Tessa Altman

Played by Jane Levy


TESSA ALTMAN grew up in the melting pot of New York City, absorbing all the life lessons to be gleaned from its tired, huddled masses and countless one-man shows, channeling them into a wry, wiser-than-her-fifteen-years take on the world. She is considerably hip, a trait that comes effortlessly given her genuine interest in Fellini movies and good indie rock music. The city is absolutely everything to her, and woe betide any parish, hamlet, or crossroads that claims superiority.


Jane Levy has quickly emerged as one of the most promising young actresses. Levy spent last summer in New Zealand filming Sam Raimi's remake of Evil Dead alongside Shiloh Fernandez. Her recent films Frank and Cindy and About Alex will be released in 2014.

In October 2012, she starred alongside Victoria Justice and Chelsea Handler in the feature Fun Size, directed by Josh Schwartz for Paramount. Levy also appeared in her first feature, Nobody Walks (written and directed by the team behind Tiny Furniture) which premiered at The 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Levy grew up in Northern California. Though the acting bug bit her early on, (she starred in community theater productions of Annie and The Wizard of Oz) in high school she was the captain of the varsity soccer team and on the hip hop dance team. She also excelled in chemistry. After a semester in the liberal arts program at Baltimore's Goucher College, Jane moved to New York to pursue acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. Two years later, she moved to Los Angeles and in a few weeks booked a five episode arc as a trampy teen vixen in the John Wells Showtime series Shameless (with W.H. Macy.).