Dina Finds A Shocking Ally!
Aside from that brief situation with Stitch, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Abby and Ashley have had a pretty good mother/ daughter relationship. But that may change once Abby meets with the one woman Ashley hates with a passion: her own mother, Dina! Could Abby’s unexpected rapport with her grandmother destroy her relationship with Ashley?
The In Depth Story: Abby didn’t exactly tell her mom that she was planning to see Dina, so it’s a bit awkward when Ashley informs her that Dina was only too happy to let her know about the visit! “Abby feels bad that she didn’t get to tell her first,” admits her portrayer, Melissa Ordway. “But she was a little nervous about how her mom would react to her wanting to see Dina, so that’s why she didn’t tell her beforehand.
“But she’s an adult,” she adds, “and she can make her own decisions!”
Of course, it’s a decision that’s sure to stir up trouble with her mom. However, Ordway says that’s not her alter ego’s intention. “Abby has so many questions about who her grandmother is,” suggests the actress. “As much as she
would like to be loyal to her mom, she’s kind of stuck in the middle, because she does want to get to know her grandmother. She’s heard hor rible things her whole life about how Dina abandoned her family — she just wants to find out for herself!”
Interestingly, in that endeavor, Abby is more than a little surprised, because Dina doesn’t come across as the wicked, child- hating, family-destroying vixen that she’s been made out to be. In fact, Abby looks at Dina, and sees… herself! “Abby really feels like they have a lot of similarities in their personalities, and she wasn’t expecting that!” previews Ordway. “Abby is caught off guard by how blunt Dina is and how she just kind of says whatever is on her mind.
“Abby has those qualities,” she continues. “She feels like they’re kindred spirits. She’s only heard how horrible her grandmother is, so she’s like, ‘Wow, we have a lot more in common than I thought!’”
Including Abby’s desire to become a business dynamo! “Dina is a strong woman — a strong businesswoman — and Abby looks at her and is like, ‘ I could learn so much from you!’”
Alas, it’s that desire that may put Abby on a collision course with her own
“This could drive a wedge between Abby and Ashley.”
mother! “This could drive a wedge between Abby and Ashley,” concedes Ord way. “Abby is going to do what she wants, but she might also be trying to play peacemaker between Dina and Ashley. She says to Ashley, ‘You know, Dina isn’t as terrible as you think… maybe you should give her a chance?’
“This is an amazing story,” she adds. “There’s so much histor y between Dina and Ashley. I think fans are going to be happy with it. It’s one of my favorite stor ylines that I’ve played so far!”