The out-of-town job concert gig on The Young and the Restless is akin to a character on The Bold and the Beautiful announcing that they’re going off to work at Forrester International. Thus, YR viewers raised an eyebrow after Tessa Porter went on a recent music tour.
Cait Fairbanks Staying Put
Fortunately, Cait Fairbanks (Tessa) was given the inside scoop by the top brass at YR that while Tessa was going on tour, she was not going anywhere.
“Before I got the script that had Tessa going out of town, our lovely head writer and co-executive producer, Josh Griffith, pulled me aside and said, ‘I don’t want you to panic. This is just part of a bigger [story],’” Fairbanks recently told TV Insider.
“I thought, ‘Cool!’ But, yes, of course, I would have panicked. My boyfriend’s character (Fenmore, played by Zach Tinker) went out on tour and stayed away for a while.”
Tessa And Her Musical Life
Back in the 1980s, YR pulled out all the stops to create realistic looking concerts when Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) performed. This time, the concert’s a backdrop and not really seen.
“Her being on tour is about her relationship with Mariah [Camryn Grimes] and how it affects them, how they both respond. It’s about Mariah being [back in Genoa City] and Tessa having everything she’s ever wanted in terms of her music. She’s living her dream. Tessa does have Mariah on her mind the whole time she’s away.”
Fairbanks is celebrating her three-year anniversary with YR this March. And while she’s an old pro at the daytime world now, she credits Grimes with helping her get down much of the technical stuff that comes along with taping a daily serial.
“[Camryn will] remind me if we’re doing a ‘fade in’ to the scene to wait a few seconds [before saying a first line],” Fairbanks shares, adding, “She’s given me life advice and I’ve given the same to her. We gab, we vent, we cry – it’s hard to pinpoint on one particular piece of advice.” The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Check local listings for air times.