Tortorella is a native of Wilmette, Illinois and graduate of New Trier High School. In May 2009 The CW ordered a 13-episode first season of the Drama television series The Beautiful Life. The series centered on a group of models sharing a residence in New York City and Tortorella portrayed the role of an upcoming underwear model Cole Shepard. The series premiered on September 16 2009 to a low 1.38 million viewers and mixed reviews from critics. Following the premiere of the series second episode The CW cancelled the series due to low ratings.
In June 2009 Tortorella was announced to star in the ABC Family Teen Drama television series Make It or Break It.
Tortorella portrayed the role of Razor, an aspiring singer. Tortorella temporarily left the series to pursue work on The Beautiful Life and after the series cancellation returned in a recurring form. In August 2010 Tortorella made a special guest appearance in the episode “If Only…” which was marked as his final appearance on the series.
In 2010 Tortorella had a small role in the Joel Schumacher film Twelve.
In June 2010 Tortorella was announced to star in the Horror film Scream 4 the fourth installment of the Scream film series. Tortorella portrayed the role of Trevor Sheldon, a Woodsbro teenager whose life is in danger when peers from his school begin to be killed off one by one. He appears on the FOX serial killer TV drama The Following. The show was created by Kevin Williamson, who also wrote Scream 4.