Melissa Ordway

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Melissa Ordway
Melissa Ordway 2014.jpg
Ordway in 2014
Born Melissa Pam Ordway
(1983-03-31) March 31, 1983 (age 32)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Justin Gaston (m. 2012)

Melissa Pam Ordway-Gaston[1] (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.[2] On September 22, 2012 she married Justin Gaston, whom she met during the filming of 'Escapee.[3]

Modeling career[edit]

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. She appeared on The Price is Right as a fill-in model the week of October 7, 2015.

Acting career[edit]

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[4] 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.[5]

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 previous actress Marcy Rylan.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Friendly Fire Roller Goddess
2008 I Heart Veronica Martin Vanessa Short film
2009 Xtra Credit Lindsey TV movie
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
2011 Miami Magma Emily Vitrini TV Movie
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
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Assistant Herself
2007 Entourage Morgan Episode: "The Young and the Stoned"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Woman #1 Episode: "Third Wheel"
2008-2009 Privileged Jordanna 8 Episodes
2010 Cold Case Diane Yates '80 Episode: "Bullet"
Episode: "The Last Drive-In"
2010 Melrose Place Morgan McKellan Episode: "Wilshire"
Episode: "Santa Fe"
Episode: "Mulholland"
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


  1. ^ Soap Opera Digest August 13, 2012 issue. Vol. 37, No. 33. Pg. 55: "High Hollywood".
  2. ^ Bentley, Rosalind (19 September 2004). "Q&A / MELISSA ORDWAY: Reality TV gig bites, but she loves it". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. JJ5.  |section= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "Miley Cyrus' Ex Justin Gaston Weds Melissa Ordway". E! Online. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Terror Tweets: Scream 4 Update, Pyun Posts Tales Rough Cuts, Eclipse Nearly Wrapped". Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 

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