Drama ahead Alison King reveals why Corrie's Carla is about to go into self-destruct mode
Carla and Peter arrive back from their sailing holiday - but it's not long before he hits the bottle again. Coronation Street's Alison King chats about her character's latest relationship woes
Carla and Peter's return to Weatherfield isn't exactly about to go to plan. The pair took a breather away from their troubles, but while they were away from the Cobbles, their problems at home only stacked up in their absence.
Peter isn't handling the Oliver or the Abby situation very well, and is feeling the pressure from all sides - so when he is jumped and robbed, he ends up hitting the bottle again. And as we found out this week when we caught up with the always-lovely Alison King, her character Carla isn't far behind him in self-destruct mode.
Magazine+: How has Carla been feeling since the whole situation with Abby?
Alison King: She was feeling vulnerable and pushed out. The fact that Peter turned to Abby and not her when she has stuck by him and gone to meetings with him is upsetting. There was this knee-jerk reaction from Peter to go and help another damsel in distress, and take that way out, rather than being honest with Carla. She felt it highlighted a problem in their relationship; that he felt she wouldn't be able to deal with the situation. He was pussy-footing around her. He has been bottling things up and she had opened a can of worms by calling him out on the Abby situation, and in true Peter Barlow way, he used attack as a form of defence.
Mag+: Do you think the break away from Weatherfield has helped their relationship?
AK: It hasn't maybe gone as well as it could have done. They were in his best place, which is on a boat, but part of her is dying to get back to the factory and the emails, and he had a lot of things on his mind and he has come back to the situation with Leanne. It was a bit of a sticking plaster, not a fix for the relationship.
Mag+: What happens when they argue about the Oliver situation?
AK: She doesn't agree with how Peter is dealing with things with Simon. She thinks things should be a bit more open, and Simon should be put more in the picture about what is happening.
Whilst she knows Leanne is trying to do the best thing for her child, fundamentally, the fall out with Peter comes from him telling her that she wouldn't know what that is like. He brushes under the carpet the fact that they lost a child together and that she is a motherless vixen, who can't experience these things. And that is really her Achilles heel; that is the thing that causes her pain, and the thing she reacts to.
Mag+: After the row, does she feel guilty when she has discovered he has been robbed and beaten up?
AK: She does, because as soon as she is back, she gets caught up in other people's business and the factory, and she is trying to build bridges - get Sarah and Adam back together, look out for Alina.
Peter and Carla are both guilty of not thinking about the other one enough and trying to be too independent, so she feels awful when she finds out what has happened to him, and has no idea that he has actually started drinking again as a consequence.
Mag+: How does she feel when he refuses to go to stay at the hotel with her?
AK: She feels really shut out, she thinks that would be a good way to relax and recover, but he isn't interested and she obviously doesn't know why. She feels like he doesn't see her as a woman and that hurts. She sees it as another example of him not really trying with the relationship and that is so difficult for her to deal with. He had all that time for Abby and he's not really trying to mend their relationship.
Mag+: Yet again, it's Abby who finds out the truth both Peter falling off the wagon. Carla must be devastated when she finds out?
AK: The fact that she didn't know, and that it is Abby who says she should talk to Peter, because there is a real reason to be worried, then she goes to talk to him and he is still denying it. It is so hard to deal with. It is a double-edged sword because she feels pushed out, but she knows she has to deal with it.
Mag+: How does she feel when he turns the tables on her, when she offers to do everything she can to help him?
AK: He reacts in typical Peter Barlow way and shuts her out again. But she also feels guilty, as she knows she has taken her eye off the ball, because she got involved with other people's business when she got back, rather than realising there was something going on with him, and there was a reason for his behaviour. Instead, she should have told him how she was feeling, but she is going into self-destruct mode again.
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