Carla and Peter’s relationship has never been easy – we’ve had exes with axes to grind, failed businesses and bruised egos. Now, though, it seems they’re finally making it up the aisle, but as we all know weddings in Weatherfield rarely go to plan. So what are the chances that Peter – a man who has recently had his head turned by a certain Tina McIntyre – will make Carla the next Mrs Barlow? Blushing bride-to-be Alison King gives us her verdict:
So how is Carla feeling in the build-up to the wedding – worried about Peter? Stressed over Hayley’s situation?
Carla’s got to a stage where she just can’t wait to get Peter up the aisle and get that ring on her finger – she feels as though once that’s done, she can breathe again. She’s starting to feel concerned for Peter’s state of mind and she fears that her worries and stresses with the factory and with Hayley are starting to take their toll on him. Carla’s fretting over it and really doesn’t want to push him away.
Do you think she’s turning into Bridezilla?
Carla isn’t really the type. She knows what she wants and she will get it – but when things start to go wrong the week of the wedding, she does start to panic and goes into overdrive. It’s only when Peter tells her that he has more important things to worry about with Simon that she starts to panic that he’s become disinterested.
Ever since the incident with the bookies she’s been really paranoid about how controlling Peter considers her to be, so she’s certainly panicking that he’s feeling like she’s being too pushy again. But when things start going wrong on the morning of the wedding, she really starts to lose it and she needs Peter to be strong and to sort it.
Does she not understand how worried Peter is about Simon and the whole bullying incident?
Only when he tells her that he’s more worried about Simon than he is about marrying her. I think that really cuts deep. At the same time, though, Carla’s also frustrated because she’s got a million and one things to deal with too – she can’t run the factory and organise their wedding without his help. But Peter even seems disinterested when Steve offers to organise a stag do for him, so Carla is starting to worry that there’s more to his moods then she originally thought.
Doesn’t Carla care about what’s happening with Simon?
She does, but Carla’s not maternal -she doesn’t understand quite as much and she’s not massively close to Simon, so he’s not entirely on her radar. But when she starts to see how concerned it’s supposedly making Peter, Carla confides in Hayley that she thinks she’s been being selfish banging on about the wedding when Peter’s really worried about Simon. At that point she really starts to reconsider what’s important, but more what’s important to her husband-to-be, rather than to her.
And does Carla have any inkling that Peter fancies Tina?
To be honest, aside from the trouble Peter’s having with Simon, she has no reason to believe that he’s lusting after someone else. Carla and Peter still have an extremely passionate relationship – as far as Carla’s concerned, Tina’s like a fairy godmother and is solving all her problems. Carla’s all praise for Tina – she just doesn’t clock that Peter’s praise is for different reasons. If she did have any clue about what was going on, Tina wouldn’t be invited to the wedding, that’s for sure!
So she’s actually feeling grateful for Tina’s help?
Oh God, yes! Tina’s like a mini miracle. She even says to Peter how good Tina is. Ironically, it’s Carla who is pushing Tina to carry on working for her and Peter. She can see how much Tina and Simon get on and as Carla sees it, it’s one weight off her mind.
Can you tell us a bit about why Carla confides in Michelle that she thinks Peter’s having second thoughts about the marriage?
Peter’s been snapping at Carla recently, certainly where the wedding’s been concerned and he always seems to be miles away whenever she tries to talk to him. She’s probably conscious that it was her that proposed to him and now it seems as though she’s doing all of the organising.
When she confides in Michelle it’s shortly after he’s told her he has more to worry about than the wedding. She’s so concerned about him thinking she’s taking over again. Michelle really reassures her that it’ll just be the stress of it all and that Peter loves her. Carla does know this – there’s still so much spark and attraction between them that the thought of another woman doesn’t even come into her mind.
This will be Peter’s fifth marriage and Carla’s third – is she sure this time?
Peter is the absolute love of Carla’s life. She’s never felt like this about anyone else before and she knows Peter feels the same. They have this understanding of one another. She knows this has to happen – she just has to get Peter up the aisle and then she feels as though everything else will fall into place. Carla is adamant that they are both completely devoted to each other.
What makes her decide to make amends with Rob and invite him to the wedding?
Rob’s her only blood relative that she’s able to form any sort of relationship with and because he’s her brother, she finds it hard to hold any form of grudge. Carla’s always tried to defend him as much as she can, but it was a different story when he stole fro her. But when he apologises to her the night before the wedding, she finds herself softening. Without Rob at the wedding she’d have no family to watch her walk up the aisle.
And what’s Peter’s reaction when he finds out about Carla’s reunion with Rob?
it really tips Peter over the edge Carla heads home after seeing Rob but is unaware that Peter has also had a run-in with Rob that evening. So when Peter begins to tell her all about it, she then decides to break it to him that she too has seen Rob and that they’ve settled their differences. But when she tells him that Rob’s agreed to walk her down the aisle, Peter really loses it.
This is the final straw for Peter – he feels second to Carla’s devotion to her brother, despite Rob constantly screwing them both over. Peter tells Carla that in that case, he might not even bother turning up to their wedding.
Has their relationship suffered through them working and living together?
Carla doesn’t think that it has. She’s just out to do her very best for Peter and I think he knows that deep down. She really likes the fact that they are a tight unit – but if she knew about his dalliance with Tina, she might reconsider their personal and business relationships!
What would Carla do if she found out about Tina and Peter?
I don’t think Tina would be sat at their wedding in that pretty little dress, I know that much! Carla really trusts Tina and she almost sees her as a friend. She sees a lot of her younger self in Tina and that’s probably why she likes her so much. The trouble is, that could be why Peter likes her too!