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Ordway in 2014
|Born||Melissa Pam Ordway
March 31, 1983
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Justin Gaston (m. 2012)|
Melissa Pam Ordway (born March 31, 1983) is an American actress and model. She has modeled in many campaigns and acted in such films as 17 Again and on television in Privileged. She currently portrays the character of Abby Newman on the drama series The Young and the Restless.
Ordway was born in Atlanta, Georgia, an only child, to John and Christine Ordway. She began doing community theatre in Atlanta and also acting in theatre productions at her high school in Snellville, Georgia. She starred in the stage performances of Beauty and the Beast, The Women, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and many other shows. After graduating from high school, Ordway attended Georgia State University and is a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. While at Georgia State, Melissa was chosen to participate in a reality show on MTV called The Assistant. She won the show and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and modeling. On September 22, 2012 she married Justin Gaston, whom she met during the filming of 'Escapee.
She moved to Los Angeles and signed with Nous Model Management. She started booking national campaigns and magazine covers almost immediately. Melissa's first big campaign was for Skechers. Within a year Ordway had modeled for Old Navy, Fabrizio Gianni, David's Bridal, Anchor Blue and Tilly's; she had also graced the cover Los Angeles Weddings Magazine, Grand Sierra Magazine and Hona Hou Magazine.
Melissa Ordway's breakout role was on the television series Privileged playing Jordanna. Ordway's feature film debut was in 17 Again (as Lauren). She has guest starred on such shows as Entourage, How I Met Your Mother and Hollywood Heights as well as starring in several independent films including Callers, Tales of an Ancient Empire and I Heart Veronica Martin. In 2010, Ordway appeared in The Last Song as Ashley and guest starred on Melrose Place as Morgan McKellan. She stars also in the fantasy thriller film Tales of an Ancient Empire.
In 2011, she co-starred in Escapee. She currently stars as Chloe Carter on the Teen nick series Hollywood Heights and appears in Ted, directed by Seth MacFarlane. In March 2013, Ordway was cast in the role of Abby Newman on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, replacing Marcy Rylan, who had portrayed the role for three years prior to her decision to vacate the role and being cast as the new Lulu Spencer on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
|2006||Friendly Fire||Roller Goddess|
|2008||I Heart Veronica Martin||Vanessa||Short film|
|2009||Xtra Credit||Lindsey||TV Movie|
|2009||Miss March||Gorgeous Girl|
|2009||Alpha Males Experiment||Tiffany|
|2010||Elektra Luxx||Sabrina Capri|
|2010||The Last Song||Ashley|
|2010||Tales of an Ancient Empire||Princess Tanis|
|2011||A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Grace|
|2011||Miami Magma||Emily Vitrini||TV Movie|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Reporter|
|2007||Entourage||Morgan||Episode: "The Young and the Stoned"|
|2007||How I Met Your Mother||Woman #1||Episode: "Third Wheel"|
|2010||Cold Case||Diane Yates '80||Episode: "Bullet"
Episode: "The Last Drive-In"
|2010||Melrose Place||Morgan McKellan||Episode: "Wilshire"
Episode: "Santa Fe"
|2010||CSI: NY||Jenny Harper||Episode: "Out of the Sky"|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Taylor||Episode: "The Gold Coin Kid"|
|2012||Hollywood Heights||Chloe Carter / Cynthia Kowalski||80 Episodes|
|2012||The League||Sutton||Episode: "The Hoodie"|
|2013||90210||Sydney Price||5 Episodes|
|2013–present||The Young and the Restless||Abby Newman||Contract role|
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- Woman, The (2010-04-05). "Fangs and Blood: More Stills from Tales of an Ancient Empire. She appeared in a Jesse McCartney music video "It's Over" as Jessies ex Kacey.". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- Giddens, Jamey (March 6, 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Heights Beauty Melissa Ordway is New Abby on The Young and the Restless!". Daytime Confidential. Zap2it. Retrieved March 6, 2013.