Disney actor turned pornstar Maitland Ward speaks out against Hollywood's dark side
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The Boy Meets World star, who appeared in the series from 1999 to 2001, opted to join the porn industry in 2019 and has never looked back since.
Her new tell-all memoir, Rated X, has given us a behind-the-scenes look at the supposed 'dark side' of Hollywood.
One example Maitland gives is that she was allegedly asked to try on lingerie for the producers in the office a number of times.
“There was something exhilarating about eyeballs fixed on my scantily clad frame, even though I wasn’t all that comfortable with my body yet,” she wrote in her new book.
“The degree of my nudity wasn’t the problem I had with the whole thing. In fact, if they had come to me and asked my thoughts on the matter or how I wanted it to all play out, I would have had fun with it.
“What bothered me was that I could never get past the feeling that the writers were having fun at my expense and devaluing me in some way – like I was a punch line to a joke I would never be privy to.”
The 45-year-old recently told the Daily Star: “I would wear the little skimpy outfits (on set) but if I did it in my personal life, if I was dressing cute or sexy, they said it was ‘desperate’.
“They’d be like, ‘You can’t do that, you can [dress scantily] for other people but not for yourself’ and then I had two publicists too [who’d control me].
“One told me ‘You will not make money being sexy, you need to take this off of Instagram, you need to take your bikini pictures off, it looks desperate and if they want something sexy they’ll go for someone 25'.
“I hope that man is listening right now, he’ll get an earful.”
She thanks her fans for getting through it, saying: “If I didn’t have my fans and didn't have social media at the beginning where I could express myself authentically and if I didn’t have the press, I wouldn’t have gotten the attention and expanded my audience or had a career that I love and I really appreciate that.
“I look at things in a different way now and it’s so weird to think at the time the things that I thought were very uncomfortable and very weird shouldn’t have happened.”
The star concluded: “F**k Hollywood and its continued dismissal of me.
“F**k those who shunned me and kicked me aside and told me I would never be a performer, or a success, or an actress again at all.
“F**k everyone who made me think or made anyone else in the world ever think that you can’t be everything that you are.”
Rated X is available to purchase from today (September 6).
Featured Image Credit: @maitlandward/Instagram