Melody Thomas Scott is marking a major milestone on “The Young And The Restless” — but it’s not without some heartache.
Celebrating 40 years portraying Nikki Newman on “Y&R”, the soap star reveals she and her fellow cast mates are still reeling over the sudden death of their long-time co-star Kristoff St. John.
“I know it’s been a month, but we’re really, still, I believe, in shock. We haven’t dealt with it, because it’s too painful,” the actress says while speaking with ET Canada from the “Y&R” set.
St. John, who began his career as Neil Winters on the soap in 1991, died Feb. 4. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled his death an accident, citing “hypertrophic heart disease” and alcohol as contributing factors.
An emotional Scott says the cast and crew are planning to honour their late friend in the coming weeks.
“We’re going to be having a memorial soon, and hopefully that will help us to heal, but it’s difficult, there’s no two ways about that,” she says.
Even with the overwhelming loss, the “Y&R” family rallied together to celebrate Scott’s 40th anniversary on the show.
“I don’t think any actor expects to have the same job for a month — much less, a year, or much less 40 years — it’s almost inconceivable and there’s very few people who have made it to this milestone,” she says, adding, “I’m just very, very blessed.”
After four decades on the hit soap opera, Scott has some ideas of what she’d like Nikki’s future to be like — even if her long-time co-star and onscreen love interest Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) disagrees!
“I would love to see the Newmans lose everything, their money, property and corporations and then see how they navigate the world of being poor, living in an apartment. Really see them fall hard,” she describes. “Eric though… if you talk to Eric, he does not like this idea, at all. So don’t mention it, or he’ll start an argument with you!”