Brittany Sturtevant [Allie Haze] Interview

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Captain Jack (Fan Interviewer) Interviews Allie Haze

Allie is one of the top stars in the industry and this interview is 2 years in the making! We finally connected and had a wide ranging talk. Allie has the girl next door looks but she can get as nasty as the best of them and that’s what makes her so appealing! Allie is a 3-time nominee for Performer of the Year. She’s always engaging with her fans so be sure to say ‘hi’ if you get the chance!

Captain Jack: Tell me about Allie Haze.

Allie Haze: I grew up in Redlands, CA. I have a pretty big family. In high school, I played soccer and was a cheerleader. I was also a thespian in theatre. I have 2 dogs which consume most of my life. (laughs)

CJ: How long you’ve been in the industry?

Allie: This June will be my seventh year.

CJ: When did you lose your virginity, is there a good story behind it?

Allie: I was 16. It wasn’t really a major event for me.

CJ: Were you very promiscuous after that?

Allie: No, not at all.

CJ: Were you with girls before porn too?

Allie: Yes. I was a lesbian before I became bisexual which is essentially why I got into the business originally. I wanted to have sex with chicks and then it turned into something else.

CJ: I saw in the adult documentary Aroused that you came from a very religious upbringing. How did you progress from that to a career in porn? Did you have conflicting emotions about it?

Allie: No, it just kind of happened. I’ve always been very well-rounded and determined. If I get something in my head and it’s something I want to do, I’ll do it. I make sure I cover all my bases and make sure whatever effects come from my choice, I’m willing to live with them. If it’s something I want to do, I’ll go ahead and do it. There’s not a major event that happened, I’m more of a go with the flow kind of person. Like I said, I started doing porn originally for girl/girl and got asked to do more. It kind of progressed from there and I’m along for the ride.

CJ: How is your family accepting of your career now? Was it hard for them at first?

Allie: Yes, it was hard on them for the first year but we’re great now. Everything’s wonderful.

CJ: How did you come up with your stage name?

Allie: Originally, someone let me know about camming. I was interested but I never actually started. I chose Allie because I was told to choose a letter at the beginning of the alphabet. And Alley Cats was the name of my soccer team when I was a little kid. It was one of the best teams I was on. Haze is a combination of multiple things. (laughs)

CJ: What was your first scene like? Were you intimidated? Nervous? Turned on?

Allie: My first boy/girl was for Reality Kings and I worked with Ramon Nomar. He’s awesome and knew it was my first boy/girl scene and guided me through it. He helped me out and it was a really fun, relaxing day. My first day on set was awesome and that’s what contributed to me continuing to do it.

CJ: Did you watch porn before you joined the industry?

Allie: No, not at all.

CJ: What’s your favorite position?

Allie: Probably a tie between cowgirl and doggie.

CJ: In the almost 7 years you’ve been in it, do you have any favorite scenes? If someone wanted to know the ultimate Allie scene, what would you recommend?

Allie: My favorite movie that I’ve done is Allie by HardX. That was my first anal release and it came out a couple of years ago. I put my heart and soul into that movie and it took me a long time to be comfortable with myself sexually to do anal. That’s one that’s near and dear to my heart. But best scene? It depends on what you like to watch. (laughs) I do so much different stuff from Kink to couples scenes to parodies. It’s all over the place. Princess Leia was one of my favorite parodies. My favorite couples film is Lost and Found. My favorite feature would be Wanted by Stormy Daniels that came out last year. Everyone seems to love me and Rob Piper in Interracial Anal 2.

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CJ: You mentioned a couples scene, is it hard to go from a hard core gonzo scene to a more gentle type of fucking?

Allie: No not at all. You’re prepared for the day so you know what you’re about to shoot. Your head’s probably in that space when you wake up that day. At least it is for me. I like to prepare for my scenes and get my head in the game. I don’t just show up like it’s another day. I try to put as much heart and soul into a project as I assume the director or writers did. Whether it’s a gonzo thing or a scripted thing, someone spent time thinking and imagining me playing out there dirty little secrets. I try to put 110% into everything.

CJ: You mentioned Allie, one thing I liked about that is that it was your first anal scene but you did four anal scenes in that release! You seem to have a special relationship with Mason. Why did you choose her?

