Tessa Porter first appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in March of 2017 when actress Cait Fairbanks debuted in the role and has already faced plenty of drama as the newcomer has navigated the ups and downs of life in Genoa City. But recent events have some fans wondering if the young woman can be trusted!
Nikki Newman spotted Tessa playing guitar outside of Crimson Lights and hired her to be Reed Hellstrom’s music teacher. Nikki also hired Tessa to be her personal assistant, and when she realized the young woman was living out of her car, invited her to live at the ranch with the family. Tessa also began playing at The Underground, where Noah Newman became smitten with her and asked her out.
After hearing Tessa playing at the club, Devon Hamilton signed her to his new record label. When he and Mariah Copeland attended a music festival, they invited Tessa and Noah along. But as Mariah was helping Tessa get ready, she impulsively kissed her! Mariah quickly apologized and urged her to forget about it, which Tessa was more than happy to do.
When Victor put Tessa out, Mariah invited her to move in with her and Sharon and they soon learned that the young woman Sharon was trying to help escape a prostitution ring was Tessa’s sister, Crystal. They found out that Alice Johnson was the handler for the girls and managed to rescue Crystal from her. Unfortunately, Crystal had to be put into protective custody while she testified against the ringleaders.
Urged on by Sharon, Mariah confessed to Tessa that she had feelings for her, but Tessa insisted she was with Noah and didn’t return her affection. Things got worse when Tessa was desperate for material for a new hit song and stole Mariah’s journal to create lyrics. Recognizing her own words, Mariah was furious, and vowed to sue if the song was released. And when Noah found out about the kiss she shared with Mariah, he dumped Tessa.
When Mariah and Tessa began working together on GC BUZZ, Devon ordered them to make peace, and the pair buried the hatchet. After Kyle Abbott returned to Genoa City, Tessa caught his eye, but he quickly realized that she and Mariah had something special. With Devon’s help, Kyle arranged for Mariah and Tessa to have a surprise rooftop movie date. They finally confessed their feelings for each other and began a real relationship. Unfortunately, Tessa had to leave town to help Crystal, and while Mariah initially planned to go along, she stayed behind and worried about what was going on.
When Tessa returned to town, she claimed she needed a lot of money to pay back the people who helped her sister start a new life in Canada, and Sharon grew concerned when she suspected Tessa had been assaulted. But despite her concerns, Mariah continued falling deeper in love with Tessa and the pair even moved in together. However, when Mariah discovered she was hiding a bag full of cash and Tessa confessed that she was the one who had been blackmailing Sharon, Nikki, Victoria, and Phyllis about hiding J.T.'s body, that was the end of that! Devastated, Mariah walked out on the girlfriend she never really knew.
Can Tessa redeem herself? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out! And for more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!