Maitland Ward is loving 45!
The “White Chicks” star celebrated her birthday on February 3 with a fun post on social media. Ward, who rocked a baby pink plunging top with long sleeves and flared blue jeans, shared three photos of herself holding her gold number balloons while sporting red stilettos. See the snaps below.
Remembering Her Journey
“It’s my birthday 🎂🎉” Ward wrote in the caption.
She also shared a story where someone doubted her capabilities of making it big in the entertainment industry.
“When I was 28 years old someone told me I only had 2 years left to ‘make it’. And part of me believed that. And in my early 30’s I kind of gave up on thinking I would achieve the dream that I wanted,” she recalled.
“But when I got to my mid 30’s I said screw this! I’m going to do this on my own. And today, as I turn 45 I have more success, love & opportunities than I could have ever imagined. And I have my massive, loving fan base to thank for that!” the actress noted of her successful career on being an adult film actress.
She also added a message to her followers: “But for anyone reading this who thinks their time has passed, just look at me and my journey and know anything is possible 🙌❤️”
Fans Shower Her With Birthday Greetings
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In less than a day, Ward’s update gained more than 74,000 likes and a little over 2,600 comments. Plenty of her online admirers dived into the comments section to wish her a happy birthday.
“You are my freakin role model, thank you for paving the way! Have an incredible birthday Maitland and all the best to you – always!” one wrote.
“Happy Birthday to my favorite lovely one @maitlandward you are best ❤️ proud to be your fan Love you so much have a great day,” added another follower.
“Happy Birthday 😍❤️🔥👏 you’re still the most beautiful woman, even at this age. You’re very attractive. Oh my goddess,” remarked the third commenter.
“Hottest 45 year old on the planet. I thought you were like 32,” a fourth comment read.
From Mainstream To Adult Films
Ward shot to fame in the ’90s when she played Rachel McGuire on the hit ABC/Disney Channel sitcom, “Boy Meets World.” Although, she made her acting debut on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” where she portrayed Jessica Forrester.
In 2019, she joined the adult film industry nearly two decades after “Boy Meets World” ended.
“I never knew there was anything in adults or porn or whatever that was this well done,” Ward told In Touch Weekly in September 2019 about her big career change.
At the time, she was cast to star in her first adult feature film, “Drive.”
“I read the script, and I was like, ‘This is really, really well-written.’ This has so many themes in this and just my character is so different than anything I have portrayed before,” the redhead beauty said.
Loving The Change
Ward also told the publication that in the adult movie, she “got to set myself free with this and really express myself in a way that I haven’t done before.”
She added, “I don’t think my fans have seen me like this before – really, they haven’t. 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.”
She’s A Versatile Actress
Although, the drastic career change doesn’t mean Ward’s completely turning her back from doing mainstream shows or films.
“I want to slay both industries. I love and embrace both,” she told New York Post in April. “Me being bold and free in my sexuality and so out there with it has really given me that power. When I was like this innocent flower, I was letting everyone else dictate what I should do or what I should be.”
She continued, “When people always say, ‘Oh porn’s going to ruin you. You’ll never be seen by mainstream again. Nobody will ever want to hire you and porn will ruin it.’ It’s given me my acting career back. It really has.”
Last month, Ward won Best Actress at the XCritic Awards — for the second time in a row.