Laura Wright (Carly)

GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL’s Laura Wright (Carly) re­veals what her work­day is re­ally like when the cam­eras aren’t rolling!

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My fa­vorite days at work are the ones when I get to…

“Com­mute to work with Wes­ley Ram­sey,” who plays Peter and is her

real-life boyfriend.

My first day, I re­mem­ber think­ing…

“‘Oh my God, they’re spend­ing this much money on spe­cial ef­fects?’ I showed up dur­ing the train crash, re­mem­ber? And I had just left [my role of Cassie on] GUID­ING LIGHT, where we didn’t even have a dress re­hearsal. We were go­ing straight to tape. There were cer­tainly no big stunts any­more. But GH was go­ing till mid­night and do­ing scenes over 10 times. It was a shock.”

When I get to work, the first thing I do is…

“Go to the green room to make my­self a cup of Earl Grey tea. Then I go to hair and makeup, be­cause I’ve got to get hair- and-makeup-ready.”

One thing fans might be sur­prised to know about the set is…

“How small it is. The only

per­ma­nent set is the nurses’ hub, and ev­ery­one is al­ways sur­prised by how much big­ger it looks on TV. And we have so many sets up at once. Right next to the Metro Court restau­rant could be a bed frag­ment, be­cause some­one has a love scene, but that’s the only thing they’re do­ing in the room, so they just have a wall with the bed!”

When I’m wait­ing to get called to the set, you can usu­ally find me…

“In my dress­ing room read­ing, work­ing on my scripts or hang­ing out with Wes. We have our own rooms, so if we have a heavy ma­te­rial day, I won’t re­ally see him that much ex­cept when we’re leav­ing. And when I’m at work by my­self, I’m al­ways by my­self in my dress­ing room. Some­times, if it’s a long day and I’m try­ing to fig­ure out what the heck is go­ing on, I’ll go check in with the hair and makeup room, but I rarely go hang out any­where. I like my dress­ing room! Right now I’m reread­ing The Seven Spir­i­tual Laws Of Suc­cess by Deepak Chopra, I have The Ten Com­mit­ments: Trans­lat­ing Good In­ten­tions Into Great Choices by David Si­mon, and I just down­loaded and am lis­ten­ing to Change Your Thoughts — Change Your Life: Liv­ing The Wis­dom Of The Tao by Wayne Dyer. It’s al­ways some heavy spir­i­tual stuff. (Laughs.) When I drive, that’s

when I have my David Bal­dacci or John Gr­isham books play­ing — any kind of mur­der mys­tery. You can’t do the se­ri­ous stuff when you’re driv­ing be­cause you can’t pay at­ten­tion.”

The cast­mate who re­mains a mys­tery to me, even now, is…

“Kelly Monaco (Sam), be­cause I never hang out with her that much, off set. Kelly’s still a mys­tery in a mil­lion ways, but I adore her.”

On my lunch break, you might find me…

“At the com­mis­sary, mak­ing a salad.”

My fa­vorite set to work on is…

“Sonny’s liv­ing room… and I haven’t got­ten to work on it yet, but I love Char­lie’s Pub. It’s a great set. I want to own it. I want Carly to buy it from Ju­lian and work be­hind the bar! That’s how much I like it.”

The last thing I do be­fore leav­ing work at the end of the day is…

“Get my wardrobe and turn off my lights. Well, most of the time I turn off my lights. Some­times Wes­ley has to re­mind me. He comes by my room on the way out, just be­cause of where it is in the walk out of the stu­dio, and he’ll be like, ‘You for­got your lights again!’”

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