If you watch Sons of Anarchy you’re either with or against that bitchy blonde pornstar Ima. But don’t think for a second that Kristen Renton is anything like her onscreen character; in fact she’s just the opposite. This beautiful babe has cohosted with our very own Jessica Hall, will have you on the edge of your seat (for more reasons than one) in her latest short film The Girl at the Door and, of course, has a thing or two to say to those who oppose the recent Fifty Shades of Grey casting of Charlie Hunnam.
Playboy.com: You’ve been able to do something interesting with your role with Ima, in that you’re playing a pornstar but also share scenes with real pornstars. What’s been the most eye-opening thing you’ve learned working with them?
Renton: That it is not nearly as sexy as you might think! [laughs] It is not glamorous. It is a business, and just like our business, people watch shows on TV and they have no idea everything that goes into it. How much time it takes; the blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes; how one scene could take an entire day to shoot, and it’s the same thing I learned from them. It’s not all glamorous, it’s not all pretty and it’s definitely not all cute. It’s a lot of hard work and it’s tiring! You watch porn and you’re like, “Oh, okay that doesn’t seem like it would be all that difficult,” but the stories that I got to hear were definitely eye-opening. [laughs]
Playboy.com: Do you have a favorite quality in your character Ima?
Renton: Oh man, favorite quality would probably be her confidence; she makes no apologies. She knows that she’s a bitch, she knows that she’s not liked and she doesn’t care! So that kind of confidence I think is really interesting to see, especially when it’s in a way in which, like I said, she knows that she’s not liked and she just doesn’t give a shit. So I think that’s probably one of my favorite qualities about her.
Playboy.com: I know you can’t talk too much about this season, but can you tell me your favorite memory from set?
Renton: Every time I get to shoot we always have such a good time. It’s like hanging out with your family. I’ve gotten to work with such great people. God, it would be hard to pick just one. Probably my favorite memory would be the first time I got beat up. She definitely deserved it and it was a lot of fun to shoot and to this day it still remains one of the most cringe-worthy scenes for the fans of Ima. Even people who didn’t like her were like, “We couldn’t even watch it!” and I was like, “Well, she deserved it!” I actually ended up getting hurt on set shooting that, too. So yeah, it was a good one. It was one of those experiences that now I can say that I got my ass kicked by one of the hottest guys on TV!
Playboy.com: What is your opinion on Charlie Hunnam’s casting in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie?
Renton: I think anything that that man touches can turn to gold. I know there’s a lot of negativity surrounding it right now, or maybe people saying that it’s not the right casting, but I think you should never count him out. He’s a phenomenal actor; he’s a phenomenal human being. I don’t think there’s one person on this planet that wouldn’t like to watch him have sex for an entire movie. The guy is a Greek god and one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever met. So I’m thrilled for him, I think that this is going to be great. He’s just climbing that ladder and he’s doing a great job and I wish him nothing but the best. I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people and it’s going to be a lot better than what people are thinking at the moment.
Playboy.com: As well as acting, you’ve also been a host on Playboy Radio!
Renton: Last year when I was cohosting with Jessica Hall on Playboy’s Party, it was on a Wednesday so we called it “Hump Days with Kristen,” which I enjoyed so much. We had so much fun; it felt like I found a new family with Playboy. I really enjoyed my time cohosting, and every time she asks me to come back I’m all about it, I’m all over it. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
Playboy.com: It’s funny, when I was on Playboy Radio I kind of forgot how open about sex stuff you have to be.
Renton: When I first got into this business I was very closed off and had the mentality of always keeping something for yourself, which I still believe is true. However, I am very much an open book just as a human. There’s nothing that I am ashamed of when it comes to who I am and that goes for my sexuality as well. I think that being honest and open is a much better way to live rather than being closed off or embarrassed about something that you enjoy or that you like. You find out that people have the same likes and fantasies and experiences, and I think that it’s a great thing to discuss, talk about and enjoy. Have fun with it!
Playboy.com: Speaking of sex, I watched your short film Girl at the Door on YouTube. Were sex scenes ever awkward for you?
Renton: I don’t think that they’ll ever not be weird. There’s nothing comfortable about pretending to have sex with someone that you really don’t know in front of a camera with 20 people watching you do it. I don’t think it’ll ever get comfortable, but I was really happy with the way it came out. I had actually injured my leg on set when we were shooting Girl at the Door so during the entire sex scene I’m wearing an immobilizer on my leg because I wasn’t allowed to bend my knee. [laughs] You don’t even see that; the director, Colin [Campbell], was phenomenal and worked around my injury, and I’m really happy with the way it came out. And between the end of this month and next month we’re in 13 or 14 film festivals across the country. I’m really proud of it; I think it’s really cool. The response that it’s gotten has been really positive, so that’s great!
Playboy.com: When you’re not working you spend a lot of time working with animals. What’s going on in that part of your life right now?
Renton: I’m always doing charity foundations and whatnot, but a girlfriend of mine, her name is Katie Cleary, she and I actually just started a radio and TV show called World Animal News. You can watch it online. We talk about all different topics, from local charities that are trying to make a difference in their community to worldwide issues like the ivory trade down in Africa or the palm oil situation in Thailand. We try to approach everything and really raise awareness and educate with our guests. We had Robert Davi on a couple of weeks ago, we had Alison Eastwood on for our first show, so we’re getting some really good animal lovers coming on to talk about their passions and the issues that they want to talk about. So we’re just trying to, you know, change the world one day at a time. [laughs]
*Playboy.com: *What’s your…
Favorite drink: Patron on the rocks or soda water.
Favorite food: Sushi.
Most embarrassing moment: My life is pretty much a series of them, just one after the other. I don’t know that one would be more embarrassing over the rest; it literally is just a daily occurrence for me.
Worst pickup line: Oh my god, there’s so many, why do they do that? I’ve heard the classics like, “Do your feet hurt, because you’ve been running around my mind all day.” Yes, I’ve actually had someone say that to me. “Does your ass hurt when you fell from heaven?” I’ve heard those and I look at them and think, oh you poor child. I have to say, usually the worst pickup line is a pickup line. If someone actually uses a line I politely smile and walk away.
First memory of Playboy: I remember being young, maybe eight, at a friend’s house and her father had the Marilyn Monroe Playboy. I remember thinking how beautiful that woman was. At the time it didn’t even occur to me that I’m looking at this woman’s boobs, but she was just so stunningly beautiful and it was so classy and ethereal. Having experiences like that and seeing something so beautiful and curvaceous and lovely, I think that may be one of the reasons why I’m very anti–stick figures. [laughs] I like a voluptuous woman and maybe it’s because she was the first one I ever saw!