Preg­nancy joy for The Bold’s Karla

The Bold’s Karla Mosley tells YOU about the joys and chal­lenges of preg­nancy – and how she man­aged to keep it se­cret for so long

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LIFE has a way of imi­tat­ing art some­times – just ask Karla Mosley. Last year her char­ac­ter wel­comed a gor­geous lit­tle girl into her life – and now the star is pre­par­ing to say hello to her own first tot. The 36-year-old ac­tress in The Bold and the Beau­ti­ful re­cently broke the news that she and boyfriend John Rogers are ex­pect­ing a child in Au­gust by post­ing a cute pic on In­sta­gram cap­tioned, “It seems the se­cret’s out. We’re ex­tremely grate­ful for the well wishes as we wait to meet our sweet lit­tle nugget this sum­mer!”

This is quite a year for Karla. She re­cently ac­cepted a GLAAD Me­dia Award for Out­stand­ing Daily Drama on be­half of The Bold. The award is thanks largely to the sto­ry­line of her char­ac­ter, Maya, who en­tered the show as the lead model for For­rester Cre­ations and went on to be­come the wife of the fash­ion empire’s heir ap­par­ent, Rick For­rester. Maya couldn’t have kids be­cause she’s trans­gen­der. So they asked her sis­ter, Nicole, to act as sur­ro­gate – and now they’re proud par­ents to lit­tle Lizzie.

The GLAAD awards recog­nise and hon­our ac­cu­rate por­tray­als in me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity and the is­sues they face.

The Bold has been lauded for its in­clu­sion of a trans­gen­der char­ac­ter and it made TV his­tory when it aired the wed­ding of Rick and Maya – the first time a trans char­ac­ter had ap­peared as ei­ther a bride or groom in a soapie.

“So proud and grate­ful,” Karla wrote on In­sta­gram af­ter the awards. “Cheers to the ac­tors who play with me every day.”

The last time YOU chat­ted to Karla – in De­cem­ber 2016 – she told us about her char­ac­ter and how thrilled she was to be play­ing such an im­por­tant role. Back then she was mar­ried to Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, a civil rights at­tor­ney and hu­man­i­tar­ian. The mar­riage, which lasted more than a decade, is over now but, she says, “We’ll al­ways care for each other.”

In our lat­est catch-up we ask Karla about her new man, her new ar­rival and a few things Bold and Beau­ti­ful too.

Tell us about John – who is he and how did you meet? He’s the founder of a vir­tual-re­al­ity com­pany, KLQL, in Los An­ge­les. We met on the set of a show cre­ated by a mu­tual friend – I was act­ing and he was pro­duc-

ing. One night we all went to a big hol­i­day party. We started chat­ting and here we are.

We have so much in com­mon. We’re both into yoga and med­i­ta­tion and we love to travel and go out dancing. And we both value fam­ily deeply. John couldn’t be more ex­cited about the baby – we’re ex­tremely ex­cited to add a third per­son to us.

Was it a planned preg­nancy? Well, let’s just say this is some­thing I’ve al­ways known I’ve wanted. I love chil­dren. I don’t think there’s ever re­ally a “right” time to have kids. I had a feel­ing it would hap­pen soon, but I still swing be­tween feel­ing en­tirely ready and feel­ing like I’m about to land on Mars and asked to be pres­i­dent of the aliens!

What about be­ing preg­nant has been the big­gest sur­prise for you so far? I didn’t ex­pect so much com­mu­nity. I love the sup­port I’ve re­ceived from other ma­mas – and men and women in gen­eral. John said the other day, “It’s like you’re walk­ing around with an un­wrapped gift and every­one wants to know what’s in­side!”

And the big­gest chal­lenges? Slow­ing down! I’m used to be­ing able to push my body – prob­a­bly more than I should. But this has def­i­nitely forced me to rest much more than I’m used to.

I have a his­tory of eat­ing dis­or­ders [as a teen she suf­fered from bu­limia and to­day she’s an am­bas­sador for the Na­tional Eat­ing Dis­or­ders As­so­ci­a­tion in the US], so some of the body changes have also been chal­leng­ing. But it’s a great test in sur­ren­der and trust­ing that my body and the baby know what’s best.

Have you re­ceived any par­ent­ing ad­vice from your Bold co-stars? Yes! They’ve been amaz­ingly sup­port­ive. From tips on par­ent­ing and birth to prod­ucts that they liked to use.

Do you think hav­ing an on-screen baby has helped pre­pare you? Yes, def­i­nitely. I also spend time with my sis­ter’s daugh­ter [six-year-old Lilia Sophia] and I have years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing as a babysit­ter dur­ing col­lege. So I’m not to­tally green.

What were you like as a child? Very shy, ex­cept when I was per­form­ing! [Karla was in Sugar Beats, a chil­dren’s rock group in New York.] I liked to sit qui­etly and lis­ten to adults speak rather than play with other kids.

You kept your preg­nancy a se­cret for a while. How did you man­age it on set? By wear­ing lots of lay­ers. The one per­son who no­ticed early on was the woman who does my make-up, but luck­ily she can keep a se­cret.

What sort of birth are you hop­ing for? We’re lean­ing to­ward a nat­u­ral home birth with a mid­wife but we haven’t en­tirely de­cided yet.

Have you kit­ted out the nurs­ery yet? We’re go­ing pretty gen­der-neu­tral – we know the sex of the baby but I don’t want to say what it is.

I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do de­sign-wise, but John’s in­cred­i­bly help­ful. He has a back­ground in cloth­ing de­sign as well and I have a back­ground in putting things off un­til the last minute, so I def­i­nitely ap­pre­ci­ate his in­put!

And work once your baby is born? I’ll take time off once the baby is here and hope­fully my mom, who lives in New York, will be in Los An­ge­les for a lit­tle while. But, as I said, stay­ing still for too long isn’t re­ally my thing. I’ll be ex­cited to bring the baby to work. And I feel lucky to work in a set­ting that’s open to that.

Would you like to have more kids? We’re fo­cus­ing on this one first! But I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in adop­tion and I’m open to what­ever comes my way.

And are there any plans for a sib­ling for Lizzie? I know Maya and Rick would love that. Per­haps there’s an adop­tion in the fu­ture . . . we’ll see.

Karla with the dad of her first child, boyfriend John Rogers.

ABOVE LEFT: Karla as Maya with Jacob Young (hubby Rick In the Bold) and their on­screen daugh­ter, Lizzie. ABOVE RIGHT: With Reign Edwards, who plays Maya’s sis­ter Nicole, sur­ro­gate for Lizzie.

ABOVE: At the GLAAD Awards this year where The Bold won for Maya’s trans­gen­der sto­ry­line.

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