'Boy Meets World' actress is now a porn star: 'I need to do this'

Former "Boy Meets World" star Maitland Ward is opening up about her "authentic journey" into porn.

The actress, who starred on the ABC sitcom as Rachel McGuire from 1998 until 2000, was interviewed by InTouch Weekly ahead of the release of her first adult film, "Drive," and explained that the it was the film's "well-written" script that got her to ultimately make the jump into adult entertainment.

"They asked me to be a part of this, and I thought, ‘I never knew there was anything in adults or porn or whatever that was this well done.’ I read the script, and I was like, ‘This is really, really well-written,'" she explained. "This has so many themes in this and just my character is so different than anything I have portrayed before."

Maitland told InTouch that her transition into pornography "started slowly."

"It all started when I started doing cosplay, which I really genuinely love doing and people started giving me attention for it, and I wore sexy outfits," she revealed. "I have always sort of been an exhibitionist, like always. I love dressing sexy in public and things like that."

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BOY MEETS WORLD, the popular TGIF comedy series, airs on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Matthew Lawrence, Ben Savage; (rear, l-r) Trina McGee-Davis, Rider Strong, Maitland Ward, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle (Photo by: James Sorensen/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
BOY MEETS WORLD - Gallery - Shoot Date: July 31, 1998. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MAITLAND WARD
BOY MEETS WORLD - Gallery - Shoot Date: July 31, 1998. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) FRONT ROW: RIDER STRONG;MATTHEW LAWRENCE;TRINA MCGEE (AS TRINA MCGEE-DAVIS) BACK ROW: WILL FRIEDLE;MAITLAND WARD;BEN SAVAGE;DANIELLE FISHEL
Actress Maitland Ward attends the 'What Dreams May Come' Beverly Hills Premiere on September 28, 1998 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BOY MEETS WORLD - "Bee True" - Airdate: April 9, 1999. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MAITLAND WARD;MATTHEW LAWRENCE
Actress Maitland Ward attends 'The Ice Storm' Beverly Hills Premiere on October 14, 1997 at WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Maitland Ward attends the 12th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards on February 14, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Maitland Ward attends 'The Net' Beverly Hills Premiere on July 25, 1995 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Maitland Ward during The 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Hollywood Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Maitland Ward during "Without A Paddle" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Actress Maitland Ward attends the NOH8 Campaign's 5th Annual Anniversary Celebration at Avalon on December 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Actress Maitland Ward attends the Los Angeles Mission Christmas Celebration on Skid Row at Los Angeles Mission on December 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Maitland Ward attends "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" expansion pack game launch at Eveleigh on December 11, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actress Maitland Ward arrives at A New Way of Life's 15th Annual Gala at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel on December 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Maitland Ward arrives for the "Bags To Benefit" Charity Evening For CHAMPS High School Of The Arts at Tru Hollywood on November 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30: Actress Maitland Ward wearing Sovage poses for portrait at Sovage Hosts "The Starving Artists Project" Portraits on December 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30: Actress Maitland Ward wearing Sovage poses for portrait at Sovage Hosts "The Starving Artists Project" Portraits on December 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 20: Actress Maitland Ward (wearing Sue Wong) arrives for Avant Garde Magazine Presentation of Couture Du Couture Featuring "Resentment.Run.Evil" Fashion Show By Jason Ryan held at Unici Casa Gallery on December 20, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 18: Actress Maitland Ward dressed as Sexy Santa at the Art Hearts Fashion Launch of the 1st Pop-up Shop At Sweet! held at Sweet! Hollywood Boutique on December 18, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Maitland Ward attends "Reel Haute" In Hollywood International Couture Fashion Show held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 6, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Actress Maitland Ward attends Day Two of Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo held at Los Angeles Convention Center on November 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Maitland Ward seen out and about wearing a Little Red Riding Hood outfit for Halloween while out on a park on October 31, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Steve Buckley/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Maitland Ward attends CBS's "Big Brother" 18 cast finally party at Clifton's Cafeteria on September 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: Actress Maitland Ward dressed as Jessica Rabbit on day 3 attends Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Maitland Ward, dressed as "Strawberry Shortcake", attends Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic-Con on October 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Steve Buckley/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Maitland Ward attends Halloween Hotness 4: Heating Up For The Cure held at American Legion Hall on October 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CA - MAY 20: Actress Maitland Ward attends Comic Con Revolution held at the Ontario Convention Center on May 20, 2018 in Ontario, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 30: Maitland Ward dressed as Mera from 'Aquaman' attends WonderCon 2019 - Day 2 held at Anaheim Convention Center on March 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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She added that it all happened fairly recently and, while she doesn't think her fans have seen her "like this before," she's exited about the prospect of where this new kind of filmmaking could take her career.

"I started doing this kind of film, professional stuff, not very long ago -- only a couple months ago. I felt ready. It wasn’t like I was saying, ‘Oh, I want to do this all along,’ but it was like, ‘I need to do this.’ I really feel that quality stuff and the hot sex stuff can be together, and I really want that," she explained. "I hope my past and stuff can add any legitimacy to a great project, to get attention or to get people to actually watch and say, ‘Oh yeah, it is really good.'"

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"It’s been an evolution. It’s all been my authentic journey because everything that I have done along the way is something I wanted to explore and do, and I just did it publicly for my fans, that is the exhibitionist style of me," she continued. "I wanted to take them along for the journey, and it’s been a really fun, crazy adventure and there is still stuff to explore."

Maitland, whose other projects have included "White Chicks," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Boston Public," expressed that she has no qualms or shame about becoming an adult film star, explaining that she has never felt more herself than she does now.

"I kind of don’t give a f—k anymore. I want to be who I am, and I just think as I have matured too, I am who I am," she declared. "I want my cellulite to be sexy. Of course, there are days you don’t want to. I don’t do it every day. If I am feeling like crap, I am not going to go run out in the streets naked, you know?"

Read Maitland Ward's full interview with InTouch Weekly here.

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