Ron Jeremy: My Life as a Porn Star

If gold medals were handed out for making porn movies, Ron Jeremy would be the all-time champion. He has made close to 2,000 of them, including On the Loose: Viva Ron Vegas and San Fernando Jones and the Temple of Poon, as well as about 100 mainstream movies, such as The Boondock Saints with Willem Dafoe. He tells the story of his XXX-rated career in a steamy new book, The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz: Horny Women, Hollywood Nights & The Rise of the Hedgehog!(Harper). And yes, it’s illustrated. TIME senior reporter Andrea Sachs spoke with Jeremy from his Hollywood home.

TIME: How did you get your start in the porn industry?
Ron Jeremy: Like many Jewish boys, I was working up in the Catskills, as a waiter and the maitre d’ at the Paramount Hotel. I was doing theater, and it was a very difficult situation, especially in New York, where you couldn’t be an extra unless you were part of the Screen Actors Guild. I was making no money. We agreed — my girlfriend Alice and I — to take some pictures in the deluxe wing of the Paramount. We knew women could do Playboy and that might lead to a career in theater, film. I thought I would try it out and at least get some kind of exposure, pardon the pun. So my girlfriend took the photographs and sent them to Playgirl. I thought maybe they would agree to bring me to L.A. for a layout, and while I’m in L.A. I’ll try to get some work in Hollywood. Then Playgirl called and they said we have good news and bad news. The bad news is they weren’t going to fly me anywhere. The good news is that they were going to use the pictures we had taken.

How did the public respond to the photos? 
I had used my real name: Ron Hyatt, from Queens, New York; likes to go hang gliding and sailing when he gets the chance, and working on his master’s degree in special education. A lot of people looked up R. Hyatt in Queens, New York, but they were getting my grandmother, Rose Hyatt, who lived downstairs. My poor grandmother was being woken up night and day, mostly by guys. Playgirl likes to think that their audience is mostly women, but no, no, the majority is gay. My poor grandma had to move. Then my dad sat me down and said, “I don’t know what cockamamie business you are getting into. You want to do something, fine, you’re an adult, but don’t you ever use the family name again.” So I used my middle name, which is Jeremy.

What was your path to the porn industry? 
I quit teaching because I was making no money. After Playgirl I went to see a filmmaker I knew. Joe said he only did adult movies, so I said that’s kind of sleazy. Then I did theater for a few months and starved. So I went back to Joe and thought, it’s not so bad. I asked my family what they thought and they said, [we] aren’t crazy about the idea but if you really want to do this go ahead, if you think it may be a shortcut to the mainstream. So Joe put me in my first adult film, Tigresses and Other Man-eaters. I spent an hour in makeup and they never once saw my face.

Were you embarrassed during the filming? 
Yes, a little. There were some professionals there who had done it for a while. I wasn’t getting the liftoff as quickly as they did. It was embarrassing. It’s funny because now, years later when I am not taking Viagra and the other guy does, I am still slow to the punch. I am the slow man on the totem pole. It was embarrassing because I was not used to being nude and having sex in a room full of people.

Were your friends shocked that you were doing this? 
The funniest dialogue came from the Catskills, where I had been working as a waiter for so many years of my life. They had this thing called “Bungalow Bunnies,” where the women would stay up in the Catskills and their husbands would leave to work. They didn’t really care if their wives were messing around because they were doing the same thing with their secretaries back in Manhattan. We were up in the Catskills, and I had a very good sex life, to the point where when I was once late to dinner and told the maitre d’ I was with a girl. He said, and I remember his exact words, “Anybody else I would forgive but with you it’s like brushing your teeth. You’re late; you’re being docked pay.” So when they heard, Ron’s doing porn, they said, “That’s not a big shock, is it?”

What did you enjoy about making these movies? 
This might sound corny or cheesy, but I just loved acting, doing dialogue. All my friends were still doing theater off-off-Broadway and I was doing film. Yes it’s porn, but it still goes into theaters. They still had acting back then. They had big scripts. There were no videos back then, no DVDs, no Internet. I came at a time they called the Golden ’80s.

Did you enjoy the sex or did it become tedious? 
I did to an extent. The acting I always loved because it’s taking on a role, but the sex was 50-50. There is always a little nervousness that you are going to be naked in front of a room full of guys and a couple of makeup artists. You did some dialogue and then they would say, “OK, Ronnie, let’s go.” It was a bit uncomfortable in the beginning, but once your body and your mind told you you’ve done it before, you can do it again. It became kind of fun.

What kind of people were in the industry?
In the ’70s it was a hippie-dippie-sexual-revolution-Woodstock kind of gig. Flower children in many ways. Pot smokers, though once in a while you would see cocaine or a pill. Most of them had been to college. Some have come from broken homes, some from abusive homes. What I tell kids when I lecture in colleges is that porn is largely a microcosm of Hollywood itself. There were kids who wanted to do something goofy and crazy. Some were actors who wanted to go for an acting career, like me, and settled for this because acting was just a murderously difficult thing to get into. It’s thousands of people chasing so few jobs, with everyone driving a taxi, working as a waiter.

Did you get rich doing it? 
I did well, not so much through porn but because of the marketing that came from porn: the rolling papers, the penis pills — which I’m on a lot of infomercials for — the skateboards and the T-shirts made me fairly wealthy. Also the reality shows, which came because of porn both here and in Europe. I go to topless clubs and nude clubs, crack jokes and do a burlesque act while the girls are stripping. I make jokes and then we do autographs, meet and greets, like the ambassador of good will. That has added real good money to the bank account.

Have you been able to have romantic relationships while living this life? 
It’s very, very difficult. If you look at statistics, the majority of marriages around the world don’t work, which is very sad because they can work. Now let’s go to porn. Very rarely do they ever last a long time. There are a few I’m proud of that are going strong, but it’s so difficult because you have to have the alternative lifestyle attitude. I don’t know if we were meant to be totally monogamous. Early cultures weren’t; Greek, Romans, some Asian societies today, but it’s the Judeo-Christian attitude that came along that made us feel guilty of straying. You could love your wife to pieces and it’s only your genitals that are doing the traveling, but it’s a hard thing to understand. You can be emotionally monogamous and physically not monogamous. I think Viagra is one of the greatest gifts to monogamy. You may not need it to be with the blonde down the street or get a lap dance, but to be with your wife of 20 years or your wife who’s 50, you may need Viagra.

Are you still doing any porn? 
I just did one a few days ago, a benefit for a great New York director who has serious colon cancer. We all did a free porn film. I did a sex thing with a sweet girl named Candy, she’s actually here because we did a scene and she is staying over. (Giggling in the background.) I am also doing a horror film in Arizona called Blood Moon Rising.

Is it still fun? 

I would never admit this, and my dad warned me of this, but the libido does lose a little as you get older. Nature is cruel! As you get older, as you get into your 50s, it is more effort to get into liftoff. I’m 55, and it’s a bit of a strain, but it’s not to the point where it’s a chore because then I just wouldn’t do it. I don’t have to do porn anymore for economic reasons. However, I like to stay current. I don’t want to be an ex-porn star.

