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The Authentic Lesbian Review: Porn Stars Are Athletes Too

In the early 2000s, or what I like to refer to as the Bring It On era, I found myself engaged in a debate over whether cheerleaders were athletes or not. Before then I had never given much thought to questioning if they were or weren’t, I thought it was obvious they were, and now I’m faced with the same question in regards to porn stars. With all the madness that comes along with March and our annual PornTourn competition, we decided to attack the question head on.

What Is an Athlete?

Webster defines the word athlete as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” The key words in that definition are “trained” and “skilled.” Anyone can go out and shoot hoops, but the training and skill levels are what separate athletes from everybody else.  This is where I think we forget about porn stars. On any given night, you can see a video clip of Stephen Curry or James Harden working on their handles in a gym for hours. Turn on NFL Network and you’ll get a glimpse of the next big college prospect bench pressing two times their body weight and talking about the off-field work that we viewers rarely get to see. What we aren’t privy to is all the work porn stars put in behind the scene. Think about it, we never get to see Prince Yahshua’s push up routine before flipping chicks over with his dick still inside, or watch the beautifully buff women of Iron Belles during a regular gym workout that doesn’t involve face smothering some skinny chump (I say that with all the love in my heart). Some might argue that with porn stars nobody wants to witness the unsexy hard work that they put into their bodies, but I live for behind the scenes footage so that reasoning doesn’t work. Others might admit to a similarity here or there but deny that porn stars are on the same athletic level as semi-pro and pro athletes. I’d argue they’re wrong.

High Level Consistency

Nobody wants to be the guy that only wins the championship once. That’s like only serving one term as President. I mean, yay, accomplishment, but winning and being great is about consistency and what goes into maintaining it. You can’t mention the word consistent in porn circles without then mentioning Nina Hartley. Look at that figure! You don’t get a body like that just having great sex, although I’m sure it helps. But diet and routine (along with genetics) get the credit per Nina, and that alone is more than some of us can handle. Trying not to eat bacon three times a day is struggle enough for me. But believe it or not, Nina Hartley isn’t the type to hit the gym regularly for vigorous cardio and she isn’t the only one. In a recent interview with Misty Stone I learned she doesn’t go out of her way to maintain her beautiful figure either. A balanced diet, amazing hygiene before and after shoots, and a little luck gets the credit per Misty.

Just like in sports, the same routine, or lack of one, can’t be applied across the board to obtain success. Because something works for one doesn’t mean it will work for others, and what comes easy for some won’t come easy for others. Tasha Reign gave OC Weekly the inside scoop on her pre-porn rituals and after letting the guys know it’s not as sexy as the fantasy she ultimately produces, she goes straight into how she cares for her body. It’s no secret that sex is one of the best (and usually free) workouts around, but some of the positions porn stars put themselves into goes way above what us amateurs try nightly. To keep up with the demand, Tasha keeps a group Pilates or yoga class on her schedule, maintains a vegetarian diet, and makes sure to get at least eight hours of sleep at night (sounds like the Tom Brady way of life). In 2010 Asa Akira admitted to Cosmopolitan that if she could, she’d work out every day of the week, but since scheduling would never allow that, she settles for a few days a week of boot camp training (which is insanely intense!) supplemented with yoga, and lots of dressing-free salads. Similarly, Jesse Andrews participates in boot camp training and hiking while throwing in fun physical activities like bowling and dodgeball and keeping a healthy diet free of bread, milk, and my personal favorite, McDonald’s. She juices a lot, and tries to eat kale at least once a day all in the name of adult entertainment. I thought I was doing something by making everything in my Starbucks order “skinny,” but these stars blow me out of the water.

I noticed that almost every performer I came across participated in some form of a physical stretching exercise like Pilates, yoga, or tai chi. When I was little my father put me in ballet classes, which was torture because I was not a girly girl and hated everything pink. When I begged and cried for him to take me out he explained his reasoning. Ballet would provide a foundation of footwork that I could take and build from to further better my overall basketball game. Once I heard and understood that, you couldn’t get me to skip a ballet class. I wanted to be the greatest basketball player to ever play for Pat Summit down in Tennessee and if ballet was going to help get me there I’d sleep in my tutu (ballet, you totally dropped the ball here). Because of the rigorous activity porn stars’ bodies must go through daily I think the boot camp, yoga, and Pilates become extremely important and necessary for some. Think about the positions they put themselves into and it’ll all make sense.

