The outlook didn’t look good for five-times married supercouple Sonny and Carly after she caught him in bed with Nina, and this week Carly is meeting with a lawyer to initiate their divorce.
According to Laura Wright, Sonny’s infidelity runs particularly deep given the identity of the other woman. “Carly feels so betrayed,” she sighs. “It burns because it’s Nina. She is an enemy. This woman deliberately kept Sonny away from her, deliberately lied, and never told Sonny who she was, so whatever happened while Sonny was gone would never have happened – not just the situation of Jason [the re-emergence of Jason and Carly’s romantic feelings] but the danger to his family, the mourning of a man who was not even dead, everything! Nina did this, and not just for five minutes to piss off Carly, but for over nine months – and was going to keep going if she didn’t get caught!
The actress thinks Carly could have overlooked the “Mike”/Nina connection if Sonny had been transparent with her about it. “The problem is, it was always like, ‘Oh, I just want to keep the peace, let’s get it.’ But he was doing all this because he didn’t want to tell her the truth! He was lying to her! Which only means he wanted to perpetuate the situation. But we don’t know what would have happened if he had told the truth , because he didn’t! What they’re dealing with is that he lied to her so he could keep having his cake and eating it too, in Carly’s mind. And it’s true – you can watch it! I watch the show too [laughs]! Why do you go to Charlie’s all the time when you know Phyllis is also friends with Nina, and you know there’s a good chance you’ll run into Nina at Charlie’s? I mean come on! He’s been lied to since the day he got back and all of his reasons are nonsense,” Wright says. “If there’s anyone who can handle Jason’s death and all that, it’s Carly. Lay it on her! He didn’t tell her because he was afraid to do it, because that would say he really I have to stay away from Nina.
Wright notes that Carly is sympathetic to Sonny’s struggle to synthesize his months-long stint as “Mike” with his Port Charles reality — to a point. ” She understands. She loves him like a human. But she’s like, ‘I can’t get you through this. I can’t be the person to help you through your conflict over another woman, who destroyed our family. All this pain we’ve had for nine months is because of her. Carly’s thing is, ‘It’s not my job to help you feel better, Sonny.’ She can understand it, but she says, “That doesn’t mean I can live with you and watch you go through this now.” Carly is also allowed to have her feelings in all of this; Carly is allowed to react to what happened. She doesn’t have to say ‘Okay!’ and brings Sonny back as if nothing had happened.
Especially now that he’s crossed the line with Nina. “Carly can’t believe Sonny is still tied to this woman who really destroyed their family,” Wright says. “What happened to the Sonny who would be like, ‘You died for me and I’m going to crush you?’ He’s the partner Carly used to have. He doesn’t fight for his family like he would have in the past. So the fact that it’s not Sonny anymore…. It’s devastating for her. His heart is broken.