On-Air On-Soaps caught with Daytime Emmy winner, Laura Wright (Carly) at the General Hospital 50th anniversary cast photo shoot, and what a day and photo shoot that was featuring many current and returning favorites!
Following the shoot, Laura shared her thoughts with us on some of the hottest topics for GH fans these days including: the status of two of her favorite on-screen guys, Roger Howarth (Todd) and Brandon Barash (Johnny), her sexy new hair-do, how Carly will figure into the Nurses’ Ball, and what is it like for her being part of the legendary General Hospital, as it heads towards its 50th anniversary in just a few weeks! Here’s what Laura had to say below!
What did you think when you heard that Roger Howarth, who was playing your on-screen love interest, had to temporarily suspend playing Todd on GH due to the legal issues between ABC and General Hospital, and Prospect Park? As it stands now, Roger will begin taping new episodes of One Life to Live starting next week (for the next four weeks), before he is slated to return to GH. How this will all ultimately work out, we still don’t know.
LAURA: Of course I was like, “Oh no!” But honestly, I just hope for everyone it turns out the way it should be. I do. I really hope everyone gets what they want – and that means all parties. I know what I want. I hope Roger comes back to GH. I love working with Roger. I love the Todd and Carly dynamic and Roger’s funny. And on the air show the other day, he and Robin Mattson as Heather, were so funny! (Laughs)
Then came the news that your former on-screen flame, Brandon Barash is leaving GH. What are your thoughts on that?
LAURA: He is one of my neighbors – he is two dressing rooms down from me. I am super sad, because there was always fun stuff to play with Johnny and Carly. But, Brandon made his choice to leave.
You have a very sexy new shorter hair-do! Did you just decide one day you wanted to cut your hair and have to run it by the powers-that-be at GH? Clearly, that big scene between AJ (Sean Kanan) and Carly was the turning point a la the scissors on the air show! (Laughs)
LAURA: In October, I was at an event where our executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati were also there. I said to them, “What do you think about me cutting my hair?” I had a picture of me with short hair from long time ago and I said, “Like this!” Frank said, “Well, we do have a lot of women with long hair on the show.” Then Ron said, “I bet I can write it in!” And that is how it happened. When it gotten written into the show, as you saw, it was a major scene, so then I couldn’t back out of it, even if I wanted to do. I ended up cutting my finger in that scene! It was kind of crazy, but fun.
We are counting down to the biggest GH celebration of them all, when General Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary in April. You play probably the best female character on daytime in Carly. What do you think about being the actress who plays this integral role on the canvas, in an iconic series that is about to celebrate this incredible milestone?
LAURA: I am still shocked and stunned! I am the luckiest person in the world. I started my career going on 22 years ago on a little-show-that-could called, Loving. Then, I was on a show that was on 75 years, Guiding Light. Now I am on this show, General Hospital as it turns 50! Every character I have played is great, and Carly is definitely the icing on the cake. Carly is just a fun character. With every writer and every producer I have been able to work with as far as Carly, it is so fun. Right when I think Carly is getting a little to predictable, or where I think, “Wow. She is being awful nice and good,” something will happen and the games start being played. That is the little thing that makes Carly … Carly!
The big question: Will Carly be a major part of the upcoming Nurses’ Ball?
LAURA: Yes, stuff happens at the Nurses’ Ball with Carly and one other person. It gets a little messy, I will say that. It gets messy! (Laughs)
I know you are a big soap opera fan, too! What has it been like being part of the 50th, and seeing these legendary performers all returning from the GH heyday to be part of the on-screen celebration?
LAURA: Are you kidding? Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) … I love it. Anna is here, and I know Finola Hughes has been here for awhile, but I am still in shock about that every day. Lucy! Lynn Herring works her butt off! She is fantastic and she sells it. What she has been doing with the Nurses’ Ball … is amazing!
So after our “quickie” chat, do you agree with what Laura’s hopes on the Roger Howarth GH/OLTL crossover situation? Are you hoping Todd and Carly will get together? Are you sad that Brandon Barash is leaving Port Charles? What do you think will go down at the Nurses’ Ball that Laura teases to us? Weigh-in!