The Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) story is far, far from over on The Bold and the Beautiful. News on Thursday from TV Insider is that none other than Anna Marie Horsford and Obba Babatundé have joined the CBS daytime drama series as Maya’s disapproving parents, when they come to town to visit their youngest daughter, Nicole (Reign Edwards) and try to get her out of Lala land and away from Maya! Horsford is set for her debut on July 3rd with Babatundé set to arrive on the July 9th episode – their characters of Vivienne and Julius Avant – both are on-board for at least 15 episodes, but they may be sticking around a lot longer!
The actors are no strangers to daytime drama audiences with Obba having appeared in roles on All My Children, One Life to Live and Y&R, while Horsford began her career on Guiding Light. Both are extremely well-known Broadway and TV and film actors with quite the impressive resumes.
Anna Marie related on the telling of Maya’s story and being a part of one of the social issues of the day on television: “This reunion of the Avant family has opened my heart on so many levels. 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. Now it’s time to get Mom and Dad’s side of things! Maya may think her parents never loved her, but that’s her perception.”
And as for Obba, he revealed that when Maya’s folks cast their eyes on her: “Their first encounter after all this time is incredibly powerful. And then [later] they see this new person in the glory of her new world at Forrester Creations and she is absolutely astounding! But how does a father handle that?”
In addition Horsford weighed-in on an additional side to this storyline: “Gay and transgender subjects are not comfortably discussed in the African-American community. “We might see that our children are different but we don’t tell anybody about it.”
What do you think about the casting of Horsford and Babatunde’ to The Bold and the Beautiful as Maya’s parents? What are your thoughts about the CBS daytime soap opera exploring all aspects of Maya’s story? Share your thoughts below!