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The Melody Thomas Scott Interview – The Young and the Restless

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If you have been witness to the recent episodes of The Young and the Restless you are seeing one of daytime’s treasures, Melody Thomas Scott, (Nikki) showing her acting chops in the most compelling storyline currently on the number one soap.  Finally after a long drought, fans are getting to see Nikki Newman fall off the wagon…big time!  And who doesn’t love this socialite housewife hitting the bottle?  We all love Nikki when she is seemingly falling apart at the seams. But why? Answer: because no one does that better and with more gusto on daytime then Melody.

This week, Victor helped get Nikki to rehab after finding her drunk as a skunk and in bed with dastardly Deacon Sharpe… a fait accompli created by gold digger Meggie, and her willing accomplice, Mr. Sharpe.  Now, as Nikki begins to finally conquer her demons, who should show up and admit himself into the clinic of the rich and famous? Deacon! So it looks like Victor Newman may have a battle ahead of him, not just with his fiancée’s bottle of booze, but for her affections as well.

And, the players in this storyline are a treat, too. From Sean Young’s (Meggie) crafty villainess without a conscience, to Sean Kanan’s (Deacon) delectable bad boy, to Thomas Scott’s tour de force, they have put the fun back in daytime with drama to boot! On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Melody for a short “quickie” interview this week during her hectic taping schedule to quickly get her thoughts on boozing Nikki, her new co-stars, and her upcoming real-life memoir. Here’s Mel!

MICHAEL:

Fans are thrilled to see a boozin’ Nikki again, as you play it to perfection.   We almost got to see her go off the wagon almost a year and half ago or so during her break-up with Victor when she went searching for him on the beaches of Mexico!   But that did not pan out.   How did you feel about the false start, and now getting the opportunity towards the end of 2010 to sink your teeth into a real battle of the booze for her?

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MELODY:

I was thrilled to see this story reappear.  It has been written so beautifully, touching on so many honest moments.  It has been a joy to play.

MICHAEL:

Back in 1991, Nikki checked into a rehab facility to help her with her demons, and now in 2010 she is going back to rehab this week.  How would you compare the two?

MELODY:

Actually, we never saw her in rehab the first time.  She simply woke up one morning sober, with no mention of rehab, AA, counseling, nothing.  That’s why I am so happy to deal with her alcoholism in a more realistic fashion this time.  Better late than never!

MICHAEL:

Your two Sean’s have given Nikki a lift and a new lease on a soap life that fans are loving!    How is working with Sean Young?   The two of you are dynamite in scenes together.   Then, there is this magnetic chemistry that has developed with you and Sean Kanan.   How is Sean K to work with?

MELODY:

Ah, my two Seans!  I am so happy to have both of them to work off of.  Every now and then, the casting, actors and writers happen to click beautifully.  This is one of those times.  I adore both of them!  This story would not be the success that it is without them.

MICHAEL:

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In your heart of hearts as an actress, would you like to explore a real on-screen relationship with the character of Deacon Sharpe? Or, do you think it would be more interesting to play out the next part of the Victor/Nikki romance?  Or, do you feel it’s, “been there, done that”?

MELODY:

Why can’t she do it all!?  Let’s face facts:  Victor and Nikki will always be a huge dynamic, they’ve been in a circular cycle for over 30 years!  Finding a new leading man that you have chemistry with is like finding gold.  My pockets are hanging pretty heavy with gold right now!

MICHAEL:

What do you think Nikki would do once she finds out of Deacon’s duplicity and conspiring with Meggie?

MELODY:

Who says she’ll find out? Or when?  Or: Deacon truly starts to genuinely like her and sincerely falls in love?  There are so many possible outcomes!  We are all wondering what will happen on the set, too!  You are not alone…

MICHAEL:

How come of all the soap actresses on daytime, viewers always think you play a lush better than anyone?  What do you think makes it so raw and real?

MELODY:

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That is so funny, Michael!  You’re not the first to tell me that!  Everyone seems to love a drunk Nikki, me included!  It gives Nikki a chance to not be so uptight and snooty.  It definitely brings her down a dozen notches, and I think the viewers love to see something like that.  She has flaws, she’s human, seemingly has everything anyone could want…but she’s falling.  Hard.

