'Bold and the Beautiful' star Karla Mosley on transgender storyline: This is the next frontier

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Soap opera characters tend to have many surprising secrets up their sleeves, but CBS' long-running soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" unveiled a groundbreaking shocker for one of its characters Wednesday.

"She's a transgendered woman," said actress Karla Mosley of her character Maya Avant, a model who is currently dating Rick Forrester on the storied soap. "This is just the next frontier. It's the next community that deserves to be recognized and respected in our media."

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Karla Mosley seen at The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Redtouch Red Carpet, on Sunday, June, 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision for EFG/AP Images)
Karla Mosley arrives at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominee reception at the Montage Beverly Hills on Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision/AP)
Karla Mosley arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actress Karla Mosley attends the 45th NAACP Awards Non-Televised Awards Ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 21, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NAACP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actress Karla Mosley attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon at Lowes Hollywood Hotel on February 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Actors Karla Mosley, Angell Conwell and Christel Khalil attend Kevin Frazier hosts roundtable discussion with CBS Daytime's NAACP Award Nominees at The Sayers Club on February 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 9: Former Big Brother contestant and cbs.com host Jeff Schroeder (right, with Karla Mosley, left) makes his daytime television debut on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Tuesday, August 27 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actors Lawrence Saint-Victor, Karla Mosley, Zack Conroy, Gina Tognoni and Kurt McKinney arrive at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/DE/Getty Images for ATI)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16: Actress Karla Mosley attends the 40th Annual Daytime Entertaimment Emmy Awards after party hosted by CBS at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 1: 'The Bold and The Beautiful' actress Karla Mosley stops by as a guest model on THE PRICE IS RIGHT Tuesday -“ Thursday, October 2 -“ 4 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Actors Aaron D. Spears, Lawrence Saint Victor, Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment Angelica McDaniel, The Insider Executive Producer Brad Bessey, Redaric Williams, Kristoff St. John, Kevin Frazier, Angell Conwell, Karla Mosley and Christel Khalil attend Kevin Frazier hosts roundtable discussion with CBS Daytime's NAACP Award Nominees at The Sayers Club on February 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
EASTON, PA - OCTOBER 20: Beth Falcone, Linny Fowler and Karla Mosley producers of Broadway for Obama at the State Theatre on October 20, 2008 in Easton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actress Karla Mosley attends the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 10: Actors/performers Curtis Cregan, Jennifer Peterson-Hind, Karla Cheatham-Mosley, Kimee Balmilero and Shaun Taylor-Corbett of the group Hi-5 arrive at the Hollywood Radio and Television Society presents 'Kids Day 2005' at the Hollywood Palladium on August 10, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for HRTS)
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Maya has been keeping her secret under wraps until her younger sister Nicole (Reign Edwards) arrived in town and threatened to expose that her older sister was once her older brother Myron. While Maya is fearful of the truth coming out, Mosley was thrilled to learn about the surprising development for her character.

"This is the kind of opportunity that I've prayed for," the actress told ET, "to make change in the world through my art in a big way."

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Mosley acknowledges that "20 years ago this would be a different story," but embraced the opportunity to tackle the groundbreaking role, speaking to transgender friends about how to tell Maya's story. She told ET that she hopes what she learned will impact viewers of the show.

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MALIBU, CA - JUNE 13: Actor Doug McKeon, actor Bruce Penhall and actor Michael Damian attend Hollywood All-Stars vs. 'The Bold & the Beautiful' Celebrity Softball Game on June 13, 1987 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: -- Jennifer Gareis left) with BIG BROTHER 11 houseguest Jordan Lloyd (right) appear in flashback scenes of a high school homecoming dance in the 1980s, (complete with era-appropriate wardrobe and hair) on CBSs THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, airing Weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - JUNE 13: Actor Doug McKeon attends Hollywood All-Stars vs. 'The Bold & the Beautiful' Celebrity Softball Game on June 13, 1987 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
MUMBAI, INDIA: US television actor and singer Ron Moss best known as 'Ridge Forrester' of the long running soap opera 'The Bold and the Beautiful' addresses a press conference in Mumbai, 05 November 2005. Moss is in the western Indian city to launch his latest music album 'Uncovered'. Prior to starring in the popular series, he fronted rock band Player, which had a massive worldwide hit with 'Baby Come Back' in 1978. AFP PHOTO/Sebastian D'SOUZA. (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
American actress Schae Harrison, circa 2000. She starred in US soap opera 'The Bold and the Beautiful' from 1989 to 2006. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images)
“The Bold and the Beautiful” cast member Katherine Kelly Lang films a scene in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 17, 2014. The American soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" is taking the show on the road again, this time all the way to the money-soaked shores of the Arabian Peninsula. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 19: Cast of 'Bold and the Beautiful' pose in the press room during the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards for Soap Opera Weekly on June 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/American Media/Getty Images for American Media)
American television actor and singer Ronn Moss talks to a television crew in Bombay, India, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005. Moss of soap opera 'The Bold and The Beautiful' fame is in Bombay to launch his latest music album 'Uncovered' in India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, JUNE 13 This undated image provided by Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc. shows "The Bold and the Beautiful" actress Susan Flannery taping an episode in Skid Row, Los Angeles. The soap opera’s formula took an unusual detour recently, trading make-believe luxury for the true-life streets of Skid Row in shows that not only portrayed stories of fictional homeless people but also told the unscripted stories of real ones. (AP Photo/Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc., Harold Smith)
Kim Matula (Hope Logan), Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer) and Heather Tom (Katie Logan) attend a fan day of the US soap opera The Bold And The Beautiful in Utrecht, Netherlands, October 4, 2014. Photo by Robin Utrecht/ABACAPRESS.COM
Hunter Tylo (Dr. Taylor Hayes) attends a fan day of the US soap opera The Bold And The Beautiful in Utrecht, Netherlands, October 4, 2014. Photo by Robin Utrecht/ABACAPRESS.COM
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"We're excited and we're standing behind it and we feel it's important," the actress said. "No matter how we look or don't look, ultimately we're all human beings with a range of stories. Let's start caring about each other heart to heart."

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