A line in Asia Carrera's bio reads, "I was grounded for every 'B' I got,
and beaten for getting anything lower than that. I was not allowed to
socialize at all...." Shortly thereafter, the future Amerasian
(half-Japanese, half-German) porno star, at 17, became a runaway and
shacked up on people's sofas and in camping tents.
But a high SAT score and her MENSA brains gave her a full ride to Rutgers
University. Yet the free room and board was just a temporary stop. When she
wasn't at school, Asia brought home the green by getting naked on stage.
From her humbling hard times, she was humbling people's hard-ons and soon
became one of the top dancers in New Jersey. Dancing was bringing in the
loot and formal education took a backseat.
The stage was only a launching pad for the real big money of video in which
she became one of the biggest stars in porno. Asia retired at her peak in
1998 to get into writing and directing while she also learned HTML to
master her own Web site [www.asiacarrera.com]. But in 1999, the 5' 8-1/2"
full-figured star came out of her retirement because of the lack of sex.
GR: Your academics and education play a role in your life in the industry.
What does it take to have longevity in the industry?
ASIA: The only thing it takes to have longevity in this industry is eternal
youth. As long as you look young and sexy, you will get work. The academics
and education don't come into play unless you want to move beyond just
being a starlet, to behind the camera, into the realm of production. That's
where you need ingenuity and tenacity to come up with new and different
ideas for making movies and money. In an industry that puts out about 7,000
movies last year, making something that will stand out is no easy task.
GR: How high is your IQ? How many others in pornoland have an IQ that high?
ASIA: I was tested at 154 and 156 at different times, but I can only speak
for myself. I have no idea what anyone else's IQ is in this industry, since
it's not usually the first thing they ask porn stars in interviews-I don't
know why I'm so lucky, hahaha.
GR: What does being smart and being in porno have to do with each other?
Would you say that many in porno are stupid? Or are people making the
assumption that if you're smart you should be doing something else?
ASIA: There is no correlation between porn stars and idiocy levels. The
stereotype of the brain-dead bimbo who couldn't get a job at McDonald's is
an exaggerated myth. Most of the girls are here because they're trying to
do the best they can with a crappy hand that life dealt them. There's a lot
of opportunities here for girls who are down on their luck to turn things
around for themselves, to make some good money, feed their kids, go back to
school, whatever. And a lot of girls do just that. With movies, dancing on
the road, personal appearances, fan clubs, Web sites, product endorsement,
toy/merchandise lines, etc., there's an endless string of opportunities for
any girl to take advantage of in pornoland, if she's willing to put in the
time and effort.
GR: Asian men or non-Asian men?
ASIA: I prefer Asian men as my fans, because when I do personal
appearances, they are always the quietest, most polite, well-behaved, and
loyal fans around. I am very lucky that most of my fans are Asian because I
never have to worry about my appearances being overrun by rowdy, drunken
college kids or rednecks straight out of the bar down the street. But for]
personal relationships, I prefer non-Asian men because I will always have a
problem looking at an Asian man-especially older ones-in a relationship
without thinking of my dad.
GR: Play Doh or Silly Putty?
ASIA: Definitely Silly Putty. You can copy the comics with Silly Putty, and
Silly Putty doesn't get all crumbly and useless after sitting in your
closet for 10 years.
GR: Ramen or udon?
ASIA: I prefer udon, but I'm lazy, so I only eat ramen.
GR: Hello Kitty or Mickey Mouse?
ASIA: Hello Kitty has always struck me as a really dumb cartoon with no
How can a cartoon that doesn't talk or communicate ever hope to have any
sort of personality? Mickey Mouse is lame because Disney has made him so
politically correct that he has no personality either, but at least he
GR: Is there a need to have more sex to compensate for making fewer films?
ASIA: Part of the reason I'm looking forward to making movies again is
because I was turning into a eunuch sitting around the house on my
computer, 24/7. I can barely remember what sex is like anymore. Maybe I'll
go watch an Asia Carrera flick to refresh my memory.
GR: Does something happen to your body when you go from making 50 movies a
year to one a month then to none?
ASIA: Well, there was definitely a time when I was really starting to get
burned out on sex from shooting too much, but I eased up and started
shooting less, and that solved that. I'm still not gonna feel like hopping
into the sack at home after wrapping up a long day of shooting sex scenes,
but making movies did definitely raise my appetite for the quantity I like
to have in total-whether I'm working or not. Before I started making
movies, once or twice a week was plenty for me, and now my ideal is more
like twice a day, but I'll settle for once a day.
GR: What's the longest day you've had on set and why was it so long?
ASIA: Our days frequently run 18 hours or more, and everyone can tell
horror stories of 24-hour shoots, or seven-day shoots with three-hour
turnarounds every night. The time constraints and budgets force us to push
the talent and crew to superhuman lengths to get the product done in time.
And pushing for a superior piece of product means beating everyone on the
set to death-no exceptions. There isn't a director in Hollywood that could
do what we do in pornoland with the budget and time we're given, and nobody
but the actual talent and crew will ever know the sheer blood, sweat, and
tears that go into even the lousiest of porno projects. Things always go
wrong, and delays are inevitable, with the most common causes being
late/incapacitated/irresponsible talent, or a failure to get a hard-on/pop
shot during a sex scene. Then there's camera /technical difficulties,
permit/neighbor/police problems, drunk/drugged-out/primadonna starlets; the
list of inevitable shooting delays goes on and on. We like to say, "We work
for free, we get paid to wait."
GR: I've seen a few films, and you've played the more submissive character.
Is that for the most part true, or do you get aggressive as well? Is there
a favorite role to play? Or is it all play acting or is it part of your
ASIA: I have played every role out there, from the shy, virginal young girl
to the experienced brazen hussy, from the airheaded porno bimbo to the
calculating, bitchy business woman, and every race that has black
hair-Greek, Indian, Gypsy, Asian, Italian, you name it! I've played mothers
and daughters, and I've even played a guy, complete with moustache,
sideburns, and strap-on. Because I can act-I took acting specifically to
get better roles in pornoland, and studied under two different coaches-I
get all sorts of neat roles to play, and I can play pretty much any role
they give me, mostly because I'm so quiet and I have no personality of my
own, so taking on any character is easier because I'm starting with a blank
slate and creating it from there.
GR: Why did you copy Tia Carrere's last name? Are you a fan or friend of
hers? Has there been any communication back and forth?
ASIA: When I was a stripper in New Jersey, everyone always told me I looked
like Tia Carrere. I spelled the name differently to prevent a lawsuit, even
though she took her name from Barbara Carrera. I saw her once at an
airport, and my husband got her autograph, but I didn't go with him to ask,
just in case she knew who I was and wanted to whup my butt!
GR: Why is a facial cum shot so precious in porno? Why is it that many porn
actresses wait or don't want to do it until "later"? Is that the same with
ASIA: Anal is definitely something to hang onto until you can get a premium
for it, but facials, not as much. Facials are usually just more a thing of
personal preference for the girls, and I personally find them to be
degrading and not very erotic, especially when it's in my eyes and really
burning like battery acid.
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