Carla's secrets are stacking up, but how much longer can she keep things under wraps?
Ali King reveals all...
How has Carla been feeling about Peter and Abi?
She was really jealous and she has struggling with that. Peter and Carla had a moment over New Year where they made the decision to just be friends, but she had started to think maybe that was the wrong decision, however then obviously she saw Peter and Abi together.
She hadn’t seen that coming and she was considering saying to him that they should give it a go, but then having seen them together, she realised that she had been right to keep her distance.
Prior to that, had they accepted it was finally over?
Carla definitely did yes, Peter less so and he has been constantly testing the water and trying to make her jealous along the way.
Was Carla genuinely shocked when Peter came looking for her after she spotted him and Abi?
She was disgusted with him and she said it made her feel sick, he had just come from that steamy bed and hadn’t so much as cleaned his teeth and he thought he could just make a move on her! It is the last thing he should have done if he wanted to try and win her back. After that it was a little bit easier for her to reject him and move on because it gave her something to be angry about, he had proved to her that he is the man she thought he was and he has let her down again.
Even before this with Peter, she had become work obsessed - but this now become her total focus, can you explain this side of her?
The business is doing really well and she wants to keep it that way. It is a distraction from Peter and also the loss of Aidan is driving her to make a success of the business, she has nothing else now and she doesn’t want to think about that.
The business is what she is good at and what she enjoys, she just needs to keep herself busy, keep her head down and that keeps her sane - for now.
How did she feel about the boat fire?
She is absolutely gutted that the boat has gone, she bought it for Peter, it was his dream. She is a little bit conflicted because he has got the idea it might be Abi and he wants her to look at the CCTV, she isn’t in any rush really, but Peter wants answers.
Her relationship with Roy is the one constant in her life. How did she feel when she saw that he was the one who started the fire on the boat?
When she finally gets round to going through it she is in total shock when she see Roy on the CCTV footage, she goes into total protection mode.
Does she deliberately try and implicate Abi?
No, the fact that Abi is in the frame is not at all premeditated, it is nothing to do with Peter and her, it is simply that if people are suspecting Abi, they won’t be looking at Roy. It is convenient, it is unlike Carla but she is desperate to protect Roy. She doesn’t think too much about it , she isn’t trying to stop Peter and Abi making a go of it, she never thought that was a long-term thing anyway, that is not that is about.
As far as she is concerned, if people are jumping to the natural conclusion that it must be Abi then that is fine with her. She knows differently now, but Roy is the person she wants to protect, not Abi.
Doe she anticipate how Roy might react if he finds out?
No, she hasn’t really allowed for Roy’s really strong principles in all of this, she has just swept in and made the decision for him. She would expect him to be mortified if he realises what he has done, but she has not even anticipated that he might be angry with her. That would be a complete shock to her, nobody died, it was accidental and she thought that if she told him it would have affected his recovery from his mum’s death, he was starting to get better or so she thought. She had been worried about his sleepwalking and was really worried about him.
Would a breakdown of her relationship with Roy be difficult for her to cope with?
Yes, he is her constant and her ‘home’ - even if Johnny is her dad, Roy is the person who has been most like a dad to her and the one person who totally understands her and cares unconditionally.