Laura Wright: Special Delivery

Mother of two Laura Wright (Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) explains why she has never given birth in real life the same way she has on two soaps — and she’s not just referring to sloshing through the rain and fighting off a psychotic would-be babynapper!Soap Opera Weekly: Sounds like filming must have been pretty uncomfortable, crawling around in the rain?

Laura Wright: Yeah, but it’s like the 10th time they’ve had to put me in the rain or in a water tank. It was fun. I love that kind of stuff.

Weekly: What was filming the actual birth scene like?

Wright: Ugh. Exhausting. It was from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. They shot it very [much] like [a] film, because they had to shoot Michael’s point of view for future material, and then with stunt doubles. I had to be crying and moaning, and the baby was stuck, and Claudia had to help adjust the baby…. We were literally on-set, wet, and in full, high emotion from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Every angle they shot [of] me or Sarah [Brown, ex-Claudia] had to match every other part that we shot, so there wasn’t a time that I could be like, “Well, I’ll just lay here, because you need to know that my body’s here.” It was like, “No, we are going to see you in the background screaming, ‘Don’t take my baby! No!'” I had to be in full tears, sprayed down with water. It was exhausting!

Weekly: Sounds traumatic.

Wright: Hopefully, it paid off! But on daytime, you’re never as good as you think you are, and you’re never as bad as you think you are. Let’s hope it’s somewhere in the middle.

Weekly: You gave birth oncamera before, right?

Wright: Yes, on GUIDING LIGHT. Cassie had a child, right after I had [my real daughter,] Lauren. I was like, “Can you schedule the birth of the baby after I have Lauren, so I know what to do?” I ended up having a C-section with Lauren, so to this day, I’ve never had a baby in real life the way I’ve had on television. I’ve had two Caesareans; I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I hope I’m doing okay. There are enough mothers on the set to tell me I’m okay.