Ex-Disney star Maitland Ward says perks of porn beat Hollywood

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Former Disney star Maitland Ward has revealed what exactly enticed her to swap a career in mainstream Hollywood for her new life as an adult actress, and she claims life as a porn star beats Hollywood every time.

The 43-year-old rose to fame on Boy Meets World in 1998, playing Rachel McGuire in when she was just 21 years old and says though she never intended to get into porn, its a journey that has done nothing but open doors.

Maitland Ward poses with Vixen Media Group's Deeper series says money and roles in porn beat Hollywood
Maitland Ward has revealed the perks of porn that she would never have found in mainstream acting. Photo: Supplied

She tells Yahoo Lifestyle as a younger actress she found herself thrown suddenly in the limelight, saying it wasn’t until she embarked on her porn career that she really felt she had ‘earned’ her success.

“I was thrust into the limelight in my youth,” she reveals. “This time it’s different because it feels like I really earned it.”

Porn career give Maitland more money, more opportunities, better roles

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 25: Actress Maitland Ward attends the 2020 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
Maitland has revealed exactly which porn perks beat mainstream films. Photo: Getty Images

As for what ‘it’ is, Maitland says her new industry has given her broader opportunities, better roles, and even much more money than her life as an ex-Disney Hollywood actress could ever have offered.

“I would not have gotten to challenge and push myself as an actor if it hadn’t been for porn, and especially [working with] director Kayden Kross,” she said.

Kayden Kross directed Mailtand’s first adult film Drive which was released in August 2019, catapulting the former child star into the public eye in her new capacity as a porn star.

Maitland on Boy Meets World in 1998
Maitland rose to fame on Boy Meets World in 1998. Photo: Getty Images

Before the new venture, Maitland was known for role in White Chicks, The Bold and the Beautiful and of course Boy Meets World. Her last mainstream film appearance was in Rules of Engagement in 2007.

“Hollywood wanted to typecast me,” she says. “To pigeonhole me as this light comedic actress. To be forever what I was at twenty. And while I love comedy, I love other things too.”

The actress says the characters she gets to play now are far and away the best she’s ever had.

“I get to act in the roles of my dreams!” she says.

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Even more enticing is the money on the table, far beyond what she could have made in her mainstream career, she says.

“... Financially, it’s so much more lucrative than mainstream,” she said, attributing her newfound cash flow to her OnlyFans, her work with the adult content producers Vixen Media Group on deeper.com, and a personalised sex toy making ‘record’ sales.

“My brand and business is booming and I’m in so much control of that,” she says.

Maitland Ward “never planned on being in porn”

Maitland reveals journey into porn career
Maitland says she fell into porn, but wouldn't trade it for a mainstream career. Photo: Instagram/maitlandward

Maitland got her start in the adult world on OnlyFans, an online site for paying subscribers that features at-home content that ranges from sexy to explicit.

“I never planned on being in porn,” she says. “It was just an authentic journey I took myself and my fans on.”

The actress says she sees herself as an innate exhibitionist, and that impulse led her to porn in ‘tiptoe steps’.

“What started out as Playboy type shoots for my online content, developed into more and more shoots of a pornographic nature,” she says, adding she found herself ‘completely loving sexual performance’.

“It was like this hidden place in me was awakening,’ she says. “This fire was lit that couldn’t be put out.”

Overall, Maitland says her transition has been nothing but positive, and that though she would consider doing mainstream roles alongside her new work, she would never go back.

“Mainstream would never have given me all this,” she says.

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