Interview: Arianne Zucker
BY CINDY ELAVSKY
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Arianne Zucker has played the
many-faceted Nicole Walker on
“Days of Our Lives” since 1998,
and for fans of the show, there isn’t
a dull moment when Nicole is on
For Arianne, there’s never a dull
moment either. As an actress,
Nicole is a dream to portray: She
says what she feels, gets into tons
of trouble and, underneath it all, she
is a woman who just wants to feel
safe and loved. I spoke with
Arianne recently about playing my
favorite daytime anti-hero and she
let me know that playing Nicole is
just as much fun as watching her.
Daytime Dial: You’ve played
Nicole since 1998; what about her,
or the show or the production keeps
you coming back for more?
Adrianne Zucker: The beautiful
thing that I do love specifically
about my character is the fact that
there is always something around
the corner. What I love about the
writers is that they can be unpredictable.
There are always amazing
turns for me which makes my job
DD: How has Nicole grown
through the years?
AZ: We’ve aged together. I really
feel she’s grown in a sense where
her caring side, her humanity has
come out a little bit more. She’s still
a survivor; she still hasn’t gotten
any kind of help to guide her further
in life. But I will say that, especially
with the baby situation, you know
your biological clock ticks.
You get older as a woman, and
that starts to become something
more important to you
– having a family and having
When she had her mother
and her sister in town about a
year ago, those are the things
that start to become important
to her. She still makes all
the wrong choices but she
wants something of value.
She just doesn’t know how to
get it. She starts off on a good path
and then ruins it because she cannot
see the forest past the trees.
DD: Nicole must be so fun to
play, and a challenge as well.
AZ: She really is and I love the
challenge. I love the challenge of
Nicole. I love her so much, and I
think that really helps. I love what
she does. I never say Nicole wouldn’t
do that, because I just don’t
know. I’ve always felt like Nicole’s
the type of person who says things
that people really want to say but
you can’t. And so she says what she
She’s like a 2-year-old but in an
adult body. Two-year-olds have
tantrums and they can’t control their
emotions yet. They’re like little
cavemen. But Nicole does it and I
admire that about her. She still
needs to filter but she impresses me
to the extent of she’s not afraid to
do anything she can to survive.
DD: What would you like for
Nicole’s future? Would you like her
to finally have a good relationship?
AZ: I would like to see her work
on a relationship. But I would like
to see her start with herself first,
because if she doesn’t start with
herself, she can’t be good in a relationship.
I think you can be in a
relationship and work on yourself at
the same time. And I want her to
really love someone and make them
feel loved. That would be interesting.
And then mess it up, because
then we wouldn’t have a soap. It
would be boring if she didn’t mess
– Arianne Zucker