Boy meets world — and girl reveals on-set secrets. BMWAlum Maitland WardRachel McGuire was portrayed by Cathy on the ABC sitcom from 1998 to 2000. Cathy wrote her debut memoir detailing her nuanced experiences on the show. Rated X: How Porn Liberated me from Hollywood.
Ward, 45 years old, reflected on her life. BMWWith both a critical eye and fond memories. The Bold and the Beautiful alum, who has since transitioned into adult film, joined the ’90s hit during season 6 as Eric Matthews (Will Friedle) and Jack Hunter’s (Matthew Lawrence) roommate, portraying the character until the end of the series. Rachel, a tall, redheaded, redheaded woman, was initially Eric’s love interest. However, Ward quickly made friends with the group and recalled her sexually-tinged plot lines.
“Everything to do with my story line was kind of sexual, and no one tried to hide it,” the White ChicksIn her book, actress wrote. It was published Tuesday, September 6. “There was always an undertone or innuendo — some joke that junior high boys might make as they compared d—k size next to their lockers.”
Moreover, since “Rachel was the only character to consistently take off her clothes,” Ward penned, “I was asked to try on lingerie for the producers in the office. This happened more than once.”
The California native, who was awarded multiple Adult Video News (AVN Awards) in 2020, discussed hypocrisy in the industry Boy Meets World producers wanting her character to be sexual — but chastising her for expressing her sexuality on her own terms.
“I need to be compliant when they wanted to use my body as a story point but guilty when I wanted to express anything with it on my own,” Ward wrote in her memoir. “Even if I really let loose and started to enjoy taking [NSFW]Pictures, I would not be held back. [Creator] Michael [Jacobs] would come down and give me a talk about how wildly desperate I was being perceived and that I needed to mind myself and handle this professionally and without a smile.”
Ward is not the only one. BMW star to express her distaste for how the show handled the actors’ sexuality. Friedle, 45 years old, exclusively revealed her disapproval at the show’s treatment of sexuality. Us WeeklyLast month, he and Rider Strong (who portrayed Shawn Hunter throughout the entire run of the show) would discuss the “creepy” and “gross” way their respective characters’ character arcs often revolved around them kissing girls.
“Rider and I talk about one of the things is the constant kissing. We were kissing girls every week and it was kind of creepy the way it kept happening,” the Kim Possible alum recalled. “It’s not like the actresses had wonderful story lines. It was more like you were there to kiss us that week. It was really kind of gross.”
As for their real-life relationship today, Ward and Friedle have each other’s backs when it comes to their careers — to a point.
“I heard from Will not too long ago and he was so sweet,” the MuseExclusively told by actress UsNovember 2021. “He [was] saying how supportive he was of me, but he won’t watch [any of my adult films].”
Keep scrolling to read more of Ward’s memories from her time on Boy Meets World — including drama with Danielle Fishel: