Christy Canyon has been in the porn industry since before many of us were in diapers. Her first on-screen performance was in 1984 with the great Ron Jeremy and she didn’t stop doing it for 30 years. Since then, Christy has stayed active in the porn community highlighted by a 2003 tell-all book, Lights, Camera, Sex! about porn’s glamour days. She also has a weekly show on Vivid Radio
Ms. Canyon’s a legend and has, admittedly, seen it all. Earlier this week, Supercompressor was lucky enough to chat with the 48-year-old California native about her experiences in adult entertainment and how the game’s changed since the Reagan administration. Funny and daringly insightful, Canyon never fails to express herself intelligently while maintaining that innocent charm she showed on camera for three decades.
The Golden Age of porn may be a thing of the past, but Canyon is very much in the present and likely will be for a long time. Enjoy the show.
No, the sets weren’t perfect and no one cared. The crew was fascinated with the fact that they could get girls, for $300, to suck a d*ck on film. Look at the films from back then! You could see the light-stands in the shot; you could see the guy holding the boom pole. Sometimes when you look back at those films from the ‘80s, you could actually see them in the background. No one cared, people were just lucky to buy these VHS tapes for $80 and watch people have sex. It was so groundbreaking!Oh yeah, porn made VHS huge
I read an article once that the reason VHS won out was that Beta refused to touch adult stuff and that’s what made VHS so popular. But now it’s all scenes and it doesn’t even matter. I think DVDs are going to be a thing of the past.
Is the Internet porn’s friend or enemy?
For performers and owners, I think it’s their enemy! Though, it affects me, because I have my website where people can download videos. I mean, I’ve been on radio with adult stars for the last nine years, with Playboy and now Vivid Radio, and from what I hear, it hurts most performers.
There wasn’t CrossFit. We were lucky to have Jane Fonda’s workout tape and Thighmasters.
I know some of the girls have their own website and produce their own films. They put it out, and a day later it’s on the Internet for free, because someone’s pirated it. It definitely hurts in that sense. Back in the ‘90s, I got royalties, so I knew how many units went out the door. It’s not worth it to put out films that cost $100,000 to make, because people will just steal it.
Was it easier and more lucrative to be a porn star back in the ‘80s/’90s?
You know, I see girls like Jessica Drake and Lisa Ann, who has made three comebacks. She’s awesome. She just gets better and better. Nicki Bends, Jesse Jane. There are also plenty who will simply just disappear. Eight years ago, when I was on Playboy Radio, girls would come in and say: “I’m going to be the next Jenna Jameson,” and no one’s ever going to be the next Jenna Jameson. She and Tera Patrick were the end of the true era of the superstars.As for male porn stars—all the big names seem like they’re from the ‘80s. Ron Jeremy, for instance.
He is a legend. There will never be another Ron Jeremy. There will never be another Peter North. I mean, there are still great guys now who are hot and sexy, but these guys were the true blues. You know, they actually had to do their sex scenes…they didn’t have Viagra and all those pills and injections.
Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick were the end of the true superstars.
There was some real passion.
There really was! And who knows where their minds were during shooting. I must’ve worked with Peter North and Ron Jeremy a million times—the pool was so small back then. They always got the job done. Who knows what they were thinking, though.
What was your favorite moment or time on set?
It would probably have to be the first time I was with a woman, which was on film Ginger Lynn. We went to all these fabulous locations: we got there at 8 a.m. to get that free breakfast, we got the hair and makeup, we did a scene, we laid out by the pool. It was a cool group of girls during my era. I loved the social aspect of the whole thing. I’ve never really had a job where I had to show up on time.
That’s the best kind of job! Hang out with your buds and all have sex together!