“The Bold and the Beautiful” continued the love story of transgender character Maya Avant, (played by Karla Mosley) and Rick Forrester (played by Jacob Young) last week as the couple reached their happy ending – a grand wedding day witnessed by family and friends. Of course, no wedding, especially a soap opera wedding, would be complete without someone threatening to ruin the day. That someone was Maya’s father, Julius, played by Obba Babatundé. He couldn’t accept the life his child had chosen and the two had a blow up at the worst possible time – during the ceremony.
Daytime TV Examiner caught up with Karla Mosley, who has been front and center in this storyline on the world’s most watched soap, to get her thoughts on how the story has played out. It was revealed that the character, Maya Avant, a model at Forrester Creations, was born Myron and transitioned to Maya back in March of this year. “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which premiered on CBS in 1987, is known for their groundbreaking stories which has catapulted the soap to the most watch in the world, airing in over 100 countries, reaching an audience daily of 35 million people around the world. The show now made Daytime television history by presenting the first transgender wedding.
Check out the interview with Mosley below:
Phyllis: Congratulations on the story that continues to surprise and entertain since it first started. Did you feel any pressure knowing that this story would be front and center for most of the year?
Karla Mosley: I was really nervous at first at the way the viewers … it would be received. As we go on, I’ve became more and more confident…the writers, the writing team. It’s been handled so beautifully and I’m proud of the work we are doing.
Phyllis: Is there one thing about the storyline that you could expand or have that beat play out a little longer, what would it be?
Karla Mosley: You know the stuff with her family. I think it’s just so dynamic. It’s the first time that we’ve seen an African American family explored at this… in such a rich way on the show and I’m proud to be a part of that.
Phyllis: Now Obba Babatunde’ and Anna Maria Horsford play your parents. It can’t be any better than that. Talk about working with them.
Karla Mosley: It’s a gift to have Anna and Obba on our team. They’re so generous in spirit and are so supportive. I learn so much from them every day and… we really are family in a way. We take our work seriously, what we want to do and where we want it to go and it’s really nice to work with such veteran actors.
Phyllis: Reign Edwards (younger sister, Nicole) is a relative new comer but she holds her own in those family scenes.
Karla Mosley: Oh My God…she’s… I call her my 18 year old teacher. She’s unbelievable. Some people are just born to be in this business and she’s one of them. She’s a natural and I think that she’s phenomenal and she has a huge future ahead of her.
Phyllis: Your characters relationship has progressed so much – to the point where I can imagine you two as sisters. How is your relationship off screen?
Karla Mosley: We love each other absolutely and I felt that when we did our callback. I felt it right away and I just knew that this was someone that I can work with. I really felt connected to her.
Phyllis: How you do work through your lines? Do you meet in one of your dressing rooms? How do you work out your day?
Karla Mosley: We usually find each other in the makeup room. Sometimes, we’re right next to each other, we’ll go to each other’s room or we’ll do it on set after we block the scene. It’s nice because not all actors want to go over lines and I’m lucky to have worked with. Again, pretty everyone that I work with is really good about wanting to rehearse, wanting to get it right.
Phyllis: You’ve been such a beautiful bride, how does it feel wearing the wedding dress and dressing for Maya’s first wedding? Why are you guys getting married at the house? If there was one flaw in the story, that would be it for me.
Karla Mosley: I don’t know. At least it’s not [ex-fiancé] Carter (Lawrence St. Victor) officiating. (Laughs) I’m glad he’s there and was at the wedding though. I’m glad that Maya and Carter can continue to have a relationship. There’s a mutual respect and love for each other. I really like that. It was so much fun to go wedding shopping. We went to a wedding dress shop in West Hollywood to try on different dresses. It was fun… it was great.
Phyllis: What can viewers expect coming up in the next few days or weeks for Maya?
Karla Mosley: The only thing I’ll say is the acting is out of control, particularly Obba. He knocks it out of the park. It’s a complex story. I love that there isn’t a clear right or wrong and that’s what we are fighting for. It’s easy to say “Julius is evil and Maya’s right,” but it’s just complicated and I love that there are those layers.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” airs weekdays on CBS.