Marina Ann Hantzis [Sasha Grey] Interview


Remember Sasha Grey? It’s been a few years since the original digital Thinking Man’s Porn Star retired. Since you last caught her work, Miss Grey has been modeling, DJ-ing, acting (from playing a fictional version of herself on Entourage to a leading role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, after years of appearing as a music video heroine for Eminem, The Roots, and The Smashing Pumpkins), and writing. Yes, writing. And we’re not talking about her bits and piece of prose in her 2011 photo book Neu Sex; no, this month with The Juliette Society (Grand Central), the triple-x ingénue makes her debut as a novelist. It’s a dark and sometimes funny romp through the universe of her alter-ego, Catherine, a film student, who enters a secret sex society underworld of the globe’s Illuminati-esque elite—and it will not be read at your mama’s book club. With a rawness and intensity that make 50 Shades of Grey look like Harry Potter, this is not for the faint of heart. We caught up with Sasha at her home in L.A. and tried our best to talk writer-shop and survive the newbie authoress’s inevitable u-turns into cum-talk.

GQ: You are an all-around creative person, acting, music, now writing?

SG: Well, I can’t stop. If I stop . . . [laughs] that’s when bad things happen.

Were you always interested in being a writer?

Yeah, I’ve been writing since I was 10 or 11. I started with poetry because that was the easiest thing. It just kind of came naturally. I think at that time West Coast hip hop was huge; all these kids around me were like “I want to be a rapper.” But I’m a white girl, not going to be a rapper.

Did you want to write a novel even back then?

So many people asked me to write a memoir. And that was when I was 18 or 19. What, so I’m supposed to write a memoir now, and then when I’m 40 go write another one? It’s kind of silly.

In the acknowledgments you mention Angela Carter and Voltaire! Are you a big reader?

I am, yeah. They were two big influences on writing this book.

Now we’re talking.

Well, the obvious comparison when I first started writing the proposal for this book was 50 Shades of Grey. Everybody was talking about that. But it’s already been done. So I wanted to go back to erotica and make it me.

Yes. I think your book is better written and more raw that 50 Shades actually.

That was one of the issues speaking with publishers and editors—they said, well, it’s your choice if you want to take it further or keep it at that same level. I’m not trying to repeat something, so I didn’t want to keep it at that level. It was really important that I use my own experiences to give life to some of the more intimate scenes in the book. So I didn’t want to hold back especially when I had the experiences myself.

The publishers were worried?

Only once or twice in the beginning when we turned in the proposal. They just wanted to be sure that each chapter wasn’t just a sex scene. They wanted to be sure the character and story was there. I think the only chapter that anyone had a problem with was the cum chapter but for me it was really important that it be there.

Okay, readers, the cum chapter begins: “Come.

And what is that if not a synonym for God.

Here’s another thing I’m going to state for the record:

I’m a true believer. I worship come.”

And later (truly gross thing, ah, coming): “I like to guess what he’s had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between from the way it tastes and the way it smells. Salty, bitter, sweet, sour and smoky. Beer, coffee, asparagus, banana, pineapple, chocolate. From the texture and consistency. Sometimes it’s runny like half-cooked egg whites, sometimes thick and lumpy like semolina, sometimes both of those at the same time. And sometimes it’s smooth like cough syrup, which is how I like it best, because it goes down so easy.”


Let’s talk about the cum chapter. Pretend I’m an idiot: why did they have a problem with it?

They thought it was a male fantasy. And I said, well, when I was just discovering sex I thought cum was disgusting. And then when I started shedding myself of those stereotypes—what I’m supposed to think is sexy and what I’m supposed to think is dirty—I started to really enjoy it. Once you feel that confident as a woman, you don’t have to think it’s disgusting because we’re told it’s disgusting.

Now, everyone thought of you as the smart, witty porn star, even though the personality of porn stars is not always easy to decipher.

It’s funny, when I first started out one of my goals was to challenge the idea or perception of women in porn. I think that was important to a lot of people and humanized me in a certain way. Whereas before stars were an unattainable fantasy. I used the power of social network to communicate with fans, whether it was about film or whatever I was doing. I wasn’t just talking about putting a dildo in my ass. I was like hey, I’ve got a dildo in my ass and I’m playing Tetris at the same time.


Totally. You were 18 when you started, and you retired from porn when you were 21. You were in porn the years people are in college. Do you miss it?

I miss the consistency. I know that sounds incredibly strange. But I’m glad to have my normal sex life back.

Originally recorded for GQ – 2013

Kaydon Kross [Jenna Nikol] Interview


Fresh-faced and dressed in a white tunic and leggings, Kayden Kross sits at her dining room table in the San Fernando Valley with the California sunlight pouring in through the doors behind her. She runs her fingers through her long blonde hair and occasionally places a hand on her belly: at 28 years old, she’s expecting her first child* with her fiancé, Manuel Ferrara.

But Kross has an unconventional background leading up to motherhood—the Sacramento native is one of porn’s biggest stars. With a resume that includes leads in movies like Body Heat and Tyler’s Wood (a spoof on Tiger Woods’ many transgressions, starring Kross as Elin Nordegren), she’s won awards ranging from Best American Starlet to Hottest Sex Scene. Kross has also held coveted contracts with big-name production companies including Vivid, Adam & Eve, and Digital Playground.

Kross and I talked that afternoon about the intersection of porn and motherhood, dealing with her haters, and her biggest concerns about going through labor.


Thank you!

This is your first, right?

This is my first and only. I’ve always known I only want one.

Are you excited?

I am. There’s that whole tension though, because essentially the physics of one human head inside of a totally different human’s body—it has to come out somehow. I read somewhere that over the course of human evolution, there was this big burst forward with human intelligence, when language and tools started becoming a thing and we just were picking up pace. And the thing that slowed us down was that the head couldn’t get any bigger. Like, that’s literally what stopped us from advancing any further in evolution. Our skulls got too big for our hips.

We actually wouldn’t be able to get out.

That’s all that happened. At my last doctor’s appointment, they measured her skull, and it’s 22 centimeters, and I was like, “It’s gonna stay like that, right? She just gets fatter from now on?” And they were like, “Nope. It gets bigger.”

So was the pregnancy planned?

It was planned in the sense that we weren’t actively trying, we just weren’t actively not trying. You know, people go for 10 years trying to have a kid, and it’s this thing that is worked towards. So when we were like, “Yeah, we’re gonna have a kid now,” in my head I was like, “OK, so in the next couple of years, something will take.” We talked about it in March, I think, and then suddenly I show up pregnant. I’m like, “Are you fucking kidding me?” I thought I had a good six months at least to get used to the idea.

Did you have a hard time giving your body over to pregnancy, especially since your appearance is part of your job?

The anxiety I went in with was probably worse than the anxiety I’ve had during the pregnancy. In this industry, it’s not only like, “Will I look fat in clothes?” but also, “will I have changes in the most intimate places?” I don’t think there’s any other industry in the world where you fear an episiotomy scar, if it comes to that. With the weight gain, I was lucky. I didn’t have too much discipline. I just hated all food being pregnant.

