13 Porn Stars in Mainstream Movies

If you spent all day getting slapped in the face with a penis, you’d probably want to transition to Hollywood movies, too. That’s the attitude of many adult film performers, and this list of 13 porn stars in mainstream movies documents some of those who’ve managed to break out of their rather shapely molds. This isn’t a complete list, mind you, but it does combine some quality mainstream motion pictures with people who get paid to engage in eye-popping sex acts. So the next time you’re reading about movies now playing in cinemas across the nation, remember that there’s a decent chance one of the stars used to get her freak on with Ron Jeremy.

Did I leave you favorite porn-star-turned-Hollywood-performer off the list? Let me hear all about it in the comments section.

  • Katie Morgan in Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) – Katie first got into porn as a way to pay off her legal expenses after getting busted for transporting over 100 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into the United States. She retired from porn in 2007, and she showed up the following year in Kevin Smith’s sweet sex comedy about a pair of destitute best friends (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) who decide to cash in by making a porn movie. Morgan plays the role of Stacey, and she gets it on with a bare-assed and surprisingly coherent Jason Mewes. She also demonstrates why you should never do anal while suffering from diarrhea.
  • Traci Lords in Blade (1998) – Traci Lords caused all hell to break loose in the adult film industry when it was revealed that she was underage in a number of her films. In the years that followed, she carved out a role for herself in the (somewhat) mainstream, appearing in such films as Cry-Baby and Serial Mom. She also appeared in the opening scene of Blade, a movie starring Wesley Snipes as a grim vampire hunter. Playing “Racquel,” she lures a young man to a vampire club with the intention of sucking him dry. Luckily, Blade shows up and cleans house, dispatching Ms. Lords as she bares her fangs defiantly.

Expecting a penis to show up at any moment.

  • Sasha Grey in The Girlfriend Experience (2009) – Raunchy young porn actress Sasha Grey (born Marina Ann Hantzis) increased her mainstream appeal with the lead role in director Steven Soderbergh’s film, The Girlfriend Experience. She stars as Chelsea, a high-priced call girl trying to make ends meet in New York City. While many critics couldn’t wait to rip on her performance, she did get respectable marks from the venerable Roger Ebert.
  • Marilyn Chambers in Rabid – After becoming well-known for her appearance on an Ivory Snow box, Marilyn Chambers jumped into the porn world with Behind the Green Door. The film was a runaway success, and a number of other triple-x films would follow. But Chambers wanted to break into the mainstream, so she didn’t hesitate when offered the starring role in David Cronenberg’s Rabid. She plays a woman who undergoes plastic surgery following a motorcycle accident, only to later develop an orifice and stinger under her armpit. She uses the latter to feed on the blood of victims, eventually turning them into rabid zombie-like creatures. More body transformation wackiness from David Cronenberg.
  • Ron Jeremy in Boondock Saints (1999) – When two Irish-American brothers (Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery) accidentally kill a mobster, they decide to become vigilantes and rid the street of scumbags. Ron Jeremy, known for his longevity in the adult business and his hairy body (earning him the nickname “Hedgehog”), plays one such scumbag. A brief appearance is also made by Jeanna Fine (as a stripper), one of my favorite adult stars of the 1990s.
  • Jenna Jameson in Howard Stern’s Private Parts (1997) – When Stern needed someone to play the role of “Mandy, the First Nude Woman on Radio” for his debut film, who better than the performer often referred to as the “Queen of Porn”? While showing off her implants and slim body, Jameson once again increased her massive appeal, bringing the world of porn just a little bit closer to the mainstream. The surprisingly touching film also stars Janine Lindemulder, herself a major star in the adult industry.

Shu Qi - Feeling good about being an Asian hottie.

  • Shu Qi in The Transporter (2002) – After posing for Penthouse and starring in the softcore porn of Hong Kong, this Taiwanese actress hit the big time with her role as Lai Kwai in the Jason Statham action vehicle, The Transporter. She’s never looked back, appearing in a whopping 19 motion pictures since the release of the French actioner.
  • Nina Hartley in Boogie Nights (1997) – While the film focuses on the rise and fall of male porn star Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), it’s hard to forget about Nina Hartley’s contribution to the film. A legend of the adult film industry known for her amazing posterior, Hartley plays the blatantly unfaithful wife of Little Bill (William H. Macy), a poor cuckold who’s driven to violence on New Year’s Eve. Boogie Nights also stars fellow porn thespians Veronica Hart, Summer Cummings, and Little Cinderella.
  • Asia Carrera in The Big Lebowski (1998) – A self-confessed nerd and member of MENSA, Carrera was a major star in porn throughout the 1990s. Her popularity was cemented by a quick appearance in The Big Lebowski, directed by the Coen brothers and starring Jeff Bridges. She appears in the porn-movie-within-a-movie Logjammin’, one of the many classics from seedy pornographer and loan shark Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara).
  • Ginger Lynn in The Devil’s Rejects (2005) – Considered one of the ten greatest porn stars ever, Ginger Lynn (no relation to Amber) showed up in Rob Zombie’s horror sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. Appearing in the dream of killer clown Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), she rides him within an inch of his life before getting pissed off and pulling out a pistol.

"Oh, Brewster, you're so cool...and kinda hot, too."

  • Stephen Geoffreys in Fright Night (1985) – After being nominated for a Tony Award in 1984, Geoffreys followed this up by appearing as doomed sidekick Evil Ed in the classic vampire film Fright Night. While he passed on the sequel, he didn’t say no to the gay porn industry. Geoffreys adopted the names Sam Ritter and Stephan Bordeaux and appeared in gay XXX films for a number of years. He finally returned to the horror genre in 2007, but his career arc remains one of the more unusual in cinematic history.
  • Kobe Tai in Very Bad Things (1998) – Jon Favreau, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern, and Leland Orser are longtime friends enjoying a bachelor party in Las Vegas. But things become darkly comical when one of the gang accidentally kills a stripper during bathroom sex. As they try to cover it up, the increasingly paranoid pals begin to turn on one another with lethal results. Taiwanese/Japanese porn star Kobe Tai gets to play the doomed stripper who does the nasty for the final time with Jeremy Piven.
  • Pandora Peaks in Striptease (1996) – It’s hard to miss adult actress and model Pandora Peaks. That’s because her measurements are an eye-popping 42HHH-22-36. Using the stage name Stephanie Schick, she appeared alongside Demi Moore in Striptease as a dimwitted stripper dancing under the name Urbanna Sprawl.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the following movies brimming with porn star talent:

  • Orgazmo (1997) – South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone present this raunchy film about a Mormon missionary who enters the world of porn to raise enough money to marry his fiancee. Porn stars abound, including Chasey Lain, Jeanna Fine, and Juli Ashton.
  • Crank: High Voltage (2009) – In this high-energy sequel, unstoppable hitman Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) searches for the criminals who made off with his heart and left him with only a ramshackle artificial ticker. As he rampages across the city, he encounters a mob of porn actors protesting low wages, and the group includes Jenna Haze, Lexington Steele, Monique Alexander, Nick Manning, and (of course) Ron Jeremy.
  • Piranha 3D (2010) – If you’re going to make a movie about lethal piranha on a feeding frenzy during Spring Break, you might as throw in a few adult actresses to look great in skimpy bikinis. In this case, we’re talking Ashlynn Brooke, Gianna Michaels (who gets gnawed in half), and Riley Steele. By the way, porn actresses look even better in 3D. Thanks, James Cameron!

I hope you enjoyed our list of 13 porn stars in mainstream movies. For even more cinematic oddities, be sure to check out the following articles from Odd Films:

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