While Dana DeArmond doesn’t have to do much to keep herself looking fit, she did admit that foot worship scenes are very close to a core workout for her because while giving a footjob you must keep your middle balanced while stroking with your legs. Chanel Preston, who stays away from too much cardio for fear of being too skinny, talks about how much of a workout wearing a strap-on is, and I for one appreciate the hell out of that. Pelvic thrusting is one of my absolute favorite things to do, but squatting is one of my least favorite things to do, and fucking a chick with a strap is nothing if not squat class 101 (102 for us overachievers). And just about every female porn star ever asked about working out talked about posing, modeling, and lugging around a lot of shit, which got my wheels spinning…

Porn stars, like cheerleaders and gymnasts fall into the category of having to look good while putting their athleticism on display. The most I worried about when it came to appearance was if my sneakers and head band matched, and I bet Sam Cassell and Tyrone Hill can say the same thing. Appearing attractive while performing isn’t something many athletes have to think about. Adult performers, however, have it at the top of their morning list and are responsible for bringing their own wardrobe to set, which can consist of everything from 3 different outfits and 2 pair of heels to match, to that plus a suitcase filled with whips, chains, and a strap-on, which are heavier than they look. In pro sports, you don’t have to bring your own equipment and in college sports a lot of that is taken away, especially for stars. You’ll never see coach K showing up to a tourney game with a bag of balls for shoot around just like you’ll never see Usain Bolt cleaning up the track after a hard rain. Porn stars are expected to travel with most of their own shit though (if you’ve ever traveled with a woman you know the horror this could be), twist and conform their bodies into positions we’re too scared to do more than fantasize about, appear attractive to a wide audience, and look like they’re enjoying it. Imagine that was in the work contract you signed! I would be screwed. Sure Tina Thompson, the 1st overall pick in WNBA history, took it upon herself to wear red MAC Diva lipstick during every game, but that was more about luck and later in her career making a statement about women who play professional sports. For porn stars, something as simple as red lipstick, and looking good wearing it while sucking dick, is often a job requirement, and after viewing a million photos of yourself naked, keeping a positive body image and attitude can’t be the easiest thing in the world.

Siouxsie Q, who performs in a lot of hardcore BDSM titles, wrote an article for SF Weekly this year in which she talks about getting back into the adult industry and preparing for a shoot with everyone’s favorite queer, Andre Shakti. “Although I’ve missed getting paid to have sex with hot people, the epic hair and makeup, and the silly costumes and dialogue, the main thing I’ve missed about the adult film is the athletic lifestyle. When I was performing full time, I devoted much of my week to yoga, weight training, cardio, and a strict diet, but now that my life is more about policy papers and political action committees, there’s not much time for crafting my porn star bod. To get ready to be naked in front of the camera again, I’ve had to convince myself that I’m living in a training sequence from an inspirational sports movie from the 80s. This involves a great deal of hard-boiled eggs and running around my neighborhood at 7 a.m. in a waist-training corset. It’s not easy or glamorous, but neither is being a porn star.” Can you imagine that shit!? Siouxsie was only out of the game for about a year, and even though she’s heavy into BDSM, 7am runs in a waist corset!? That’s serious dedication right there, but I think my favorite part is that she actually missed the athletic lifestyle. The game is won in practice and conditioning, and athletes expected to perform with high consistency know this. Porn stars are no exception and Siouxsie Q’s example of commitment to preparation illustrates this perfectly. Not only is working out and eating healthy a constant, but upkeep like shaving, makeup, and all that jazz have to be top priorities too. With all the work adult entertainers put into their craft they deserve to be paid and acknowledged for it. This brings me to my next point…

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For the most part professional athletes are paid very handsomely for their talents and the work that goes into them. Hell, some are paid way too much (Brock Osweiler, Kwame Brown, Andy Dalton) just because of the promise that they might be great, but when it comes to porn stars, they get the NCAA treatment regardless if they’re pro , semi-pro, or amateur playing in the d-league. The only thing missing is the outward appreciation college athletes get. Look at Rico Strong up there. He wasn’t born with those muscles, and even the fellas have to take a little time to appreciate the physique. Nobody wants to watch Fat Bastard (or Mike Myers for that matter) bang anything, no matter how hot she is, but do you think any of that turned into dollar signs for Rico? Despite all that bad ass ink I’m going to bet that answer is no, and that’s a shame. Male porn stars are pretty much only there to provide the dick in straight flicks, and on the surface that’s all they’re really good for. But there’s a lot that goes into the upkeep of that dick and the body it’s attached to.

