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20Q: James Deen
  • September 20, 2013 : 07:09
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Q1

PLAYBOY: From the outside, being a porn actor seems like a dream job. Scare us straight. Tell us why it’s not as awesome as we think it is.

DEEN: Sorry, it really is the most awesome job ever. I guess if you hate sex and don’t want a nice laid-back career that lets you make your own rules and you need that corporate structure, it could be a drag. But I enjoy my job and I enjoy the sex part of my job, and I enjoy being able to work as much or as little as I want. It’s kind of amazing.

Q2

PLAYBOY: You don’t have one horror story? Even a painful groin pull from having too much sex?

DEEN: I never understood the complaint “Porn isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s really physically taxing.” What’s so wrong with doing some physical activity? Is that a problem? Sure, the hours can be long, and like any job it can be grueling at times. But you’re getting paid to have sex. That’s cool any way you slice it. I imagine if Michael Phelps hated swimming he probably wouldn’t be an Olympic champion. If you don’t like having sex every day, all the time, porn is probably the wrong career path for you.

Q3

PLAYBOY: You’ve done pretty much every sexual act imaginable. Is there anything you won’t do?

DEEN: Clowns. I won’t have sex with anyone dressed like a clown. They are creepy. I’ve done it only once, and it was terrifying. The director was explaining the scene to me—it was in an asylum or something—and he said, “She’ll be in clown makeup.” I freaked out. I was like, “What? No, absolutely not. I will not have sex with a clown!”

Q4

PLAYBOY: Did you quit on the spot?

DEEN: No. We found a way to do it with her facing away from me—doggy style and reverse cowgirl, stuff like that. She’d get into position and I’d wait outside the room. The director would yell, “Okay, James, we’re ready.” I’d run in and do the scene but could see only the back of her head. I had my eyes closed the whole time.

Q5

PLAYBOY: Do you consider yourself an actor or a sex performance artist?

DEEN: Definitely a performer. I’m all about the performance aspect of sex. If I was being paid to go over to someone’s house and have sex, I would feel weird and uncomfortable. If someone was having a party and I was being paid to have sex behind walled glass or on a stage or whatever, and my job was to be a performance piece, to titillate and arouse the patrons, that’s cool. That’s what I do. So it’s this weird fine line. I don’t want to be a prostitute, and I’ve done it only once, by accident.

Q6

PLAYBOY: How does one accidentally become a prostitute?

DEEN: I got a call from somebody in the adult-film industry. “Hey, I want to book you for a day to do a group scene.” I got the details, and it was at nine P.M. at his house on the beach. Totally standard thing; I shoot at my house all the time and it’s not a big deal. I showed up and he said, “We had some cancellations, so it’s just going to be a three-way.” Now the scene’s with him and his wife. They’re both in the industry, so again, not that weird. But then the guy asked if I party. I’m like, “What do you mean?” “Do you use blow?” I said no—God no. He’s doing coke and I’m starting to feel weird. We go into the room, and there’s a camera on a tripod in the corner and the lights are low. It’s all very suspicious. We’re having this three-way, and then in the middle of it she says to the guy, “Thank you, baby. This is the best Christmas gift ever.” At that moment I was like, Oh shit, I’m doing a private. I got tricked into being a prostitute!

Q7

PLAYBOY: You’ve been described as a “female-friendly porn star.” What’s female-friendly porn?

DEEN: That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. People who say that think it’s a feminist statement, but it couldn’t be more antifeminist. It’s saying it’s okay for girls to watch porn as long as it fits in the parameters that we find socially acceptable. Female-friendly porn is just porn. Some female directors make what’s called romance porn, which is very soft and passionate. But a lot of great female directors, such as Belladonna and Joanna Angel, have made stuff that’s dirty and rough and insane.

Q8

PLAYBOY: You often get aggressive with your partners in your movies. There’s spitting, choking, slapping and hair pulling. How do you get away with that and still get called the “nice Jewish kid” of porn?

DEEN: Well, I try to be a nice person, and I am technically a Jewish kid, so I feel that’s accurate. You can’t control how people perceive you. Some people say positive things about what I do, and some people say I’m the devil.

Q9

PLAYBOY: James Deen obviously isn’t your real name. You were born Bryan Sevilla. Did you pick the name because you’re such a huge James Dean fan?

DEEN: It was a nickname I had from when I was a kid. I’ve always liked leather jackets, and I would smoke cigarettes in seventh grade. You couldn’t smoke in school, so I’d go across the street and lean against the chain-link fence. People started calling me James Dean. When it came time to pick my porn name, that was my first choice. I was never shy about telling people my real name. But people said, “No, no, you have to protect your privacy.” I’ve looked pretty much the same my whole life. Anybody who knows me who saw me in a porno wouldn’t be fooled by a fake name. They’d be like, “Hey, look, it’s Bryan!”

Q10

PLAYBOY: Your parents both work for NASA—your dad as a mechanical engineer and your mom in data analysis. How did you not end up an astronaut?

DEEN: It never interested me, but I am on a list to go into space. My dad put me on it. He thinks I’ll be one of the first civilians to go to space, in 30 years. I don’t think it’ll happen, because I smoke and I’m not that physically fit, but it’s kind of cool. My parents have always been supportive. They learned quickly that I was going to do whatever I wanted to do. When I started making adult films, their main concerns were health and safety. I assured them that working in porn is like working at McDonald’s or at a bank. It’s not a giant party, it’s a job.

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5 comments

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This from a straight man, Bryan, you're a class act, I don't care what anybody says, keep it up man...
  • EvanL
    EvanL
    "Sometime around kindergarten I ditched school to go out drinking and stuff"Kind of discredits the whole interview. You didn't fucking drink in kindergarten
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    That's the HARD part.
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