‘Carla and Peter just LOVE EACH OTHER!’
Alison King tells us how Carla ends up back in bed with Peter – financially, anyway, for now!
Underworld has the name ‘Connor’ running through it, like letters in a stick of rock, so when Alya offers to sell the factory back to Carla, she wants it – whatever the cost. ‘Carla has trouble raising the amount of cash Alya’s asking for, but it looks like she’s playing for time in the hope that something will come through – and that something turns out to be ex-husband Peter, who offers to go into partnership with her,’ actress Ali King tells Soaplife.
Does Carla need the focus of the factory in her life?
Yes, it’s her thing. When she found out that Alya had been left it, she fought for it. But she also needed a diversion to take her mind off losing Aidan – the factory is like her medication.
How does she feel about Peter investing in the factory?
She’s worried about it and also angry. How dare he try and ‘get into bed with her’ financially. But she does protest too much really. It’s like that thing of hitting a boy because you really like him. That’s how she is with Peter.
So, she still has feelings for him?
I think that, essentially, they just love each other. Even when they say they hate one another, they actually know it’s not true. They have this chemistry between them that neither of them can do anything about because they’re quite similar.
Do you think Carla can keep it all business-like?
I think she will want to try and do that, but she is a swan on the water, with her feet paddling like crazy below the surface. She probably suspects that it’s not ideal going into business with Peter, and it might be potentially disastrous for her, because she knows her heart is flipping. But she needs him – and she hates that she does.
Do you think that Carla and Peter are good together?
They’re better apart, but I like working with [Peter actor] Chris Gascoyne, so much I don’t want that to be the case. They’re great as an on-off relationship, that ‘Will they won’t they?’ kind of thing.
Do you love being part of the Connor family?
Yes, I do. They’ve got their fingers in so many pies now that it’s more like ‘Connoration Street’. There’s Kate, who is impulsive and caring, Jenny, who thinks she rules the roost, Michelle, who is like her real sister and Carla’s dad, Johnny, who is now acting like the father she needs him to be.