In this episode, Maitland discusses her journey from Disney star to porn performer.
Southern California-born and bred Maitland Ward has quickly become one of the fastest-rising stars in adult entertainment, after an-already successful career as an American model, actress and cosplay personality. The star, who joined the cast of Bold and the Beautiful as teen and found fame as Rachel McGuire on the beloved ABC sitcom Boy Meets World, jumped headfirst into shooting adult films in 2019 without much persuasion.
The statuesque (5’10”) all-natural redhead is unique in that not only is she beautiful and built for the porn biz, Ward’s talent as an actress means she can also carry dramatic and comedic scenes with ease. Her playful energy, professionalism and open sexuality got her an exclusive performance contract with worldwide brand Vixen Media Group (VMG).
Ward is currently the highest paid industry site performer, earning $5500 a day through her contract with VMG – with the longest-running contract terms in the industry. She is also the sole promotional face of VMG brand Deeper, a highly-respected studio that has afforded her many industry honors.
In 2020 Ward won three AVN Awards for Best Supporting Actress & Best Three-Way Sex Scene-G/G/B for her work in Kayden Kross’ Deeper feature release Drive, as well as Favorite Camming Cosplayer. She won the 2020 XBIZ Cam Award for Best Premium Social Media Star-Female and Crossover Star of the Year, as well as Best Actress-Feature Movie and Best Sex Scene-Feature Movie for Drive. Her standout work as the lead actress in Deeper’s Muse – the first-ever multi-season porn series – isexpected to reap multiple awards in 2021.
Ward’s OnlyFans page continues to be a huge success since she joined in August 2019. With 28,000 paid subscribers, Ward earns $120,000 a month – she’s in the top 0.02% of all accounts worldwide – and she holds the record for the fastest number of ‘likes’ – 500,000 – in just 14 months.
Her accomplishments don’t stop there: in October 2019 Ward was Google’s #1 Trending topic worldwide and during the entire year of 2018 was Patreon’s #1 earning Adult Creator. Her personally-branded Fleshlight is the fastest seller in company history, breaking all previous records in the first 12 hours of release.
Her social media growth has been astounding as well; in November ’18 Ward had 98,000 Twitter followers. Two years later she boasts 441,000. Three years ago Ward’s Instagram following totaled 150,000. Today it’s 1.48 million. Her verified Facebook page also includes 350,000 loyal followers.
In a 2019 interview with the Daily Beast, Ward said that the transition from mainstream actress to adult star was “way easier and I’ve enjoyed it so much more than I’d expected. And I’m good at it. It feels natural to me… I’m just this grown woman who loves sex. One thing I really like is to surprise people, to shock them, and to get them stirred up. I’m going to doing that.”
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0:00:02 – From Hollywood to Sexual Discovery
0:13:02 – Finding Freedom Through Creativity
0:18:42 – Discovering My Sexuality
0:27:47 – Exploring Sex Performance on Camera
0:33:35 – The Power of Porn
0:41:20 – The Liberation of Pornography
0:50:56 – Acceptance and Liberation