We have to be so many things, and one is this eternally youthful sex symbol. It’s funny too, ‘cause we are supposed to be motherly and nurturing, but how are you also supposed to be young and youthful and untouched-looking? It’s really unfortunate.

It seems like some people might have a hard time with the whole porn-star-becomes-mom thing.

Yeah, they kind of don’t mesh well. I remember when I first met porn stars, I was like, “You have kids? How do you do that?” But being around it, I got used to it. I mean, I was shocked when people started having kids just in general. People I went to high school with. You hear about it and you’re like, “Are you old enough for that? Is that OK?”

Obviously there are gong to be things. Like, I’m not going to want her to dig through certain boxes in the garage. But on the other hand, there are so many worse things that I’m going to have to steer her through in life. I don’t know if you saw [our pet] bunny sitting in the window? This bunny is awesome. She’s six years old. Best-case scenario, she’ll live to be nine years old. So I’m gonna have this baby, she’s gonna be attached to this bunny, and right when she’s most attached, this rabbit’s going to keel over on her. I’m gonna have to explain death to a three-year-old.

Kayden Kross

When do you think you’ll tell her about your porn career?

It’s going to be one of those things that I’m going to gauge based on how long I think I can hold off on telling her. Obviously the longer I can wait, the better. To some extent, I think I can wait until she’s an adult. I don’t get recognized as much now. I just don’t. If I put on makeup and high heels and a spray tan, yes, but even then it’s not as often.

But it could be something as stupid as some die-hard fan seeing me in a coffee shop when she’s seven years old. I have a friend whose son is 12 now, and she was getting really popular when he was seven or eight, and she took him to Disney Land. It’s Disney Land. You’d think that people would have some type of tact there. There are kids everywhere, and some guy just started yelling her name, freaking out—but her porn name. And so her son turns to her and says, “Why do they call you that?”

Oh, no…

And she’s like, “I don’t know, honey!” And the guy just would not let up! I mean it’s Disney Land, she’s with kids, like, shut up. You can’t control for other people, but there will be the padding of years and aging and being buried beneath other stuff that comes out.

Do you worry about what her reaction is going to be when she does find out?

No. I mean, I’m not religious, and we’re not gonna raise her in a religious way, or with the attitude that sex is somehow shameful or bad. So that fear of sex that comes from that will not be there.

We have to be so many things, and one is this eternally youthful sex symbol. It’s funny too, ‘cause we are supposed to be motherly and nurturing, but how are you also supposed to be young and youthful and untouched-looking?
I mean, there’s obviously going to be the idea that there’s a time and a place for it, you don’t just go out and… I mean, its funny coming from a porn star to say that, but you don’t just go out and fuck and spread it around everywhere for no good reason, for attention or whatever you’re doing. There are reasons to have it and reasons not to have it. So I think she’s gonna have a very healthy idea of what sex is, and it’s not gonna be a scary, evil, bad, secret, mysterious thing.

Right. And you do it for a job, you take good care of yourself, you’ve managed your money well, and you have clear boundaries about what you will and won’t do.

Yeah, in general, boundaries with sex are important, but especially when your job is sex, you need to have them. It’s a cultural thing that boundaries have fallen all over the place. I want her to have the healthy attitude that sex is natural and normal.

It might be hard to keep your career from her as she gets older, though.

Right. There’s the internet. But my fiancé, her father, has a seven-year-old from a previous marriage, and that little boy has no idea. He’s not, like, let loose on the internet, it’s not like someone hands him an iPhone and says, “Go play.” I think we use technology way too often with kids. There will be an age—13, 14, 15—where she has more access to the internet, but I think that 13 years from now, with the number of girls who go through the industry, it will be really hard to find me, and to recognize me looking like I do at that point in time.

I’m not gonna say that that’s impossible. But there are ways to handle it. And I think for the most part, people are rational, and for the most part, even if I were to be recognized, there’s not gonna be, like, a line of dudes coming up to me while I’m holding a three-year-old being like, “Hey, I really like your pornography.”

Yes, one would hope.

Not that it can’t happen, there are people who just don’t have that filter or whatever it is, but for the most part, we’re mostly rational people dealing with other rational people.

The place that I know I shouldn’t take her is New York City. I get recognized there all the time. It’s so weird. You go to New York and everyone in New York knows porn.

Oh, really? I would think there would be more recognition in L.A.

I think in L.A. there are so many bigger names, you know? Like you’ve got reality stars all over the place, musicians, real entertainers. So when they see a porn star, they’re like, “Well, I saw Tom Cruise yesterday.”

So what would you think if your daughter wanted to get into porn?

The thing I’m worried about most is that she will see it as a quick ticket, because it is, and it would be very hard to sit down and say, “OK, so I did this, and I was actually fine with it, and it went really well for me—but please don’t.” That’s gonna be hard to explain.

I think that a big problem with porn is just the way the model is. You have your little seven-year rise, and then you’re just—you’re out. Other things that might be worth pursuing, while they’re a lot more work on the front end, you have a career for 30 years. And so that would be the thing that I would be worried about with her. I wouldn’t want my daughter to go in, make a bunch of money, get really used to this lifestyle, and then just fall off. And then come close to 30 and be like, what do I do now?

There are so many things you can do if you apply yourself, and I would want her to do one of those things.

So it’s not about sex, it’s really about the practicality of the career.

The thing I’m worried about most is that she will see it as a quick ticket, because it is, and it would be very hard to sit down and say, “OK, so I did this, and I was actually fine with it, and it went really well for me—but please don’t.” That’s gonna be hard to explain.
Well, for a girl in porn, you have seven to 10 years, if you’re really, really committed. I don’t want to say you can’t make it, but it’s seldom that you see people make it. The odds are not for her.

I came into the industry at a different time, and it doesn’t exist now, and it definitely won’t exist in 20 years. Now, you have to do so much more for so much less. It’s kind of this race to the bottom: everyone’s shooting cheaper and cheaper. It’s not even a really good option for her, even if she came in with the same mindset as I did.

I don’t want to shun the industry and say it’s bad, it’s just hard if you’re starting out now. You have to be more creative than ever—it’s run like a business, it’s not just waterfall income.

Is the kind of success that you had in porn rare?

It is, I would say it’s rare and it requires a lot of discipline. I was lucky enough to have already had the experience, because I was a dancer before I got into adult. I had that lifestyle, and it was unsustainable. So when I came into adult, I was so shaken up by the idea of reaching an end and not having a career, that I tucked away a lot of money.

How do you deal with the haters, and the judgment of people who feel like porn stars shouldn’t have kids?

To be honest, there are some cases where porn stars shouldn’t have kids. There are some cases where doctors shouldn’t have kids. It’s a matter of the person. Some people shouldn’t have kids. You have to have the resources. And I don’t mean you shouldn’t have kids if you don’t have money. I mean, if you don’t have the actual emotional resources, the things that you need to give a child so that he or she can grow up in an environment where he or she feels loved and respected—if you can’t provide that, don’t bring a fricking kid into the world!