Take the beloved Johnny Sins for example. To start his daily routine, Johnny stretches with a few kick backs and pushups before attacking those abs we all know and love with 12 reps of dead lifts, 24 reps of bicycles, and 12 reps of squat jump tuck. In fact, his routine and physique gained so much recognition that he started instructing in and selling workout videos (seriously, look at his YouTube page). And that’s on top of his whole grain diet in which he stays away from microwaves and eats every two to three hours to keep his metabolism going. That seems like a lot for someone who is essentially a prop on set who just needs to keep it hard for hours and then cum when he’s told. You’d think there would at least be some type of handshake or pat on the back when it’s all said and done since this is the guy who banged the hot babe while lifting her over his head, which just happens to be your favorite position to fantasize about and makes you cum every single time, but nope! The dude is responsible for maintaining a certain look, keeping his junk up for an insane amount of time (diet plays a factor here), busting a nut on cue, lifting chicks with big asses and even bigger titties (weight lifting, ugh), and nobody buys his jersey or shakes his hand. Plus his check is smaller than his female co-stars every single time, and if you’re a minority it’s even less! If it wasn’t for the sex I don’t think guys would even show up, and I can’t blame them.

Speaking of all the sex that makes it so worth it, James Deen talked to GQ back in 2013 and shed light on just how much of a workout it is. “In the film world, people don’t realize you’re not just having sex. Sex on camera can be anywhere from 20 minutes to four hours. It all depends on the production and type of scene. It’s also not just standard sex like, ‘let’s just make each other’s bodies feel good,’ its physical entertainment style sex.” That doesn’t sound as great as it looks especially the stop and go of it all, and it really makes you think about how much work goes in to sex for entertainment. The performer is responsible for making sure we have a good time, and while it falls on everyone in the scene, men in straight movies bear that burden, although they often go unappreciated (straight women who enjoy porn feel this pain too). I can’t imagine someone stopping me in the middle of a good time with Kira Noir to pose for the camera and after it’s all said and done I don’t even get a “great job Authentic Lezz!” I understand that these guys get to fuck some of the hottest, freakiest, downright irresistible women walking the face of the earth (at least that’s what we think), but employee recognition goes a long way and it’s not like the guys aren’t working hard for it. The way Ryan Madison fucks is nothing less than exhausting and to think he’s stopping and changing angles and actually working in the middle of it all literally is enough to blow my mind. That man puts the energizer bunny to shame!

A Means to an End

Athletics of any kind are encouraged in today’s society more than ever before. Not only does being athletic promote a healthy lifestyle, but team activities teach us how to depend on each other, work together, overcome adversity, and succeed as a unit. It helps in the workplace and in one’s social life, but today being athletic and playing a sport has taken on a new and bigger role. That shit pays for college! Higher education has become big business that most of us can’t afford, but we’re constantly told we need it (similar to what’s going on with home buying in today’s economy, but I digress). That piece of paper opens up a world of opportunities and if you can sing, dance, run, jump, or anything else that people are willing to pay to watch you do to get it then by all means GO… unless it’s porn. Enter Belle Knox. Intelligent enough to get accepted into Duke University, Knox began her adult actress career in 2013 to help pay for her $60,000/year tuition. Pornography allowed her to control her schedule so she wouldn’t miss classes but still make enough money to survive, a constant struggle for working college students, while ensuring she wouldn’t be trapped in debt upon graduation. On top of that she entered a profession where she could travel, meet and learn from all types of diverse people, explore her sexuality and body image, something all young women go through, and be subjected to medical testing to ensure her safety, something us non-porn star college kids didn’t do enough. What parent wouldn’t be proud of her as a daughter!?

