Meet Arianne Zucker, the Soap Star in Donald Trump's Latest Scandal
By Desiree Murphy
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Ever since an audio recording of Donald J. Trump making lewd comments about women was released by The Washington Post on Friday, the Republican presidential candidate has been under fire.
In the video, Trump and then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush can be heard chatting about Days of Our Lives actress Arianne Zucker, moments before she greeted them to the set of her popular NBC soap opera, where Trump was making a cameo. Bush called her "hot as s**t," while Trump joked he needed to "use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her."
So just who is Zucker? ET breaks down five things you need to know about the Los Angeles native.
1. Back in 2005, she had nothing but good things to say about Trump.
Following Trump's guest appearance on Days of Our Lives, Zucker -- who portrayed the role of Nicole Walker since the late '90s -- couldn't stop gushing about him during an interview with Soap Talk hosts Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway. "He is so cute and charming," Zucker exclaimed, adding, "you just don't look above [his hairline]."
The episode was later spoofed on Saturday Night Live. On August 8, 2016, Zucker tweeted to Trump, writing, "So fun to be spoofed on SNL! Memories! @realDonaldTrump Watch undefined from SNL on NBC.com."
Since appearing on the soap opera, Zucker has earned three daytime Emmy Award nominations and one Soap Opera Digest Award.
2. She's mom to an adorable 6-year-old daughter.
Zucker married her Days of Our Lives co-star, Kyle Lowder, in 2002, but eventually called it quits in March 2014. The two share one child together, Isabelle, who makes frequent appearances on her mother's Twitter.
Before being discovered by a junior agent at a wedding, Zucker was taking pre-veterinarian courses at Pierce College in Los Angeles, according to Yahoo.
4. Zucker once starred in a Burger King commercial.
The blond beauty began modeling at the age of 16 and was signed by It Models. In 2008, she landed a spot in a commercial for the fast food chain, where she helped promote their healthy apple fries.
5. She co-created a charity.
With the help of her brother, Todd Zucker, the actress co-created ARROW-HEART Adventure Camps in Sept. 2007. According to the official website, the charity is "committed to enriching the lives of young teens through a challenging outdoor adventure. We inspire kids to want to make better choices, build character, confidence, credibility and critical thinking skills."