#TBT – Melody Thomas Scott


This interview originally appeared in the December 19, 1995 issue of Soap Opera Digest

Melody Thomas Scott doesn’t sing her own horn, but she could sing like crazy if she were so inclined. Think about it: she has a fabulous job, a top man she loves working with, millions of fans, a happy marriage in real life, wonderful kids. and perfect hair. What more could a woman ask for?

In front of the cameras, her life is not so serene. As Nikki Newman Abbott, she’s been putting the word “restless” into YOUNG AND RESTLESS since 1979. But even though Nikki changes lovers more often than most people change socks, her heart has always belonged to her husband, Viktor. New man.

When you sit down for a conversation with Ms. Scott, you might not get what you expected. Although she’s creepy and funny, she’s still a far cry from naughty Nikki, who says whatever she thinks. Scott, on the other hand, knows where to draw the line. After all, she’s been an actress since she was 3 years old. And, honest as she is, this very smart cloned knows how to handle himself in an interview.

Right now, Scott wants to talk about Nikki’s woke love life. A few months ago, the Genoa City vixen hit the sheets with stud Brad Carlton. “Out of the blue, at the end of a scene, Nikki said, ‘I have a great idea. Let’s get married!’ “Scott chuckles. But wait a minute – do they know each other well enough to get married? “You don’t have to do that on this show!” she retorts.

But seriously, Scott says that while Brad is a worthy conquest for Nikki, nothing compares to the chemistry she shares with Victor (Eric Braeden). “It’s been 15 years,” marvels the actress. “Eric and I have a unique on-screen connection that I don’t have with anyone else, and everyone tells me that’s not the case either. Personally, it’s not romantic love, but it is a great tenderness.

Scott says one of the reasons their friendship has lasted so long is that she can read Braeden. “I will give in to him in certain situations,” Scott admits, “like I’m sure he does with me. It’s a give-and-take accommodation. I’ll give him a kiss in the morning and someone will be like, ‘You don’t ‘aren’t you kissing his a—?’ But it’s a real greeting, and I like to make the men in my life feel good. I don’t want Eric to read this and think I’m trying to manipulate him,” Scott warns. “J just like to think we know how to work together in real life and on the show.”

The number one man in the actress’ life is Edward Scott, her husband of a decade. This is her third chance to get married – the first two lasted six months each – and she sees this union as the one she was destined for. “In my heart, this is my only wedding,” she says. Although Edward makes no effort as executive producer of Y&R – he was once heard grumbling, “I’m getting my shotgun out of the car” when he was unhappy with the way a big party scene was progressing – you can rest assured: A big heart beats beneath that gruff exterior.

Through her marriage, Scott says, she learned to understand relationships better. “A marriage is two people who love each other, obviously, and respect each other enough to both be guardians of the unity they have created,” she says. “It’s swallowing your pride about something gif that makes your partner feel better. It’s hard sometimes, but I strongly believe that when you’re writing a list of priorities, your mate should be number 1, because a family is based on the bond between parents.

After 10 years, Scott reports with an impish smile: “The spark is still there. We are like teenagers. The only question is trying to find out where and when there are no children around!

The Scotts’ tight-knit blended family is like an updated version of Yours, mine and ours. Ed’s 23-year-old daughter, Jennifer, has just left home after graduating from college. “She’s lived with us since she was 11,” Scott says. “Although she will live nearby, we will miss her being in the house.” Alexandra, Scott’s 13-year-old daughter from her relationship with makeup artist Carlos Yeaggy, is a gifted pianist who plays everything from Mozart to Motown. “Alex is a restless kid,” Scott says affectionately. “She was a tomboy, but now she has boyfriends…she’s impulsive and in trouble.” Edward and Melody‘s daughter, Elizabeth, 6, rounds out the cast. “She comes straight from God in a bundle of angels,” Scott praises. “She’s the teacher’s pet and gets straight A’s.”

Scott has sacrificed career opportunities to keep his family life stable: ‘I may not be the star I wanted to be when I was 12, but I have something a lot of people don’t have : a loving family. You have to invest time or it won’t happen. One day my family will grow, and then maybe I’ll have time to fly away with my husband.

Scott’s childhood was not so secure. Since she was born when her mother was very young, Scott was raised primarily by her grandmother. “I had a terrible upbringing,” she says. “But I’m not going to go into that. It’s quite a book, which I will write one day.

Until then, she is content to play the role of wife, mother and, of course, Nikki. “I don’t worry about the future, which is probably very stupid,” Scott says. “My husband is frustrated with me because he is very goal oriented and I never set any. I wouldn’t know how to do it. I just trust my guardian angel, or myself, that what should happen will happen. Suddenly, Scott’s name is called. But it’s not a message from his guardian angel – it’s a summons to the Y&R soundstage. “What am I doing talking to you?” she said with an airy wave. “I have to go!”


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