Despite what, when laid out, many would consider major accomplishments and smart thinking on her part, Belle Knox faced a lot of criticism because of her career choice. Besides being ousted and harassed by the frat boys watching porn in the first place, she lost respect from some of her professors and peers, and had to explain her lifestyle and job to staff. Apparently providing adult entertainment to the masses is not an acceptable way to make a living, although watching it bears no ill judgments from society (that double standard kills me!). Sit back and imagine if the dean of your kid’s school called them into a meeting to explain why they work one place instead of another and then made judgments based on that one thing. I’m telling you now, I’d be happily in prison watching graduation on Twitter Live using a burner phone somebody snuck me because that dean’s face would no longer look the way God intended. For the life of me I will never understand many of the ridiculous stereotypes that follow sex workers, but the one that really grinds my gears is that somehow your preppy snot nosed kid is being negatively influenced or put in danger. Countless porn stars have studied at and walked college campuses before, during, and after their career, and not one of them (to my researched knowledge) has ever harmed anyone. In fact, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to have Brandi Love (Central Michigan), Bree Olsen (Indiana Purdue), Carter Cruise (East Carolina University), Lexington Steele (Syracuse), Stoya (Delaware College of Art & Design), and Joanna Angel (Rutgers) on campus. The experience they have across the board, life lessons they can share, and the immense success they’ve all enjoyed are priceless to anyone they stop and talk to.

It’s time we recognize adult entertainers as professional athletes and give them the credit they deserve. Hopefully you pay for porn, and that’s great because they worked hard to provide you with a quality product you can jizz all over, but it goes beyond that. The way we view and think about porn stars on a day-to-day basis needs to escalate to a level where we begin to consider workouts, diet, make-up, wardrobe, and the expectations we place on them that we wouldn’t be able to meet ourselves, because it really is a lifestyle that they must adhere to on and off camera. It’s bad enough there’s no union, health care, or HR departments stars can rally around on the same level as us office dwellers, so the least we can do is acknowledge everything that they do to make themselves great and us horny.

That’s all for now, but for more from the great mind of the Authentic Lesbian, follow me on Twitter @authenticlezz1 and remember, sex is positive, sex is your friend, and sex can pay the bills!

Blacked’s Carter Cruise Obsession Review

Blacked Carter Cruise Obsession box coverWith their pristine sets, crisp cinematography, and beyond-glam hair and makeup, Blacked.com sets the standard for high-end interracial porn. As a fan of the genre and someone who strives to find non-exploitative representations of interracial sex in porn, I was ecstatic when Carter Cruise Obsession arrived at HotMoviesForHer. I got my greedy paws on the film immediately and couldn’t wait to see what all the buzz about Blacked was about!

AVN award-winning director Greg Lansky made Carter Cruises first interracial into a plot-centered showcase that highlights Cruise’s acting chops as well as her affinity for no-strings-attached passion. Cruise plays the role of Kate, an engaged “good girl” who can’t help her rampant fantasies of sex acts she has yet to try. In her current vanilla relationship, Kate dreams of breaking the boundaries of her engagement to finally experience interracial sex, anal, and even threesomes. When her fiancé, played by Michael Vegas in a non-sex performance, gets too preoccupied with work, Kate sees it as her opportunity to break free and unleash her inner “bad girl.”

Carter Cruise on the set of Blacked

Scene One: Carter Cruise, Flash Brown, & Jason Brown

Kate and her fiancée Brad decide to take some time off from their busy schedules to focus on their relationship by spending the weekend at a beautiful resort. When Kate notices that Brad can’t stop busying himself with conferences calls and meetings throughout their couples’ weekend, she’s rightfully hurt and lonely. After having one too many glasses of wine by herself, Kate is determined to socialize by the pool. It’s then that she meets Flash Brown and Jason Brown: two muscular, attractive men who have no issue giving Kate the attention she desires. After they successfully sweet-talk Kate, she does not object to a heavy petting session with both of them, taking them to a secluded area where she sloppily sucks both of their long, hard cocks.

Carter Cruise giving a double-blowjob

Scene Two: Carter Cruise & Flash Brown

Carter Cruise on the set of Blacked

The next morning, Kate is woken up by Brad. He has to make more conference calls on the second day of their little vacation, but this time Kate hardly even cares. She has Flash Brown’s suite number from the night before and she plans on giving him a visit while Brad is out. Wearing a sexy royal-blue lingerie set that matches her eyes, Kate wastes no time giving Flash an amazing blowjob reminiscent of the night before. Taking things even further, Kate gives Flash permission to fuck her in the ass. How he fits his enormous dick in there is beyond me, but he manages with more ease than you’d expect.

