Maitland Ward is an actress best known for her role as Rachel McGuire on the hit series “Boy Meets World” who is now starring in adult films.
Ward is also known of her roles in “USA High” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” shocked the world in August 2019 when she announced her move into the world of porn.
Ward, 42, played Eric and Jack’s beautiful, tall, redhead roommate in the last few seasons of the show. Maitland starred in 45 episodes of the show, which aired from 1998 to 2000, according to IMDb.
Maitland began her acting career playing the role of Jessica Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 1987 to 1990. In 1991, Maitland guest-starred on “Home Improvement.” Maitland went on to play the role of Rachel McGuire from the hit ABC comedy series “Boy Meets World” from 1993 to 1996.
Maitland starred in the romantic comedy “Dish Dogs” in 2000 alongside Brian Dennehy, Matthew Lillard and Sean Astin, and in 2004, she played Brittany Wilson in the comedy “White Chicks” with the Wayans Brothers.
Maitland’s page shows that she has since appeared on the CBS shows “Out of Practice” and “Rules of Engagement.” Now, the star has decided to make a career change by starring in adult films and entertaining her fans, which she has dubbed “Maitland Warriors.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Maitland Ward’s Name Has Been Searched Nearly 2 Million Times on Pornhub in October 2019 Alone
According to data shared exclusively with Heavy.com from Pornhub, Ward’s name has been searched 1.7 million times on the adult aggregator since October 1. That’s compared against an average of 5,000 searches per day in September 2019. A statement from the company said in part that “Boy Meets World” fans “may be tapping into a keen market of 90s sitcom fans wanting to relive their teen-age fantasies.”
In an October 2019 interview with In Touch Weekly, Ward said that her fans are in for something new with her adult movie career. Ward says, “It’s just very deep sensuality, and I think that is a really fun way to play an explorer, and I got to do things that I wouldn’t have thought in the past. Just these sexual situations that are sort of taboo.”
Ward has said that her new career will allow her to “express” herself in a new way. Ward added that she felt like she “needed” to make adult movies and that it wasn’t a case of merely wanting to do it. Ward said, “I really feel that quality stuff and the hot sex stuff can be together, and I really want that.” Ward went on to say that she hoped that her passed as a mainstream actress would add “legitimacy” to her new career departure.
Ward concluded by saying that her move into pornography is part of her “evolution” and is “authentic.” Ward says she wanted to take her fans “along for the journey, and it’s been a really fun, crazy adventure and there is still stuff to explore.”
2. Maitland Ward Says She Regularly Travels Between Hollywood & New York City With Her Husband, Terry Baxter
According to IMDb, Ward was born Ashley Maitland Welkos on February 3, 1977 in Long Beach, California. When she got into acting, she was told to change her name because “Ashley” was too commonplace. In addition to acting, Maitland went to California State University Long Beach, where she was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority, and New York University, where she studied theatre, according to her bio.
Ward said in a 2013 interview that she was born in Long Beach as an only child. She said that her parents would not let her pursue an acting career until she was 16. Ward said she booked her first job, a role on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” while she was still a high school student. Ward stayed in that role for three years. In August 1996, Ward graced the cover of Soap Opera Magazine.
Maitland is a self-described “Actress. Writer. Fashionista. Fitness Enthusiast. Cosplay Queen. Redhead. Daredevil,” according to her Twitter page. She travels between Hollywood and New York City with her husband Terry and her two dogs, Sully and Teddy.
Ward has piqued the interest of thousands, boasting almost 260,000 followers on Twitter and another 600,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares just about anything.
According to her social media, Maitland did her first 30-minute-long scene for Blacked.com, a website specializing in “exclusive interracial HD erotic porn videos.” The site has 1.5 million followers on Instagram and another 344,000 on Twitter.
On August 2, 2019, Blacked posted a video of Maitland for a contest promotion. Fans have to tag two of their friends in the comment section for a chance to win a personalized video from the star. Maitland stands against a white wall, wearing a matching Blacked bra and underwear set, as she advertises the contest.
“You’re going to love it,” Maitland says with a grin on her face.
3. Maitland’s Husband Terry Baxter Is a Beverly Hills Real Estate Agent
On October 21, 2006, Ward married John T. Baxter. The wedding was profiled in the New York Times Society Pages, according to her bio. The pair were married at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California. Their officiant was Baptist minister Rev. David Robles. Their wedding was held on October 21, 2006. Baxter is described by the Times as being a real estate agent out of the Beverly Hills East office of Coldwell Banker.
Baxter seldom appears on Maitland’s social media, however, when he does, she always says something sweet about him.
On May 16, 2016, Maitland sent birthday wishes to her hubby via Instagram. She shared a seductive snap of the two in a bathroom. Baxter stood behind his scantily-clad wife as the two smiled at the mirror.
On February 6, 2017, Maitland said she took Baxter to see Fifty Shades Darker. She said he left the movie with a smile on his face and suggested that “#somebodysgettingtieduptonight.”
4. Maitland Runs a Paetron Account
“To get my premium Snapchat & All my full-length vids with my sexy friends be sure to sign up at patreon.com/Maitlandward!” Maitland advertised on Twitter. “It’s one of the easiest ways to get access! And tomorrow I’m shooting with someone brand new so you don’t want to miss it ???”
According to the company, Patreon is an American crowdfunding membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service. Artists are able to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or “patrons.”
Maitland has almost 500 patrons on her page, who belong in different “tiers” depending on how much they pay per month. Patrons can pay anywhere from $15 for the lowest tier, in which patrons get access to Maitland’s premium Snapchat, to $750 for the highest tier, in which patrons get to have their own body painting experience with the star.
“I am so excited to finally share with you an intimate one-of-a-kind fan experience,” Maitland wrote on her page. “You have been the most fierce and dedicated group of Maitland Warriors I could ever ask for. It’s definitely time I dedicated a space where I can connect with all of you as a fun community. This page is for all the super fans and supporters who want more exclusive, uninhibited content, and who want to support my work, photos and fun.”
5. Ward Said in 2013 That She Thought She Was Going to Be Brought Into ‘Boy Meets World’ Spinoff ‘Girl Meets World’
Ward said in a 2013 interview that “Boy Meets World” creator Michael Jacobs had “promised the old cast would be integrated” into the spinoff “Girl Meets World.” The spinoff lasted from 2014 until 2017. Ward said, “I’m so curious to see what Rachel has been up to all these years. Jack and Rachel left for the Peace Corps, so it will be interesting to see if they stayed together. Are they married with kids? Matt Lawrence and I joked that Eric would’ve never left Rachel and Jack alone, so he probably came after us in Guatemala or wherever we ended up!”
During the same interview, Ward said that she had just finished a comedy film screenplay about a washed-up soap opera actress who struggled to get her career back.