Gina Lynn Interview
I've been aware of her for five years but never interviewed her until Tuesday afternoon, 5/31/05.
Sunday night at the PAW bowling benefit, I ran into some porn stars who said they heard about my internet column from Gina Lynn, 31, and her husband Travis Knight (they've been together seven years, married six).
That reminded me of what I must do.
4pm PST. 5/31/05. By phone.
Duke: "When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?"
Gina: "A veterinarian. Then I wanted to be a toll person. I thought they had the easiest job and great benefits. In my senior year at Catholic highschool, I was dancing the last six months [as soon as she turned 18] at a strip club. Then I went to six months of community college [and quit] for the easy money."
Duke: "What kind of crowd did you hang out with in highschool?"
Gina: "I didn't hang out with anybody. They were rich down-the-shore kids [in New Jersey]. I always had an older boyfriend outside of school. He was seven years older. We were together four years. We got married in 1996 when I was 22. It only lasted a year.
"I lost my virginity to my boyfriend in eighth grade. I was 14.
"I was stripping in New Jersey. In 1994, I saw this club, Al's Cabaret in Pennsylvania, on TV. I went and auditioned there. I thought that if it made TV it must be a great place. That's when I first started seeing all the features and the porn stars. The first feature act I saw was Blondage. I was a house girl. A lot of them features gave me numbers for magazines.
"I did my first movie in 1999 with Travis Knight, who I'm still with. Eighteen in Vegas. It was for Mad Jack. I became a contract girl in 2000 with Pleasure Productions. They are based out of New Jersey. I was with them for three years. For the last 18-months, I've been with Club magazine. They started a DVD company. I've shot three or four features for them. I'm probably going to re-sign (the contract runs out this month). I'm in their magazine every month.
"I'm negotiating to be able to do a certain amount of scenes each month for my own production company -- Gina Lynn Productions. Exquisite (owned by Jerry and Alex at Juicy) distributes my stuff."
Gina's done about 60 movies in her career.
Gina became a big star in 2002. "I was in Analyze That. I did a music video with Eminem. He saw me in Analyze That. I did the Sopranos. I'm always going to New York doing auditions even if they don't want a porno star."
Duke: "How did you like working on Analyze That?"
Gina: "I was Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro for eight hours doing the bar scene over and over again. They were nice to me and very respectful. There were a lot of girls there. I made the number one cut. You don't know how much they're going to use. I was cast as an extra. They showed me for a good 30-seconds. My full body and everything. They used me in promotion for the movie."
Duke: "When you audition in mainstream, do people hold it against you that you're a porn star?"
Gina: "The casting directors take out my pictures when I meet them. About three times I got picked for stuff and they thought my name was too well known and got turned down. Or someone will say, you look familiar. It was easier for me to do stuff in 2001 when nobody knew who I was. Some people are open to it but a lot aren't. I earned my SAG card."
Duke: "Anyone try to put you on the casting couch?"
Gina: "That hasn't happened, thank G-d. Of course on the music video everybody was hitting on me. But that's music video people."
Duke: "What do you love and hate about your work in the porn industry?"
Gina: "I hate that everybody [outside the industry] disparages me. They think that all porn stars act like porn stars. But that's just in the movies. I live on the East Coast. My friends out here have normal jobs. They're nurses and stay-at-home mothers. Just certain people judge me on it."
Duke: "Do you find being a porn star socially isolating?"
Gina: "I'm a quiet person. It takes a lot of people to get into me. I'm naturally reserved. When the camera's on, I change into a different person. But I'm shy. If you ever met, you'd think I was a bitch or you'd understand. People don't know how to take me.
"Being a porn star expands my social world. People know who I am. When I'm in the city, I get into more events. Things happen easier. In mainstream, it can be both (confining or expanding). Back home I have my friends and my family who support me.
"If I go to a nightclub at home, I have to have somebody with me or I get bothered all night."
Duke: "How did your family react when you became a stripper and a porn star?"
Gina: "[In highschool] I made the mistake of leaving my answer machine up high and I had an agent booking me. My mom freaked out. She called the agent up and asked what was going on. But I was very headstrong. I said mom, 'I'm 18. I'm not going to stop what I'm doing. If you want me to move out, I'll move out.' She was more concerned about my safety. It blew over and now she completely supports me."
Duke: "When you were in highschool, did your friends know you were a stripper?"
Gina: "Yeah. They were weird about it. They thought I was a slut. When I took my boyfriend to the prom, he was 27."
Gina got her first breast job in 1995, moving from a B-cup to a C-cup with the help of saline implants. "You could see the rippling. Three years ago, I changed them to a full D-cup. Silicone is softer."
