On a Singularly Special Day for Her Family, Young & Restless’ Melissa Ordway Marvels That ‘God’s Timing Is Perfect,’ Adding, ‘I’ve Cried Lots of Happy Tears’
The sun is shining a little brighter than usual over their household today.
This was the biggest of big weeks for Young & Restless leading lady Melissa Ordway, husband Justin Gaston and their daughters, Olivia, 5, and Sophie, 4. It all started on February 25, the actress explained on Instagram.
As the family drew ever closer to Olivia’s Coronation Day — the day that she was adopted by the couple — Mom wrote, “I’ve cried lots of happy tears this morning. What a way to start Olivia’s Coronation Day weekend.
“Her whole school sang her ‘Happy Coronation Day,’” she continued. “Then, Olivia was named Student of the Month for her character and for being most improved.”
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Needless to say, Mom and Dad were delighted. “We could not be more proud of how hard she’s worked and how kind she is,” said Abby’s portrayer.
By the way, it was strictly a coincidence that Olivia was singled out as a shining star just as she was coming up on the anniversary of her adoption. “Coronation Day and Student of the Month were serendipitous,” said Ordway. “Her teacher had no idea it was her ‘gotcha day’ when she decided to give her the award.
“But,” she added, “God’s timing is perfect. Thank you to our incredible school community for making Olivia feel so loved. We are beyond grateful for you all!”
On this happy occasion, celebrate Olivia with a look back at her life in pictures in this time warp of an article. Then trace the path Ordway and Gaston followed to real love in the photo gallery below.
<p>Before Melissa Ordway and Justin Gaston had even been in the same room together, she knew who he was, thanks to her mom. Back in 2010, she “called and said, ‘Watch <em>American Idol</em>,”” the actress told <em><a href="https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/yrs-justin-gaston-and-melissa-ordway-guest-on-digests-podcast/" target="_blank">Dishing With Digest</a></em> in 2010. “‘There is the most beautiful man ever performing!’” That man? Of course it was Gaston, who had gone from modeling skivvies for International Jock to appearing on talent shows like <em>American Idol</em>,<em> If I Can Dream</em> and <em>Nashville Star</em> (pictured).</p>
<p>Ordway and Gaston finally crossed paths a year later, when they auditioned for the thriller <em>Escapee</em> starring <em>Prison Break</em>’s Dominic Purcell. After awkwardly introducing herself to her future husband, “we did the screen test” together, she told <a href="https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/yrs-justin-gaston-and-melissa-ordway-guest-on-digests-podcast/" target="_blank"><em>Soap Opera Digest</em></a>. Not only did they both get cast, they “were inseparable ever since.” Not that Ordway made it easy for Gaston.</p>
<p>While working on the movie, Gaston asked Ordway to join him for coffee after a big cast dinner. And she said yes. But… “Well, I invited the whole cast,” she admitted to <em>Digest</em>, “‘cause I got nervous.” Who could blame her, though? Besides being exceptionally easy on the eyes, “he smelled so good in the audition,” she recalled.</p>
<p>When Ordway and Gaston tied the knot on September 22, 2012, there was just the teensiest hitch: “We forget to pack his tux pants,” Ordway told <em>Digest</em>. If their neighbors hadn’t been able to bring him the right slacks, the couple’s metaphorical britches could have ended up in a bunch. Their only other option was to have the groom wear a pair of sorta parachute pants that his brother-in-law kept suggesting. (By the way, this is actually Ordway as Abby at her and Stitch’s wedding, in case the gown looks familiar.)</p>
<p>Within a year of one another, Ordway and Gaston made their daytime debuts, with her joining <em>The Young and the Restless</em> as Abby Newman, replacing Emme Rylan, who left to become the new Lulu on <em>General Hospital</em>, and him originating the role of Ben Weston on <em>Days of Our Lives.</em></p>
<p>In 2016, Ordway and Gaston adopted their first child, daughter Olivia Christine. “We cannot thank God enough for blessing our family with the most beautiful, smart, fun little ray of sunshine,” the new mom Instagrammed on the day it became official. “Olivia lights up every room she crawls in… and has brought us so much joy.”</p>
<p>“Christmas came early in the Gaston house!” Ordway cheered in 2017 — that was because on December 9, Olivia’s baby sister, Sophie Jolie, made her “presents” known. “Today we were supposed to be having my baby shower,” Mom Instagrammed a week later. “But instead, I get to hold my precious angels and shower them with love.” (Pictured is Sophie in 2018 with Ordway’s former Genoa City family, Marla Adams, who played Dina, and Michael Mealor, who played Kyle.)</p>
<p>Unlike so many soap siblings, Ordway and Gaston’s daughters are anything <em>but</em> rivals. As Mom has said, “Nothing [is] sweeter than seeing the love my baby girls share.” She and Gaston have also been able to marvel at the ways that their personalities are manifesting themselves. “Olivia is 5 years old and wants to be a doctor, dentist and singer,” Ordway reported over social media in 2021. “Sophie is 3 years old and wants to be a dentist.” May they always have a reason to flash the magnificent smiles they’re sure to have!</p>
<p>There wasn’t a whole lot of acting required for Gaston to play <em>Young & Restless</em>’ besotted Chance when he stepped in for Donny Boaz at the character’s wedding to Abby. “You’re up in front of people, and there’s a rush of adrenaline that you don’t have to [fake],” he told <em>Digest</em>. “It <em>is</em> like being at your real wedding. The moment kind of creates itself.” That said, “<em>I</em> was a little nervous,” Ordway admitted, “because we hadn’t acted together in so long. The first scene was a little shaky.”</p>
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