Boy Meets World is thought for being a reasonably healthful household present that adopted a bunch of buddies from their tween to varsity years over its seven-season run. However one actor who joined the forged in later seasons seemingly would not use the phrase “healthful” to explain a number of the jokes written for her character. Maitland Ward performed Rachel for the ultimate two seasons of Boy Meets World, and whereas a few of her scenes could have gone over younger viewers’ heads on the time, the character was typically put in sexually suggestive conditions. In a brand new interview with The Each day Beast, Ward opened up concerning the double customary she skilled as a younger girl on the present and defined why she feels she was “used as a sexual prop” by the Boy Meets World writers. Learn on to see what the now-45-year-old star has to say, and the way her points with Hollywood led her to pursue a extra adult-oriented profession.
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Ward, who’s now an grownup movie actor, wrote a not too long ago launched memoir titled Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me from Hollywood. In keeping with The Each day Beast, within the ebook she writes, “What bothered me was that I may by no means get previous the sensation that the [Boy Meets World] writers have been having enjoyable at my expense and devaluing me indirectly—like I used to be a punch line to a joke I might by no means be aware about. Sporting no garments by yourself phrases is rather a lot completely different from being bare for another person.”
She defined additional within the interview, “They have been wanting me to be this sexual butt of the joke on the present, however on the identical time they have been saying, ‘Oh, we’re not doing that—and also you should not be doing that outdoors of labor.’ Trying again, I did not even conceptualize how a lot Rachel was used as a sexual prop on the present—like me choking on a sizzling canine and Matt Lawrence (Jack) developing behind me and giving me the Heimlich however thrusting me over-the-counter.”
Because the Each day Beast interview factors out, youngsters watching Boy Meets World seemingly would not have registered the sexual nature of a number of the conditions Rachel was put in.
“It was for them [the writers],” Maitland, who was 21 when she joined the present, defined. “It felt like teenage boys going as much as me and going, ‘Let’s examine her panties!’ ‘Let’s examine her do this this week!’ It was all their fantasies. And no person got here up and sexually assaulted me or something, however it was at all times, ‘Let’s take a look at her.’ I believe that they fantasized about it within the writers’ room, and each week they might put me in a special predicament that had a sexual undertone.”
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In her ebook, Ward remembers displaying as much as the Boy Meets World set in a crop high and being informed it was inappropriate.
“Like, ‘What are you doing?!’ ‘You could be an actress.’ I did not understand how a lot of a thoughts[expletive] it was till afterward, as a result of it was so conflicting,” she defined. “[O]n Boy Meets World, it was amplified on a regular basis, and it acquired me actually confused. After I needed to dance round in lingerie and be half-naked and the butt of the jokes, that was one factor, however then, yeah, you instantly step off the soundstage and it is like, ‘You do not disgrace your self.'”
In a special latest interview with Us Weekly, Ward talked about one storyline particularly that she’s not a fan of.
“It was eye-opening to me how a lot sexual innuendo was [placed] on my character. And [male characters] like Cory [Ben Savage] and Shawn [Rider Strong], they have been complete [expletive] boys to me [on screen].” Of 1 particular plot, she mentioned “They stole my parking house that I had labored for. Then they blame me and [have] this complete prank conflict that breaks out. Then they are going via my lingerie [and] they learn my diary. They’re simply, like, ‘Oh, we’re cute.’ After which the women even defend them. It was simply actually bizarre.”
She added of her expertise on the present, “It was extra enjoyable within the first yr as a result of even the sexual [storylines] that I did with the fellows within the house [were about how] they have been falling throughout themselves to impress me.” She continued, “However that final yr was bizarre … I grew to become too annoying to myself. I did not like [what Rachel became]. My character actually had nothing to do besides be [expletive], snarky, or attractive.”
Ward transitioned to grownup movie in 2019, and—because the title of her ebook signifies—she’s discovered extra freedom in that area. She informed Each day Beast that she’s seeking to “bridge mainstream and [adult entertainment] fully” and that “the movies [they] make actually have good directing and appearing, and that is one thing new for lots of people.”
She informed Us Weekly of her ebook, “I do know that I’ve a narrative that no person else has. It truly is a narrative no person has about being a younger Disney star and coming from such a well-known present and dealing in Hollywood. Then many years later—actually at 40 [years old]—making it as a high [adult] star … I actually needed to inform my story and I actually suppose it could be empowering to everybody—particularly ladies who’ve been informed no a lot of their lives.”