Melody Thomas Scott uses meditation and therapy to cope with the trauma of years of abuse.

Melody Thomas Scott is best known for his role on The Young and the Restless as the wealthy and glamorous Nikki Newman. Scott’s life, however, was not always a fairytale. She was abused as a child and has been working to recover.

Scott was born on April 18, 1956, in Los Angeles. Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America’s #1 Daytime Drama, her 2020 memoir, revealed that she was born to a teenage mother who was still in high school. According to the actress, she has always felt a “disconnect” from her mother. “She didn’t want me,” Scott wrote. She didn’t care about me.”