Daytime stars Maurice Benard and Laura Wright made a special appearance on Hallmark Channel’s HOME & FAMILY to talk about 15 years of working together as Sonny and Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL and more! Co-host Cameron Mathison (Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) was amazed to hear that the pair haven’t had a single argument in those 15 years on the soap! “No, we’ve never had an argument,” Benard confided. “I mean, I’m sure she’s wanted to kill me a lot.”
Wright laughed at the joke and added seriously that there is a lot of respect between the two of them. “We’re also very honest with each other,” she continued. “Which is very important. Like if I want to do something and he doesn’t feel it works, he’ll tell me. There’s so much honesty.”
After joking about shooting Sonny and Carly’s most recent wedding ceremony after Wright had just broken her ankle, Mathison steered the conversation to a more serious topic. He brought up Benard’s bipolar disorder and bringing awareness to it through Sonny’s storyline on GH as well as the actor’s upcoming book, Nothing General About It. Benard shared how a director once told him not to mention his disorder or he might not get hired anymore. “And that’s when I decided to come out,” he revealed, “and it was worth it. It really was. To help anybody else who’s going through this.”
Benard also became emotional while talking about the Alzheimer’s storyline with Sonny’s father, Mike, played by Max Gail, so Wright took over for a bit. “We’re telling everyone’s story,” she said. “This does not discriminate. It’s in every household. And it’s heartbreaking. It’s a story that touches everyone, and it’s hard to get through the scenes.” Benard interjected that he’s not acting in those scenes as much as just living it. “That’s what makes it harder,” he added. “I don’t want to cry. I’m trying not to. That’s what makes it worse.”
Watch Benard and Wright’s clip from the HOME & FAMILY episode in full below to see the rest of the conversation and for more on your favorite GH stars, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.