And I think there’s just a perception of what a porn star is. And we do push that perception, ‘cause that’s what we’re selling. But you think of a porn star as someone who is impulsive and just kind of does whatever at any cost and for any amount of attention, but you have to remember they’re doing this for a camera; they’re being paid to portray this character. But that tends to not translate to someone who might be very nurturing and stable for a young person.

So I can see why the perception’s there, it’s just like… you can’t look at an actor and say, “Oh that person’s a bad person, didn’t you see this movie?”

Yeah, true. People have a visceral reaction to people in the adult industry even being around kids. Do you remember when Sasha Grey went and read at an elementary school, and there was that huge backlash?

Yeah, people freaked out.

It seemed like an overreaction.

Yeah, I mean, I don’t know, it’s not like I’ve ever asked her, but I almost think someone in that PR team knew that was gonna happen and was like, this is gonna be good press.

Yeah, that’s possible.

Just because, you can’t expect to put someone who was in the sex industry in front of children and have people not freak out. The fact is, people hear sex, and they think all kinds of nasty things, and they think, “I don’t want my kid near it.” That’s just what we do. So on the one hand it’s irrational to freak out over it, on the other hand it’s irrational to expect that people wouldn’t get freaked out.

True. So on the flip side, how do you think that having done porn might make you a better parent?

I think I’ve just been in enough situations to know that most people are just doing their best. And there’s a sense of understanding and empathy, and I think I can take a lot more perspectives than I could before. And just having that ability creates relationships where you can understand another person in a better way.

There are other things—like, I was lucky enough to get in, do porn, do it right, put money aside, and I have set up a nice future for this child. There’s not going to be some point where I have to choose between buying her a Christmas present and buying her lunch. You know? I always knew that I wanted one [child], and I always knew that when I had one it would be at a time when I could afford to, forever.

Then just the amount of experience… traveling, and the unique situations [I’ve been in] have made me very aware of everything going on around the world. I think it’ll be able to contribute to a very well-rounded person. I hope so.

I can almost imagine being around other people in the adult industry would have a positive effect. It seems like an open-minded group of people.

Yeah, they tend to be. Again, though, it’s not like you get one type of person in porn. You do have people who really do like attention, and they will talk about anal sex as loud as they can in a restaurant, and you learn to not go to lunch with them. And you know not to put your kid around them.

It’s been cool being with Manuel for this time and seeing how he’s been with his son up until now, because it kind of reinforced the idea that you can just control who you’re around. He’s just very careful about who comes over. He knows that person very well, he knows that person is not gonna go draw out this long string of curse words followed by a sex story.

Kross gave birth to a healthy baby girl.


Interview originally for The Hairpin – February 2014

See the Kayden Kross inspired Fleshlight here


Christy Canyon [Christy Canyon] Interview

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.

Let’s talk basics. How did you get into porn?
It was so cliché. [I was] 18 years old, had moved out, was working two jobs. The car was always broken, I had five dollars to my name. And some guy in the business pulls up in a white Trans-Am—which was the cool car of the ‘80s—with a gold eagle on the front, and was like: “Hello, you have a great figure, you could be a figure model.”And I was thinking hand or foot model. But he shows me his Hustler layout, and I quickly realized it was different body parts than hands and feet. He gave me his agent’s business card—at the time there were two agents, now there are 2,000—and I didn’t call right away. But then one night, late at night, I got curious and called that World Modelling phone number. The rest is history.

And it’s been thirty years.
Can you believe it? Thirty friggin’ years.

One night I got curious and called that World Modeling phone number. The rest is history.

You have Porn Star Radar, so to speak.
That’s right! We didn’t have the technology back then! There wasn’t Botox and we didn’t have microdermabrasion facials and designer matte makeup. We had Revlon or whatever was available in the department stores! There wasn’t CrossFit…we were lucky to have Jane Fonda’s workout tape and Thighmasters.

Back then, we had these massive lights that they’d have to drag in….you’d be sweating after a scene with those big, bright lights! You could light up the entire night sky with those things.

Would that ever distract you?
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.


The crew was fascinated with the fact that they could get girls, for $300, to suck a d*** on film.

It seemed like a superstar era.
It was the era of true superstars where performers really became a household name for porn-watchers. It was kind of glamorous in a really weird way. The ‘80s was more rebellious…but it was glamorous in the ‘90s. We were accepted, yet still hush-hush. You had true stars.

You will never have stars as big as the sexy Jill Kelly, Peter North you had full-on productions, you had catering for the food…now I hear that the girls are like: “Oh, I have to hurry up and eat, because I’m going to set and there’s not going to be food.”


So there was more pampering on set? 
We had wardrobe people and hair and makeup people. Now girls either do their own or have to pay for their own. We would spend all day [back then] shooting photos for the box cover. Hair and makeup, lunch breaks, they put money into the box covers. The box cover was thousands of dollars! We’d go to Macy’s and there would be wardrobe girls who’d buy the clothes and make sure they were intact so we could return them after.

Do you have a favorite porn star now?
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!

You’ve got a radio show now, but what’s life like for most porn stars after it all ends?
Everyone is so different. I mean, girls from my era are either M.I.A. and never to be seen again, or they take time off, get married, have a kid, come back. Or they’re like Ginger and I—we seem to be here forever doing different things. My best friend, Victoria Paris, from the late ‘80s, she got a job at a veterinarian’s office.There are just so many different ways it can go. There are some girls who meet with their fans, and there are some girls who just get married and don’t want anything to do with porn. They have kids. Then there are those girls who are just gone. Samantha Strong was from the ‘80s and it’s like…what the f*** happened to her?

It sounds like you’ve lasted so long, because you just generally love it. 
I do! I mean, I don’t know if I’d make a film again unless it was for Vivid…I’ve  just been having so much fun doing radio for the last nine years.

It’s like auditory porn.
It is! Tori Welles is on it two nights a week and I think her other job is construction! Julia Ann has never really taken a break since the ‘90s; she’s on once a week, but she’s very passionate about animal rescue.You have stars like James Deen and Sasha Grey who’ve jumped to mainstream movies and back again—and it seems like there’s less of a stigma.
I don’t think someone in the adult business will ever fully make it and be accepted by the mainstream. Not because they aren’t great! I mean, I remember Ashlyn Gere was just a fantastic actress. She was on X-Files, which was groundbreaking in the ‘90s. You’re just always going to have that stigma. [Brands like] Downy, Tide, Coca-Cola will never sponsor a porn star in a TV show.

Sasha Grey has done crossover, but I don’t think she can survive on her crossover roles. She’ll never be Julia Roberts, unfortunately. I know some girls were just on Sons of Anarchy, but they all played porn stars. I think there will always be a stigma and I hope I’m wrong and I hope someone breaks the mold.

I must’ve worked with Peter North and Ron Jeremy a million times. They always got the job done.