Allie: Back when I got started in the business, her films were at the top of the map when it came to showcases. And they still are. Showcases were a little bit different in 2009 and the business was different. It’s certainly different than it is now. Back then, we took things in steps which is why it was called a showcase. We like to showcase different parts of our body and when we decided to use them and how we decided to use them and how we envisioned using them for the first time in sharing them with the fans. With that in mind, I can’t think of anyone better. When I first got into porn, I watched those different films like Tori Black Is Pretty Filthy and Asa Akira Is Insatiable. That’s what I know as great porno because I never watched porn before that. Those types of movies are different now which is fine, it’s a changing business. But because that was my heart and that’s what I know, me and Mason just clicked. We have a great chemistry together and a great vibe. With that, comes her ability to pull things out of me which I may or may not have ever thought I’d be into or be possible. She’s really fun to work with because you get to bounce ideas and discuss things. If I don’t like something or she doesn’t like something, you work on it together. There are other times when you let the magic happen. A comfortable setting and knowing that you got to be a part in creating something. She really cares what the fans thing. She’s on different blogs, on fan sites and she watches what everybody says. She’s into both the performers and the fans which is great.

CJ: You mentioned Kink before, are you submissive?

Allie: No, I’m a switch. It depends on who I’m working with. I can tell if somebody that I’m working with if I can be more dominant with them. I like to take charge but I don’t mind if somebody takes charge of me as long as they know what they’re doing. (laughs)

CJ: A lot of guys in porn are older. Does it ever bother you to work with older men?

Allie: I’m 28! I’m right up there with them! (laughs) No, actually, I’m really lucky that I’ve been in the business as long as I have because there are a handful or more of stable male performers that have been around my whole career. Age isn’t really a factor to me. Most everybody that I’m sure you’re thinking of, I’ve performed with for years. So I have a different opinion of it because we’re all friends and we see each other all the time.

CJ: How often do you masturbate?

Allie: Um, I don’t know. It depends on my mood or what’s going on or if I’ve been working but average, I would say, about 3 times a week.

CJ: You were with Vivid for a year or so as a contract girl. Most fans hate it when girls go under contract, do you think that helped your career or hurt?

Allie: I don’t know. For myself, I definitely enjoyed it. I got to see if that’s something that I enjoyed doing, being part of one company and being a part of a brand. I think it’s a little hit or miss. I think a lot of it has to do with people not knowing what I’m capable of.

CJ: We’ve talked about your anal. A lot of fans are clamoring for a DP. Are you going to do one?

Allie: Yes. I would love to! I’d love to get more anal out there. I’m off and on ADT but I definitely still follow when people comment on there. It’s very entertaining on some days. (laughs) It’s not up to us when we shoot. It’s hilarious to me when fans get ideas in their head that I’m retired or pregnant or because I’m wearing stockings too much and something’s wrong with my legs. We have control on what we shoot and who we shoot with but we don’t have control on when we shoot. It’s not up to us. For me, to answer your question, yes, I would love to do a DP but I would also like to show people what I can do with what I’m doing already before I throw that out there.

CJ: Then, to take it a step further, what about the circus acts like double vag or double anal or a gang bang?

Allie: Like I said, I’m into the old school way of doing things and that’s what you did. You did movie 1, 2 and 3 and that’s how they came out. The fans are ready for it and know to wait for it. I would like to say ‘yes’ as long as nothing changes crazy in the business. Or if they are different expectations. We’ve got some really amazing performers that are doing outrageous things. And I mean outrageous in the best manner possible because I’ve won Most Outrageous Sex Scene twice already. I mean it in the best way possible! (laughs) As long as they don’t come up with something that’s cooler or better than that, I would assume that it’s definitely on my list before I retire.

CJ: When a guy pops, where do you prefer it?

Allie: Probably my face.

CJ: Do you like swallowing?

Allie: Yeah! It doesn’t bug me.

CJ: You have that innocent look, as I mentioned, but you give some of the nastiest sloppiest blowjobs around. I love the way you worship balls, especially Suck Balls 3.

Allie: I’m glad somebody pays attention! (laughs)

CJ: What’s the kinkiest thing you’ve done off camera?

Allie: Most of the stuff that I do, I do it on camera. That’s because it’s a controlled, safe environment which makes me comfortable and allows me to push my limits a little bit further than I do in my bedroom. The kinkiest stuff I’ve done is on video. That’s one of my favorite things because anyone who has been a watcher of mine from the beginning has shared this journey.

CJ: Some fans commented on your pegging scenes. Do you like doing those type of scenes?

Allie: Yes, I like to work with and do things with different performers and directors as long as that’s what everybody else is comfortable with. I’m not into pegging in a demeaning manner but as a sexual manner. I find it very attractive that another man would allow me to do things with him sexually that may or may not be seen as a little bit more taboo.

CJ: Do you have any fantasies you still would like to live out on camera?

Allie: Yes, I haven’t done a DP so that’s definitely one of them. I probably say before a DP, I would like to go air tight because I find that way sexier than just a plain old DP. I’d rather be overwhelmed. (laughs)

CJ: Off-camera, what are your hobbies and interests?

Allie: I watch a lot of TV. I like hiking. I spend a lot time out with my dogs. I’m a very social person and love spending time with my friends. I like to read too.

