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Soap Opera Digest|March 08, 2021
MELODY THOMAS SCOTT (NIKKI) LOOKS BACK ON HER FAVORITE Y&R MOMENTS
Devin Owens

What Is Your Favorite Memory About Your First Day At Y&R? “My start at Y&R was such a whirlwind. I was an emergency recast and the process happened very quickly. The show was only 30 minutes back then, so we shot it as if it was live, but on tape. I have such fond memories of those times and of forming relationships with some of the cast and crew that have lasted a lifetime.”

Favorite Storylines? “At the top of the list would always be, not a specific storyline, but the continuing epic story of Victor/Nikki. Their initial courtship was so lush and romantic; Y&R’s version of My Fair Lady, crafted by our brilliant [Co-Creator/then-Head Writer] William J. Bell. How fortunate I am to be part of one of the most popular and enduring pairings of not just Y&R but all of daytime. It is indeed a blessing. Going way back, I loved the storyline with Crazy Edward, where I eventually discovered the shrine he had for his dead mother on his fire-place mantel! It was so spooky and dark, which I love. And Paul Tulley, who played Edward, was such a phenomenal actor. Another story that I must mention is Nikki’s alcoholism. I’ve always appreciated the complicated layers that Nikki’s drinking gave her. As well as her loved ones. After all these years, this topic is being featured again, though not in the way you might think. I’m enjoying it immensely and am so grateful that the writers are using her history to tackle this very important current storyline. Everything old is new again.”

Favorite Line Of Dialogue? “Oh, my God! Line of dialogue?! That’s even harder than picking a favorite storyline! Oddly enough, the only thing that comes to mind is a line that I ad-libbed! It was many years ago and I couldn’t tell you what the scene was about. It occurred at the very end of a scene with Peter Bergman [Jack]. He had a line that indicated that he was miffed about a business competitor’s success and instead of saying the line that was scripted, I said, ‘Careful, Jack. Your schadenfreude is showing.’ There were a few moments of absolute silence on the soundstage, finally broken by our dear friend, the late boom operator Luis Godinez, who said into his mic to the control booth, ‘What? What did she say?!’ I remember wondering if they would let my comment go out on the air, so I made sure to watch that air show. Sure enough, the schadenfreude line stayed in!”

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