Arianne Zucker Speaks on "Offensive" Donald Trump Comments

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Arianne Zucker stars on a soap opera.

But her real life these days is far more dramatic than any storyline writers could come up with on Days of Our Lives.

The veteran actress is suddenly in every other headline, across celebrity gossip sites and hard news sites, because she was the person who met Donald Trump and Billy Bush on the set of her show in 2005.

Arianne Zucker on Today

The meeting was documented in a video released online last week by The Washington Post.

We're guessing you're familiar with the video by now, right?

It features Trump and Bush discussing the former's proclivity to just "grab" the "pussy" of a woman he finds attractive because, as a "star," he can get away with "anything."

Upon seeing Zucker waiting for them (because she was scheduled to film a scene opposite Trump), Bush tells Trump that the actress is "hot as shit," to which The Donald replies:

“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her... I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — I just start kissing them.”

It's all totally gross and disgusting.

In response to her inclusion in this scandal, Zucker briefly addressed the release of the tape on Twitter last Sunday.

"I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character," she wrote, adding:

"How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect.”

Here is a look at her full message:

Zucker tweet

But Zucker sat down this morning with The Today Show (which is set to fire Bush at any second) for her first actual interview since the posing of the notorious footage.

“It feels very surreal to be in it,” Zucker told reporter Janet Shamlian of the controversy. “I’m not quite sure if I believe it yet."

Was she surprised that Trump would say such things about the opposite sex in general and her in particular?

“Not with that type of personality, I wasn’t shocked, which is probably why it doesn’t mean a lot to me,” the mom of one said.

Trump has repeatedly referred to his banter with Bush as “locker room” talk, dismissing calls for him to drop out of the race and emphasizing that Bill Clinton is even dirtier than he is.

Click PLAY to view Zucker's interview in full:

“I never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said in his own apology video.

“I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on the more than decade-old video are one of them.”

As the situation continues to unfold and Trump continues to implode on the campaign trail, Zucker said she hasn’t been able to turn on the TV without seeing the video.

She hopes to use it for good in the end, however.

Billy Bush on Tape

“I’m ready to use it in a proper way,” she says of all this attention. “I’m ready to use it for positivity. I’m ready to use it for women to step forward and to do good things in my life and for other people.”

In conclusion:

"I want to teach my daughter that if she ever gets put in a situation like Mommy is right now that she will hold her head high.

"And if she’s learned anything from it, [it’s] how can she share this with other women or young girls or whoever is around her, young boys even."

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