CJ: You mentioned TV shows, what are some of your favorites?

Allie: The Flash, Arrow, I watch a lot of comic book related things. How To Get Away With Murder, Once Upon A Time are a couple more.

CJ: What’s your favorite movies?

Allie: Favorite movie of all time is All Dogs Go To Heaven or Fox and Hounds but those are animated so they don’t count. Star Wars came out so I’d put that up there. I’m ready for the next one.

CJ: You’ve done some mainstream projects like Emmanuelle and a SyFy Movie, Age of Ice. Do you have any other mainstream projects coming up?

Allie: I actually just got asked to do another SyFy flick so I hope it comes through. I just had a director contact me to possibly shoot something this year. Hopefully there will be something coming up in the future. I do love to do it!

CJ: What does the future hold for Allie Haze? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Allie: I still see myself here. I don’t see myself going anywhere, that’s for sure. I’ll definitely be directing by then, that’s something I want to do. So I’ll be directing and still performing.

CJ: Any new projects coming up that your fans can look forward to?

Allie: I’ve been working on a lot of stuff but I’m not allowed to talk about it! (laughs) I have a couple new scenes coming from Naughty America. I did a couple of really cool photo shoots that will be coming out in magazines. I would say in February, people can start seeing a lot more of me. And I’ll be signing for AEBN at the Adult Entertainment Expo this week and hosting a couple of parties. I’m dancing on Friday night at the Hustler Club with Alexis Monroe, Teagan Presley, Kayden Kross and Kaylani Lei. And the 5 of us are hosting at Chateau on Saturday. I’m also available for fan voting on the AVN site!

CJ: And how can fans get ahold of you?

Allie: On Twitter, I’m @AllieHaze. I have Instagram which I’m not good at which is ItsAllieHaze.

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Originally posted on adultdvdtalk.com

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.

Rachel Swimmer [Tasha Reign] Interview

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A gender studies degree from UCLA, 4 years experience in the adult industry and her own production company on her resume, Tasha Reign has big plans for the future of porn.

Born Rachel Swimmer and raised in Laguna Beach, California, the 25-year-old adult actress hopes to normalize the industry as a medium of entertainment and to show how much porn stars have in common with the average person.

Why Tasha Reign?
I picked the name Tasha Reign because I used to strip at a club called Silver Reign in Santa Monica. I took the name from there because I thought it was powerful and sexy. I just brainstormed the name Tasha, actually, with my girlfriends from home and with my mom. We just thought that sounded really good together.

Her work schedule
I actually don’t shoot that often. This month I’ve probably shot a couple times a week or maybe once a week, or danced once a week. I do work from home. I have a production company that I have to make phone calls for, and do all that kind of stuff with, but in terms of actually being in a movie or in a shoot, or dancing, it’s really just a few times a week at the most.
I mean, at the beginning of my career, it was a definitely a lot more than that. I did a lot of work in the beginning and now the work that I do is more selective, so I just kind of decide whether or not it’s something worth shooting, if it financially makes sense, if I want to work for that company… also the industry’s shifted. I’ve been in it for four years or so and it’s definitely shifted. Piracy and a lot of different things contribute to slowing down business. I think work is a lot more limited, so I’m lucky that I still get to work.

How to prep for a porn scene
I have to be careful of the way I look, and work out, and tan and hair and nails and all of that type of stuff. For an anal scene, I definitely have to prepare myself physically and mentally for the next day because I don’t do anal very much. There are many different things that I have to do looks-wise. If it’s just a girl-girl scene, I don’t really have to do much, other than just make sure I have a clean test, and show up on time and bring whatever they want me to bring. It’s a lot more complicated when it’s for my own company, which I do appreciate and like, but at the same time, it’s a lot easier to just show up and give a good performance, because that’s what I love doing!

How long does a scene take to shoot?
It depends. If it’s just one internet scene, it could only take one day. You get there at 8 am for hair and make up. You’re probably out of the chair by 10:30, and then you need to get in something called “pretty girls,” which are just photos of yourself alone, then from 11:30 to 12, you’ll have something called sex stills with the other performer, then you’ll have a lunch break and then from there, you might shoot dialogue and an intro scene for a few more hours, then by the time you’ve shot an hour of hard-core and then another hour of soft-core, you could be out by really late at night.
So it could be an all day thing. If it’s a movie, that will start early in the morning and go into the evening, like we’ll have shoots at 3 in the morning, and then come back to set at 10 in the morning, so it’s crazy, we work really hard for several days to shoot a movie.

On ‘Pretty Girls’
It starts with the outfit that you’re going to wear in the scene, then lingerie underneath it, and then down to nude. We call those “pretty girls.”

