Ruby is set to have her second miscarriage after recently being diagnosed with endometriosis.
Louisa said it was difficult to switch off from work as Ruby’s fears were the same as how she felt in the early stages of her pregnancy.
‘It was weird, because naturally that was always at the forefront of my mind, so it was quite hard to take myself away from my storyline and be at home and enjoy being pregnant’ Louisa explained.
‘It became difficult to differentiate between work and home in my head. I hadn’t had the reassurance of a scan, so at times I was almost trying to protect myself by acting like it wasn’t really happening.
I think it’s natural to have those worries in the first 12 weeks, but the storyline heightened how I would have been feeling anyway.’
Louisa, who’s been playing Ruby Allen on and off since 2005, told EastEnders bosses early on about her pregnancy.
She added: ‘I had to tell, because I didn’t want to have any moments of panic on set and having people not understanding why.
I also didn’t want them to find out and change where they were going with the storyline just because of my own situation.’
‘Covering endometriosis felt really important, so I told them early on that it had my full support and that I wanted to continue with it.’
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