Title: Young and Restless
Genre(s): Soap Opera
Character: Colleen Carelton
At age 15 Colleen Carelton was sent to Genoa City by her mother Tracy to live with her grandfather after she was caught using marijuana at home in New York.
Colleen began school at Walnut Grove Academy with her Uncle Billy. While there she continues using drugs and is caught by Billy’s nemesis, J.T. Hellstrom who plans on using this information against Billy. He changes his mind when he sees how upset Colleen is and the two start a friendship.
Colleen soon makes friends with local girls Lily Winters and Sierra Hoffman and begins a romance with J.T. At first, Colleen’s family is wary of J.T. as he has a bad track record with women, but they eventually accept the relationship dispite the age difference.
Sex becomes a stumbling block for the couple. Colleen makes sexual overtures to J.T. and he turns her down because of their age difference. Not long afterward, he gives in to the advances of an older woman, Anita Hodges. When Colleen finds out, she is devastated, and the two break up. They soon reconcile.
When Lily begins dating Kevin Fisher (someone she met online), Colleen tells Lily’s parents, Drucilla and Neil Winters when the relationship turns sexual. In retaliation, Kevin traps Colleen in Gina Roma’s restaurant and starts a fire. Colleen survives after J.T. goes into the building and carries her out. She remains distrustful of Kevin, who covers up his crimes.
In 2004, Colleen leaves Genoa City for New York because she feels she is getting in the way of J.T.’s music career. She returns in
Colleen became popular in the onscreen pairing of Colleen and J.T. The couple was listed as the fourth most romantic couple of 2003 in Soap Opera Update: The Year in Soaps along with other prominent duos of that year Sonny and Carly, Nick and Sharon, Shawn and Belle, and Al and Marcie. After Fonseca was let go from the role, she was voted fourth “most missed actor” of 2004 in that year’s issue of Soap Opera Update The Year in Soaps.