"I don't think any actor in this business ever thinks they'll be playing the same role for 40 years," Melody Thomas Scott tells PEOPLE
Melody Thomas Scott is celebrating 40 years of playing the fabulous Nikki Reed Newman on The Young and the Restless.
“I don’t think any actor in this business ever thinks they’ll be playing the same role for 40 years,” the actress tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue (on stands Friday) about her fan-favorite character, which was first introduced on Feb. 20, 1979. “There are very few people that make it that far, so I feel extremely blessed.”
CBS will air a special episode Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET/PT to mark the milestone, featuring vintage flashbacks from iconic past episodes to pay tribute to Scott’s character on the daytime soap opera. The episode will also focus on Nikki’s current story, as she sits locked up in jail while penning a letter to her grandchildren about the details of her fascinating life and marriage to marriage to Victor (played by Eric Braeden).
“It’s the kind of thing that straws along and happens — you don’t think about it,” the 62-year-old actress adds. “You’re just busy doing what you love to do and then all of the sudden your production office tells you, ‘oh, your anniversary is coming up,’ and you just think, ‘oh my goodness, I can’t believe it’s been this long.'”
Evolving from “a poor girl from the wrong side of the track” into “the matriarch of Genoa City,” Nikki’s “bad attitude” has come a long way in four decades — but Scott admires her for it.
“Nikki is much more cultured, but, on the other hand, she still leads with her heart instead of her mind,” she says about what she loves most about her character. “She’s never really learned lessons from the debacles that have happened, and I think that makes her still rather endearing to the fans.”
“No matter what heights Nikki reaches, she’s still underneath it all and pretty naïve, even though she’s learned how to use her femininity and her money and her standing in the community to her benefit, but she’s still, underneath it all, pretty lost,” she adds.
te — or encouragement from an agent who knows best! — but Scott was once a young “frustrated comedian” looking to pick up a quick television role to kickstart her career.
“I remember my talent test and I remember being very nonchalant about the whole thing because the same week I had gotten a sitcom pilot for NBC, and I’m such a frustrated comedian that I, of course, wanted to do that pilot,” she says, while remembering her first year on the show. “My agent [said], ‘oh, come on…it’s only three years…you’ll have a lot of fun,’ and I listened to her because I trusted her, in spite of the fact that I wanted to do the sitcom.”
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And, boy, was she happy she listened. Although the storyline of Nikki and Victor’s undying love saga “has to be the most precious part of the show for me,” Scott owes it to Y&R for introducing her to her own real-life love: she married executive producer Edward J. Scott in 1985.
“Nikki didn’t just change my career, but it changed the course of my entire life in allowing me to meet my future husband, who’s responsible for the children I had,” says the mother of three. “It just really changed my life in a profound way, and I’m also very grateful for that.”
“I had been at work all day and I had had a long, hard day, I was tired and cranky,” Scott says of the moment she met the music icon early in her career. “I lived near a pretty expensive newsstand and I’m there looking through magazines, again, not in the best of moods and I kind of notice this woman a few feet away from me also perusing through magazines, and I caught the look she had on her face – after a while you recognize a fan’s shock at seeing you.”
“I hadn’t yet learned how to be humble with my fans and this story taught me a huge lesson,” she continues about the craziest fan encounter she’s had in 40 years. “The woman comes up behind me, taps me on the shoulder and I kind of spun around very rudely, and she said, ‘excuse me, don’t you play Nikki on The Young and The Restless?’ and I’m like, ‘yes, yes, yes’ – I just was terrible – and she extends her hand out to me for me to shake it and she says, ‘Aretha Franklin, good to meet you.'”
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“Well! Aretha Franklin! And I had just been so rude to Aretha Franklin! I just wanted to fall into a hole and I started to apologize and I started to carry on about how great I thought she was,” she says. “Well, may I say, the few times we ran into each other for business reasons at award shows or whatever, since then, she never forgot that night at the newsstand. I’m telling you, the last time I saw her before she passed on, she was still reminding me of that. It was a huge, huge lesson – never be rude no matter how tired you are; always be gracious!”
Aside from traveling, reading and wishing her beloved terrier Reilly would “live forever,” Scott’s “sick actress answer” to what makes her the most happy in her day-to-day life is simple: her career.
