Boy Meets World actress Maitland Ward finds porn empowering – and likes that her long time fans can watch her scenes and own sex toys modelled on her body.
The ex-Disney star, 43, started acting when she was just 15 and was cast as Rachel McGuire in the family friendly sitcom in 1998.
The show launched her towards international fame, but not happiness.
Maitland claims that she felt limited by Hollywood, which she says is “degrading” to women over 35.
Now, as a popular adult performer, the American babe feels celebrated and confident in her sexuality.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, Maitland said: “Mainstream Hollywood became limiting and boring for me.
“I didn’t want my only options to be playing the soccer mom on a sitcom or living solely off a role I played in my youth.
“It was a wonderful role, don’t get me wrong, but, I had so much more to show and give and Hollywood just wouldn’t allow any of that to be seen...
“Hollywood is degrading to women over 35. Unless you are Jennifer Aniston or someone else uber famous, they don’t want to see you as sexy or erotic."
“I was told by a publicist to stop putting up sexy pictures on Instagram, because it’ll cost me jobs.
“He said if they want sexy, they’ll pick a 25 year old – I didn’t listen to him.”
After pulling away from Hollywood, Maitland moved to New York to study and write.
There she discovered she was interested in “erotic content” and her own sexuality.
Maitland told us: “I wanted to explore and test my boundaries.
“I expressed a lot of this through social media and he fact that Rachel from ‘Boy Meets World’ was doing this made it all the more interesting.
“I get a lot of people saying that I’ve made their teenage fantasies come true.
“It’s really cool to think that you’ve been someone’s sexual crush for over 20 years and now they can watch my scenes and have my Fleshlight vagina on their nightstand.”
Maitland was approached by Vixen Media Group after filming her own content for a long time.
They gave her the opportunity to film porn with “a script and story” which she loves.
The babe said: “I can really sink my acting chops in, as well as push all my boundaries and limits.
“There’s nothing like getting to an emotionally raw place, acting wise, and then using that in a sex scene.
“It just makes it all the more deep, sensual and powerful.
“Being turned on in your mind is just as important as your groin. It’s a full body experience.”
Maitland loves how confident her X-rated content has made her feel.
She said: “I would never have been able to be this comfortable in my own skin and sexuality if it hadn’t been for my journey to adult films
“Porn is much more celebratory of women’s bodies, too.
“Mainstream demands everyone just be sticks.
“Porn celebrates all sizes and curves are not only appreciated, they are sought after. “
Oh, and she makes way more money doing porn rather than mainstream television.
Maitland said: “You’d be amazed at how little some of the actors you know so well are making.
“So, most popular porn stars are doing exponentially better than your average actor on a network show. “