Do you have any advice for porn stars?
Don’t ever do anything that you’re not comfortable doing. I never did anything on film that I wasn’t comfortable doing. There was an era where girls did a lot of Gonzo and the whole thing changed. It got hardcore. I remember these girls would come in and be like: “Yeah, I just did my first scene and it was a double anal!” And I’m like: “Really? Two at the same time?”

And they’d be tricked into doing it! I don’t think that era is around anymore…that era of trickery. But don’t do anything you’re not cool with. If you’re not comfortable, get the f*** off the set.

So follow your heart, follow your genitals, and don’t let anyone tell you what to do?

Article originally posted in October 2014

Lisa Anne Corpora [Lisa Ann] Interview

PornHub released what basically amounts to a chart of the planet’s porn-viewing habits. Turns out that the majority of porn viewers agree on three things: that it’s most comforting to masturbate to footage of someone from your own country; that “teens” and “milfs” are the only two age ranges acceptable; and that Lisa Ann is the most desirable adult actress on the internet.

The American star – who made her name in Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?, where she played Alaskan bombshell Sarah Palin – is the most searched-for porn star in the world, and the second most popular search term in Britain. She also has a signature Fleshlight model, appeared as “Prostitute #2” in the new GTA and was hailed by Fox News as one of the most powerful people in the adult industry.

I gave Lisa Ann a call to chat about being the world’s favourite porn star.

Results of top searches from various English cities, nearly all featuring Lisa Ann

VICE: Hey Lisa, congrats. So I’m guessing you already knew you were the most popular porn star in the world, right? You didn’t need some stats to tell you that.
Lisa Ann: It’s interesting – I’m surprised at my staying power and I’m impressed by the consistency from me. When you get in an up-swing in a career you’re always looking at it like, ‘Okay, this could also down-swing.’ But the momentum has been so consistent and so fun. People often walk up to me and ask for photos, but I think, ‘It’s just me!’

What is it about your work, do you think, that literally everyone in the world loves so much?
I don’t know! I look at other girls when they’re doing scenes and think ‘Wow, you’re so much better at this than me.’ I don’t know why people like me so much. I’m not that wild, compared to what I see other girls do. I look at myself and think, ‘Wow, you’re kinda boring.’

So no one’s told you why they keep coming back?
I should ask that question on Twitter, but I’d sound super-narcissistic. I’m just like everybody else, you know? Every day I wake up and get on the scale and hope there’s a pound less on my body.

Do you have any ideas for niche regional pornos to cater to all these global fans?
I thought about that this morning… what should I do? I should start studying some of your TV programmes and thinking about what I could do to really connect with those fans. I’m also thinking about trying to find some agents outside the US and see if I can do appearances and meet people. I have to go to these places now that I know I’m so popular!

The results don’t tell us, but what do you reckon your British fans’ favourite film of yours is?
I’m not sure – I don’t know what’s super-popular there. Well, actually, clearly it’s MILF. Let’s talk about that. You’ve got a lot of young college boys watching a lot of older women in porn.

Lisa Ann in Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?

Yeah, it seems like it from the PornHub results.
I’m writing a book right now that’s got a timeline in it about this. Around 2005 was when people started talking about it, 2006 was when it became really relevant on the internet. It created its own niche immediately – the internet dissects the scenes down and suddenly people are watching MILF porn, big boob porn, real boob porn, whatever. Then 2008 was when Palin happened for me. All those things worked together and it just ended up growing.

And you enjoying being the world’s favourite MILF?
I love shooting MILF – it’s fun. We do a nicer scene than the stuff some of the younger girls are still having to do. Your scene is more aggressive when you’re younger, and it just doesn’t make any sense for an 18-year-old boy to be super-aggressive with a 41-year-old girl. I get to be the aggressor. It’s still a comforting thing for me because I’m in control of the scene. I like where it goes and I like the intimidation factor a little bit. I think it’s cute.

What do you think your average British fan looks like?
I picture him to be a sports fan, because everyone knows I’m a huge sports fan – it’s something that I have a lot in common with my fans, and I engage with people a lot about it on Twitter. So yeah, potentially a sports fan and… definitely someone who likes porn.

Sports and porn. Pretty niche. So the majority of people with internet access?
It’s a healthy habit! And one that’s way more accessible now because of the internet. When we were younger we may have looked at our parents’ magazines or dug into their stash, but now it’s so accessible and people are more comfortable to talk about it. Kids aren’t afraid to say “Who’s your favourite porn star?” – they talk about it openly. In a sense that’s very healthy, because they’re able to admit to their friends that they masturbate without being made fun of. Twenty years ago we wouldn’t have talked about this, and I’ve been able to watch the whole world change and open up – it’s been very interesting.

Have you seen much British porn?
No, I haven’t. I need to do my homework on PornHub, I think.

It’s a unique genre of adult entertainment with very low production values, you should check it out. Do you think, say, a video of a swingers’ party in Swansea would go down well in the San Fernando Valley?
I’d love that. I think there’s a market, definitely.

Great, I’ll get onto it. The data from PornHub shows that the most popular search terms in the US were “teen”, “creampie” and “MILF”. Why do you think Americans are particularly fond of these terms?
You don’t want me to answer that. You might not want to print it.

I definitely do.
The US is filled with paedophiles! Everyone wants to come inside their girl, but they’re afraid to get her pregnant. And everyone wants a MILF because they want to have sex with someone who knows what they’re doing for once. The paedophile one is horrible, I know, but there’s this comedian in the US called Bill Burr, and he does a bit on all these American shows like To Catch a Predator and how many there are and just how many predators there are in the States. We have a lot of these people.

Gotcha. Finally, being the elected authority on porn, what’s the future of the porn industry?
You know, we’re in a very interesting place right now, with the condoms being a topic here in LA and with the health crisis in the industry. We’re at a big time of change. I think that when people can accept change and move forward it will all go very smoothly. I understand the pros and the cons of shooting condom porn, and I understand how the production companies and the talent feels on every level. I don’t think it’s ever going to be a bad idea to promote condom use within the world because it’s something that, if we did it and it was still sexy, more young people who are watching us would think, ‘Hey, they’re still having great sex.’ Clearly they think our sex is better because we’re not using condoms. They don’t realise that our sex may just be better because some of us are actresses. Or “mattress actresses”, as I like to call us.

There’s a transition going on, but porn is never going to go anywhere. People love their porn! I can watch a really bad movie that isn’t porn, and I’ll tell my friends, “This movie would be great as a porn.” You watch a chick flick and there are loads of different scenarios that don’t make any sense, but I make them make sense by saying, “After this scene, she’d leave the coffee shop and have sex with all the guys.” Movies are much more fun to watch that way.

Original Interview for January 2014 for Vice Magazine

Danielle Levitt [Belle Knox] Interview

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Belle Knox Danielle Levitt
It’s a soggy spring night, closing in on 10:00, and Duke freshman Miriam Weeks is on the hunt for new panties. Which in someone’s fantasy is probably a pretty standard way for a college coed to pass a Wednesday night after a day of classes – in Weeks’ case, two sociology courses and a women’s-studies seminar on the “politics of pleasure.” But these panties have a higher calling. Two days from now, at a convention called Exxxotica, in Atlantic City, she will try to sell them for upward of $50 apiece to the men (and women!) who find themselves sexually aroused by any of the 30 to 35 pornographic film scenes in which Weeks has appeared since she entered the adult-entertainment industry in November.

