Maya Avant Forrester has become a major player on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but although many of her secrets have been revealed, some newer viewers of the soap may find themselves wondering exactly who she is and where she came from. Well, it’s our job to fill in the blanks, so let’s go!
Maya first appeared on B&B in 2013 when Karla Mosley joined the cast in the role. Fresh out of prison, Maya wanted Dayzee to tell her where her baby is, and was shocked to learn that her child had died. Believing Rick was a waiter, Maya fell for him but took off when she learned he was a Forrester while they were on a shopping trip on Rodeo Drive.
Maya and Rick’s romantic shopping excursion. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
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She tried to distract herself with Carter, but ultimately pursued a relationship with Rick despite a jealous Caroline attempting to keep them apart. Maya ran into her ex-boyfriend, Jesse, and had to tell him their baby had died. Her excitement at being cast in a web series opposite Carter called ROOM 8 was ruined when she learned the producer was in cahoots with Caroline to force her and Carter into steamy romantic scenes in the hopes of making Rick jealous.
Maya and Carter shared a kiss, but although she stopped it from going any farther, Rick still dumped her to return to Caroline. Maya was startled when Carter proposed marriage but agreed as Rick tied the knot with Caroline. Carter eventually dumped his fiancée over her drive for wealth and power, and Maya revealed Caroline’s affair with Ridge to break up her marriage to Rick.
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Even as Rick moved Maya into the Forrester mansion and placed a portrait of her above the fireplace in the spot where Stephanie’s had hung, Maya grew nervous with the arrival of her younger sister, Nicole, because the young woman knew the truth: Maya was transgender! Maya confessed everything to Nicole, including that her baby was actually Jesse’s and she had been granted custody before going to prison.
Carter was stunned to overhear the truth, and Maya realized she was going to have to come clean to everyone. As the gossip spread around town and Bill leaked the news to the press, Rick proposed to Maya at a secluded cabin and Maya revealed the truth to him. Believing Rick wanted nothing to do with her, Maya quit her job as a Forrester model and prepared to leave town. But Rick assured her that he still loved her and they made plans to marry.
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Rick and Maya tied the knot at the Forrester mansion in 2015. (Photo Credit: Sean Smith/jpistudios.com)
Maya’s father, Julius, made an ugly scene at the wedding, refusing to accept his daughter’s transition, but after she kicked him out, the ceremony went off without a hitch. Wanting to start a family of their own, Rick and Maya asked Nicole to act as their surrogate so the child would be a Forrester and an Avant. Although the surrogacy caused problems between Nicole and Zende, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl that Rick and Maya named Elizabeth “Lizzy” Nicole Forrester.
Pressured by her father to regain custody of the baby, Nicole nearly destroyed Maya and Rick’s perfect family, but thankfully reconsidered. But a growing closeness between Maya and Zende could cause even more trouble in the future! Stay tuned to see what happens next!
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