Duke: "Did breast implants change the way people reacted to you?"
Gina: "Being a stripper, I made more money. When I had the full Bs, they were nice, but the girls with the bigger boobs made all the money. It didn't matter if you were prettier. Nowadays it's different."
Duke: "Did you notice a difference in the way ordinary people reacted to you?"
Gina: "Oh yes. Even now I still try to hide my chest. I wear the tightest sports bra I can. I don't like attention unless I'm on stage or at a convention."
Duke: "What's important to maintaining a relationship in porn?"
Gina: "We understand it's a business. We're not perfect. We have our days because we both work with other people.
"I can't shoot for my own production company now because of my contract with Club. We're negotiating that.
"Sometimes I'll see a girl come in to work with Travis for my company and I'll think she's not up to par. I'd rather he worked with a hot girl. He tells me it doesn't matter what the girl looks like as long as she has a good attitude."
Duke: "Do you get jealous?"
Gina: "Sometimes I do. I think we both do. It lasts for about a day and I get over it."
Duke: "How do you like the AVN shows?"
Gina: "By the third day, I'm exhausted. It's fun to meet your fans and get good lines."
Duke: "How do you feel about getting older?"
Gina: "I feel good. I'm just glad that I've got a production company so that when I stop performing, I have that behind me. I'm 31. I look a lot younger than some of the girls I see who are 23. When I see a young girl, and I say, wow. I don't know if she's on drugs or if she's tired. I take care of myself. I go to the gym. I put sunblock on my face."
Duke: "How long have you been blonde?"
Gina: "In 2000, I was a redhead. Then it just got lighter and lighter. I naturally have dark hair because I'm Puerto Rican and Italian. The blonde hair works for me. I still have the exotic look. When I was feature dancing on the road, I swear my money tripled when I turned blonde."
Duke: "What do you do in your spare time?"
Gina: "I go bike riding. We live on three acres in the middle of nowhere. I have a little dog, a shiatzu, who goes everywhere with me. Yesterday I pulled weeds. I try to go to the gym four days a week. I'm on the road two-to-three weeks a month."
Gina wants to start a mainstream business, perhaps a restaurant.
Cindi Loftus From Xcitement Magazine Interviews Gina Lynn
Cindi Loftus writes: Gina Lynn is a busy girl. After several attempts to contact her, we finally hooked up early on a Saturday morning, and I don't usually do mornings. But talking to her was worth the wait and the missed sleep. She's a sizzling Spanish- Italian star with a hot body and a sexy voice. Sorry you can't "hear" the interview. Just use your imagination…
Xcitement: So you were born in Puerto Rico, raised in New Jersey and now you live in Pennsylvania, correct?
Gina Lynn: Yeah. I bought a house in PA. I'm putting in a pool right now which is why I wasn't here when you tried to call me earlier.
X: What made you decide on Pennsylvania?
G: When I first started dancing, I danced at Al's Cabaret, which is in Pennsylvania as a house dancer. I worked there for 5 years. I made a lot of friends here. I got sick of New Jersey, so I decided to move somewhere different.
X: Well you are going to be on the cover of the July issue, so tell us all how you are going to spend July 4th.
G: I'm so excited to be the July cover. I can't wait to see it! Around the 4th I'll be home. My pool will be done by then. There is so much construction being done to my house, my porch is being enclosed, the whole back yard is getting landscaped. The inside is mostly done. I still have to finish my basement. I'm making it into a game room. Oh back to the question, I am having a party! I am having my friends and my family over.
X: Do you still work at Al's when you are not on the road?
G: No, but I feature there once or twice a year. When I am home, I am on a break! I am on the road three weeks out of every month. I am either doing store signings, making movies out in LA, or in Florida..
X: You made a movie here not too long ago called P.I. Shagwell. One of the guys I work with was in it, Mike Wallerstein, do you know him?
G: I am not sure who he is.
X: He played the club manager. He came in and caught you doing something you weren't supposed to do and his big line was "Get the f--- out of here!".
G: Oh, yeah, I know who he is now!
X: You remember him. Well Mike, that was your fifteen minutes of fame! What's the best and the worst thing about being an adult star?
G: The best thing is doing all the scenes and having all the fans. I love going to signings. It is so exciting. I love all the attention I get. The worse thing is that it takes me away from my home and my pets and my family.
X: I know you have a dog. What kind of pets do you have?
G: An African Grey parrot, and a Blue and Gold Macaw. Right now they are staying at a friend's farm house.
