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Arianne Zucker, on Nicole
JUN 13-JUN 27, 2016
How far is Nicole willing to go to make Deimos think that she is attracted to him?
Nicole is willing to go pretty far. She senses that Deimos doesn’t completely trust her and she needs him to believe that her feelings for him are genuine.
Why is Nicole willing to go to such lengths to fool Deimos?
Deimos hurt Maggie, which is a huge motivation for Nicole. She and Maggie share a bond because of their love for Daniel. They have gotten very close and Nicole cares about Maggie. With Victor, he’s Daniel’s godfather. When she made the deal with Victor to fool Deimos, there was an understanding that she would get something out of it. Nicole’s smart. She looks at all the angles.
What is it like for you to be working more with Suzanne Rogers [Maggie]?
Suzanne is an amazing actress and she has been so lovely to me through my entirety on the show. She’s so classy; a lovely lady. We’ve gone out a few times as well and enjoyed each other’s company. I think that with Daniel’s death, and the aftermath of it, this is a well-deserved storyline for her as well, because I think she, too, is showing her colours, and her side that doesn’t get tapped into as much as it should. She’s done an incredible job, so I’m grateful to work with her because she makes me cry! I’m like, ‘Oh, thank you for giving so much.’ She gives so much to that character where you just go, ‘Wow, thank you.’
What was your reaction when you learned that Daniel [Shawn Christian] was being killed off?
I don’t think anybody’s ever happy when somebody you work with leaves the show. It’s part of your teamwork. Your buddies are leaving. It’s truly sad. It’s terrible when someone gets red. I feel awful, and when you’re the one that stays, and they’re the one that gets let go, there is a feeling of guilt. That goes for a lot of people on this show. But de nitely, when you’re working with someone in a storyline, I felt a tremendous amount of guilt when he was let go.
Nadia Bjorlin is returning as Chloe. How is it to work with Nadia again?
Oh, it’s great! We work so well together. It’s so easy, and nally our characters, it’s funny how our characters have gone in this big circle of nemesis to friends. But luckily, that character has gone through a lot too, as far as going the bad way a little bit, and to good, and it’s refreshing to have a girlfriend on the show.
Nicole has gotten close to Theresa. How is it working with Jen Lilley [Theresa]?
We’ve had some really funny scenes where we’ve been laughing hysterically and have had to stop and start over. Jen Lilley can do some comedy! She is funny! When we’re running lines, it’s different than when we’re on set. We’re not completely in character. So there are two different ways that we do them. We call each other our ‘sister-wives’! Jen’s got a great personality, is really committed to her character and loves her job. That makes it really fun to work with her.
What were your feelings when Greg Vaughan [Eric] left?
Greg is so awesome, and I know our characters really never got to give the fans what they wanted to see, which was a true relationship between Eric and Nicole. But I think when Eric came back started the story on the fast track, because Eric was so good, and I think maybe they had to get Nicole back to being a better character.
From what I’ve read, fans were disappointed that they didn’t get to see Eric and Nicole get back together. So there is a sadness. But as far as Greg, he’s a rock star. He works, and he wanted to make a change for his life. So there were good reasons for him to move forward in his life to do other things. For that, I’m proud of him. He’s a really dear friend. He’s a great guy and of course will continue to do as well as he has. TVS