On Friday, the Washington Post published a report on an "extremely lewd" conversation Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in 2005 about, among other things, trying to "f--k" a married woman and "grab[bing] them by the pussy." By the way, "them" appears to mean women in general. One woman, who Trump say he may "not even wait" to kiss is of specific focus in the exchange: Who is Arianne Zucker?
Zucker is an actress who has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy awards for her portrayal of Nicole Walker on Days of Our Lives. When the fast-becoming-infamous exchange between Bush and Trump occurred, it was on the set of Day of Our Lives, where Trump was scheduled to make a cameo. Based on the video and audio shared by the Washington Post, Zucker was waiting to greet the two men and show them around the Days set.
As the two men are filmed on the bus to the set, they seem to notice Zucker, who is wearing a purple dress. “Sheesh. Your girl’s hot as shit. In the purple,” Bush says, to which Trump responds, "Whoa!" Trump then adds:
I better use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.
Trump added, "And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Zucker is seen in the footage shared by the Washington Post leading the two men around the set. At Bush's prodding, she hugs both of them. Bustle has reached out to Zucker for commentary but has not heard a response at the time of writing. Trump has called the exchange "locker room banter."