Actress Melissa Ordway chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about being a part of “The Young and the Restless” family and her current baby storyline.
She plays the role of Abby Newman on the No. 1 CBS daytime drama, and she is the daughter of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson). “Abby is a really fun character. It is interesting to see her progression over the years. She has evolved into a successful businesswoman and she is trying to follow in her mom and Victor’s footsteps,” she said.
“Now, she is in a new phase of her life where she is wanting to become a mother and it’s cool,” she added. “I feel like I’ve grown up with Abby, and I feel like I’ve grown as an actress. It has been a fun journey.”
On her current storyline, she said, “I think it’s such a fun storyline. I’ve wanted Abby to have a baby forever. Every time somebody would get pregnant on the show I would ask ‘when is Abby going to have a baby?’ It is interesting because my husband and I have had our own struggle with fertility in real life, so getting to draw from my real-life experiences and putting that in the story as well has been great.”
Also, this storyline has afforded her the opportunity to work more with fellow co-star Camryn Grimes. “Camryn is a great friend of mine and getting to play with her every day has been a dream come true, and the same holds true about working with Cait Fairbanks, Bryton James, and Tricia Cast. I really like working with them, it has been really fun,” she said.
She complimented Amelia Heinle and Mark Grossman, who play her on-screen half-siblings Victoria Newman and Adam Newman respectively. “Amelia is one of my really good friends, so I always love working with her. It is so much fun. She is the kindest human and I love her so much,” she said. “Mark is awesome too. Everyone hates his character, Adam, but Mark is such a great guy in real life so I love giving him a hard time in our scenes. He is so good at being bad,” she said with a sweet laugh.
When asked how she handles being dialogue-heavy on the show, she said, “Sometimes you start the day and you say ‘I don’t know how I am going to get through this’ but I just take a deep breath and I take it scene by scene. I try to be as prepared as I possibly can be but also, I try not to stress myself out too much. At the end of the day when you get through that, you say ‘oh my gosh, I can’t believe I actually did that. I can’t believe my brain got through all of that.’ I don’t really know how it happens, I am always surprised. I am happily excited at the end of the day.”
“Honestly, with the help of amazing co-stars, directors, and the crew, everyone is so supportive on the show. Everyone is working together to make this show as good as it can be,” she added.
She shared that she enjoyed playing with her real-life husband, Justin Gaston, who temporarily stepped into the role of Chance Chancellor. “That was so fun,” she admitted. “I never thought that we would ever be able to do that. When it happened, I was pinching myself. I felt like we got to re-live our wedding day but with all of my favorite people from work.”
On her favorite storylines, she revealed that she loves “every time that Abby gets married.” “Those are such surreal moments for me because I grew up watching all of these soap weddings. Watching all of these soap veterans that I grew up watching sitting at my wedding was so amazing and a dream come true,” she said. “The first time she ever had a wedding was one of my favorite storylines. I also love working with Eileen Davidson as well, she is such an amazing person and actress.”
“I am actually excited to see what happens in the current baby storyline. I am very intriguied to see what is going to happen. I feel that there are some cool things coming up for sure,” she hinted.
Regarding her daily motivations as an actress, she said, “I always grew up wanting to be an actress. My mom watched the show growing up, so Victor Newman has always felt like he was a part of my family. Just getting up every day and doing something that I love is very motivating. Getting to live this life and have a job that I love and have an incredible family is so great. I feel so blessed every single day.”
On being an actress in the digital age, she said, “It’s crazy because when I first started as an actress those things really didn’t exist. Now, it is pretty cool since more people have access to your shows. It opens the door for a lot more people to be creative. I feel like it’s a very exciting time to be an actor.”
For young and aspiring actors, she said, “If I can do it, anyone can do it. Never give up. It’s a lot of hard work. I feel that so much of it is timing and being in the right place at the right time. It’s about being the best version of yourself. When you are happy, that makes yourself better and your work better.”
“I came from a very small town outside of Atlanta, and I never thought that I would actually be able to make this dream come true. I never thought that I would leave my town of Snellville and here I am in Los Angeles, California. If you put your mind to it and you work really hard, you can make your dreams come true. You are stronger than you think,” she acknowledged.
On the title of the current chapter of her life, she said with a sweet laugh, “Figuring it Out.”
“The Young and The Restless” has been the top daytime drama for over 32 years and it has been renewed through 2024. “I feel incredibly grateful, especially to have that stability and to be on a show that has gone on for this long,” she said. “I am a part of an incredible legacy, and it is definitely a dream come true for sure.”
She defined the word success as “happiness” in life. “It’s not about money or your status or power, it’s about being in a place in your life where you are content and happy,” she said.
For her fans and supporters, she said, “Thank you for sticking with me. The support means the world to me, we wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for the people that tune in and watch the show and our storylines every day.”
To learn more about “The Young and The Restless” or to watch the show online, visit the official CBS website.