“Being on a set, being on a soundstage, breathing in that air, just being there in the center of your joy – that’s it for me and there’s nothing better,” she says.
2019 UEFA Champions League odds, betting lines, expert picks for Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus, Manchester City vs. Schalke
The Soccerbot is up an incredible 2,000 percent on Premier League picks
The UEFA Champions League round of 16 continues Wednesday when Atletico Madrid hosts Juventus and Sergio Aguero and Manchester City travels to Germany to face Schalke. Both games are set to kick off at 3 p.m. ET. Oddsmakers list Juventus at +180 odds to win (risk $100 to win $180), while Atletico Madrid is also going off at +180. The draw is +195, and the over-under for total goals scored is 2. Meanwhile, Manchester City is a massive money line favorite at -375 (risk $375 to win $100), while the over-under is 3. Before you make any Champions League round of 16 picks, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.
Sumpter is an applied mathematician and author of "Soccermatics," a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Along with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In the three seasons since its inception, Soccerbot is up an incredible 2,000 percent on Premier League picks. That's right -- 2,000 percent!
And the model is off to a blistering start in the Champions League round of 16. It made some huge calls last week, which included Paris Saint-Germain (+205) over Manchester United, AS Roma (-100) over FC Porto, Tottenham (+110) over Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid (-120) over Ajax. Anyone who has followed it is up big.
Now, Sumpter has set his sights on Wednesday's round of 16 matches. We can tell you the model is leaning toward the over in Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus, but its much stronger play is on the money line, saying one side has all the value. You absolutely need to see it before locking in any picks.
The model is well aware that Juventus features one of the most potent attacks in all of Europe. Juventus' attack is led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 19 goals and eight assists in 24 Serie A appearances this season. However, it's been Paulo Dybala who has been unstoppable for Juventus in this competition, scoring six goals in his past seven Champions League games.
Plus, Juventus has won four of its past five away games in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
But just because Juventus has been unbeatable away from home in the Champions League doesn't mean it will earn a victory against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Atletico is unbeaten in its past 12 home games in the Champions League knockout stages. And it has never lost to an Italian side in the Champions League under manager Diego Simeone. Atletico Madrid also features an explosive offense that is led by Antoine Griezmann, who's been directly involved in six of Atletico's nine Champions League goals this season.
Devin Nunes Alum Scott Glabe Joins Trump White House
Glabe joins Kash Patel as another Nunes aide who has recently joined the Trump’s White House team.
Another alum of Rep. Devin Nunes’ House intelligence committee has taken a White House post.
Scott Glabe, previously the deputy staff director for Nunes on the House intelligence committee, recently moved to the White House Counsel’s office, two sources familiar with the move told The Daily Beast.
CNN reported earlier this month that another Nunes alum, Kash Patel, took a job on the National Security Council.
Nunes and his staff on the House intelligence committee have taken withering criticism from the Intelligence Community for their work scrutinizing the genesis of the Justice Department’s Russia probe. Nunes has argued the investigation was a political hit job on then-candidate Donald Trump, and that Justice Department officials engaged in gross wrongdoing when they obtained legal authorization to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
The Justice Department, meanwhile, has pushed back vociferously, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has defended the probe, which Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation grew out of.
Glabe started working for Nunes on the House intelligence committee in January 2016, according to the congressional staff database Legistorm. He began as deputy general counsel, then became policy director, and then deputy staff director, according to the site. His worked there during a time of extraordinary tumult, as Republicans and Democrats on the panel warred over how to investigate Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Nunes stepped back from the committee’s Russia investigation after making a late-night visit to the White House groundsand claiming he had reviewed evidence of troubling activity by the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Nunes handed the reins of the investigation to other committee Republicans, but his staff remained deeply involved and he never formally recused. The investigation was bifurcated into two warring halves: Nunes and his staff scrutinizing the inception of the Russia investigation, and Democrats and some Republicans examining Russia’s 2016 interference.
He is the best defender in the world': Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini calls Real Madrid centre back Sergio Ramos the world's greatest
- Sergio Ramos is currently enjoying his best goalscoring season with Real Madrid
- The defender has won every major honour a player based in Spain can win
- Giorgio Chiellini believes there is no-one better defensively – including himself
- Juventus take on Atletico on Wednesday in the last 16 of the Champions League
Ramos, 32, has won everything a player can win in Spain with the European champions and the national side, including four Champions League titles and a World Cup.
