Porn stars, as the old thinking goes, are people who either couldn’t cut it in the mainstream entertainment industry, or people who were at best marginal in society. Those of us in the industry know that this is bunk. The fact is that now, more than ever before, some of the best actors in porn are crossing over into mainstream entertainment.
In the bad old days, a stigma was placed on people who performed in adult entertainment. In the 21st Century, a world were people have apparently awakened to the fact that sex is a normal part of life, actors of all stripes are judged on the only thing that matters in show business, their talent. A recent article by a mainstream news organization, Policymic, shows how actors like Sasha Grey, Katie Morgan, and Ron Jeremy demonstrate that the American public has come to accept porn stars for their talent and charisma, and not to judge them for doing something that is a natural part of life.
Check out this profile on Sasha Grey from the article (and her profile on Hotmovies.com):
“Marina Ann Hantzis started her adult film career soon after turning 18, circa 2006. After debuting with legendary director and performer Rocco Siffredi, Sasha made a name for herself in the industry and was soon featured by popular magazines and television programs, such as the Tyra Banks Show. Sasha then played herself during several seasons of the popular HBO show Entourage and is set to star in her second mainstream film The Girl From the Naked Eye.”
The fact is that Grey easily crossed over into the public eye without so much as a blink, and rightfully so. She has charm, great looks, and an ease that makes people comfortable. Those are things that the public expects out of their icons.
And we don’t even need to discuss Ron Jeremy in great detail. “The Hedgehog” has created a brand that is the envy of marketing executives everywhere. Jeremy proves, almost single-handedly for a period of time, that porn stars can capture the public’s imagination with a blend of self-deprecating charm and overwhelming personality.
As this crossover continues, it wouldn’t surprise us to see more stars crossover from the adult world to the mainstream. They have the skills. Now they also have a society that accepts them openly.