The marvelous Maitland Ward takes center stage this month as the cover star for XBIZ’s August issue – the first-ever performer to grace the entire cover of the magazine in its 23-year history.
Posing provocatively in a strappy black micro-mini and holding a sledgehammer as a spotlight shines on her from above, the stunning redhead breaks ground in a smashing 10-page pictorial and Q&A interview with editor Alejandro Freixes, revealing a candid and down-to-earth spirit who has come a long way since her days as a bubbly, straight-laced film & TV actress.
“A lot of people are very sexual right away in life, yet I’m like a lobster, and the pot started boiling over the years… and soon I was fully boiled,” explained Ward, who grew up as “a good girl” in Long Beach, California. “I wasn’t so in touch with my sexuality as a teenager, or even my early twenties. It took me a while to get to this place where I am.”
The star, who found fame on Bold and the Beautiful, Boy Meets World and White Chicks, also came to find her sexual self-expression through writing erotica, fantasy cosplay and eventually, adult film work. “I loved acting and thought, ‘Why can’t I act? Why can’t I really act in something and have sex in it? And that’s what I really wanted to do.”
Now an exclusive contract performer for Vixen Media Group, Ward is enjoying the many rewards of her labor, juggling leading onscreen roles with mainstream entertainment projects: she recently signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster to release her memoir and is set to star in a new TV series, The Big Time.
Ward muses that whether her future lies in adult, mainstream or somewhere else altogether, she is fulfilled with what she has already accomplished: “There’s just so much ahead that I’m excited about… people should be really proud of the adult businesses that they’ve made, and I think that the time is really coming where you can be both loud and proud about it in mainstream.
“It’s an awesome industry, adult entertainment, that I’m just so excited to be a part of. I have absolutely loved my time and all the respect it’s given me. I will never, ever forget that.”
Read the XBIZ article in full at xbiz.com/pub/xbizworld/2021-08/.