Juventus stalwart Chiellini has also been regarded among the world's finest defensive rearguards but the Italy international distanced himself from claims that he is the best around – pointing to Ramos instead.
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos is the best defender in the world, according to Giorgio Chiellini
The Juventus defender himself has been regarded as the world's finest but rejected the claim
SERGIO RAMOS' TROPHY CABINET
Champions League: x4 (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
La Liga: x4 (2007, 2008, 2012, 2017)
Copa del Rey: x2 (2011, 2014)
World Cup: x1 (2010)
European Championships: x2 (2008, 2012)
Spanish Super Cup: x3 (2008, 2012, 2017)
UEFA Super Cup: x3 (2014, 2016, 2017)
Club World Cup: x4 (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
'No, not really,' Chiellini told Marca after being asked if he thought he was the best defender in the world.
'I already said it before our tie last year,' he added when asked about Ramos.
'Now he even takes the penalties. He is the best defender in the world at this time and he is deservedly so.
'He hardly makes mistakes and if he does one, it is because we are all wrong.
'He is a leader, both on the field and off it. He is one of those players who can influence both teams.'
Ramos is currently enjoying his best goalscoring season in a Madrid shirt, with 11 goals already to his name – making him the club's third highest goalscorer behind Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale this year.
He was sent off against Girona in a shock 2-1 defeat on Sunday and the former Sevilla defender also controversially picked up a yellow card against Ajax last week.
He reportedly got himself booked on purpose in order to miss the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.
Ramos was sent off against Girona on Sunday after controversially getting booked against Ajax
Juve enter the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday against Atletico
Juventus begin the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition against Madrid rivals Atleti at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.
And Chiellini believes there are many Italian characteristics to Diego Simeone's side.
'I think Atletico Madrid are more Italian than Spanish,' he added.
'In terms of mentality and approach to games, they're closer to our football. Simeone is ready to line up four midfielders to stop Juventus: Rodrigo, Thomas, Saul and Koke.
'I hope to return to this stadium for the Final on June 1.'
Imagine if the key to the Giants solving all their quarterback uncertainty lies with ownership’s connections to the entertainment industry.
FoxSports’ Colin Cowherd floated a rumor Wednesday that he said is “happening in the entertainment agent world” whereby the Giants could end up with Russell Wilson as their quarterback who replaces Eli Manning.
The 30-year-old five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl participant who is on a Hall of Fame career track, just like Manning was by that age.
Why would Wilson be available?
Well, it starts with his wife, a singer, dancer and model known in entertainment circles by first name only: Ciara.
“Everybody will deny it. It’s not good to be out now,” Cowherd said on his show. "But Russell Wilson’s wife is Ciara. She is a singer and an entertainer. She would prefer to live in New York. And the Giants need a quarterback, and there is nobody in the draft they love.
“A lot of things add up: Last year of Russell’s contract, his wife would prefer New York (because) Seattle is not an entertainment mecca. The Giants need a star quarterback to replace Eli. ... The Giants also have an offensive head coach, not a 66-year-old defensive head coach."
It just so happens Giants co-owner Steve Tisch is well-connected in Hollywood as a film and television producer. And the Mara family has a couple of actresses — sisters Rooney and Kate Mara — who are the nieces of owner John Mara and daughters of Giants vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara.
If there is a chance at landing Wilson, the Giants can forget about drafting Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick to replace Manning.
Wilson is due for a $25.2 million cap hit in 2019, the final leg of a four-year, $87.6 million contract. If the Seahawks can’t re-sign him to a long-term deal, they could franchise tag him at a salary-cap-prohibitive cost of likely more than $30 million per year, which might mean they are better off trading him for an asset.
The Seahawks totally remade their defense last offseason and still didn’t slide into rebuilding mode. Why? A top quarterback led them to the playoffs.
A Wilson-for-Beckham trade would rock the fabric of the NFL. Or the Giants could deal from their surplus of draft picks.
Although all signs point to the Giants having Manning start in 2019, they still have not publicly committed to bringing back the 38-year-old Manning as the starter in 2019.
Until they do, the rumor mill will keep churning.
Manning could be released for $17.2 million in cap savings — almost exactly Wilson’s base salary in 2019 — and only $6 million in dead money.