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Q+A: Jessica Drake — From Jehovah’s Witness to stripper to three-time AVN Best Actress


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Jessica Drake arrives on the red carpet for the 2014 AVN Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

Jessica Drake

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Jessica Drake at the 2015 AVN Halloween Porn Star Party on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at Artisan.

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Robin Leach and Jessica Drake at the 2015 AVN Halloween Porn Star Party on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at Artisan.

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Jessica Drake, Asa Akira and Stormy Daniels arrive on the red carpet for the 2014 AVN Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

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Jessica Drake and Brad Armstrong arrive on the red carpet for the 2014 AVN Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

For her XXX-rated movie filmed Tuesday, Wicked Films star Jessica Drake pushed the boundaries in a sex scene with her porn princess playmates Stormy Daniels and Asa Akira. It’s not only the three of them in a blistering sensual act, but also their three lifelike dolls that come to life to create carnal chaos.

And it gets even more outrageous for the next movie she’ll film.

It’s not exactly the path Jessica thought of when raised a Jehovah’s Witness. But the shy girl who once dressed up as a Playboy Bunny for Halloween went on to become a stripper in Texas clubs before becoming a three-time AVN Best Actress winner and Hall of Fame XXX star.

“I’m so excited about this scene that I can’t focus,” she said while hosting the first AVN Halloween Porn Star Party festivities at Artisan last Friday and Saturday nights. She brought 80 of her fellow starlets and majestic models for the scandalous, flesh-and-fantasy-fueled weekend fun.

Her mermaid outfit Saturday was so revealing that she was told Metro police would have her in handcuffs unless she covered up her 34B-24-33 115-pound body with more seashell necklaces.

The 41-year-old, 5-foot-8 blonde bombshell is far from a smoldering sexpot when she sits down for a one-on-one interview. It was Friday night of the frolicking, and she was dressed fairly demurely as Alice in Wonderland.

Jessica comes across at sweet, soft- and well-spoken, knowledgeable, charming and polite. In fact, she’s the girl you’d take home to mom who would think she is an angel-eyed Jehovah’s Witness and not reigning devilishly as queen at the top of the pornographic world.

What does Halloween mean to you, and is it different for people in the adult-entertainment world than other people?

That’s a really great question. I like Halloween, and I always have, so before I got into this business, I really liked dressing up and being other characters to the extent that sometimes I was a bit inappropriate. I’ve always loved Halloween, and I loved to dress up even before I got into the business.

At first it was dressing up, being other characters, because I don’t know if we’ve ever talked about this, but I was raised Jehovah’s Witness, so I didn’t have holidays. I remember my dad sneaking me out for Halloween. He would take me trick-or-treating.

At first it was just dressing up because I was younger, then as I got older, I think the last time I went trick-or-treating I was in high school, and I wanted to go as a Playboy Bunny, so that should have been an indicator. I had a black leotard, and I had pantyhose, and I remember not knowing what kind of pantyhose to buy.

I had bunny ears on, so I was able to trick-or-treat like a Playboy Bunny, which was amazingly inappropriate. When I was going to college and stripping, I would dress up in theme costumes all the time, so Halloween lost its special night.

Now that I’m in the adult-entertainment business, usually I go to a really big party in L.A. This is actually the first time I think I’ve done anything industry-related on Halloween. We’ve taken over the entire hotel, and this is the place to get really wild and crazy.

So this is the first time AVN has done this in Las Vegas, but the plan is that this will happen again. Is there a better place than Las Vegas to have Halloween?

No, of course not! I’ve always wanted to see people in Las Vegas for Halloween because it’s already crazy and it’s already very sexual and it’s already very daring, and I think tonight we’re probably going to push the envelope.

It’s funny because I had never heard of this hotel before, so today when we were on our way over, I said to the driver, “We’re going to be at the Artisan, and everybody that I said that to today was like, ‘Ohhhhh, ohhhhh,’ consistently.” So I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re here until 4 in the morning.

So your latest movie is?

The latest movie that I have out is “Starmaker,” that I’m performing in, and, as far as “Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” I just released “Foreplay.” “Starmaker” is a really amazing movie written and directed by Brad Armstrong.

I star with Asa Akira, and it’s about a Hollywood producer who sleeps with an aspiring actress and gets blackmailed. I play the bitter wife of the producer. I know a lot of the behind-the-scenes, about what’s going on, and I get my revenge in the end. It’s really good working with Asa.

And your next movie? Are you directing or starring?

I’m starring first in a movie called “Living Dolls” starring Asa, and we’re going to do it with our Wicked Real Dolls. Then a movie for David Lord called “Casual Encounters.” There’s something really different about this movie. There is no dialogue, but there is a big story, so everything is done via texting or a handwritten note or just emoting. It’s a big story, but no dialogue.

It will be challenging for me because I’m going to be tempted to start running my mouth, but there are some really intense sex scenes in it, as well. There’s a sex scene in the middle of a field, I’m in the middle of a field, and I have cars parked all around me and headlights shining on me, and that’s how I’m doing the scene outside at night. I’m actually nervous about that one.

