Happy Anniversary, Nikki Newman! The “Young and the Restless” character, played by actress Melody Thomas Scott, is celebrating 35 years on the daytime drama. In a Feb. 27 interview with TV Guide, Thomas Scott dished on her character’s tumultuous history on the CBS soap, which includes 11 marriages and three murders.
On her character’s four marriages to Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), Thomas Scott called the union “an unexplainable, chemical thing and it's her greatest downfall. She loves him more than she wants to love him and, on especially bad days, she really hates that she loves him.’
She also dished that she and Braeden like filming the couple’s dramatic fighting scenes much more than the love scenes.
As for her dream storyline for Nikki, Thomas Scott revealed that she’d like to see her committed: “Oooh, I'd love to have her to go nuts,” she said. “Stark-raving, rubber-room bonkers! I want Nikki to be in a psychiatric ward drooling. Wouldn't that be fun? I'd also love to do an aging story. Nikki is so into the vanity thing.”
Speaking of vanity, that’s one trait Thomas Scott doesn’t have. She pointed out that she appeared on the no-makeup edition of “The Talk” back in 2012. The season 3 premiere of the daytime chat fest had all of the co-hosts and guests appearing makeup-free.
According to MSN Entertainment, fellow soap divas Michelle Stafford and Katherine Kelly Lang also appeared on the episode, in which Thomas Scott reminded fans she’s already known for playing stripped-down scenes.
In honor of her 35th anniversary, the soap superstar participated in a live tweet with viewers on Thursday. She later posted a message to fans which said, “Here's to another 35 years!”
“The Young and the Restless” airs weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on CBS.