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Tessa Porter
Cait Fairbanks as Tessa Porter
''The Young and the Restless''
Portrayed by Cait Fairbanks
Current status Present, regular
Duration 2017-
First appearance March 24, 2017
Occupation Musician
Nikki Newman's Personal Assistant
Music Director
Siblings Unnamed little sister
Romances Noah Newman

Tessa Porter is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. She has been played by Cait Fairbanks since March 24, 2017. The character is described as an upbeat, free spirit singer, who has a strong intuition about people.


Tessa was spotted by Nikki Newman, playing guitar outside of Crimson Lights. Nikki hired Tessa to be Reed Hellstrom's music teacher. Tessa talked with someone on the phone, and told them that Genoa City was a great place. As Tessa got settled into Genoa City, met several other residents such as Nick Newman, Noah Newman, Mariah Copeland, and Sharon Newman. Reed encouraged Tessa to play at The Underground as he admired her muscial talents.

Nikki and Tessa bonded and Tessa learned Nikki had worked as an exotic dancer in her past, and admired Nikki for it. Mariah spotted Tessa sneaking into a movie, and later talked to her about it, saying she understood becsue she used to do the same thing. Nikki hired Tessa to be her personal assistant, and Tessa accepted due to her growing bond with Nikki. Nikki later saw Tessa changing outside of her car, and realized when lived in her car, so Nikki invited Tessa to live at the Ranch.

At the Underground, Tessa was hassled by a drunk patron before playing on stage. She invited Nikki on stage to play the piano. The drunk customer harassed Tessa and she kneed him in the gut. Noah appeared and sent him away. Noah asked Tessa out on a date and she accepted. The next day, Tessa assumed Nikki would fire her for asking her to play with her on stage, but Nikki said she wouldn't.

Tessa and Noah went on their date, and Tessa marvled at the exotic food served there. She joked that she would try not to embarrass Noah by taking a picture of the food. As they talked, Tessa mentioned she has a younger sister, and Noah said he had two.

Crimes and Misdeeds

  • Snuck into a movie theatre (April 2017)
  • Kneed a drunk patron in the gut in self-defense (May 2017)

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