There are people in the cars who are watching, and some of them are going to come out and join. I’m really excited, more excited than nervous, but nervous because the weather is finally starting to change, so it’s going to be cold. But I promise that it will be good!

How is your sex-educational series going? Are you changing America one bedroom at a time?

It’s going well. I could only hope! I think that I’ve done a lot as far as bridging the gap between people who aren’t able to differentiate between watching porn for fantasy and getting an educational benefit from an instructional DVD or movie. The next instruction that I’m shooting is “Sensual Massage.” I’m really excited to do that one.

I’ve done a lot of seminars lately, spoken at several universities. I find myself doing seminars and workshops more and more. People still want to meet me and take their pictures with me and get autographs, but I’m combining it. I’ll do a class for two hours, then I’ll host a meet-and-greet afterward.

Is America looking less askance at X-rated behavior? Is it changing? Is it becoming more acceptable?

To some degree. I think it speaks volumes that we are finding it easier to get into mainstream projects, but at the same time I think it also says a lot that stars, makeup artists and crew are getting their bank accounts shut down for being affiliated with the adult industry. So it really goes both ways.

I think that society likes to say they embrace it and mainstream culture will run pictures or sensationalize whatever we have going on, but the bottom line is there is that judgment and there is that stigma and there is that taboo at the end of the day.

It’s still there, but I would say less, generally less. … I think to some degree we’re still very conservative when it comes to sex. … California just passed two bills, actually one was passed last year, it was the yes mean yes law, the consent law. Last month I believe Gov. Jerry Brown passed a law that said every high school student in order to graduate has to take sex ed, and I think that it’s really a step in the right direction. I’ve been talking a lot about that lately.

Why has America been so uptight over sex?

I think a lot of it has to do with religion; a lot of it has to do with the politics. We as a country, we think we’re really progressive, and we think we’re the place to be, but the more I travel, the more I look around, I realize how lax Europe is for instance in their views on sexuality, and they’re more accepting.

I was in Oslo, Norway, and they were talking about sex ed in school, and they were saying that all different types of sexuality are always included in sex ed. I mean not graphically and not everything right out of the gate, but it’s all-inclusive, and that’s really the way that it should be.

Here I think we’re very standoffish, and we’re scared. A lot of this is on parents to teach their kids at home, but what happens is they’re uncomfortable and they expect the school to do it, and when the school doesn’t do it, kids start watching porn because it’s easily accessible.

You know they’re downloading it for free on the Internet, and they’re like, “Oh, this is what sex should be like.” That’s not right, you know? Porn is great, don’t get wrong, but if that’s your first exposure to sex, that’s not right.

Are you saying that early sex for kids should not be porn?

A lot of the time their perception is skewed because when they’re watching the finished product, they don’t understand the editing process and the creative process that goes into making a movie. They’re watching just a scene and it’s really hardcore, intense sex, or maybe they’re watching a feature movie, and they’re seeing a very polished version. It perpetuates the notion that women orgasm spontaneously, that sex is always easy, and that we grab the pizza guy, and that’s not always the case. Only in the movies!

I think that gives them the wrong impression when that’s your first view of sex. I didn’t start watching porn until I found it under my boyfriend’s father’s bed when I was in high school, but I was very curious. It was not my first sexual experience, although he was my first partner, my first boyfriend, my first anything, but I had some other working knowledge of sex.

So the night before Halloween, you are an innocent Alice in Wonderland. But on Halloween, you are the mermaid who goes topless?

I do go topless. I’m a mermaid with a long tail. It’s really fitted and tight. I have fins. It’s really hard to walk in, so I shuffle. Instead of a top, I just wear a lot of shells and necklaces and have big beach hair, and I have sand dollars and seashells everywhere.

Why do girls have so much fun dressing up for Halloween?

Because it’s role-playing. We can step out of character. It gives us license to be something else, someone else. It gives a lot of people freedom to act out if they dress as someone or something else. I think they can express themselves a lot differently.

Any thoughts on the editorial changes at Playboy Magazine veering away from nudity?

I think that they’ve built this iconic brand on tasteful, glamorous nudity, and now that they’ve opted to not do that anymore. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Clothing over nudity had a lot to do with it, but when they’re trying to compete with FHM and Maxim, they’re already so established, people will have to really start reading the articles.

When I was younger, I went to a Playboy modeling call. I was dancing at the time as a stripper, and the way they worded it, they made it sound like that was a good thing. But when they found out, I didn’t get a call back. I was in Playboy Lingerie, the subsidiary, smaller version of the magazine. It was great, but it wasn’t Playboy. So I did Penthouse and the rest of the magazines.

Playboy for me was it, though. My first husband collected them, so I saw really old Playboys, and I watched the magazine evolve. My favorite was the Pamela Anderson layout when she was on the beach. I had my closet wall papered with that layout. That’s how much I looked at this magazine because I wasn’t reading it back then. I hope it works for them. I really do.

With three AVN Best Actress awards to your credit and named to the porn Hall of Fame, how long will you keep filming sex movies?

As long as I’m happy. As long as there are still things that I want to do that are things that I’d like to do, people that I’d like to work with. But the instructional videos are coming along, so I keep doing that, and I’m still dancing, so I juggle everything.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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