‘Boy Meets World’ star Maitland Ward explains why she left Hollywood: ‘i am now my real self'

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Maitland Ward went from being a sitcom star to an grownup film star.

From 1998 till 2000, the actress performed Rachel McGuire inside the final two seasons of ABC’s “Boy Meets World.” After her time on the sequence, Ward later broke into the grownup film commerce. She has detailed her lovely profession path in a memoir revealed on Sept. 6 titled “Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me from Hollywood.”

“i really feel it’s an empowering story for ladies and everyone actually,” Ward, forty five, informed Fox information Digital. “It’s about residing your actuality and by no means listening to what everyone seems to be telling you to do. for thus prolonged, Hollywood was telling me that I may solely be a sure means. The commerce wished to protect me in some subject. I reached a stage the place I simply wished to do my very personal factor. I’m now my real self. There are always going to be people who will try to pigeonhole you, particularly as a woman. For me to interrupt out has been so liberating. i really feel that’s true for anyone in any commerce. My story simply occurs to be a little bit extra scandalous.”

Maitland Ward is embracing her

Maitland Ward is embracing her “real self” inside the grownup film commerce.
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The California native mentioned that as a little one she dreamed of altering into an actress. Her first function was that of Jessica Forrester on “The daring and the enticing” from 1994 till 1996. After the cleansing soap opera, she found herself on the set of “Boy Meets World,” a healthful coming-of-age comedy created by Michael Jacobs. Ward joined a detailed-knit forged as a consequence of the mannequin new lady.

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“i used to be obtained very properly, they have been very good to me,” Ward defined. “It was an odd factor to stroll proper into a set that had been such a properly-oiled machine and the place they’d grown up on the current. everyone was established and knew the proper method to work with every completely different. i used to be coming in for the school years, and that i used to be nervous about that. however i used to be accepted… and that i had a great time on the current.”

In chapter six of her e-book, Ward alleged that she was requested to try on lingerie for producers, “primarily males,” inside the office “greater than as quickly as” as her character’s private type developed. Ward confused she was by no means sexually assaulted nonetheless the closing expertise made her “uncomfortable.”

Maitland Ward played Rachel McGuire on the last two seasons of the ABC sitcom

Maitland Ward performed Rachel McGuire on the final two seasons of the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” from 1998 to 2000.
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“sure, it was uncomfortable and odd, and that i wasn’t sure why I wished to be doing this,” she informed Fox information Digital. “i assumed it was my job to behave and be an educated. Or no matter i assumed that was on the time. however it certainly was very uncomfortable and made me really feel uncovered and gawked at. Even Michael commented that he was so embarrassed about this as a consequence of I’m pretty a bit like a daughter to him [that it] felt bizarre. I by no means understood why we didn’t simply take footage of the whole lot in wardrobe and choose from there. Why did i’ve to positioned on a current?”

“My confidence was low with my physique.” Ward mentioned. “i used to be youthful, impressionable and thought that is what you do. it would by no means happen at present as a consequence of any particular person would get referred to as out on it. And let me simply say, I’m in porn, and that i’ve by no means wished to stroll proper into a producer’s office or no matter and take a look at on the lingerie for a shoot.”

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An legal professional for Jacobs didn’t immediately reply to Fox information Digital’s request for remark.

Maitland Ward has written a memoir about finding fame in the adult film industry.

Maitland Ward has written a memoir about discovering fame inside the grownup film commerce.
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Ward mentioned that she noticed her character, who lived with roommates Eric Matthews (Will Friedle) and Jack Hunter (Matthew Lawrence), grew to become standard amongst male audiences.

“I hold in thoughts one time some guys inside the studio viewers would whistle at me,” she recalled. “I hold in thoughts pondering, ‘Oh my God, they actually see me as sexy.’ as a consequence of I didn’t discover myself sexy. i assumed i used to be pretending to be variety of sexy for the current, you discover, with my little dances. however I nonetheless wasn’t assured in my physique. I hold in thoughts these 4 guys have been like, ‘Rachel, we love you. You’re so sizzling.’ I simply thought that was loopy to me.”

