Maitland Ward was honored Saturday night with two coveted 2023 AVN Awards highlighting her success in both the adult film and mainstream publishing industries.
Maitland Ward, the industrious superstar, won the Best Leading Actress trophy for her riveting performance as a glamorous and profoundly jaded Hollywood star prowling the city streets in search of her next thrill in the smash showcase feature film from Deeper, Drift.
“I want to thank AVN for recognizing my work for Deeper as an actress over the past few years,” said Ward, who won 2020’s Best Supporting Actress for the Kayden Kross-led studio’s 8x award-winner Drive, and ‘21’s Best Leading Actress for the 7x award-winner, Muse.
“The difference between a good actress and an award-winning actress, however, often lies in the writing and filmmaking talent, and I think we can all agree that Kayden Kross is supremely talented and elevates our work to another level. So I want to thank Kayden for knocking it out of the park each and every time we shoot a movie. I’m blessed beyond measure and I know it.”
Ward also scored AVN’s Mainstream Venture of the Year award for her stunning success as an incendiary storyteller within the pages of her blockbuster tell-all, Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me From Hollywood, where she openly shares her (often sordid) experiences in Hollywood as a teenage ingénue who became a sitcom star at 21, then seamlessly reinvented herself in 2019 as an adult film superstar, content creator and the flawless face of Deeper.
“This book had been bubbling under the surface for a while, and I felt like I had a unique and intriguing story to tell. I am so thankful to Simon & Schuster for publishing it, Barnes & Noble for helping me promote it, my loyal, longtime fans for buying it and AVN for awarding me with a Mainstream Venture of the Year trophy. Thank you so much for everyone’s support… it means so much to me and I am overwhelmed with gratitude.”
Full list of 2023 AVN Award winners can be found here.