X: They probably wouldn't like the construction noise.
G: They'd be looking out the window and screaming.
X: I know you just re-signed with Pleasure Productions.
G: Yes I just signed up last month for another year. They have been very good to me. They are out of the East Coast. I deal better with East Coast people.
X: I know they are located in New Jersey. Do you film the movies there?
G: No, they don't film in New Jersey. All the directors they use are in L.A. I'm going back soon to finish up my last two movies from my last contract with Pleasure.
X: What movies do you have coming out soon?
G: Inner Vision, Accidental Starlet, House sitter, Strap On Sally 17, and Jail Bait. The last one I am not sure of the exact name, but it is something like jail bait.
X: Who do you really like to work with on movies?
G: (directors) Nic Cramer and Jim Enright. As far as movie stars go, I prefer men, but I do work with some women. I worked with a nice girl named Kaylin out in California. I haven't worked with a whole lot of girls.
X: I heard you in an interview say "I was bi-sexual". Was?
G: I am. It all depends on the girl. At one point, when I was like 22, and experimenting, I got out of a bad marriage and I didn't want to be near any guys, because I was sick of them. All I did was have sex with women. I hung out with my girlfriends, and we just went to bars and then had sex. There are only a few girl/girl experiences that stand out in my mind.
X: I heard that you are going to be doing a promotion with my all time favorite star Ron Jeremy.
G: Yes, we are going to appear in New Jersey to host Miss Planet Surf. They had a huge turnout last year. So this year Ron and I are going to be the MC's for it. It's going to be cool, because I am going back home. People are going to be like, "Oh my God". They probably won't even recognize me, because I don't look anything like I used to.
X: What do you think of Ron?
G: He is very sweet. He's got a great personality.
X: Is there someone out there that you'd really like to work with?
G: I have been working with Travis Knight a lot. He's my favorite male to work with right now. I also worked with Dillian Day, Randy Spears, and Mark Davis.
X: Do you have an unfulfilled fantasy?
G: Yes. I want to have sex on a golf course while it is raining. I have been offered the one in Hilton Head. They were going to clear off the whole golf course for me, but I was on a hectic dance schedule and I didn't have time to go do a photo shoot there. I'll fit it in sometime.
X: Have you ever had sex in a strip club?
G: Yeah, in the P.I. Shagwell movie.
X: What about in real life?
G: Well… in the dressing room with my roadie.
X: Have you had sex outdoors?
G: I had sex outdoors in Aruba in the water on the beach.
X: Was there anybody else around?
G: There was a lot of people around that was what was so freaky about it. I was really young like 20 years old. It was with a guy.
X: So do you have a boyfriend?
G: It's hard to have a relationship in this business. I have a male star I hang out with. We do scenes together. We also have sex off camera. Let's just say that I am never lonely.
X: I checked out both of your websites and they were both very good.
G: Yeah, I have my own, plus there is a lot of stuff about me on the Pleasure Production site.
X: I saw on your sites that you can win a date with Gina Lynn on Ebay!
G: They are trying that out. One of the guys who works for Pleasure Productions is a promoter and he saw a wrestler who put herself on Ebay. They thought putting a date with me on there would be kind of cute.
X: I think it's a great idea. It just needs some more promotion. I'm sure if all your fans knew about it they would be out there bidding. If I won the date with you, where would it take place?
X: What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you while you were working?
G: Well I have fallen off the stage, because of slippery shoes, but I think most dancers have done that. It's funny, because when ever I do, I just end up making more money. The guys are all like, are you okay? Here's some money. But the funniest thing was in a movie called "Sweet Little 18" I was having sex on a fork lift in a warehouse and I lost my balance and fell, one of the camera people caught me. I read a review of it and it said "she is flexible as a ballerina, and then she loses her balance"
X: Is the fall in the movie? G: There is the part where I was losing my balance, but they edited out the fall.
X: Was it embarrassing or were you scared?
G: It was funny. I was kind of embarrassed, but then I just started laughing.
X: Are you Pleasure Productions only contract girl?
G: No. They just signed Celeste Crawford. I can't wait to meet her. She is the total opposite of me. She is 5'10, Jamaican, Hawaiian and German. So she is different looking. It's good though. I need another girl to hang out with when I work for Pleasure. Vivid and Wicked, they always have 7 or 8 girls. I do like to be the center of attention, but I also wanted someone to hang out with when we are traveling.
X: If there are two of you, you'll have someone to share a room with, someone to go out with.
G: For a little while there, Pleasure had Sunset Thomas, but that was at the end of her contract. We had fun doing private shows, or little girl/girl things.