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
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.