XXX Wasteland Interviews Tori Black

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Adam Wilcox posts on www.xxxwasteland.wordpress.com – It would be safe to say that Tori Black is the very definition of a modern adult industry icon. In her five years as a XXX performer, Black has become a superstar to fans and members of the porn community alike with roles in films for some of the most renowned studios in the business and amassed a mountain of awards along the way.

Black reached a career pinnacle when she became the first actress in history to claim back-to-back Female Performer of the Year honors at the 2010 and 2011 Adult Video News Awards.

Tori embarked on a hiatus from the adult industry shortly following the 2011 AVN ceremony to focus on becoming a parent and gave birth to a baby boy last October. Since then, the popular brunette starlet has gradually re-emerged on the X-rated scene and recently shot for Zero Tolerance Entertainment’s upcoming feature film Official The Hangover Parody.

Tori kindly spoke with XXX Wasteland to discuss life as a new parent, her future career plans, the exciting DVD and website projects she is currently working on and more.

You can visit Tori at her soon-to-be-revamped official online home, ToriBlack.com, and blog website, TheRealToriBlack.com. Follow Black on Twitter under the handle @MissToriBlack and check out her FreeOnes page here.

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Q: Let’s start at the beginning: Can you tell us how you initially entered the adult industry?

I was 18 and just out of school for the summer, and I was definitely getting antsy back at my mom’s house. So, I was looking for a job that would pay well enough so that I could still live on my own.

I was looking on Craigslist for a go-go dancing position to just be a dancer at a club – not even a strip club. I came across an ad that an agency had placed for girls in the industry. It said, “Do you want to make $20,000 dollars a month?” And you know, an 18-year-old college student looks at that and your eyes pop out of your head. You’re like, “$20,000 a month? I’m going to be filthy rich!”

I didn’t know if I wanted to do it, necessarily, but I sent in my pictures just to see what they would say. They told me they would pay for my plane ticket down to Florida and I took it. Within a week, I was gone and getting ready to shoot my first movie.

Q: You are the only adult actress to ever win back-to-back AVN Awards for Female Performer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. How did it feel to make history by taking home those honors consecutively?

You know, it’s pretty surreal. I guess I wasn’t really expecting it. I was hosting and was ready to give the award away. I had a little moment where I was excited and going to pass the crown on. I was completely comfortable to let it go. So, when they called my name, I was pretty surprised, shocked. (Laughs)

I guess it really still hasn’t sunk in. I don’t really look at myself as a history-maker, record-breaker, award-earner, or whatever. I guess in my mind it was a pat on the back for the work that I had done. It’s always been incredible and I am more than appreciative to AVN and every company that has shot me to get to the place that I am at.

I guess it’s just surreal. The fact that nobody else has done it, I want to go back and check the books to make sure because I’m saying, “Me? Really? Me?” (Laughs) I never really strived for it, so to be blessed with it is just surreal.

Q: Absolutely. You debuted in 2007, is that right?

Yes, I entered the industry in 2007.

Q: You mentioned the surrealism of winning the back-to-back AVNs. When you look back – because that is a relatively short period of time taking into account everything you have accomplished – does it ever seem surreal to realize that five years ago you were just beginning your career?

Yeah, of course! So much has happened that it feels like a big whirlwind. When I look back, it almost doesn’t even feel like my life. I mean, it is my life, but I take out my passport and look at all the stamps that I have, I think about all the places I’ve been, all the flights I have been on, things that I’ve seen, people I have met and all the things I have done – it is just absolutely incredible. It’s just a blessing, it really is. To be so accomplished and successful in such a short amount of time, it doesn’t happen to a lot of people and I’m glad that the industry and the fans who have kept with me and supported my career, I couldn’t be more appreciative.

Q: Absolutely. While reading up on you, I was unsure of one thing and wanted to ask: Have you officially retired from performing on camera with other talent?

No. Right now, I’m just taking time away. Obviously, I just had my son and am taking time to be a stay-at-home mom.

For now, I’m only doing solos. I’m pretty much just shooting for my website. Once in a while, I’ll work for other people, but pretty much, I’m just shooting for myself and that is allowing me the flexibility to stay at home.

I’m not sure what my plans are for the future. I like to keep fans guessing (Laughs), so I don’t want to give them any kind of hint as to when I’m going to come back, if I’m going to come back, what I’m going to do, any of that. I’ll just say anything is possible and you never know what is on the horizon.

Q: Right. You did recently make an appearance for Zero Tolerance Entertainment in the company’s parody of The Hangover. Can you tell us about shooting that movie and your role in the film?

I play the wife that gets stranded back while everybody goes to Vegas. I think it’s fun because I get to be really sassy and a lot of the time people like to make me the innocent one. I don’t know why. (Laughs) They always want to make me a soft, gentle-hearted person instead of trying to be sassy.

But it was a day like any other day on the set – lots of people, lots of cameras, lots of getting in and out of the makeup chair. Shooting for Zero Tolerance is always great. I had a great time. Lexi Belle was on set, Kimberly Kane, James Deen, Dane Cross – and we all just kicked back and had a good time.

Q: Very nice. Speaking as a top name in adult, are there any misconceptions about the industry from those outside of it that bother you?

Well, I think the biggest one is that people assume you are available for purchase wherever you go. Because of the fact that you get paid to do what you do on camera, they think they can pay you to do what you do off camera. It’s not that I feel one way or another about it, but people get pretty pushy.

