Mom & Dad, meet Maya

Maya Avant’s strict par­ents come face-to-face with their daugh­ter for the first time.

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Maya and her fa­ther and mother have kissed and made up. Week­days SABC3 (*193) 18:00

On Mon­day 25 July, Maya (Karla Mosley) is back on top and par­ty­ing with the For­resters when her stern, sour-faced mother ar­rives out of the blue. Vivi­enne Avant (Anna Maria Hors­ford) is in LA to drag Maya’s lit­tle sis­ter Ni­cole (Reign Ed­wards) home, away from trans­gen­der model Maya’s “cor­rupt­ing” in­flu­ence. And when Ni­cole re­fuses to budge, dis­ap­prov­ing dad Julius (Obba Ba­batundé) joins the fray on Fri­day 29 July. Even af­ter years with­out con­tact, Maya still longs for the ap­proval of the fam­ily she fled as a teen, but she might have to wait – Mom and Dad don’t seem quite ready to ac­cept Maya as their daugh­ter.

MAMA SAYS

“This re­union of the Avant fam­ily has opened my heart on so many lev­els,” says Anna. “I per­son­ally know sev­eral trans­gen­der peo­ple, but I never re­ally thought of things from the par­ents’ per­spec­tive. The au­di­ence has heard Maya’s point of view about what went on in the fam­ily. Maya may think that her par­ents never loved her, but that’s her per­cep­tion.” On Tues­day 2 Au­gust, Vivenne fi­nally tells Maya how her tran­si­tion has af­fected her con­ser­va­tive, church-go­ing mom and dad and she shows signs of start­ing to ac­cept that she now has two daugh­ters. Dad Julius might be more dif­fi­cult though.

PAPA DON’T PREACH

On Mon­day 1 Au­gust, Julius calls Maya “a freak” when he’s talk­ing to Ni­cole about Maya, so it’s star­tling when he greets Maya at the end of the episode and tells her that he’s in Los An­ge­les be­cause “I had to see my lit­tle girl”. And it’s emo­tional when Julius then em­braces Maya as a lov­ing fa­ther on Tues­day 2 Au­gust. But we’re pre­par­ing for trou­ble… “I think the best way to de­scribe him in that mo­ment is con­flicted,” warns Obba. “He’s a man born in a cer­tain time frame, with a cer­tain value sys­tem that he has learnt. He is the fa­ther of a child, one of a dif­fer­ent time pe­riod. The choices that the child has made are trou­bling to him.”

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