Top 10 Adult Stars Who Made it Mainstream
Through the years, many a pornstar has tried to make it big in mainstream cinema from the backdoor (ehem) of adult entertainment. Recently even Laurence Fishburn’s daughter said she wanted to make porn to kick start her film career. Here’s my top 10 list of my personal favorites who made it in the wild world of mainstream movies.
10 - Katie Morgan
A newcomer to the game of porn. Katie entered porn after she had to pay for her own bail and plea bargain in a drug trafficking charge. She starred in many films in her short career but her mainstream films are the ones that stand out. From her appearance in Entourage where she played herself to Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" where she plays a constipated stripper who just wants a chance to shine. Art imitating life or life imitating art?
9 - Jill Kelly
Like all other hardworking female pornstars. Jill Kelly has appeared in over 600 adult films. But that did not stop her from making an appearance in a few low budget films along with Trey Parker and Matt Stone's porn spoof "Orgazmo" and Spike Lee's "He Got Game.” Jill is a gorgeous girl and could have easily become a model. I enjoy watching her in films; she always brings some cheesiness to the films she appears in.
8 - Veronica Hart
Veteran adult porn star Veronica Hart retired from porn in the mid 1980's. AVN inducted her into the Adult Film Star Hall of Fame. She has been in many good films, from "Ruby", "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia", she also was on TV in 'Six Feet under.” Strangely enough, I prefer watching her in mainstream films.
7 - Jenna Jameson
I know she is supposedly the most popular and culturally relevant pornstar ever but I am not a huge fan. That obviously cant stop me from adding her to this top 10 list. Her mainstream exposure is up there with Ron Jeremy and Traci Lords. The only difference is that Jenna thinks she is also a novelist and writer. Well she is probably just as good at writing as she is acting. Check her out in "Zombie Strippers" and "Private Parts".
6 - Ginger Lynn
At 21 she appeared in her first adult film. She was easily one of the most recognizable female pornstars of the 1980's. She was the first Vivid Entertainment contract girl and dated Charlie Sheen briefly in the 90's. Through the years she has appeared in "Young Guns 2", "The Devil's Rejects" and "American Pie presents: Band Camp". Another one that makes the list purely because she is so recognizable and popular.
5 - Aurora Snow
Aurora responded to a newspaper ad in university and thus began her porn career. She has appeared in more than 500 adult movies. Not only is she obviously a hard worker, but she has appeared in some actually decent films. In 2002 she appeared in "The Rules of Attraction" and also in 2007, she appeared in one of my favorite new comedies, Judd Apatow's "Superbad". This cutie is one to watch in the future.
4 - Chasey Lain
Chasey Lain started in porn at the age of 20 in 1991. She quickly rose to fame within the industry and to this day is still voted among the top 50 pornographic actors and actresses of all time. She also has had many bit parts in moderately successful films like Spike Lee's "He Got Game", Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Orgazmo" and Ernest Dickinson's “Demon Knight". While her roles are quite forgettable, she has always brought a smile to my face.
3 - Traci Lords
I have to thank my dad for introducing me to Traci Lords. When I was younger I was watching John Water's "Cry Baby" my father pointed out that she was a pornstar, from then on I was hooked. One standout character is in the Kevin Smiths' “Zack and Miri Make a Porno", where she plays an inventively named character, Bubbles. She makes the number two spot because she has almost appeared in as many films as Ron Jeremy
2 - Sasha Grey
Relatively new to porn, Sasha Grey took the industry by storm, pushing her body to the limits. In the mainstream world her biggest break came when Steven Soderbergh wanted her to play the title role in his "The GIrlfriend Experience". The film wasn't a box office success but it propelled her into the spot light of mainstream cinema which in turn landed her a role on HBO's "Entourage". Sasha, like the previous two entries, has done a couple low budget B-movies, none of which are much to talk about.
1 - Ron Jeremy
This man, ladies and gentlemen is the face of porn. Yes you can disagree and bring up John Holmes or any other male pornstar but "The Hedgehog" is still the most recognizable pornstar name. Okay, he won’t win any Oscars but I like the guy in films like ""Ghostbusters", "Reindeer Games", "Orgazmo" and many Troma films. Ron Jeremy is the closest adult film star to have a successful crossover from porn to mainstream and that is why he is number one on this list.