Catherine Tresa was born to Malayali parents Frank Mario Alexander and Tresa Alexander in Dubai. She did her Class 12 in Dubai and moved to Bangalore for higher education.While studying, she learnt to play piano, and got trained in singing, dancing, ice skating and debating, stating that she believes that she is “good at anything I put my mind to”. In Dubai, Tresa was an Emirates Environment volunteer. At the age of 14, Tresa did some amateur modelling for fashion design graduate students. After coming to India, she modeled for Nalli Silks, Chennai Silks, Fast Track, Josco Jewellers and Deccan Chronicle. She has also shot for Srikantadatta Wodeyar’s Maharaja Calendar and had participated with Prasad Bidapa in numerous ramp shows across India.