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So Weeks needs panties. “Cheap panties,” she says wearily, gazing with big brown doe eyes out the car window as Duke’s hallowed halls give way to Durham’s less-hallowed strip malls. “Do you think the Dollar Store would have them?”

It’s been only a matter of weeks since news broke that a freshman at Duke University was paying her way through college by getting frisky on film, and Weeks’ hornier alter ego, Belle Knox (“Belle” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and “Knox” because of her fascination with Amanda Knox: “I tried to find a name that wouldn’t really stick in people’s minds”), became a matter of national debate. It wasn’t the first time a college woman had ever done porn, of course, but America’s collective consciousness seemed both scandalized and titillated by the idea of a woman from as prestigious a school as Duke choosing to do so. On the one hand, said some, why shouldn’t a consenting adult engage in a perfectly legal profession in order to better herself through higher learning? And what right does society have to tell women what to do or not do with their bodies, anyway? But, on the other hand, you know, WTF?

In the ensuing media frenzy, Dr. Drew told Weeks that if he were her father, he would “be chompin’ down on a cyanide capsule.” Piers Morgan asked Weeks how she would feel if she had a daughter who wanted to be a porn star. On The View, Sherri Shepherd said that in direct response to Weeks’ decisions, “My heart just breaks. It really, really does.” Meanwhile, Howard Stern asked, “Are you wearing underwear or no?” Weeks, a women’s-studies and sociology major, did not shrink back from her public slut-shaming. Instead, giggling like the teenager she happens to be, she came forward as both a feminist and a “voice” for women in the porn industry.

All of which is to say that it’s been a topsy-turvy kind of freshman year for Ms. Miriam Weeks, the type of freshman year that’s brought such fame and infamy that she can, and will, sell her panties to the highest bidder. A traffic light turns green and onward she goes.

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When I first meet Weeks, the day before, she wears a rumpled navy jacket and glasses, and carries in one hand a breakfast of mashed potatoes and in the other a pink backpack. She’s catching a bus to the west side of campus, where she has an interview at the Women’s Center for a coveted internship next fall. Entering an imposing gothic building, Weeks is greeted warmly by several of the older women who work there. The Women’s Center is one of the first places she came when a fellow student outed her as a porn star in January, and the only place on campus where she feels totally free of judgment. “Women come here to report sexual assault,” she says. “So they can come talk to me.”

At the student center and later back at her dorm (a blandly girly room cluttered with books and shoes and beauty products), Weeks outlines her biography: Her dad was a military doctor, so the family moved a lot before settling in Spokane, Washington, where Weeks attended a private Catholic high school. She was nerdy and studious, co-captain of the debate team, founder of a charity that sent water filters to El Salvador, food server at an old-folks home, a builder of a résumé that would land her a spot at Duke, her dream school because of the university’s reputation as the best in the country for pre-law.

She also started watching porn at age 12, lost her virginity at age 16 and can’t remember a time before she knew she was bisexual. While playing house, she would ask her friends to lock her in a dog cage. “I don’t know why, but it was something that was very appealing to me,” she says.

By the time she was in high school, Weeks was playing the part of the perfect student at school, but was partying on the weekend with college kids. After naked pictures she sent a guy started making the rounds, she “was grounded for, like, a year. My mom had always told me not to let any naked pictures of myself get out there.” She suffered from depression, which she says she responded to by cutting herself.

Miriam Weeks aka Belle Knox with her parents at high school graduation.
None of which, she maintains, has anything to do with why she entered the sex trade. When Weeks started at Duke, her father was working in a private practice. Then he got called by the Army Reserves to go to Afghanistan for less than half of his previous salary. Weeks says she begged Duke to revisit her financial-aid package, but “they didn’t care.” Staring at a monthly bill for $4,300 that they couldn’t pay, her parents suggested she take out private loans, despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt she’d rack up by the time she graduated. In high school, Weeks had worked as a waitress – a job she has said she found more degrading than the sex trade – so she knew how impossible it would be for someone without a car or a college degree to make anywhere near enough to cover her tuition. In desperation, Weeks joked to her roommate, “Oh, screw this, I’ll just be a porn star.”

And then, having said the words, she started to actually consider it. “I Googled ‘how to be a porn star,’ and all of these agencies popped up. And then there’s this website called It’s like the of porn.” Weeks took a few naked selfies and submitted them, along with her height (five feet four), weight (95 pounds) and a short description (“‘I’m a college girl with a naughty side’ or something like that”). Within days, she got a call from a company called Facial Abuse that offered to fly her to New York for her first shoot, at a rate of $1,200 per scene. The night before leaving, Weeks says, “I was horny. I remember thinking, ‘This is gonna be really hot.'”

While Weeks maintains that everything that happened at the shoot was consensual, it was not the best experience. “They try to figure out what makes you tick and fuck with you. I remember getting naked, and the guy said, ‘You have cuts on your legs. You’re a cutter.’ He could tell I had written the word ‘fat’ in my thigh, so he started calling me fat.” Once they called “action,” she was pushed to the ground and slapped. “And I said, ‘Stop, stop, stop. No, no.’ And then they stopped, and they were like, ‘We have to keep going.’

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“And I was like, ‘Just please don’t hit me so hard.’ But it went on like that, me getting hit, pushed, spit on. I was being told I was fat, that I was a terrible feminist, was going to fail all my classes, was stupid, dumb, a slut. But I got through it. You know how you kind of zone out sometimes? I just disassociated.” It wasn’t until she got back to Duke that she felt the weight of it all. “I remember just being a wreck, like, ‘Oh, my God, what have I done? This is the most embarrassing thing ever. What if somebody finds it?'”

But still, she needed the money. To better protect herself, Weeks signed with Matrix Models, which booked her five scenes – including the “hottest” threesome with James Deen – during Thanksgiving vacation, flying her to L.A. She told her parents she was staying at school over break. She told her roommate that she was going to California – realizing that someone should know where she was – but didn’t explain why. In fact, no one in her life had any idea she was doing porn – especially not her parents, who thought she was still a virgin.

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Weeks returned to school with $7,000 and the feeling she had things figured out. “It was glamorous, exciting. Guys would reject me, and in my head I’d be like, ‘If only you knew that I’m a porn star. . . .'” To explain her new influx of cash, she told her mom she was dealing pot, which was legal in Washington. “My parents would have sold their organs to keep me from having to do porn. When my brother found out, he said, ‘Miriam, if I had known our family was having such an issue with finances, I would have worked every single extra shift I could have.’ But I didn’t want my family to have to burden itself. I wanted to lay as low as possible and just make the money. I didn’t want to have some big career. I looked at it like this: There’s hundreds, if not thousands, of porn stars. What are the odds of somebody even noticing me?” She pauses. “I realize it was very naive.”

