Melissa Ordway

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Melissa Ordway
Melissa Ordway 2014.jpg
Ordway in 2014
Melissa Pam Ordway

(1983-03-31) March 31, 1983 (age 36)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2004–present
Justin Gaston (m. 2012)

Melissa Pam Ordway Gaston[1] (born March 31, 1983[2]) 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.[3]

On September 22, 2012 she married Justin Gaston, whom she met during the filming of Escapee.[4] In 2016, Gaston and Ordway adopted their first child, a daughter named Olivia Christine, born April 2016.[5] Ordway gave birth to a daughter, their second child, Sophie Jolie, on December 9, 2017.[6][7]



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 Tillys; she had also appeared on the cover Los Angeles Weddings Magazine, Grand Sierra Magazine and Hona Hou Magazine. She appeared on The Price is Right as a fill-in model the week of October 7, 2015.


Melissa Ordway's first major acting part was the recurring roles of Jordanna on The CW television series Privileged. Ordway's feature film debut was in 17 Again. She has guest starred on such television shows as Entourage and How I Met Your Mother, as well as starring in several independent films including Callers, Tales of an Ancient Empire[8] and I Heart Veronica Martin. In 2010, Ordway appeared in the film The Last Song as Ashley and guest starred on Melrose Place as Morgan McKellan. She starred in the fantasy thriller film Tales of an Ancient Empire.[9] In 2011, she co-starred in Escapee and appeared in Ted directed by Seth MacFarlane.

She was cast in the main role of Chloe Carter on the TeenNick series Hollywood Heights in 2012.[10] In March 2013, Ordway was cast in the role of Abby Newman on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, replacing previous actress Marcy Rylan.[11] She also appeared in the 2013 supernatural thriller film Odd Thomas as Lysette.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Friendly Fire Roller Goddess
2008 I Heart Veronica Martin Vanessa Short film
2009 17 Again Lauren
2009 Miss March Gorgeous Girl
2009 Alpha Males Experiment Tiffany
2010 Elektra Luxx Sabrina Capri
2010 The Last Song Ashley
2010 Bones Samantha Reeves
2010 Tales of an Ancient Empire Princess Tanis
2011 Minkow Mindy Jameson
2011 Escapee Renee Sanders
2011 Retail Lizzie Short film
2011 Callers Amanda
2011 In Time Leila
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Grace
2012 Amelia's 25th Loralei
2012 Ted Michelle
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Reporter
2013 Channeling Victoria
2013 Odd Thomas Lysette
2014 The Outsider Samantha
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Assistant Herself Contestant (winner)
2007 Entourage Morgan Episode: "The Young and the Stoned"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Woman #1 Episode: "Third Wheel"
2008–09 Privileged Jordanna Recurring role, 8 episodes
2009 Xtra Credit Lindsey Television movie
2010 Cold Case Diane Yates '80 Episodes: "Bullet", "The Last Drive-In"
2010 Melrose Place Morgan McKellan Episodes: "Mulholland", "Santa Fe", "Wilshire"
2010 CSI: NY Jenny Harper Episode: "Out of the Sky"
2011 The Chicago Code Taylor Episode: "The Gold Coin Kid"
2011 Miami Magma Emily Vitrini Television movie
2012 Hollywood Heights Chloe Carter / Cynthia Kowalski Main role, 80 episodes
2012 The League Sutton Episode: "The Hoodie"
2013 90210 Sydney Price Recurring role, 6 episodes
2013–present The Young and the Restless Abby Newman Main role
The Price Is Right Herself/Model 8 episodes


  1. ^ Soap Opera Digest 2012-08-13 issue. Vol. 37, No. 33. Pg. 55: "High Hollywood".
  2. ^ "Melissa Ordway". Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  3. ^ Bentley, Rosalind (2004-09-19). "Q&A / MELISSA ORDWAY: Reality TV gig bites, but she loves it". Gwinnett News. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. JJ5.
  4. ^ "Miley Cyrus' Ex Justin Gaston Weds Melissa Ordway". E! Online. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2013-03-11.
  5. ^ Young, Candace (2016-05-03). "Melissa Ordway and Justin Gaston Welcome Baby Girl". Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  6. ^ Kimble, Lindsay (July 12, 2017). "Melissa Ordway Pregnant. Expecting Second Child". Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  7. ^ SOD (December 11, 2017). "Y&R's Melissa Ordway Welcomes Daughter". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Archived from the original on December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Terror Tweets: Scream 4 Update, Pyun Posts Tales Rough Cuts, Eclipse Nearly Wrapped". Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  9. ^ 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". Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  10. ^ "Nick at Nite Heats Up the Summer With Stardom, Romance and Deceit With the Premiere of Nightly Primetime Drama "Hollywood Heights," Monday, June 18, at 9 P.M. (ET/PT)" (Press release). TeenNick. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2016-05-28 – via The Futon Critic.
  11. ^ Giddens, Jamey (2013-03-06). "EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Heights Beauty Melissa Ordway is New Abby on The Young and the Restless!". Daytime Confidential. Zap2it. Archived from the original on 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2013-03-06.

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