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When Cruel Summer Episode 6 began, viewers heard about a new character, Tennille Peterson’s mother, Tanya. Then in a flashback, fans met Tanya (Kim Jackson Davis) while she helped Martin Harris (Blake Lee) pick out some clothing in a local store where she worked. 

Every week, viewers find out more about what happened to Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) in 1993, 1994, and 1995 — before, during, and after her kidnapping by Mr. Harris. Meanwhile, in other summer scenes, fans find more reasons to believe that Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) was somehow involved in Kate’s disappearance. Viewers still don’t know who is telling the truth.

Cruel Summer Renee and Tennille rollerskating with Jeanette Turner
‘Cruel Summer’ Episode 1 with Aaliyah Muhammad as Renee, Shelby Durdam as Tennille and Chiara Aurelia as Jeanette Turner | Bill Matlock/Getty Images

Who is Tennille Peterson in ‘Cruel Summer’?

In Cruel Summer Episode 6, When Jeanette’s lawyer mentions Tennille Peterson’s mother, Tanya, many fans don’t remember who the teenage girl is. In 1993, Tennille (Shelby Surdam) was one of Kate Wallis’ best friends — along with Renee Talbot (Aaliyah Muhammad). However, after Kate’s disappearance, the two teenagers became Jeanette’s best friends. Then in 1994, Tennille and Renee ditched Jeanette when Kate returned. 

You might remember the two girls best from the interviews they did with reporters. One interview was after Kate disappeared and then again when she was rescued in episode 1. Jeanette was in Tennille’s room when the three girls found out that Kate was alive. They also have a scene together at the local mall.

Who is Tennille Peterson’s mom, Tanya?

In 1995, Jeanette’s lawyer, Denise (Nicole Bilderback), makes another house visit because she is nervous about a new development in the case. In Cruel Summer Episode 6, Kate’s lawyers depose Tennille Peterson’s mother, Tanya, because she claims to have “damning information.”


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Kim Jackson Davis plays Tennille’s mother, Tanya, in Cruel Summer Episode 6. From the social media teaser, viewers know that she is a salesperson in a store that Martin Harris visits in the next Cruel Summer episode.

Everything we know about Kim Jackson Davis

According to IMDb, the Kim Jackson Davis grew up in Tyler, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler. You might recognize Tennille Peterson’s mother from Cruel Summer from various TV Series. A few of her credits include VindicationThe Price of Fame, or Step Up: High Water. She also made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Her movie credits include roles in The Lucky ManPromisesChristmas with WinstonSpirit Riders8 Days, and Stay-At-Home Dads. Although she typically plays minor roles, you might recognize her from any number of her TV series, movies, or shorts.

According to her Instagram account, most of her friends and family know Davis as “Coach Kim” from Carol Hickey Acting Studio. The Austin, Texas studio is a training facility for actors ages eight and up. They host monthly workshops, classes, and private coaching and taping sessions.