Just when you thought you’d seen Arianne Zucker play every plot under the sun as Nicole Walker on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, now the talented star is playing Kristen pretending to be Nicole! Watching the actress strut her stuff as the vixen who perceives her usual character as a rival for Brady’s affections will be interesting because, as Zucker observed to Soaps In Depth, “There are some odd similarities between Kristen and Nicole. It’s just that the way they go about things is different.”
Might we see shades of Kristen’s past behavior with Brady’s dad, John? Zucker said yes! Kristen is operating, she explains, from a place of “this unbelievably crazy obsession but also this huge amount of desire for love.”
But can she really reclaim the guy she wants by posing as his former love? And how convincing can she really be as Nicole, given how well she is known in Salem? An inebriated Maggie was the first to get a hint that Kristen is alive and likely won’t be the last. “Just the mere chance that Maggie might have seen her and could have been sober enough to remember [is a problem],” Zucker offered. “But Kristen is a master manipulator… she has to cover her tracks.”
Besides, there are other ducks to get in a row while pretending to be Nicole, including Eric, the current man in her life. Will she sabotage their relationship in order to move “Nicole” forward with Brady? Zucker says to look out: Kristen is gonna “keep people where they need to be in order to get where she wants to go!”
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