After six years on LOVING and THE CITY followed by eight years on GUIDING LIGHT, Laura Wright made her debut as Carly Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL on Nov. 4, 2005. And her first day on the set of the ABC sudser was one that she will never, ever forget!
“My first day, I had to work all day long, in full makeup,” Wright recalled to Soaps In Depth, “and you never saw anything but my hand. It was the train crash that everybody was in years ago. Don’t you love how, whenever there’s a crisis on the show, everyone’s there?
“I was in shock,” she recalled, “because when I left GL, we didn’t have dress rehearsal anymore and just went straight to tape with one take. I got to GH and we were shooting the crash ’til midnight. ‘What the hell? I thought those days were gone?’ I think the next day, you saw my face… but I don’t think I spoke yet.”
Despite her years in daytime, Wright still found herself nervous on her first day in Port Charles. “The first day I worked, it was really busy,” she explained. “We were doing stunts, and there was smoke and fire. I was nervous and trying to figure it all out. It was my third soap and even though it’s all the same thing, every show does it differently. So I really just sat back and watched. I also didn’t really know anyone but [former THE CITY leading man] Ted King (ex-Alcazar). I kind of did my own thing.”
Although the fourth actress to play Carly, after 17 years in the role, Wright has well and truly made it her own. So now it’s nearly impossible to imagine Port Charles without her Emmy-winning performances. “I really wanted to give the audiences what they loved about Carly,” she admitted. Job well done, we’d say!
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