MICHAEL:

You and your husband Ed Scott, producer B&B, just celebrated your 25th wedding anniversary.  How have the two of you maintained a successful relationship?  What tip would you give to other couples who have stayed together a long time?  Many marriages in Hollywood fall apart when both spouses are in show business.  But the two of you have made it work.

MELODY:

Sense of humor, commitment, sense of humor, love, sense of humor, surprising each other, sense of humor.

MICHAEL:

Your new book that you are writing, is it more of a memoir?  We have read that it will include the issue surrounding your abuse as a child actress.  How is that coming along?  I am writing a book with someone and I know it is hard to go through and put down someone else’ startling or difficult personal accounts.

MELODY:

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I think of it as an autobiography.  It is about my life.  All of it.  Some parts of it flow very easily, some become so emotionally difficult, I have to hold off for a while.  I am very grateful to have my shrink for emotional support while writing this.  She is one of the few people on the planet that knows everything about my life, my past.  But it feels good to finally get it on paper. It truly is cathartic.

MICHAEL:

If you were to name the top three storyline of Nikki’s, would this new battle with the bottle be included? What to you are personally the high points?

MELODY:

Yes, this would definitely be one of them.  Although I can’t say I enjoyed it, the stripping storyline was significant, and the start of what turned out to be a major love story that continues to this day.  I also, going way back now, enjoyed the Crazy Edward story, where Nikki had a stalker who loved/hated her.

MICHAEL:

All of us in the soap industry know that if there is one actress out there deserving of a Daytime Emmy, it is you.  Will you toss your hat into the competition this year for these great performances?  Or, are you over Emmy?

MELODY:

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Well, thank you, Michael.  We’ll see.  It’s so political, and that ain’t me.  We’ll see…

MICHAEL:

In closing, what would you preview for fans to watch out for in the coming weeks for Nikki? More booze? Ending up on a celebrity rehab show for the rich and famous?  Falling in between the sheets with Deacon over and over?  A real wedding to Victor?

MELODY:

Seeing as I have nothing to offer, all of the above sound good to me!  Only the great Maria Bell knows for sure!

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semaj
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semaj

niktor 4ever no matter what they find there way back together niktor endgame

MEK
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MEK

I hope the end game is not for Nikki and Victor to reunite. He is an emotionally vile abuser who is incapable of making Nikki or anyone happy. I hope they find a new relationship for Nikki. While Nikki and Deacon have tons of chemistry I don’t want to see her in a relationship with a man who spiked her drinks and contributed to her relapse. That makes him a slime ball and even falling in love with Nikki for real won’t change that.

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Tam

Yes Nikki & Victor are the “Endgame” and I hope it stays that way,yes Victor is abusive/controlling ,but what men/women character isn’t on the show,they just do it in a different way then Victor,but Victor Love’s Nikki deep down,I just hope the Y&R writers writer a story about Nikki & Victor working out their past/present problems and I mean the Verbal Abuse part and other things!

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michelle kelly

victor is a abuser and has always abused nikki and hurt her. the couple of victor and nikki is just sick and digusting abuse does not equal love.plus most of the fans told care about nikki and victor being is couple any more. nikki and deacon has tons of chemistry something that nikki and victor are missing. i think nikki and deacon should be given a shot. the writers already stated the redeeming deacon.

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Doe

Well, I really don’t like this Nikki story, because I find it upsetting to be so cruel to someone for the sake of money and with Meggie, wanting Victor. I really don’t know why the writers’ brought her back for this story. Personally, I don’t think Sean Young is that good an actress. She seems to be sleepwalking half the time. Sean Kanan is okay for that part. I really thought in the beginning of this story that he was going to help Nikki. That would have been a better twist, I think. Victor is Victor with an ego to… Read more »

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Michael I wished you would have asked Ms. Scott why she wasn’t on the show for so long and only made a few appearances before this storyline began. The only person who tried to get some sort of answer out of Ms. Scott is Michael Logan. Next time can you ask her why she was not shown for months or if you interview Maria Bell again?

SADIE
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SADIE

Try Nikki with Eric Roberts. That would score on so many points. He has not been with anyone else and therefore uncomplicate the moral issue that is so prevalent in the Nikki/Deacon hookup. And Vicotr already hates him.

