True hearts

Rick and Maya’s love tri­umphs over scan­dal, shame and fam­ily re­jec­tion as they tie the knot in stylish fash­ion.

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Ac­tress Karla Mosley helped to choose her char­ac­ter Maya’s Monique Lhuil­lier gown dur­ing a Hol­ly­wood shop­ping spree for Maya’s wed­ding to Rick. Week­days SABC3 (*193) 18:00

Rick For­rester and Maya Avant (Ja­cob Young and Karla Mosley) have had a rough jour­ney on their trip to the al­tar. Her own fa­ther Julius (Obba Ba­batundé) walked her up the aisle at the For­rester man­sion but stormed out on Tues­day 30 Au­gust af­ter she con­fronted him about his in­abil­ity to ac­cept her iden­tity as a trans­gen­der bride, call­ing the wed­ding a “freak show”. But on Wed­nes­day 31 Au­gust, Maya and Rick put that anger and sor­row aside to ex­change vows in front of ev­ery­one who didn’t leave – their true friends and lov­ing fam­ily, as well as an au­di­ence of Bold view­ers who have been cheer­ing them along.


As aw­ful as Rick and Maya’s bossy and be­lit­tling be­hav­iour has been in the For­rester Cre­ations of­fices, their love story has hit us firmly in our ro­man­tic hearts. It’s been im­pos­si­ble to deny the ap­peal of Maya’s courage and Rick’s stead­fast sup­port. “It’s been an hon­our to tell this pos­i­tive story of love and ac­cep­tance,” says Bold’s (1987- cur­rent) ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Brad Bell. Karla adds, “Scott Turner Schofield [who plays Maya’s friend Nick] is a trans ac­tor. He said when he read the script, he cried. To see a trans­gen­der re­la­tion­ship and to have a straight man ac­cept a trans woman… and then for them to go on and get mar­ried has never been done be­fore. It’s so rev­o­lu­tion­ary.”


While Rick and Maya’s story has re­volved around ac­cept­ing and un­der­stand­ing Maya’s iden­tity as a trans­gen­der woman, Bold’s story about the right to marry for love and the pain caused by hav­ing to sometimes choose be­tween love and fam­ily is time­less. “I think the Maya’s no­to­ri­ous por­trait hangs over the pro­ceed­ings as her dreams of mar­ry­ing into the fa­mous For­rester clan fi­nally come true and she snaps wed­ding pho­tos along with new moth­erin-law Brooke (Kather­ine Kelly Lang), hus­band Rick, fa­ther-in-law Eric (John McCook) and sis­ter-in-law Brid­get (Ash­ley Jones).


Maya’s fa­ther might have walked out but the bride isn’t alone when it comes to fam­ily sup­port. Maya’s wed­ding day “read­ings” come from her lov­ing mom and sis­ter. Mom Vivi­enne Avant (Anna Maria Hors­ford) quotes Shake­speare’s son­net 116 and tells the cou­ple, “The love that brought you to­gether will

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