|Cait Fairbanks as Tessa Porter|
|''The Young and the Restless''|
|Portrayed by||Cait Fairbanks|
|Current status||Present, regular|
|First appearance||March 24, 2017|
|Occupation|| Musician |
Nikki Newman's Personal Assistant
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. Tessa and Noah continued to bond and her friendship with Mariah also grew. He When Victor Newman planned to put on a concert for people suffering from MS, which is what Nikki suffered from, Tessa was tasked by Victor with helping to get Nikki read your to perform. The stress got to Nikki, and she had Ann MS attack. Tessa found her on the floor at the ranch, and helped Nikki, so she could call her private physician. Nikki asked Tessa to keep quiet about the attack, but when Nikki spontaneously left town, Nick pressured Tessa until she told him about the attack.
After Devon Hamilton heard Tessa playing at The Underground, he signed her on a as his first artist for his and Neil Winters joint business venture. Devon got two tickets to go to a musical festival, and Mariah invited Tessa and Noah to come along. As Tessa helped Mariah get ready, Mariah suddenly kissed Tessa. Mariah immediately regretted and apologized not for it. Tesss told her not to worry about, and they continued on with their friendship.
Mariah invited Tessa to move in with her and Sharon, and Tessa overheard Sharon talking about helping a woman named Crystal, who was the younger sister that Tessa had previously mentioned to Noah.