In UPN's comedy series "Half & Half," Atkins starred as Dee Dee Thorne, a privileged, honor-roll law school graduate who grew up in a two-parent home and searched for her identity.The series ran for four successful seasons and held some of the network's highest ratings in its time slot. Atkins is best known for her role as Yvette Henderson in the syndicated Disney series "The Smart Guy" and her recurring role as Marnie on "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." Atkins was a series regular on several television shows, including Aaron Spelling's "Malibu Shores" and the critically acclaimed CBS drama "Under One Roof." Her many guest-starring credits include "House," "The Class," "Love Inc.", "Moesha," "For Your Love," "The John Larroquette Show," "The Wayans Brothers," "The Parent 'Hood," "Family Matters" and "The Cosby Show." Atkins' film career includes the title role in the independent film "Nikita's Blues." She starred in the MTV film "Love Song," "How High" and "Deliver Us From Eva." She also had a co-starring role in the 2002 Houston Film Festival winner "Looking Through Lillian" and 2008 festival favorite"Love & Other Four Letter Words." She recently co-starred in the Warner Bros.“I met my husband at 36; a lot of people have questioned it like, ‘she’s so desperate.’ I didn’t want to waste any more time.“I wanted to date outside of the business but I didn’t have a network outside of the industry in L. I felt like going through the online system, it gave me permission to go out with someone once or twice and say, ‘you know it was really nice meeting you but I don’t feel any romantic chemistry,’ and everyone just kind of accepts that as ‘OK, thank you.’” – Essence Atkins But sadly for Essence, her online romance has come to an end.
It was how actress Essence Atkins met her husband, Jaime Mendez.
When speaking on stepping outside of her comfort zone to try online dating, Atkins told “I put myself in the frame of mind where I wasn’t going to waste any more time,” she said.