Ordway in 2014
Melissa Pam Ordway
(1983-03-31) March 31, 1983
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Justin Gaston (m. 2012)
Melissa Pam Ordway Gaston (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. In 2016, Gaston and Ordway adopted their first child, a daughter named Olivia. Ordway gave birth to their second daughter, Sophie Jolie, on December 9, 2017.
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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 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. 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. 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.
|2006||Friendly Fire||Roller Goddess|
|2008||I Heart Veronica Martin||Vanessa||Short film|
|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|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Reporter|
|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|