Since returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL, Laura has been taking charge of her life, but there’s still one massive secret that threatens to not only destroy her marriage, but possibly cost her her life! Laura visited Ferncliff with Carly as part of her goal to focus on mental health care as Port Charles' next mayor, but unfortunately, the women did not discover that Kevin was being held prisoner in the hospital so they still have no idea that it’s Ryan who’s roaming free in Port Charles impersonating his brother. “Somebody brought that up to me, that it should have been harder for Laura to go into Ferncliff,” Genie Francis admitted in a Facebook Live interview, referencing her character’s previous struggle with being institutionalized. “But that wasn’t in the writing this time. Then I felt a little bit bad, like, should I have pushed for that? But they wrote it that she goes in strong. She goes in to conquer it.”
The actress has also had to figure out how to portray Laura being duped by Ryan without playing her as completely oblivious to what’s really going on. “She’s a survivor and she has very strong instincts,” Francis argued. “She’d know when something was off. So that’s been a hard thing to do, to not see it. She is afraid, but she has absolutely no reason to believe it would be Ryan because everyone knows that he died. So she wouldn’t go there. I think she’s thinking now that there’s something wrong with him, that he’s had some sort of breakdown. He doesn’t have the empathy. Kevin is so filled with empathy and this guy isn’t.”
Once the horrifying truth is revealed that Ryan has been impersonating Kevin this whole time, Laura’s life will be changed forever. “I think first of all there will be this tremendous relief and understanding of what’s been wrong,” Francis predicted. “And a shock, obviously. And then ultimately, a little later on, I think she’ll be hurt that [Kevin] was capable of keeping something from her. Maybe angry, I don’t know. Trust is hard for her. She wants to know you are who you are.”
So even if Laura can survive Ryan’s reign of terror, can her marriage survive the knowledge that Kevin had been hiding Ryan from them all this time? Stay tuned to find out, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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