Carter Cruise getting fucked doggy-style

Scene Three: Carter Cruise, Flash Brown, & Jason Brown

Carter Cruise and Jason Brown

After their failed couples’ weekend, Kate has almost given up hope of saving her relationship with Brad. She bought fancy lingerie to wear when he gets back from a business trip in London just to find out that he’s staying in London much longer than he’d promised. Once Kate realizes she’s been ditched again by her fiancé, she decides to hit up Flash for another illicit rendezvous. This time, Kate wants to take on two BBCs at once, and asks Flash to invite his friend Jason over to finish what they’d started by the pool. When the friends arrive at her apartment, Kate is waiting on the balcony in the lingerie she’d bought to wear for Brad. Jason meets Kate out there and warms her up with some gentle caressing, and soon the Kate is taking both of their huge cocks from either end.

Carter Cruise having a threesome

Scene Four: Carter Cruise & Michael Williams

At this point, Kate has committed to fulfilling her fantasies in Brad’s absence. She’s always wanted to meet a stranger off the internet and fuck them in a hotel room, and she jumps at the opportunity to finally cross this off her bucket list. After chatting with Michael for a little and seeing what a big dick he has, Kate gives him her room number. The two complete strangers proceed to have hot, anonymous sex before Michael finishes in Kate’s mouth.

Carter Cruise giving Michael Williams a blowjob

Scene Five: Carter Cruise, Riley Reid & Rob Piper

Kate is having coffee with her good friend Riley when Riley notices that Kate’s mind is elsewhere. After sleuthing out that she’s been having problems with Brad, Riley tells Kate that it’s okay that she’s been seeing other guys. Riley reveals that she’s in an open relationship with her husband and that those kinds of arrangements can work with enough communication. Kate wishes aloud that her fiancée were open-minded enough to accept that kind of lifestyle. When Riley invites Kate along to one of her hookup sessions, she jumps at the opportunity to finally have that threesome she’s been craving. Rob Piper happily takes the nymphomaniacs to his bedroom to share his dick.  Riley teaches Kate how to eat her pussy, and the friends get closer than they’d ever expected.

Carter Cruise and Riley Reid threesome

If you love high-definition, high-quality interracial porn, look no further than Blacked.com. Carter Cruise Obsession is one of many great titles from this studio on HotMoviesForHer.

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Porn For When You’re Single On Valentine’s Day

So you’ve made it to Valentine’s Day 2016 without snagging a significant other. Maybe you’ve had a recent breakup, or you’ve purposefully taken some time out of the game to focus on other things. Either way, excellent! Singlehood is way underrated, especially during the most romantic day on the calendar. You don’t have to worry about writing a sappy card or buying any tacky gifts, and you get to eat that entire box of chocolate without having to share it with anyone. The only thing you have to worry about this February 14 is what burrito fillings you’re going to get and which pair of pajamas you’re going to wear.

So what if your Valentine’s Day plans include kicking back to rubbing one out to some Grade A porno? You’re probably not looking to watch any cutesy couples-themed smut, but you still want some high quality eye candy. I’ve picked out the best of the best porno for your single needs!

Broken VowsBroken Vows Digital Playground, 2015

If you want to watch something that practically screams “Love is dead,” then last year’s Broken Vows is for you.  This high budget feature is adult’s answer to the revenge thriller Gone Girl, starring Digital Playground contract girl Eva Lovia as the vengeful femme fatale. When Eva’s marriage to Erik Everhard dissolves amid violence and infidelity, she suddenly goes missing and Erik finds himself at the center of a murder investigation. Digital Playground always delivers on high end plot driven smut, and Broken Vows just happens to star some of the prettiest and most talented people in the business today, including Dani Daniels, Mia Malkova, and Alexis Addams, and sometimes these very pretty people also shoot each other in the face after fucking each other.

Carter Cruise Wide OpenCarter Cruise Wide Open Manuel Ferrara Productions/Evil Angel, 2015

Some of us want erotically charged fuckery that would make the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah blush, but without any of those pesky emotions involved. Carter Cruise Wide Open showcases the sexual and thespian talents of blonde pinup Carter Cruise, backed up by writers/directors/performers/real life couple Manuel Ferrara and Kayden Kross. Viewers follow a young nymphomaniac who pays for one night stands, running the gamut from anal to lesbianism, gang bangs to double penetration. While she has no problem walking away from her lovers and never looking back, the men that she leaves in her wake simply can’t forget.

