Melissa has been starring as Chelsea Lawson Newman on “The Young & the Restless” since 2011. She previously played the role of Annie McDermott on "All My Children” from 2006 through 2011. Her other television credits include “Bones,” “Men at Work,” “Criminal Minds,” "One Tree Hill," and "Dawson's Creek." She also starred in the independent films "Wrestling,” and “The Marriage Counselor” and was in a 2006 Super Bowl commercial for Taco Bell.
Melissa has been nominated for 5 Daytime Emmy Awards.
She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts, and also studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford, England.
Originally from Bedford, New York, Melissa grew up with an extensive background in musical theatre. While still a child, she began booking national television commercials and was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, Pluto TV/Viacom executive Matt Katrosar and their dog Sophia.