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7 Porn Stars Who Went Mainstream

This Friday, Zack and Miri Make A Porno. Total Film wanted to do the same, but the publisher assured us it was illegal… Instead, here’s our favourite grot crossover heroines – and one hero…


Katie Morgan
Adult Video News 'Starlet Of The Year' nominee with, apparently, a genius level IQ. Schooled at home by strictly religious parents. Made mum and dad proud by paying a drug possession fine with the fee from her first porno.
Popshots: Dirty Youngsters, Lez Stravaganza! 8.
Popcorn: Cameo in HBO’s Entourage. Currently seen pushing her range to the limit as a stripper in Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008).
Quote: “The more excited I get, the more crazed I get.”
Ideal porn/mainstream mash-up: Gangbangs Of New York.


Sasha Grey
Ex-performance artist and Godard fan with proper acting qualifications and, it seems, a faulty gag reflex.
Popshots:  Slut Puppies 2, Anal Acrobats 3.
Popcorn:  Canadian low-budget horror Smash Cut (2009). Soon set to push her range to the limit in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience as a $10,000-a-night call girl.
Quote:  “I want to push my boundaries and see which part of my psyche will take me to my next euphoric sexual experience.”
Ideal porn/mainstream mash-up:  The Fast And Bicurious.


Nina Hartley
German/Swiss/Jewish San Francisco gal with – uh oh – strict Buddhist parents. Graduated from stripping to grumble in the ‘80s. These days she’s a registered nurse who steps out as a “sex educator” (see ‘Nina Hartley’s Guide To Spanking’).
Popshots: Hot Pink & Chocolate Brown, Backdoor Brides 3.
Popcorn: Last seen pushing her range to the limit as a porn star having sex in public in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1996).
Quote: “I want to satisfy curiosity about the plumbing and mechanics of the sex act.”
Ideal porn/mainstream mash-up: The Ass Of All Rears.


Traci Lords
All-American Ohio girl who, notoriously, cut her first hardcore while underage. Abusive, alcoholic father – so the Christian upbringing rebellion thing doesn’t always work…
Popshots: We Love To Tease, Deep Inside Traci.
Popcorn: Various B-movies, John Waters’ Cry-Baby (1990), Blade (1998), Serial Mom (1994). Currently seen pushing her range to the limit as a porn star in Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008).
Quote: “My power is my energy. I try to bring my positive energy into every situation. Sometimes, it’s hard.”
Ideal porn/mainstream mash-up: Good Moaning Vietnam.


Marilyn Chambers
Porny pioneer fired from her soap-modelling job after appearing in, uh, seminal ‘70s filth classic Behind The Green Door. Ran for President in 2004 as leader of the Personal Choice Party. She got 946 votes.
Popshots: Insatiable, Incredible Edible Fantasies.
Popcorn: Last pushed her range to the limit in David Cronenberg’s Rabid (1977) as a girl with an arsehole in her armpit. Unsurprisingly, she didn't become the new Meryl Streep.
Quote: “We used to do all this cocaine and drink and go crazy. It took forever to do a scene.”
Ideal porn/mainstream mash-up: Cum In Sixty Seconds.


Jenna Jameson
Vegas-born, self-styled ‘queen of porn’. Joined the skin-biz after leaving Oxford, having completed a first-class masters’ degree in classical French literature. Not really. She was a stripper.
Popshots: Silk Stockings, Up And Cummers 11.
Popcorn: Pushed her range to the limit by playing herself in Howard Stern biopic Private Parts (1997). Currently hosts Porn Idol-style reality TV show, Jenna’s American Sex Star.
Quote: “The most important thing to me is to become the biggest star the industry has ever seen.”
Ideal porn/mainstream mash-up: Planet Of The Gapes.


Rocco Siffredi
Hard-rutting Italian with a schlong the size of a canoe. Gathered a strong cult following after setting the trend for sophisticated period-drama porn. And spitting a lot.
Popshots: Animal Trainer, Rocco’s Dirty Dreams
Popcorn: Moved from getting wood to Hollywood with a couple of roles in Catherine Breillat’s Romance (1999) and Anatomy Of Hell (2004), where he pushes his range to the limit by having sex with women on camera.
Quote: “Nothing is harder than acting in a porn movie.”
Ideal porn/mainstream movie mash-up: The League Of Extraordinary Genitalmen.

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