At 2013 AEE: Porn Performers Get Asked the Darndest Things

The Huffington Post conducted some gruelling [to listen to] interviews at AEE. But what these news agencies fail to realize is that audio interviews on the showroom floor generally are of very poor quality because of the intrusive background noise.

Also, it’s proof that when you ask porn stars pretentious questions you often get pretentious answers. Pay attention. This is real Inside the Actors Studio-stuff and David Moye gets the unenviable task of asking the questions.

Jelena Jensen [pictured]: According to Wikipedia, Jensen went to college at Chapman University in Orange County, California and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production with an Emphasis in Producing. Doesn’t it sound strange that with this kind of pedigree she’s working in porn?

Nonetheless, Jensen says she’d like to get back to making mainstream films. Asked what kind of films those might be, Jensen says she’s interested in making documentaries but it’s more up to what the distributors are willing to buy.

“Documentaries are a whole learning process,” she says. Asked if there was anything she learned from porn that she could bring into mainstream filmmaking, Jensen said there was a vast difference between the two worlds.

“I think I’ve been more successful in adult because of my production background,” she continues. Jensen says she’s been in mainstream movies.

“I’ve been asked to do a lot of them but it’s not my thing.“ Jensen says the adult part of her career kind of fell into her lap and that she went with it.

We’re also told that Mei Lelani is working in porn to pay her way through a chemistry degree. Lelani says her plan is to keep working until she finishes her degree.

Lelani did her first scene at the age of 26. She says the most important thing she’s learned about herself is to have self-confidence and the business has given her that. Lelani said her reason for getting into porn wasn’t necessarily to pay her college expenses, that she was having a lot of sex.

“I was always open-minded and comfortable with my body,” she states. “Why not get paid for it?” Lelani is also asked if there’s a difference between porn sex and real sex.

“Definitely a difference,” she says. “At home it’s different. You don’t have to open up for the camera. In a scene I’m worried about sucking in my stomach.”

Before porn, Lelani said she never tried anal but it was something she had to learn. It was noted that there’s a strip club in Canada offering women scholarships if they would come and work at the club. Lelani’s asked if the industry should take advantage of a program similar to that. Comparing it to the military, Lelani said something like that would be amazing.

Dana Vespoli as a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature, is actually asked if she brings that degree into play into directing. Vespoli who’s also just landed a gig with Evil Angel, is also asked if porn is more of a director’s medium as opposed to a performer’s medium. [How do you even possibly answer a question like that?]

“I think it’s both,” she says, excellently straddling the fence.

“You can’t have one without the other.” Vespoli said she came into the business with the goal of directing and making porn. Vespoli says by being talent you bring a more humanistic approach to directing.

“It made me a better director and being a director made me a better performer.”

“As most people are noticing, you are a woman,” observes interviewer David Moye quite astutelt. Yes, he actually says this.

“Is there a difference between how a female director versus a male director works that you’ve seen?”

“I don’t know,” says Vespoli, looking a bit flummoxed.

“By virtue of being a female I suppose I’m going to have a woman’s perspective,” she answers.

“I don’t know what that means. I really don’t know what that means. I hear that sometimes, a woman’s perspective, a woman’s approach. Again, I’m a woman so I will have that approach.”

[Again, the technical quality of this interview is deplorable.]

Moye outdoes himself when he asks Vespoli if she has a style similar to Hitchcock or Woody Allen.

“Do you try and do that or do you go with what the scenario is?”

“I like that you brought up Hitchcock and Woody Allen,” says Vespoli. “I think that’s awesome.”

Vespoli goes on to say that she’s into power transgression between men and women. Or at least that’s what I understood her to say.

“A lot of my stuff is psychological- that’s the nature of my stuff,” Vespoli says, noting that she also brings a lot of medical fetish into her work. Vespoli is also asked if her degree in comparative literature has come into play with her work.

“It has,” she says. “It has been enormously helpful.” But what she says to elaborate upon her answer is totally lost in the crowd. Vespoli is also asked is there was a particular author that has influenced her, like Faulkner.

Vespoli does say that Radley Metzger has been an influence on her as well as French filmmaker Catherine Breillat. I could also swear she says the poet Dante.

“I’m sorry, my brain is functioning on very little sleep,” she comments. Vespoli also talks about voyeurism and capturing “moments of authenticity.”

Sativa Verte, we’re informed, is a spokesperson for women who insist on sporting bush. Verte says she won’t compromise that as a woman she knows what she wants to do with her body. “I love being natural,” she says, noting that most people appreciate that. [Honestly, the rest of this interview was a total wash for the reasons cited above, but it sounded like Verte was espousing hair down there for health and environmental reasons. Yes, she does say that.]

Princess Donna is part of the Kink.com enterprise. She’s asked about James Franco’s recent documentary, “kink” which is premiering at Sundance.

“Kink is all about creating space for people to explore sexuality- whatever sexuality they want to explore,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be bondage. It doesn’t have to be BDSM. It can be anything. It’s about letting go of the chains around our bodies. And we live in a country that’s very puritanical. I hope that the documentary Franco made will help further our mission of letting people know that it’s okay to be different.”

The dominatrix notes that people do and like all kinds of different things in the bedroom.

“I think everybody has the potential to grow sexually and like different things at different times in their life- from day to day.”

Moye observed that Nina Hartley once told him that she could always tell who was going to be the kinky person growing up because “they’re the ones that like being tied up when they’re playing cowboys and Indians.”

Donna said when she was younger she’d play a game with friends where someone would pretend to be sleeping. “And I got to do whatever I wanted to them. If they moved or opened their eyes they lost. Then it was my turn to be asleep.” Moye observed that as a kid you see such things as being innocent and that only when growing up do you view such behavior as “shame.”

“It’s being honest with yourself and who you are,” says Donna. “And then sharing it with the world.”

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