Jessica Drake's Guide To Wicked Sex Female Masturbationjessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex series – Wicked Pictures

Singlehood can be a great time to brush up on your fucking skills so that you’re ready to impress next time you find yourself in the sack with a partner. Educate yourself with the instructional series jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex! Veteran performer jessica drake offers a calming presence as she leads viewers through lessons in eroticism, covering basics like consent and communication, before walking us through scenes with some of adults’ hottest stars. With 13 installments in the series and more to come, it won’t be hard to find a topic worth your while, with everything from anal play, plus sized loving, BDSM, and female ejaculation on the menu. Prefer to focus on your own pleasure? There’s also a guide to female masturbation!

Watch Me box cover AbbyWintersAbby Winters

Speaking of female masturbation, how about that AbbyWinters.com? This fantastic European/Australian studio first earned accolades for their amateur lesbian content, but their footage of girls masturbating, alone or together, is also worth your attention. Starring all natural, real amateur girls, these colorful, prettily filmed flicks show the ladies casually exploring their bodies as if there wasn’t a camera fixed on them. There’s a fair bit of body diversity, and you can rest assured that these are real deal orgasms. The latest masturbation flick from this studio is Watch Me!, which you should do, and then you should watch all the other ones too.

Dana Vespoli's Real Sex DiaryDana Vespoli’s Real Sex Diary series – Dana Vespoli/Evil Angel

I’ve written about the series Dana Vespoli’s Real Sex Diary three times now, and with good reason. Vespoli one of the smartest, most inventive directors and stars on the scene right now, and her reality porn series handily showcases her intellectual, candid approach to sex. Real Sex Diary follows Vespoli as she hires her costars to fuck her on camera for the simple reason that she wants to hook-up without the hassle of setting up a dinner date or crafting a porno scenario around their encounter. It’s the perfect series for those of us who just wanna run some errands, fuck, give a farewell handshake, and then go home and finish watching Making A Murderer. Each installment in the series explores a different theme, but I have a particularly soft spot in my heart for Dana Vespoli’s Real Sex Diary 2.

Nightmare MuseumWTF?

If none of the above are rustling your jimmies, you might want to venture into some uncharted territory this Valentine’s Day. Have you ever wanted to explore some really freaky shit without Judgey McJudgerson glaring at you from the other side of the bedroom? Good news! Now that you’re single again, you’re free to delve into the wondrous nonsense of our WTF? category! Get to know sex doll Jenny in Regarding Jenny. Discover the eroticism of hands in Hands. Were you one of those kids that made their Barbies fuck each other? Relive those memories with Nightmare Museum. Add a little magic to your masturbation session with PornoMation 3 – DreamSpells. I have no idea what’s going on in Autumn Squash With Savory Cock, but it sure looks tasty! Whatever you do, don’t miss scene 2 of office favorite Somewhere Under The Rainbow, when Panther crawls out of a blanket and straight into our hearts and minds.

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day 2016 in the company of friends, lovers, or just your own beautiful self, you’ll have a great flick to romance yourself with!

Judy Hologram will spend her Valentine’s Day with a buffet of vibrators. You can follow her on Twitter at @JudyHologram and the rest of us at @HotMoviesForHer.

17 Porn Stars With Acting Chops

It’s no secret that most people don’t watch porn for the plot, let alone the thespian capabilities of its stars. As long as you look good fucking on camera, it’s not a big deal if you can’t deliver a line convincingly or construct a believable persona for your character. But every now and then there comes a porn star who makes us actually want to watch the plot from beginning to end. Here’s my picks for the top porn stars with serious acting chops.

Carter Cruise

It was no surprise to me when this year’s Best New Starlet also nabbed the Best Actress trophy at this year’s AVN Awards, making Carter Cruise only the second star to do so since Jenna Jameson in 1996. Last year’s Second Chances, about a college senior unexpectedly finding love after a humiliating freshman year, was the perfect showcase for Cruise, who has previous theater experience. The rest of the cast also shines under the direction of Jackie St. James and Eddie Powell, including best friend Jessa Rhodes,  the adorably hapless Logan Pierce, and scheming sorority sister Allie Haze.

Steven St. Croix

Everyone’s favorite daddy has been AVN’s Best Actor more times than I care to count, starting with 1995’s Chinatown and continuing with last year’s Wetwork. He nails just about everything that he does, from the deadly seriousness of Fluid 3, to his hilarious turn as a mob boss in Nothin’ But Trouble.

Asa Akira

Wicked contract girl Asa Akira is always charming when given a chance to act. She has a fantastic sense of humor about it, playing her parts with a smirking glee. Definitely check out last year’s hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold vehicle Holly… Would.