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GH’s Chloe Lanier Talks On Nelle’s Twisted Plots, Her Co-Stars & That Cliffhanger “Ending”

Recently on ABC’s General Hospital, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle Benson created even more havoc for Carly (Laura Wright), Michael (Chad Duell), Julian (William deVry), Brook Lynn (Briana Lane), and of course, her son, Wiley.

However, is Nelle really gone after her ‘fall,’ which has left her MIA and Carly believing she is responsible for her sister’s ‘death’? But as we know with Nelle, she keeps secretly planning her next move and loves to slowly torture those who she believes have wronged her. There is also the ongoing mystery of just who is Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) daughter, especially since Nelle has the other half of the necklace so near and dear to Nina; leaving viewers pondering if it could mean they are mother and child, or is this all a red-herring?

One thing is for sure, Daytime Emmy winner, Chloe Lanier brings it each and every time she returns to GH. She gives always give the storylines a much needed injection of drama, drama and more drama. No one is quite like Lanier in the soaps either; she can play tough, vulnerable, manipulative, and street smart, like nobody’s business.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Chloe to get her answers to some of our burning questions for her and her portrayal of naughty Nelle, and how one of her co-stars helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  Here’s what she had to say about it all.

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What did you think of the courtroom antics of Nelle during the custody hearing for Wiley?

CHLOE:  I mean, showing up in a wedding dress was her first mistake. Then antagonizing everyone in the room was probably her second. But she’s so wounded—so broken from her childhood. She doesn’t have the proper emotional tools to combat her self-destructive behavior.

Which showdown or confrontation between Nelle and Michael stands out to you?

CHLOE:  I particularly loved the scenes where Nelle, nine months pregnant, leaves Michael in the rigged car, hoping it would explode. It’s rare that you’re given comedic material on a soap, so that was particularly exciting for me. Also, Chad’s reactions always make me laugh. He’s great.

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What is it like working with Chad Duell as feuding exes and parents of Wiley? 

CHLOE:  Chad is so easy to work with. He’s been doing the show for so long and is very technically gifted. The writers graced us with some meaty material that we were able to sink our teeth into.

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What does Nelle think of Willow (Katelyn MacMullen)? She really hates her, huh?

CHLOE: I don’t believe she hates her. She’s envious. Willow is the exact opposite and oftentimes we’re afraid of what we don’t understand. Particularly someone like Nelle, who was raised by a con artist and taught to exploit and manipulate anyone she comes across. So when she sees someone so pure, so innocent, she immediately distrusts her because that behavior is so far outside the lines of how she operates.

What was it like taping the fight scenes between Carly and Nelle, where Nelle “Plummets” to her death?  

CHLOE:  Shout out to Amanda Hall and Heather Bonomo, our amazing stunt doubles for those scenes. They were fantastic.

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When you and Laura Wright get the scripts; where Carly and Nelle are having a huge showdown, are you thrilled about getting the chance to play the emotional beats of those moments? What if it’s a fight scene?

CHLOE:  Those scenes were such a joy, because we got to explore some of the deep roots of Nelle’s trauma, and Carly explicitly said, “I believe you love your son.” That, for me, was important.  Because despite all of her failings, she truly did love her son—in her own warped, off kilter, way.

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Nelle has really been blackmailing Julian, until he turned the tables on her on the pier?  What has it been like acting opposite Will deVry in those scenes?

CHLOE:  I love Will. He and I actually have the same acting coach, so our prep and how we’re working is from a similar place. What I love about Will is the confidence he has in his stillness. He’s lovely on camera, so connected.

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Nelle has the other half of the necklace belonging to Nina.  What do you think if it turns out that Nelle is Nina’s daughter?  It is quite possible, tho, that she is not, and it’s all a red herring. How has it been working with Cynthia Watros?

CHLOE:  Cynthia is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met, truly. We haven’t known each other for long, but earlier this year, and not many people know this other than my close friends, I was having glaring mental health issues stemming from unresolved trauma. I was going going going for so long that I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I had never dealt with any of it. She saw it and could tell I was silently struggling and reached out. You don’t forget kindness like that. So I’m very grateful for Cynthia—and of course, therapy. I would be flattered if they decided to make Nelle Nina’s daughter.

