10 Things You Didn’t Know About Young And The Restless Star Star Melissa Claire EganPublished on July 6, 2017. Updated June 18, 2019
One of the hottest actresses in the land of daytime drama today has to be Melissa Claire Egan. In the character of Chelsea Newman on the Young and the Restless (Y&R), she is funny, smart, and beautiful — all traits Egan herself seems to possess. When you peel the onion back on this soap queen, there is so much more to Melissa than meets the eye. Below are 10 things you didn’t know about the Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan.
10. “Middle Child” Syndrome
Wonder if Melissa suffers from this? As a middle child between brothers Ryan and Scott, she also happens to be the lone daughter of parents Mary and Dennis. Sounds like growing up in a household with three kids had to have been interesting for Melissa and a far cry from how her Y&R character Chelsea was raised.
9. Melissa’s Early Work With AMC
Many fans are aware that before she hit Genoa City, Melissa resided in Pine Valley, working on All My Children (AMC) as Annie Lavery. What some may not be aware of is that one of Egan’s first television appearances was on that very same soap, when she worked for the show as an extra at the age of 12. Talk about destiny!
Like many struggling actors, Melissa took on commercials to get her feet wet in the acting business. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating and did quite a few ads. In fact, she did a Taco Bell commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. However, she didn’t know when or where it would appear, so while watching the grand event, her commercial popped up and surprised her.
7. Primetime Jobs
Melissa has had a variety of primetime guest roles both before and during her soap opera career. She’s worked on One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Criminal Minds. Interestingly enough, she also acted as a spokesperson at one point in time for Proactiv, along with former soap colleague Chrishell Stause.
6. Soap Sibling Turns More?
In the fall of 2011, Melissa entered the land of Y&R and turned the town upside. While she started off as a con woman, she has now ended up a prominent member of Genoa City. Her character Chelsea initially had a thing with Billy Abbott, who was then played by Biller Miller. Interestingly enough, Miller was a former AMC colleague of Egan’s, where the two played siblings on that show!
5. Hardest Part Of Her Job?
During a 2016 interview with SoapCentral.com, Egan related the hardest thing she found around working on a soap was the amount of material a daytime drama actress has to memorize. She also stated that in spite of this, she does love being kept on her toes and enjoys that they only get one take.
4. Love Scenes
Do love scenes make Egan nervous? Not at all! In that same interview, Melissa noted that being in the soap business as long as she has had made love scenes easier. In fact, she also stated that a love scene is a piece of cake compared to 45 pages of monologue that needs to be memorized. Well, that does make sense!
3. Married Life
Melissa and her boyfriend Matt Katrosar got engaged in early 2013 and were married in a Santa Barbara ceremony in the summer of 2014. For a soap opera actress who has been married several times between two shows, how did Egan feel about planning her own wedding? In an interview with InsideWeddings.com, Melissa relayed how it was cool to finally be able to do a wedding her way! Glad to hear it wasn’t stressful!
Seems like Melissa has done it all. She’s on top of the soap opera world, dabbled in primetime, and has even done some films during her acting career. In 2005, she played Ali Court in a film titled Wrestling. She also had a role in the 2009 flick My Father’s Will, as well as Somewhere Slow in 2013.
1. Favorite Part
With all the acting jobs and work that Melissa has done over the years, it may be hard to pick one role that she has loved the most. An interview conducted this past May, Egan stated that picking a favorite part would be like picking a favorite child, and she was torn between her AMC Annie character and her current Y&R Chelsea role. As she relayed, both have been quite fun to play.