Days of Our Lives’ Nicole finds herself blessed with yet another miracle pregnancy. But based on the character’s track record – and the writers penchant for making Nicole suffer - does anyone actually believe she’ll end up with a beautiful, healthy baby? Actress Arianne Zucker discusses Nicole’s baby mama drama and the differences playing it now that she’s a real-life mother. Plus, she reveals her thoughts on those hot pregnancy sex scenes with Shawn Christian’s Daniel.
When you found out Nicole was pregnant again, did one part of you go, “Oh great, she’s having a baby,” while another part of you went, “Oh great, I’m going to have to play another miscarriage?”
(Laughs.) Yes. But you know what? We don’t know if she’s having a miscarriage, yet. I was thrilled that they wanted to give me another pregnancy, as much as I don’t want to wear that fake baby belly. This character has been longing for a child for so long... I love the torture, and I love the drama.
It’s good that you love the torture, because the writers are constantly making Nicole suffer.
They are, and I don’t know why. Well, it’s great drama. That’s why we watch TV. We love the human interaction. You hear these stories, and you’re affected by them.
Would you like to see Nicole actually have this child?
I would. It would be awesome. I love working with the kids on set. If and when Nicole does have a child, I think it will turn her into a different woman. When she’s around Sydney or around any of those kids, she’s a different person. Of course, as soon as they go, she starts screwing up her life, but that’s just her.
If Nicole does end up losing this baby, would playing it be more difficult for you now that you have a child in real life?
Oh yes. It definitely would be. When Nicole lost the baby the first time, I only lived off my best friend’s [experience]. She had two miscarriages, and I was really in the room with her, feeling her pain. And I am definitely a person who feels other people’s pain to a fault. But now that I have my own baby... There is just this mother hen, this lioness in me, who will literally knock anything out of the way to keep my child from getting hurt. Now that I know what that feels like, I would really be able to relate it to my character.
What was your and Shawn Christian’s reaction, when you read that Nicole and Daniel were going to embark on an affair, while Nicole was with child? Did either of you laugh about it?
I did. I was like, “We’re going to have what?” But Shawn is such a great actor, and he works really hard. We thought, How can we make this justifiable? I know there were a lot of fans who were like, “Ewwww! That’s gross.” But you make love to your husband, when you’re pregnant. Don’t you?
But that’s different, isn’t it?
Is it? You don’t know how people are going to react in the world. There are men that love pregnant women in real life. So it might be disgusting to a woman, but not necessarily to a man. Some men might think it’s beautiful.
You have chemistry with every actor they’ve ever put you with -- from John Aniston (Victor) to James Scott (EJ). What’s your secret?
You have to fall in love with the [other actor’s] qualities. Not for real, but... I find a quality in each of them. With John, he’s so endearing, because of his dry sense of humor. You have to love that. You also play each relationship differently. Like Galen Gering (Rafe) and I tried to find the lightness in our relationship, the friendship. We tried to bring laughter to it. With Brady, it’s that he’s so freakin’ trustworthy and he puts up with Nicole’s [crap]. With Daniel, it’s a sense of truth. And with EJ it’s all sexual.