It took less than two months for her to be noticed. Shortly after returning to campus from Christmas break, a friend of Weeks’ named Thomas Bagley informed her he had recognized her in a video. He promised not to tell anyone, then promptly told his fraternity brothers. By morning, Weeks was getting an onslaught of Facebook friend requests from guys she didn’t know. A Twitter message confirmed her worst fears: “I got this ‘Follow’ notification on Belle’s Twitter from somebody I knew was in my grade, and I immediately started crying.” On a Facebook chat that night, Weeks told Bagley he had “exposed my deepest secret that could ruin my whole life” and “I fucking hate you so much.” (Bagley, for his part, told her he was “so so so so so so sorry” and has publicly expressed regret since.)

As a professor points out during my trip to campus, all this might have been no big deal had it happened at, say, NYU. But this was Duke, a school on high alert after a spate of recent sex scandals. As Weeks sees it, Duke’s economically privileged student body and “prevailing frat culture” combine with the “conservative Bible Belt culture of the South” to make a “highly misogynistic and oppressive atmosphere for women.” Nonetheless, her friend Jacob Tobia tells me that “while there are some people at Duke who have been awful about the whole thing, I would definitely say that they are a small minority.”

Once her story was leaked, Weeks says, she tried to control the narrative, or at least “make lemonade.” “When I was exposed, I was still trying to come to terms with who I was. I was ambivalent about porn when I was outed, and there was that whole idea of shame, like, I’m a smart girl – I’m the only person in my school in 10 years to get into Duke – what am I doing?” Of course, there was one way to spin the story: She quickly became an advocate for porn.

Our discussion is interrupted by another dart across campus to the public-policy building, where a professor has asked her to speak to his students about her work in the sex trade. “I’m so scared, I’m so scared,” she tells me on the way over. But she more than holds her own, patiently explaining the “money shot” to a preppy woman who is obviously a bit confused (“I’m not an expert, but isn’t it the end, when it shows, like, the vagina?”) before defending her right to be both a feminist and a woman who likes it rough. “Women who enjoy BDSM have historically been marginalized from feminism,” Weeks said. “While you may not like getting cum on your face, I personally think that’s really hot.”

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Weeks is actually entering a discussion that’s been around for decades. “I still get people telling me we’re all brainwashed, and we choose to do this because the patriarchy blah-blah-blah-blah,” says Nina Hartley, the godmother of sex-positive feminist porn. If Weeks becomes a lawyer, Hartley tells me, “she’ll have to be twice as good for people to get over her past.” Sasha Grey, Weeks’ porn-star idol, rose to prominence because of both the intensity of her scenes and the intelligence with which she supported her right to film them. “Just because I enjoy sex that’s considered more perverse than perhaps my mother might be into doesn’t mean I am anti-feminist,” she says. “I think it’s great that Belle wants to balance sex and education. I just wish it wasn’t presented as something scandalous.” (This is not to say the adult-film industry has been supportive as a whole: Recently, porn star Belle Noire sent her an e-mail in which she called Weeks a “liar” and “mentally unstable,” accusing her of “blaming the U.S. school system” for her behavior.)

Weeks knows that the prevailing narrative for women who enter porn is that they’re crazy, damaged or have daddy issues; and so she hesitates to tell me the parts of her story that seem most to fit that narrative. It’s not until dinner at a Panera Bread close to campus that, picking nervously at a cup of soup, she reveals that she was raped at a house party in high school. She’d had so much to drink that she passed out in a bedroom, waking when a guy she’d seen eyeing her earlier opened the door. She wasn’t strong enough to push him away. The experience, and her friends’ responses to it – blaming her for being slutty and careless, begging her to not press charges because they’d all been underage and drinking – are what got Weeks interested in women’s rights to begin with. And the vast difference in her mind between what it felt like to be raped and the consensual sex she has on camera has made her defense of the porn industry come more naturally.

Still, the lines between her two identities get blurred. Walking back to campus, she explains her predicament. “Belle was somebody I took out on the holidays when I did porn. And I would put her away and go back to being Miriam and have no issues. But now that I’ve become more popular in porn, they’ve morphed together. I’m answering calls as Belle. I’m doing interviews as Belle. She’s no longer somebody that I can just put away.”

And though “Belle is too crazy for Duke – a dirty little girl, who I bring into the bedroom, Miriam is studious, sleeps a lot, loves her family, loves her friends.” Miriam wants to get married, have kids, work as a lawyer for women’s rights. “I don’t know who I am, you know what I mean?” Weeks looks at me imploringly. “Like, don’t you have an alter ego for when you fuck?”

Suddenly her phone beeps. It’s a text from an extremely WASPy, extremely handsome guy who’d asked for her number after class. He wants to take her to lunch, “ask her some questions.” “Noooo!” she shrieks, uncertain what his motives are. But then, grinning broadly, she demonstrates how her alter ego might react. “Belle would say, ‘I’m a nice schoolgirl. Come and fuck me.'”

The Dollar Store was closed, so the hunt for panties moves to Target, where Weeks eschews slinkier fare in favor of the type of unencumbered undergarments one might wear to the gym. “They like stuff you would wear on an everyday basis,” she explains. “The other thing you can do is sell clothes you wore on shoots and get a lot of money from that.” She has this on the advice of her publicist, who spent years representing porn stars.

Pawing through the bins in the juniors section for extra-smalls, Weeks tries to explain just how crazy her life has become, from the paper she was up writing late last night on the feminist manifesto of her choosing (“I chose ‘The Bitch Manifesto’; it’s talking about someone who defies the rules of society”) to the way in which Duke has tried to protect her from harassment (“The administration told all my professors, ‘You need to make sure it’s safe for her to be in class'”). This summer, she will intern at the X-rated website Pornhub, working in the PR and marketing department, and spend weekends flying all over the country for porn shoots and stripping engagements. Not to mention the fact that she’s hosting a new reality series called The Sex Factor and coming out with a Doc Johnson toy line, for which she had molds taken of her vagina, butthole and mouth; and she’s still actively engaged as a student. Plus, at some point, Weeks would like to see her family, even if her older brother and sister will no longer speak to her and her relationship with her parents is “forever changed.” “My grandpa has been really supportive, though,” she told me. “He was just like, ‘I don’t think it’s anybody’s damn business what you do.'”

Thus far, Duke has proved to be a pretty lonely place. Weeks’ roommate has been very supportive, and Weeks has made some friends through clubs like the College Republicans (although she identifies more as a libertarian). But forums like, which has allowed kids to post anonymous messages to boards for their school, have been rife with insults, even death threats; the “How will Belle die?” thread had 12 different posts. One hateful tweet read, “The school should expel her, or we will take matters into our own hands and make this fuck up suffer.” And on several occasions, she mentions a high school sweetheart she broke up with just before starting college and how hard it has been for her to not have found that type of intimacy at Duke. “Men didn’t want to date. They just wanted to fuck,” she had explained in the car. “I would have sex with these guys, and I would think that that could maybe turn into something. But I learned very soon that the culture at Duke was not dating.”