On Storylines, Stills and ‘Pop Shots’
They’re the actual sex that you’re going to be having, the five or six positions that you’re going to be doing with your scene partner in the same location. We do something called “storyline,” which is pictures of what’s going on in the scene in the intro, and then during, and then after. The intro could be dialogue or anything—if you’re talking to someone, or walking into a room, or sitting down on a couch, or dancing at a party, whatever the scene is. Then the sex stills come after that, which could be blowjob, doggie, cowgirl, whatever ones that your director chooses. And then “pop shot” pictures, of when the guy will cum.

Her first anal scene
I have a couple scenes that I really love from my own site and movies. One with Peter North was my first anal scene. I think that’s a really cool scene. I love a movie I shot called Pony Tails, and that was released in February. All the scenes in there are really great, I’m really proud of it, and it’s really different from any other movie I’ve ever shot. I’ve done double penetration for a movie called “Streaker Girls” which is a movie I also made for Reign Productions [her production company]. I just think a lot of the firsts are always fun. Sometimes it’s an actual first on camera, or just a first in adult and it’s really special.

So double penetration?
It’s actually my favorite. I’ve only really done it once because it’s something that you don’t really do. People always say to do things at home before you do them on camera, but unless you have a crazy sex life at home, it’d be hard to calculate that one. I’m sure I could get some performers to come over, but I never did, and did it for the first time on camera, and it was so much fun. It’s my favorite thing to do.

Douching Etiquette
I definitely douche before every scene. I think it isn’t good if you do it all the time, because it might not be healthy if you’re doing it 24/7, but it’s important for you to feel comfortable and for you to make sure your scene partner feels comfortable and you want to make you smell good and taste good and all of the things that go into having sex.

How to brainstorm for porn plots
The most important thing is to be in touch with your own sexuality, and think, “okay, is this something that would excite other people? Sometimes I don’t even think about other people. I just think about what would make me happy. What’s my fantasy? A huge part of it is what would turn me on, but another part is also what I like to look at. It depends on the mood I’m in. I like to have creative scenarios and things that are different and unique.
My latest film, “Daddy’s Little Groupie” was really cute. It’s about these rock stars in LA, and my dad in the movie works for one of them and brings me up to their house, and I hook up with one of the rock guys, and I hook up with another girl who’s a rock star, and then there’s some wife-swapping in there, and it was pretty different and dirty. I like to do things on the edge.

Do you identify with the feminist porn movement?
Sometimes I don’t like to identify with feminism, because I think that people are so critical, but lately, especially after graduation, I kind of feel like I shouldn’t let anybody else take that away from me, and I definitely feel like [performing in pornography] is something that I’m proud of.
I empower myself when I have sex because I want to do it. It’s my conscious choice. I just really want to normalize sexuality and pornography as a medium for entertainment. So a lot of feminist ideals go into my work, whether it’s just making sure that I enjoy what I do or that I send a positive message out when I’m doing a scene, and that doesn’t mean the scene has to be a gentle nice scene, it just means that I wanted to be there, and I chose to be there and I enjoyed myself.
I feel like I stay true to myself and I do what makes me happy.

Her profession is not a secret
My family and friends definitely know what I do because I’ve been in this business for four years and I’m very outspoken about it. I write for all sort of outlets, from Al Jazeera to OC Weekly. That’s part of me being a feminist. I try not to hide it. I want everyone to know that I’m proud of what I do and try to make it something that it is a norm for other people too.

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On the Duke porn star: ‘People wanted to sensationalize something that really wasn’t very sensational at all’
What happened was that she was verbally harassed. Her classmates made her feel uncomfortable about her career and I don’t think she fully understood the repercussions of being an adult actress in society, especially at such a privileged institution like Duke. Unfortunately, she got a lot of media attention, and she wasn’t prepared for that. All of my coworkers have faced discrimination and a lot of [adult actors] go to colleges. A lot of people can’t tell their families and friends because of judgment. Duke as an institution is so privileged and so elite, so it’s really more of a socioeconomic issue.

People wanted to sensationalize something that really wasn’t very sensational at all. She and I have actually spoken a lot and she’s awesome. I think that she just wasn’t ready for that type of exposure and also people didn’t treat her the way she should have been treated. But I think she helps to bring about a really valuable discussion. Everybody talks about this, whether it’s negative or positive, people have been talking about it and reaching out and bringing awareness to a minority group, which is the adult industry, and going “Oh, so we can’t treat these people like they’re this other thing that doesn’t deserve rights.”

I think in a way, we produce certain stereotypes that perpetuated negative things and ideas about porn stars, but at the same time, I think it’s also diverted the typical idea of what an adult actress in 2014 is.

Interview for 7deadly Magazine – 2014

Marina Ann Hantzis [Sasha Grey] Interview

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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.”

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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?
Exactly.

Article originally posted in www.supercompressor.com October 2014