Former Disney star: "I make more money doing porn"

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 3:22PM
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A former Disney star has opened up on why she ditched being an actress to become a porn star — and the benefits that follow.

Maitland Ward, who rose to fame on the Disney Channel's Boy Meets World, said she makes more money in the adult entertainment industry — revealing she has earned a whopping US$62,000 ($94,000) on one platform during her best month in 2018.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, the 42-year-old also said that she was recently nominated for two AVN Awards, a ceremony akin to the Academy Awards but for porn for Best Three-Way Sex Scene and Best Supporting Actress.

"When people say, 'She had to turn to porn', I laugh because this is a good thing and I'm making more now," she said.

"If you talked to my younger, more virginal soap-opera self, I never would have seen this coming out of me."

The actress said she stumbled by the opportunity by accident while in her 30s.

In 2013, Ward got her big break in the porn industry when she dressed in sexy cosplay at comic conventions and shared photos to her Instagram followers.

"I had a publicist who was like, 'Stop putting up sexy pictures. They will not hire you for anything if you do that. Once you get past 30, 35, they don't hire you for doing sexy stuff. You should be auditioning to play Disney mums'," she said.

"He thought he was giving me good advice but it just wasn't my thing. I was typecast. I was seen as a wholesome comedy star, and I was trying to fight against that. I didn't want to play a Disney mum."

Soon, she realised that her millions of Instagram followers wanted more X-rated content, so she began selling adult content through social media apps including Snapchat premium, OnlyFans and Patreon.

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"For 2018, I was the No. 1 adult-content creator for Patreon," she says, "and it put the power back in my hands. Studios wouldn't give me that."

From there she started going from girl-on-girl sex scenes on Snapchat Premium to her first feature porn role in Drive.

Ward describes filming porn scenes as something that "feels natural" and has no plans on slowing down anytime soon with several porn projects in the works.

"It's insane! At my age, to come in and become a porn star?" she said.

"I don't have a label either. I'm just this grown woman who loves sex. One thing I really like is to surprise people, to shock them and to get them stirred up. I'm going to keep doing that."

Aside from the money, she's glad to still have her Boy Meets World fans.

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission