’s forward in E-book II. She teased Diana and Monet’s “push and pull” dynamic. Although Diana desires to insurgent towards her mom, she nonetheless desires to please her. The actress additionally opened up about what she’s discovered from working with the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress.
Have been you a Energy fan earlier than you have been solid within the spinoff?
LaToya Tonodeo: Sure, from the very first day. I really like, love, love the present. I had no concept that this is able to be my actuality. I used to be only a fan. Like, after all, I’m an actress however I don’t assume I’ve totally thought all of it the way in which out that this is able to be my time, that I might be part of this complete Energy universe. I even have — I’ll say it once more as a result of I feel it’s so cool — a imaginative and prescient board. Within the middle is my performing stuff after which round it’s what I need to do with my life. I’ve stars that I put in my little performing space. And that’s from 2017 that I nonetheless have as a result of all of these issues that I’ve on my imaginative and prescient board nonetheless apply right now, so I didn’t change it.
Why have been you drawn to the function of Diana?
LaToya Tonodeo: I actually love Diana’s character. So far as the casting course of, my group despatched it over and I learn it. I truly needed to put myself on tape for it. Generally these generally is a little nerve-wracking as a result of it’s totally different. You type of should police your self and direct your self somewhat than while you’re in a casting room they’ll let you know how they need you to do it. So I broke down the character. Diana is just like the child of the household. I might say she’s the princess of the Tejada household. She’s bold, she’s fashionable, she’s clever, she’s road savvy. Plenty of the issues that I might say I’ve. So I felt prefer it was simple to attract from. I put myself on tape, and so they despatched it over. I informed myself I wasn’t going to consider it, after which I acquired a callback. I felt like I killed it. Like I keep in mind strolling out of the room saying, “Hear, if I don’t get it, it’s okay as a result of I put all of it on the market.” After which I discovered that I booked it so, after all, I cried.
What was your response while you discovered you have been going to be taking part in Mary J. Blige’s daughter?
LaToya Tonodeo: On the desk learn was the primary time I truly discovered that Mary J. Blige was going to play my mother. I had no concept. So I booked it, all of us got here to New York, after which on the desk learn is when Courtney [A. Kemp] faucets me as I’m highlighting my traces. She was like, “Let me introduce you to your mother.” I’m like, “My mother?” I used to be so caught off guard. I circled and I’m like, “What on the planet?” I discovered on that day.
What was your first interplay like?
LaToya Tonodeo: Once we first met, it was so many individuals introducing themselves. I used to be nervous. I used to be like, “Okay, I don’t know her. Do I give her a hug? What do I do?” She was so good. She was like, “You’re so fairly.” I used to be like, “Thanks. You’re too.” It was simply actually candy. She’s so candy. After which working together with her, she’s so easygoing. She simply felt ready. I simply love her vitality.
What’s Diana’s relationship like together with her mom?
LaToya Tonodeo: I might say it’s a really push and pull relationship like numerous mom and daughter relationships that we see right now. Diana looks as if she is aware of all of it, however her mother is like, I’m the mother. It’s that wrestle of Diana desires to insurgent however deep down inside she nonetheless desires to please her mother.
What are you able to tease about Diana’s journey over the course of the season?
LaToya Tonodeo: She’s grappling with totally different decisions and positively navigating by way of being the daughter and in addition looking for a solution to stand on her personal. There’s numerous discovery that’s going to occur together with her personality-wise, I really feel like she begins to study rather a lot about herself simply from her environment, whether or not or not it’s new or present.
Is there something you’ve taken away from working with Mary this season and that you simply need to use sooner or later?
LaToya Tonodeo: I spotted how laid again Mary is, even when she was nervous. You’ll be able to’t see it, so I don’t even know if she’s ever nervous. With me, I’m all the time nervous. I really feel like I can positively choose up on that and study from simply to have the ability to simply sit with your self and simply chill out and discover your course of or no matter you should do to only fully chill out and be relaxed. She’s so laid again after which she goes and kills it.