The actress Amelia Heinle has made a name for herself through her roles in various American soap operas. However, the Phoenix, Arizona-born actress is better known for her multiple Emmy Award-winning role of Victoria Newman in The Young and the Restless. Her time on the show not only earned her the applause of her peers but also helped her to find love as she eventually married the man who portrayed her ex-husband on screen. This was the second time that the actress was able to find love at work, as she was previously married to another co-star from another series.
Amelia Heinle’s Journey to Stardom
Although Amelia Heinle has acted in several movies during her career, she is better known as a television actress. This is mainly due to her role in the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” as well as in “All My Children” by ABC. But while she is better known for these roles, which were created in the 2000s, the actress had already begun her career in the early 1990s when she starred in another ABC soap called Loving.
Heinle was in her 20s when she was given the role of Stephanie Brewster in Loving in 1993. The show, which was broadcast in 1983, ended in 1995 after 12 years of broadcasting. In that year a short-lived spin-off show called The City was created and the actress resumed her role. Love marked the beginning of a successful career for the actress, who received a nomination for the Soap Opera Digest Award in the category “Outstanding Female Newcomer” for her performance.
In the following years, Amelia Heinle took part in several movies and several television movies. These include Quicksilver Highway (1997), Black Cat Run (1998), At Sachem Farm (1998), and the crime movie The Limey (1999), directed by Steven Soderbergh.
In 2001 Heinle had her first appearance in All My Children in the role of Mia Saunders. She remained part of the series until 2004 when she decided not to renew her contract as her character was relegated to a background role.
Details of Her Long-Running Role on The Young and the Restless
After leaving All My Children, Amelia Heinle joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 2005. She was cast for the role of Victoria Newman, previously played by actress Heather Tom.
Due to creative differences with the producers, Tom left the series in 2003 after having played the character for twelve years. Heinle had to follow in big footsteps when she took on the role, as her predecessor had won three awards out of a total of fourteen nominations for the role. Among her recognitions were two Daytime Emmy Awards in 1993 and 1999 for an outstanding young actress in a drama series and a Soap Opera Digest Award for outstanding young leading actress in 1997.
Amelia Heinle seemed to have had a slow start, but in the end, she won the praise of fans and critics alike. In 2014 and 2015 she took home the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a drama series to win the same number of Daytime Emmys as Tom.
Interesting Facts About Amelia Heinle’s Marriages
Amelia Heinle was married twice. As already mentioned, she belongs to those actresses who were able to find love at work, which she has managed to do twice so far.
The actress found love for the first time on the set of Loving when she met the actor Michael Weatherly who played the role of her love interest on the screen. The two of them soon took things to the next level when they formed the Covenant of Love in February 1995. After about a year they welcomed a son named August Manning Weatherly before deciding to separate. Weatherly and Heinle divorced in 1997 after two years of marriage.
About a decade later, Amelia Heinle decided to try the marriage again when she married actor Thad Luckinbill in 2007. The couple had met on the set of The Young and Restless, where Thad played the role of J.T. Hellstrom, her ex-husband.
In the same year they married, Thad and Amelia had their first child together, a son named Thaddeus Rowe Luckinbill Jr. In December 2009 they added another member to the family when they welcomed a daughter named Georgia March Luckinbill.
Things appeared to be going on very well for the couple until it was announced that they had filed for divorce. They, however, failed to complete the process as Heinle later confirmed in late 2019 that they are still married and are trying to work things out.