There aren’t many people who can get that kind of response from her.
It’s hard to believe, but Melody Thomas Scott was playing stripper-turned-sociologist Nikki Newman in 43 of Young and restless50 years on the air. But her credits go far beyond the daytime world as the actress has been working in her craft since she was young.
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She said her grandmother brought her into the entertainment world Opera Digest Soap On their last podcast, at the age of three, and she was working professionally when she was four.
As a child, Scott was, in her words, “living a kind of dreary home life, let’s say so.”
She loved acting and loved being on sets. She said it was the only time she was really happy. In fact, she admitted, “If I could have spent the night on the stage floor, I would. Because it was such a respite for me from the things I had to deal with at home.”
Being around “what I consider normal people” was so amazing and can’t be missed. “The crew has always been very nice to me, the director, AD – well, no, I already said the thing about Hitchcock, so maybe not him.”
The Hitchcock in question, of course, is exactly who you’re thinking of: Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary “master of suspense.”
Although she was only eight years old, Scott had been in business for a while by the time she appeared in the Hitchcock movie (which was also her first movie). Marnias a smaller version of the Tippi Hedren character after whom the movie is named.
As far as Scott was concerned, “He was just another director. I had no idea about Alfred Hitchcock. I was eight.”
But it didn’t take long for you to find out who this guy was – and it didn’t look good.
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While he was universally praised as a brilliant, Hitchcock was not, by many accounts, a very kind person. He was said to have once referred to actors as “cattle,” although Hitchcock himself opposed this. And in recent years, allegations have surfaced from Hitchcock mainstays like Hedren herself about being outright abusive, especially towards women.
Although Scott did not delve into these issues, she remembered without much warmth that “I soon learned he was a very intimidating, hard-breathing, critical person. Which is not hard for a lot of people to believe when I tell them. He It was exactly how you’d think. She never smiled, so clear about exactly what he wanted.”
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This certainly made sense for the guy who seemed to mostly think that actors should read their lines and do what the writer and director said. It’s a far cry from the day as the actors are given more space to inject some of their own interpretation into their characters. And who often got to know their changing egos better than directors and writers after playing them for so long.
Scott suggested, “I was a kid, and I probably didn’t get what he wanted. It was hard. It was hard to shoot. Scary, scary guy.”
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