Actress Arianne Zucker, the woman at the center of Donald Trump’s and Billy Bush’s now infamous hot mic conversation, is speaking out for the first time since the 2005 video surfaced.
In the video, Trump was talking with Bush outside of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” and the pair noticed Zucker, who was waiting to escort them onto the set for Trump’s cameo.
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” was one of the comments Trump made in the video.
The Republican nominee later called his comments “locker room banter” in a statement before issuing a video apology.
Zucker said during an interview on TODAY Thursday she wasn’t aware of the tape or what the men said before she met them that day.
“It feels very surreal to be in it,” she said in the interview.”I’m not quite sure I believe it yet.”
She also said she wasn’t shocked.
“Not with that type of personality, I wasn’t shocked,” she said. “Which is probably why it didn’t mean a lot to me.”
Zucker said she remembers when the two men got off the bus and the feeling after meeting them was “professional. That’s it.”
“They are offensive comments for women period yes,” she said. “Yes they are.”
Zucker has a 6-year-old daughter and said she wants to use what happened as a learning experience for her.
“I want to teach my daughter that if she ever gets put in a situation like mommy is in right now, she will hold her head high as well, and if she learns anything from it, how she can share this with other women or young girls or whoever is around her…of how not to be in front of women when they’re speaking about women.”
Zucker said she was aware of Trump’s apology after the video surfaced, but has not heard from him or his campaign personally.
“I think that was an interesting apology,” she said.
She said she’s ready to use the whole ordeal “in a proper way.”
“I’m ready to use it for positivity,” she said. “I’m ready to use it for women to step forward and do good things in my life and for other people.”
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