(Los Angeles, CA) – Maitland Ward took home the Best Actress trophy at the Monday night’s 2021 XRCO (X-Rated Critics Organization) Awards, in acknowledgment of her standout showcase role in the dramatic feature from Deeper, The Muse.
Ward’s no-nonsense portrayal of a sex worker-turned-Sexuality professor with a taste for dominance and dangerous encounters, not only received wide critical acclaim, but also reignited a new wave of unbridled fan worship that first took hold with the flame-haired star’s breakout debut in 2019’s erotic masterwork Drive.
“Thank you so much to XRCO for this tremendous honor; to be recognized in this way is so special,” said Ward of winning the trophy. “Muse is such a special project – truly one of a kind – and one that challenged me as a performer and an actress.”
This is the first XRCO Award for the talented leading lady, who also won AVN’s Best Leading Actress and XBIZ’s Best Acting – Lead awards earlier this year for the same film. For Ward, the industry’s most successful crossover artist with more than 20 years of TV and film experience, Muse hit all the right notes: “It is a true marriage between porn and mainstream film.”