“In a very condescending way, they sort of look at you like, ‘Well, you have to have a price.’ I guess that is the biggest thing that bothers me because people become very abrasive when they come to you with proposals and requests. The first time you ask me, I’ll say no politely, and the second time I’m not going to be so nice anymore because I already told you no. So, when people just assume that you have a ‘For Sale’ sign on your back, that really bothers me because not everybody is like that. There are some girls that enjoy doing that and I don’t have anything against them, it’s just not me. So, when people just assume that, it kind of irks me.

Q: Right. You mentioned becoming a mother – that was last October, I believe?

Yes.

Q: I just wanted to ask about the past 10 months, how you have enjoyed life as a parent and in what ways it has changed you.

Whew! Anybody who is a parent knows that when you become a parent, everything changes. Absolutely everything changes. You don’t look at yourself the same, you don’t look at life the same. Your scope becomes so much bigger. You think about the future far, far, far in advance. Things become worthwhile. Little, tiny things that you never paid attention to, you now pay attention to.

It’s incredibly beautiful. Each little thing that he does is a blessing upon itself and my life has improved a thousand percent. I couldn’t be more happy being a mom and it just feels right. It feels like this is where I should be and that he was meant for me. There is nothing more I could ask for right now.

Q: Wonderful. May I ask a few questions about yourself as a person if that’s alright?

Yes, you can.

Q: Great. Can you tell us where you were raised and how you would describe yourself growing up?

I was born in Seattle and raised right around the area. I was a feisty little kid. I was always the one that gave everybody hugs, but I was always the one that gave everyone really big attitude, too. (Laughs) I was just very sassy, very spirited, and I wanted to do things my own way – and nothing has changed.

Q: How about interests and hobbies away from work?

I like to dance, I like yoga, I really enjoy spending time with my other baby – my fur baby. I love animals. I like nature, so pretty much anything outside. Lately, I’ve been swimming a lot. I just like being outside, so whether it’s hiking or mountain biking … I really would just go for a walk outside. I like to be outside. (Laughs)

Q: How about favorites – favorite food, movies, musical artists, etc.?

This is so hard for me because depending on the day, I have a different personality, so I have a different favorite. (Laughs) Fight Club is a favorite that I just watched that is at the top of my head. Quills is another favorite. I love Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I love Just Friends, one of my favorite comedies. So, there’s some movies. I could go on and on, so I’ll stop at those.

Favorite artist – that’s really rough because I like just about every category of music. Eminem is one of my favorite lyricists. He’s been a favorite of mine since high school. I like Karmin. I like Jill Scott for slower music. I like Peaches. I like all types of things. Breaking Benjamin for some rock. I really go all over the board, so it’s really hard to pick a favorite artist.

Favorite food? Breakfast and Mexican combined. A breakfast burrito is the best thing in the world. That’s my favorite thing. But I also like lasagna. That’s one of my favorites, homemade lasagna – a mushroom lasagna. Recently, I’ve been obsessed with eggplant tofu. (Laughs) So, there’s some favorite foods.

Q: Nice. You get major cool points for mentioning Karmin as a favorite musical act. They are one of those groups that most people don’t mention – they’re sort of tucked away a little bit. But I love their song “Brokenhearted” – I can listen to it over and over again.

Yeah, they’re alright.

Q: How about current and upcoming projects – is there anything in that regard that you would like to mention?

Yup – I am working hard every day on TheRealToriBlack.com, my blog site. That comes with a free membership. And I’m working on my website every day, ToriBlack.com – that’s obviously the hardcore membership. Those sites work together and they are really my main focus right now.

We are also producing a line of DVDs that are exclusive limited edition, so the content has never been seen anywhere before and we’re only releasing 500 copies. So, very limited edition. And it’s going to be priority for fans who come to see me at public appearances.

We’re doing a thing where we’re going to make several volumes of this exclusive DVD and the people who collect all of them are going to receive a special gift at the end of all the volumes.

Q: Very cool.

Yeah. So, those are our projects that we’re working on, but pretty much I’m just working for Tori Black, Inc. right now. Once in a while, like I said, I work for other people, but my main focus right now is doing our stuff and the reason being is so that I can get a chance to show people what is in my head and in my mind, my heart.

Things are more authentic. There is a lot of reality stuff being shot, a lot of unplanned, caught-off-guard scenes – and genuinely caught off guard. That’s something that I feel is missing in the industry. We have a lot of, “Let’s pretend they are caught off guard” things, but you are still prepared for what’s to come. And I want to do a lot of things in my personal life where I am caught off guard.

So, we have a lot of fresh material going up on ToriBlack.com and a whole makeover for the site as well. So, we’re very excited and the re-launch will be coming within the month.

Q: Awesome. Is there anything you would like to say in closing to readers?

I would like to say thank you to all my fans. Throughout my entire career, I have received nothing but love and support. It’s absolutely incredible and I’m hoping to give back a little bit, so hopefully they will join my free blog site and if you want to, join my hardcore site as well. They are all for the fans and I hope they all enjoy!

Q: Terrific. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to speak with me, I appreciate it. It’s great to hear that you are happy and well and in a good place. My best wishes to you and your family and continued success with your career. Have a beautiful day.

Thank you! You, too. Have a good one.

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