After “Boy Meets World,” she appeared in 2004’s “White Chicks.” however she finally found herself being typecast.


Maitland Ward said she was tired of being pigeonholed in Hollywood.

Maitland Ward mentioned she was uninterested in being pigeonholed in Hollywood.
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“I knew Hollywood wasn’t for me, however I stored desirous to maintain on,” mentioned Ward. “I stored making an try to take into consideration methods to reinvent myself. I’m not one to surrender simply. however my vanity was down. You’re employed for being a sure means, for trying a sure means. however when you happen to protect the identical, you lose success. The factor that makes you well-known is the factor which will forestall you from ever getting employed for something.”

“Hollywood is a machine that builds you up however then tears you down,” she continued. “i really feel rather pretty a little bit of actors wrestle with that, particularly if you happen to have been on a most standard prime-time current. It’s arduous to interrupt out of the stereotype. I had wished to take movement many issues, appearing clever. I wished to play extra dramatic roles, extra emotional roles, a lot extra evil roles. I simply wished to play one factor completely different. And but I wasn’t even allowed to audition for it. I wasn’t seen as something completely different. And it grew to become disheartening.”

Ward mentioned she studied screenwriting at UCLA in hopes of forging a distinctive profession path. however then she started posting pictures of herself both in “cute bikinis” or cosplay on social media. Her following immediately multiplied.

Maitland Ward is dressed as Poison Ivy from

Maitland Ward is dressed as Poison Ivy from “Batman” at comic Con Revolution in Ontario, California, on may 18, 2019.
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“My pictures would typically get taken down as a consequence of they have been too sexy,” mentioned Ward. “Some followers reached out and mentioned, ‘Why don’t you promote content material?’ I didn’t know precisely what it meant till I found you presumably can promote your footage and do no matter you want with out restriction. i started a Patreon and in every week I had 1000’s of subscribers… and that i wished to discover my sexuality.”


Ward started making grownup movies after she married her husband, Terry Baxter, in 2006. She mentioned her companion has been “super supportive.”

Maitland Ward is shown attending the 2020 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 25, 2020.

Maitland Ward is proven attending the 2020 grownup Video information Awards on the Joint inside arduous Rock resort and on line casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 25, 2020.
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Ward insisted she isn’t fazed by any criticism for her dedication to pursue the grownup film commerce.

“i’ve extra fame, extra money and extra appearing alternatives than I ever had,” she mentioned. “I get to create roles. I get prolonged, twisted dialogue. I get to write down scripts. I get to do all of the issues that I wished to do. I even have extra respect now for doing precisely what i would like to do unapologetically. how are you going to disgrace somebody who isn’t ashamed? and ladies method me on an everyday basis saying that I’ve empowered them to really feel extra comfy of their sexuality.”


As for her former “Boy Meets World” castmates, Ward mentioned she hasn’t obtained any unfavorable suggestions.

From left: Matthew Lawrence, Maitland Ward and Will Friedle in

From left: Matthew Lawrence, Maitland Ward and may Friedle in “Boy Meets World.” Ward informed Fox information Digital that Friedle, notably, has been supportive of her grownup film profession.
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“Wilfred [Friedle] has been actually candy to me,” she mentioned. “He referred to as me and mentioned he was completely happy with me. He mentioned he will not ever watch something that I do, however he helps me. I’ve been best associates with Trina [McGee] for years, and he or she helps me. I simply don’t see how anyone can denounce me for being completely happy in life.”

at present, Ward mentioned she has by no means felt extra comfy in her pores and skin. 

“we’re simply people making a residing to assist our lives and households,” she insisted. “And out of all areas, Hollywood shouldn’t be passing judgment.”