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What do you think about how the writers have kept finding ways to have plot points that get all the other characters in trouble and make it look like they did something to Nelle, but she ultimately has her own diabolical plans for them with her actions? She is pretty smart!

CHLOE:  Nelle is the perfect victim, and her love language is sabotage. She’s also a narcissist, so she’s always going to think she’s the smartest person in the room. She’s basically a walking version of Taylor Swift’s song, Look What You Made Me Do. I love that the writers gifted me the opportunity work with almost everyone on the show. Josh (Swickard) and I always had a great time together. And Maurice (Benard)—god he’s hilarious. I would have loved to work with Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) more though. I love watching her work. She’s going to have an amazing career.

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Do you think Nelle can ever be redeemed at this point?

CHLOE:  Redemption is a weird one for me, because I don’t believe that people are inherently good or bad. We’re all human. We all have flaws, make mistakes, have regrets, experience shame. We have the ability to grow and we learn from our past. Nelle has done and felt all of those things, to a degree, but continued to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. A character either has to change or they die. So, I’ll say this—if Nelle is alive out there somewhere, I hope she’s going to therapy.

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What has been the hardest scene for you to play emotionally in the time you have been playing Nelle?

CHLOE:  Probably the scene with the newborn, where Nelle runs into Brad on the side of the road. I had never held a newborn baby before, so I was TERRIFIED. I realized I was the only thing in that moment keeping that baby alive…a very bizarre and life altering feeling, I’ll say.

So, have you enjoyed Chloe’s performances? Do you think Nelle is plotting from afar?  What would you like to see happen in the storylines with  baby Wiley, Nina’s child, and more? Comment below.

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Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Discuss Their Departure From DAYS, New Beginnings & WilSon’s Journey

This week, Days of our Lives viewers saw the highly-anticipated exit off the canvas, for now,  of Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as Will and Sonny.

Tuesday marked their final airshow, while the actors found out they were being written-out of the show and had filmed their last six episodes over seven months ago, because at that time and before the pandemic, DAYS was taping far in advance of air.

Now with this leg of their journey complete as the popular Salem duo, Chandler and Freddie are embarking on new chapters of their lives, as Chandler details his move to Atlanta and Freddie in a few weeks to Florida.  But as they discuss in this very special conversation with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, they are not stopping acting either.

During this “farewell for now” interview with Michael, the two actors open up about their final scripts, their last tape day, how both characters helped many individuals come out and come to terms with who they are via watching Will’s coming out story, Will and Sonny’s on-screen relationship and more.

In addition, Freddie discusses what happened when he auditioned for the role of Sonny and what he thinks helped land him the gig; Chandler shares a story about a fan that is very moving, and that his biggest regret was not getting to play the wedding scenes between Will and Sonny (Guy Wilson at that time had stepped into the role of Will).   The duo also reveal their favorite and least favorite storylines they were involved in, and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

So, what do you think about what Freddie and Chandler had to share during our conversation? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Talks Harrowing Childhood, Growing Up In Hollywood, Nikki’s Storylines

This week, The Young and the Restless’ iconic, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) new memoir, Always Young & Restless: My Life on and Off off America’s #1 Daytime Drama,” from Diversion Books, is available everywhere.

For everyone that follows Melody, this book has been several years in the making with some starts and stops, but in it she does not hold back and reveals some very painful details and moments from her upbringing when she was raised by her unstable grandmother and more.

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Melody also talks about reuniting with her estranged father when he suddenly awoke from his coma while she was by his side.  Throughout her lengthy career in Hollywood, Melody has worked with some of the greats including: Clint Eastwood, Brian DePalma and Alfred Hitchcock.

Now in a conversation with Michael Fairman on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Melody opens about her decision on the stories she told in the books, her favorite and least favorite storylines as Nikki on Y&R, working with Eric Braeden (Victor) and the entire company of the CBS daytime drama where she has been for over 40 years, and how she hopes her memoir might help others; including those stage moms and children considering life in front of the camera and more.

To watch the full interview with Melody, check it out below.

Then let us know, what have you been most surprised to learn about Melody this past week as her memoir has come out? What is your favorite or least favorite storylines of Nikki’s on Y&R over the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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