Tracey Lind­say Mel­chior (ex-kris­ten)

Tracy Lindsey Mel­chior (ex-kris­ten, THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL) is seek­ing so­lu­tions to a so­ci­etal prob­lem

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son

three years ago, Tracy Lindsey Mel­chior (ex-kris­ten, THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL) faced a se­ri­ous health cri­sis that changed her way of think­ing. “Go­ing through be­ing in bed for al­most a year and half and barely able to do any­thing,” she says, “fired me up to ap­pre­ci­ate life, do things I’m pas­sion­ate about and just em­brace ev­ery­thing.”

She Has A Dream

Mel­chior’s cur­rent pas­sion project is pro­duc­ing a doc­u­men­tary that she hopes will mend what has be­come a critical di­vide be­tween law en­force­ment and the com­mu­ni­ties they po­lice. “This film isn’t go­ing to be a fight over which lives mat­ter most,” she in­sists. “It’s go­ing to chal­lenge us to think if we should re­ally be fight­ing at all.”

Mel­chior’s fa­ther was a po­lice of­fi­cer, and her hus­band has been on the job for 27 years. So of course, she has a vested in­ter­est in the blue per­spec­tive. But she in­sists that her film — which she hopes will be used by the pub­lic as a tool to launch con­struc­tive di­a­logue — will seek to ad­dress the big­ger pic­ture. “I’m call­ing it Po­lice Work Is… ” she re­veals. “It’s about how we all fin­ish that sen­tence. As a so­ci­ety, we need to de­cide what the role of law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers is and why we need them… I want to help peo­ple not fear each other.”

Both Sides Now

Mel­chior will put on a jour­nal­is­tic hat for her in­ves­ti­ga­tion but says that her other ca­reer also comes into play. “As ac­tors, we learn to con­vey emo­tion, and we study peo­ple,” she sug­gests. “That stuff is in­ter­est­ing to me. So I’ve stepped back from the sit­u­a­tion and said, ‘How can I get in the mind of the op­po­si­tion, so to speak, and un­der­stand how they’re feel­ing?’”

The project is cur­rently in need of ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial sup­port and in­put. “If some­body wants to reach out and tell me, ‘Here’s my prob­lem with law en­force­ment, please ad­dress this,’” Mel­chior says. “I want to hear it all. Con­tact me at tra­cymel­chior.com.”

New Per­spec­tive

While Mel­chior would like noth­ing more than for B&B’S Kris­ten and Tony to re­turn to Los An­ge­les, help re­build Spec­tra and spend time with their loved ones, she’s equally happy to be fo­cused on her own world. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a sup­port­ive hockey mom, she’s also re­sumed show­ing her beloved Ara­bian horse and will ap­pear in the up­com­ing thriller Bad Im­pulse. “I love act­ing, but I got into it be­cause I was cu­ri­ous about what makes peo­ple tick, and I wanted to make the world a bet­ter place,” she of­fers. “I wasn’t do­ing that with the roles I was play­ing.”

“Eric,” the B&B alumna re­calls, “was so against Kris­ten mar­ry­ing Tony” be­cause he was Hiv-pos­i­tive.

“I have the lux­ury of be­ing able to watch the news and el­bow my hus­band, Rob, to ask, ‘Why in the world would they do that?’ And he can ex­plain it,’” Mel­chior of­fers. “We all need that un­der­stand­ing.”

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