Dawayne Dane

This guy hasn’t been in many pornos, but his turn as Carlton Banks in the Official Fresh Prince of Bel Air Parody is so dead on that it amazes me that we don’t see him more often. If you can get past the non-existent production values, it’s really worth your time.

Magdalene St. Michaels

This MILF is a mainstay at Girlfriends Films, and for good reason. She has an extensive acting background, and has even appeared in mainstream films. And it shows! She first caught my attention in Mother Exchange 2, where she completely wins over Giovanni Francesco.

Skin Diamond

The lovely and kinky Skin Diamond is an expert at toeing the line between pure camp and serious artistry. For the former, check out her tribute to Michonne in The Walking Dead – A Hardcore Parody. If the latter is more your game, Skin is excellent in last year’s twisted drama Control.

Evan Stone

A legend in the industry, Evan Stone is known for not taking himself too seriously and setting a hilarious goofball tone in modern classics like Pirates and Pirates 2 – Stagnetti’s Revenge. He also knows when to hold back, like his heartbreaking turn as a sick, both spiritually and physically, father in Daddy’s Girls.

Dana Vespoli

Dana Vespoli is my favorite pornstar, not least of all because of her convincing, and oftentimes creepy, acting roles. Even when she’s not fucking on camera, she still often appears on screen in non-sex roles, helping to flesh out the other characters and the plot. Check her out in the recently released The Turning, as well as in A Thing of Beauty, Vespoli’s own adaptation of Faust.

Mickey Mod

It really says something about your chops when you can carry a porno whole movie without taking your dick out! Mickey Mod is a mainstay of the fetish world, and I absolutely adored him in the kinky softcore feature The Punished Coed.

India Summer

As one of the most popular (and all natural!) MILFs working today, India Summer consistently wins over audiences with both her acting and sex scenes. Her delivery has an effortless grace that draws us in, even when she’s playing wicked stepmothers and other unlikable broads. Audiences raved about the popular Marriage 2.0, and I loved Summer alongside Maddy O’Reilly and Steven St. Croix in The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee.

Tommy Pistol

He’s usually cracking us up in screwball comedies like Killer Kleavage From Outer Space, but sometimes Tommy Pistol manages to scare the shit out of us and show some real menace, like in last year’s trippy Bubble Gum Girls.

Mercedes Carrera

Mercedes Carrera is another star of The Turning, but she’s also weird and hilarious in B. Skow’s In The Flesh, not to mention the way that she amps up her fear and shame in the wonderfully creepy My Evil Stepson 2.

Misty Stone

The stunning Misty Stone gives Vivica A. Fox a serious run for her money in Digital Playground’s Kill Bill – A XXX Parody. She also kills it in this year’s Magic Mike XXXL: A Hardcore Parody as the dancers’ new boss. Misty has an undeniable power and forcefulness to her performances, as well as an ease to the delivery of her lines.

Nat Turnher

Nat Turnher is a star who doesn’t get nearly enough acting or romantic roles. He’s super handsome and wonderfully plays suave sweethearts. He steals the show from Sean Michaels in Family Secrets – Tales Of Victorian Lust and livens up the old plumber trope alongside Jodi Taylor in Belladonna’s Butthole Whores 4.

Amber Rayne

Amber Rayne was touring with a musical theater troupe when her contract ran out, leaving her stranded in LA. Sick of the typical Hollywood hustle, but still wanting to perform, she took the plunge into the adult industry. She gets to show off her thespian history in the campy romp The Pornographer from Wicked, and she rocks in in Wanted,  a Western feature from director Stormy Daniels.

Xander Corvus

Xander is great at playing lovable (and not so lovable) bad boys, and has a great, naturalistic acting style. Everyone in multiple award winner Wasteland deserves a spot on this list, including Lily LaBeau, but my shoutout is going to Xander for this one.

Jesse Jane

She might have the stereotypical blonde bimbo pornstar look, but there’s a good reason why Jesse Jane got lead roles in so many Digital Playgrounds blockbuster features. You can’t help but love the bubbly joy with which she tackles her roles, especially in the Pirates series and Code Of Honor.

Did I forget any of your favorites? Yell at me in the comments and let me know!

Judy Hologram forgot one of her lines in the third grade play. You can follow her on Twitter @JudyHologram and the rest of us @HotMoviesForHer.