Weeks wants me to experience the Duke nightlife, so after purchasing a dozen pairs of panties and a razor to shave her legs, we stop by a bar called Shooters, where there’s a mechanical bull and a sign above the dance floor proclaiming the place the wild wild west. We’ve barely cleared the door, however, when she stiffens. A young woman in a pink dress has glanced over at Weeks, and recognition registers on her startled face. She scoots around the beer-pong table to whisper into the ear of her male friend. Soon, the entire crew is staring – as if Weeks were a unicorn who had magically pranced into the bar and could easily be spooked. Which, in fact, she can.

She clutches my arm. “They’re all looking at me,” she says in a small voice. “Let’s leave. I want to go.” Just beyond the bar’s threshold, she turns and retreats back into the night.

The next time I see Weeks, she’s “Belle Knox” and at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City for Exxxotica – a Comic-Con-esque convention for the porn industry. When she arrives at her booth on Saturday, a line of men hoping for the chance to meet her has already formed. Wearing a “schoolgirl” outfit of a plaid skirt, fishnets and a tank bra emblazoned with BJU, she sets about gamely signing photos of herself wearing a dog collar and posing with men who grip her tiny waist and grin sheepishly for $10 a shot. When one guy calmly expresses his great desire to perform shockingly lewd acts with Knox, she doesn’t miss a beat. “Thank you!” she replies cheerily. Nina Hartley (“Still a great ass from the Eighties,” one guy says in passing) swans over from the neighboring booth with some motherly advice: Never do anything on camera that she wouldn’t do at home.

At 9 p.m., Knox retires to her hotel room to change into a lacy black dress, eat cold french fries and count her newly made $980. Soon her presence is required at the red-carpet step-and-repeat, where Polish porn-star sisters Natalia and Natasha Starr, in complementary bodycon dresses, can’t seem to keep their boobs from “slipping” out, and Miley May, a dead ringer for Miley Cyrus, twerks giddily. Everyone puckers and pouts and vamps it up. But Knox mostly stands there, tiny and wan, staring off into the middle distance, looking less like Belle Knox than Miriam Weeks.

And it doesn’t seem remotely calculated, even if it is hugely effective, this sense that with Knox you’re getting something untrained and therefore authentic, a “Real College Girl,” as an upcoming film is aptly named. “It’s an exploration into her innocence,” said director Luc Wylder when he stopped by her booth earlier that day, holding onto a little fluffy dog with the very leash Knox had worn for the shoot. “There are things that are very clearly indicative of her lack of experience, but the industry loves that.”

Once inside the awards show, Knox perks up when she receives a text from her ex saying he misses her. And the show itself is campy good fun. Knox takes home the award for New Girl on the Block, which no one expected her not to win. Still, it’s a heady moment. “This has been the craziest, most random year of my life,” she says from behind the lectern. “But I’m so grateful to be here. I love being in porn.” As she told me back at the table, “I don’t feel respected at Duke. I feel respected here.”

After the show, she clutches her award and accepts congratulations before heading to a party in a suite upstairs. “I’m getting all emotional,” she whispers at one point. “All those nights I wondered if I made the wrong decision or ruined my life? This just proves I didn’t.” She smiles sweetly. “It’s a good day.”​

This story is from the May 8th, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone

Dale Rudder [DeBone] Interview

Mr Rutter was the industry for over 20 years making real movies, not the cheap amateur shit filmed in hotel rooms on cell phones. Aside from performing in over 3000 films and winning numerous industry awards he was inducted into the AVN hall of fame which is no small feat. Along with this the guy is also a Tennis champ, a pro stunt rider and accomplished drummer.

Now in his early 40’s and retired, he speaks his mind bluntly laying out the graphic truth behind one of the most controversial and profitable industries in the worlddale-dabone-01

Ed note: For the record, CulinaryAnarchy has always held the belief that anything goes as long as it doesn’t involve kids or animals. Just because I’m not into it doesn’t mean its wrong.

CulinaryAnarchy: So what’s your background?

Dale Rudder: You already know the other basics, its all on the internet. People are going to read what they want and think what they want.

CA: What conservative politician would you like to seduce?

DR: Sarah Palin, hands down. Its the glasses

CA: Have you ever found there to be any food that is a real aphrodisiac or do you think it’s more about the mood and setting?

DR: There’s no such thing. Its who you are,who you’re with and the situation.

CA: Have you ever resisted arrest?

DR: I never resisted arrest. I ran from the cops in LA once. I was on I5 and was doing 120mph on my 750. I smoked the patrol cars and then got caught in the spotlight of the police helicopter and I knew it was over. This was back when I was doing a lot of stunt riding on ’01/’02.

CA: Tortillas, flour or corn?

DR: I don’t really care as long as its filled with something good, grilled steak, fresh vegetables..

CA: If you had the chance would you eat the last of a species?

DR: That’s kind of a loaded question but its like this. I support people who go and hunt for food, I grew up in North Carolina but I’m not a fan of hunting for sport or trophies.

CA: So what would you say was your oddest onset experience?

DR: I can think of a lot of crazy things that happened on set but let me tell you what finally made me retire. I would be getting ready to shoot with some chick, hot as fuck, 18 and just graduated high school and they would tell me “Oh, I’ve always wanted to do this, I’ve been wanting to fuck you since I was in 7th grade.” It was creepy.

These girls come in, dumb as fuck, thinking they are going to be the next Jenna Jameson and in 6 months they’re doing double anal and in a year there career is over and it haunts them for the rest of their life.

CA: Any advice for my readers trying to get into the business?

DR: Don’t do it, it will ruin your life

CA: So are you saying you regret being a porn star?

DR: Fuck yes I regret it! I can say this now that I’m retired and be blunt about it. The industry is completely fucked. Even after you get out the stigma follows you. Its damn near impossible for me to find a legit job because of it.

CA: So then what do you think the future of adult entertainment is?

DR: There is no future. The internet has killed the industry. You can find whatever you want to for free and every jackass with a camera is uploading stuff. Its all a joke now

CA: I disagree, I saw a porn parody of “The Big Lebowski” that had a high production value and was funny as hell. I ended skipping the sex scenes to watch to movie.

DR: They still make films. I did a Batman parody and an Elvis parody. Both high dollar films but the only people making any real money are the directors and producers. For each of those films I made less than $3000 each but they made millions. The other thing people don’t understand is that we don’t get residuals from the movies, we get paid once and that’s it.

CA: So being a musician as well, which industry is sleazier?

DR: Its hard to say really. The one and only good thing that I will say about Porn is in that business you know you’re getting fucked.

Rebecca Kensington [Aurora Snow] Interview

Despite her choice of career, she was initially very inexperienced sexually. She had performed in several smaller gonzo porn scenes and pro-am films featured online when she first started, but she has recently[when?] focused more on traditional, plot-based feature films. One of her first professionally made and distributed movies was titled More Dirty Debutantes 152, produced by Ed Powers.[4] Her stage name derives from her two favorite childhood fairy tale characters, Princess Aurora and Snow White.[2]

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