Dylan Ryan is the femme fatale of your dreams. Dealing in high heels and high IQs, this brainy beauty gets you hot and bothered as soon as she hits the screen, then grabs the reigns as a social work student fighting for sex workers’ rights. How freakin’ sexy is that?! Part of the San Francisco porn posse, Dylan makes some of the most exciting and engaging queer porn out there! She was even crowned Heartthrob of the Year at the 2009 Feminist Porn Awards!
Sure Ryan is super sexy and smart, but that’s far from all there is to this foxy lady; she is also amazingly fun, a dedicated advocate for social justice and an all around insanely sweet gal. She is the kind of person you call when you have a hangover so bad that you need whiskey shots at brunch just to make it through the day. I should know, I’ve done it.
1. How (and when) did you get started in the industry?
I got started in 2003 through my good friend Shine Louise Houston. We were working together at Good Vibrations and on our many breaks and during downtime, we would talk about our futures and all the amazing things we wanted to be famous for. Her’s was an interest in starting a porn company, looking to unleash the “13 year old boy” inside her. I told her if she ever got it off the ground that I would be in her first movie (The Crash Pad). A few months later she called me up and I made good on my promise… little did I know that I had found my career…
2. If you weren’t in the adult industry, what would you be doing?
While I enjoy my porn life, I do have another one and in THAT one, I am getting my MSW so that I can continue my work with street based prostitutes, doing advocacy and outreach and hopefully, eventually starting my own non-profit for the sex work community.
3. What’s the best thing you’ve learned or best advice you’ve received from the industry?
That my body is hot, sexy and as worthy of utilization as my brain. Women are very rarely allowed to be anything powerful, but if they are, the brain is the only acceptable tool to be used for forward mobility. If a woman uses her body for financial or personal gain, she is seen as a slut and the concept of her seeing her body as a tool is trampled by feminist discourses that privilege a woman’s mind as her place of power. Being in porn has made me aware of my physical power and how I can accept my body, love my body, feel sexy and attractive and dynamic while creating financial stability and making a life for myself. I can employ all parts of myself and feel good and strong about that.
4. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened while filming?
There are so many amazing outtakes, especially from my time filming with Pink and White. Funnily enough, many of them having to do with animals! In the first movie, I heard a dog barking while in the middle of a scene where Jiz Lee and I were doing a reverse cow-girl position. I believe I looked up absentmindedly and said, “dog?” and everyone started cracking up. My last shoot with Crash Pad Series, there were a ton of pigeons roosting behind the set building and the louder the sex sounds would get, the louder they would coo… it was highly distracting and I think we had to hold quite a few times because I couldn’t stop laughing.
5. What do you think is the biggest misconception about women in the industry?
There are so many, where to start… That we are dumb, that we are in it for the money, that we have all been the victims of sexual of domestic violence, that we are slaves, that we are mentally ill, that we are nymphomaniacs… need I go on? The fact is, for every life circumstance, there are many different kinds of people and many different reasons why they do what they do. Those stereotypes might be a reality for sex workers and should definitely be considered when thinking about worker needs and experiences. They become problematic AS stereotypes when they are applied to ALL workers. And they are misconceptions in that they are not true for me and not true for many many other working women out there.
6. What did you do today?
I slept in, had a delicious breakfast and when to meet with the head of a homeless shelter to talk about how to make the shelter more accessible to trans men.
7. What would you rather have done today?
I was pretty happy with my day… I could have eaten more chocolate but that is usually the case…
8. If you could do a movie with anyone (living or brought back from the dead) who would it be?
BELLADONNA. I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVEN’T WORKED WITH HER YET.
9. Who is your favorite adult performer?
SEE PREVIOUS QUESTION.
10. You’ve got 20 bucks left to your name; what would you do with it?
Oh, it’s terribly boring, but I would buy groceries. Seriously…or take myself to a movie, I’m a big fan of doing that…
11. If you were president, what’s the first thing you’d change?
I ratify the U.S. signature on the Kyoto Protocol and begin to create programs that enforce the mandates of the agreement.
12. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
I have to choose one? Wow, I am so consistently foot-in-mouth I’m not sure I can choose….
13. Which is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
I don’t think I have an absolute favorite project but in terms of shoots and sex, the two times I have shot with my real-life partner, Trucker Cash have been pretty freaking fantastic.
14. If you could have 1 superpower what would it be?
Flying. No contest to that one.
15. Meat or veggie?
Both. =) I love meat. ESPECIALLY BACON. but I also love veggies… kale, broccoli, asparagus - give me a massive salad and Im a happy girl… put bacon bits on top and I’m over the moon!
16. What is your favorite book?
It’s called “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb. You would swear the writer is a young woman.
17. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who are not respectful of others’ personal space. I believe in the bubble of personal space and don’t appreciate people who bomb through the world like its all about them and where they want to throw their bodies.
18. What is your best piece of sex advice for women?
Masturbation is an awesome way to find out what you like and once you know what you like, ask for it! Women deserve sexual pleasure in all its many GLORIOUS forms. Oh and lube! Especially for anal, lube is fantastic.
19. What is your favorite adult movie?
Fashionistas. Love love love.
20. Tell me one thing you’ve never told anyone else.
My porn name was almost Presley.