Facts of Essence Atkins
|Full Name||Essence Uhura Atkins|
|Birth Name||Essence Uhura Atkins|
|Birth City||New York City, New York|
|Birth Country||United States|
|Father Name||Geoffrey Atkins|
|Mother Name||Sandy Nelson|
|Spouse||Jaime Mendez (m. 2009- div. 2016)|
|No Of Children||1|
|Filmography||Smart Guy (1997- 1999),Half & Half (2002- 2006,Marlon (2017- 2018),A Haunted House (2013)|
|Date of Birth||February 7,1972|
Essence Atkins, an American actress & model got wide opened doors to prominence through drama series Under One Roof (1995) & got her breakthrough from Smart Guy (1997- 1999).
In the 2000s & 2010s, Atkins's carer in the acting industry saw wings after notable roles in Half & Half (2002- 2006), Are We There Yet? (2010- 2012) and Marlon (2017- 2018); each of them earned her nomination for NAACP Image Award.
Starting through a guest role in American sitcom The Cosby Show in 1986, she earned her film debut in Nikita's Blues (1999) & records 62 acting credits so far.
What Is Essence Atkins' Net Worth In 2020?
Professional since 1986, Essence's career journey of over 3 decades has blessed her with a hefty sum alongside fame.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 48-year-old actress has a net worth of $5 million as of April 2020.
No doubt, Atkins' acting prominence became the major source of her income- most notably, she cashed considerable sum through TV series in comparison to her film credits.
Thanks to Essence's work in 1995 TV series Under One Roof, which later showered her with opportunities in many acclaimed TV series.
Her success would saw uphill with her cast in TV series: Smart Guy, Half & Half, Are We There Yet?, Mr. Box Office and Marlon.
Most recently, the actress appeared in American drama series Ambitions (2019) in 18 episodes, until it concluded after a season on December 17, 2019.
Breakthrough From TV Series 'Smart Guy': Career Beginning & Journey
The 5 ft. 2 inches tall actress made her acting debut from an episode in The Cosby Show starring Bill Cosby (also co-creator) in 1986.
Thereafter, following guest appearances in Charlie Hoover (1991) and Family Matters (1992), Essence earned her first-ever role as a regular cast in Under One Roof (1995).
In 1997, the Brooklyn, New York-born appeared in 50+ episodes portraying Yvette Henderson in the TV sitcom Smart Guy, starring Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, and Jason Weaver, where she would until 1999.
From 2002 to 2006, Atkins appeared in 91 episodes of Half & Half, & got nominated for NAACP Award; her first-ever.
Thereafter, she portrayed Suzanne Kingston-Persons in Are We There Yet? (2010- 2012, 73 episodes) alongside Terry Crews.
In 1999, she made her film debut through Nikita's Blues, a short-film & then in TV film Love Song (2000). Thereafter, Essence made notable appearances in movies such as How High (2001), Dance Flick (2009) and Dysfunctional Friends (2012).
Her most-successful film credit came through A Haunted House in 2013- it collected $60.1 million in box office over the budget of $2.5 million.
The film featured the casts such as Marlon Waynes, Cedric the Entertainer and Dave Sheridan.
Thereafter, in 2014, the sequel film A Haunted House 2 grossed $24 million over the budget of $4 million.
Shares A Child With Ex-Husband
Essence Atkins is a divorcee & was in a marital relationship with (now ex) husband of 10 years, Jaime Mendez, a Puerto Rican collegiate football player.
They met through online dating service Match.com on Valentine's Day in 2008. After a year of their courtship, Essence & Jamie married on September 26, 2009.
Even more, they became parents to son Varro Blair Mendez on December 25, 2011.
Later, they divorced in 2016.
Prior to Jamie, she dated Eric Benét, Ron Truppa (2001 - 2003) and Ace Young (2006 - 2007).
Meanwhile, no update on her relationship status is out.
Where Does She Live?
The Smart Guy actress currently lives in Los Angeles, California, however, she remains low-key about the details. The median house price in the region is $859,000.
Essence was born on February 7, 1972, in New York City, New York, the USA to Geoffrey Atkins and Sandy Nelson. She is the only child of her parents & her birth name is Essence Uhura Atkins.
Even though some rumors of Atkins being twin sister of the Hollywood twins Tia and Tamera Mowry swirled, it turned out to be false.
An avid user of Instagram & Twitter, Essence has over 425K followers & 121.5K followers respectively, as of April 2020.