Arianne-Zucker

Days of Our Lives Star Arianne Zucker Looks Back on Her Time in Salem, Crushing on Jensen Ackles, and More

Arianne: I was just so nervous because I wasn’t ready yet. For the callback, which was like four months later, I went back in to read for casting director Fran Bascom, who sent me to producers. Then I met Jensen [Ackles].
Glamour: Did you do a screen test with Jensen Ackles?
Arianne: Yeah, and they sent me eight pages of dialogue the night before to see if I could memorize all the dialogue. I was the last [screen test] that day, and I remember seeing all the other girls [there to screen test]. They all kissed Jensen in the scene and were like, “He’s such a great kisser!” I was like, “That’s where you failed ladies! That’s where you failed!” You get so caught up in kissing a cute boy, you forget you’re auditioning for a show. But, yeah, I got it!
Glamour: Was Jensen your first scene partner?
Arianne: Yeah, first scene of the day.
Glamour: So, what was your first impression of him?
Arianne: He was so sweet and so helpful. I was nervous. I remember, my first day we were out in Salem Place, when we used to have the outside set, and it’s winter. At that time, we shot episodes only two to four weeks ahead instead of six months. Anyway, they want us in the winter coats, and I’m in khakis, a long-sleeve shirt, and an apron. We do all our scenes, and then I hear, “Arianne, don’t leave the set. We need to do your scenes all over again.” Like, announcing it, and I thought, “Ugh, that’s embarrassing. I was that bad.” But instead, they just changed my wardrobe and put me in a miniskirt, tied my little shirt, and took the apron off. I was like, “Oh, I get it. I see where we’re going with this.” That’s kind of how Nicole got that little reputation.
Glamour: Did you ever have a crush on Jensen?
Arianne: Yes, of course I did. [Laughs]
Glamour: Did you guys ever date?
Arianne: No, no. We’d go out as a group and have a great time at dinners, Halloween parties, that sort of thing. It was a lot of fun.
Glamour:  So why didn’t you date?
Arianne: Well, I had a boyfriend at the time. So, we didn’t date, and then he ended up leaving the show and getting, Supernatural. He’s been on there ever since.
Glamour: When was the last time you talked to him?
Arianne: I don’t know, probably 10 years? Maybe on the phone? Yeah, it’s been a long time.

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Glamour: Did you do a screen test with Jensen Ackles?
Arianne: Yeah, and they sent me eight pages of dialogue the night before to see if I could memorize all the dialogue. I was the last [screen test] that day, and I remember seeing all the other girls [there to screen test]. They all kissed Jensen in the scene and were like, “He’s such a great kisser!” I was like, “That’s where you failed ladies! That’s where you failed!” You get so caught up in kissing a cute boy, you forget you’re auditioning for a show. But, yeah, I got it!

Glamour: Was Jensen your first scene partner?
Arianne: Yeah, first scene of the day.

Glamour: So, what was your first impression of him?
Arianne: He was so sweet and so helpful. I was nervous. I remember, my first day we were out in Salem Place, when we used to have the outside set, and it’s winter. At that time, we shot episodes only two to four weeks ahead instead of six months. Anyway, they want us in the winter coats, and I’m in khakis, a long-sleeve shirt, and an apron. We do all our scenes, and then I hear, “Arianne, don’t leave the set. We need to do your scenes all over again.” Like, announcing it, and I thought, “Ugh, that’s embarrassing. I was that bad.” But instead, they just changed my wardrobe and put me in a miniskirt, tied my little shirt, and took the apron off. I was like, “Oh, I get it. I see where we’re going with this.” That’s kind of how Nicole got that little reputation. 

Glamour: Did you ever have a crush on Jensen?
Arianne: Yes, of course I did. [Laughs]

Glamour: Did you guys ever date?
Arianne: No, no. We’d go out as a group and have a great time at dinners, Halloween parties, that sort of thing. It was a lot of fun.

Glamour: So why didn’t you date?
Arianne: Well, I had a boyfriend at the time. So, we didn’t date, and then he ended up leaving the show and getting, Supernatural. He’s been on there ever since.

Glamour: When was the last time you talked to him?
Arianne: I don’t know, probably 10 years? Maybe on the phone? Yeah, it’s been a long time. 

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Greatest DAYS OF OUR LIVES Moments:

We don’t get to go on location a lot. So those days are always fun. Jensen (Ackles, ex-Eric) and I got to go to Venice Beach, when I first started on the show. Jensen is so funny and has the greatest personality. We were on roller skates. I like to think I’m a really good roller skater, but I ate a lot of sand that day. At one point I hit a sand patch right on the cement and went flying. I was like, ‘I’m okay. I’m all right.’ It was hysterical.

—  Arianne Zucker