Inside the Mind of a Porn Star

10in30 readers, have you ever wondered how people in the porn industry live? First of all, you know they are pretty fit and they take great care of their bodies since their entire body will be exposed and their livelihood depends on it.

Would you be offended if a scout gave you a card and said you have the body to be in porn, or would you be secretly proud?

Porn performers (not necessarily stars) have the reputation of being abused as youths, full of mental issues, and not very happy; at least that’s the reputation the women have. Do you think current porn performers are happier than average or less happy than average. The truth might surprise you…


Think porn stars have all the fun in the sack? You may be right.

James Deen, on the set of The Canyons

Not only do male porn stars have a higher enjoyment of sex, they also have higher levels of self-esteem, says a new report published in the International Journal of Sexual Health. Researchers analyzed over 200 men—half were porn actors, half were not—to compare sexual activity, drug use, self-esteem, quality of life, and their attitudes toward sex.

Although the male porn actors were more likely to have used drugs and lose their virginity at an earlier age, the data still showed those in porn had higher quality-of-life indicators.

But the life of a porn star may not be as bizarre and out of control as the rest of us assume it is. So Men’s Health decided to catch up with James Deen, porn star and male lead in the 2013 film The Canyons, to get a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes when someone has sex for a living.

MH: For starters, how does a guy get into porn? What brought you to the industry?

James Deen: I entered the industry when I was 18. [Ed note: Deen is 27 now.] But for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to do porn. Not kidding, when I was in elementary school, we were going around the classroom talking about what we wanted to do when we grew up—and I said I wanted to do porn. Back then my teachers just thought I was being disruptive, not kidding, they sent me to the principal’s office! But that’s actually what I wanted to do. Once I discovered it, porn was always my aspiration.

MH: So now that your dreams have come true, how often do you have sex?

Deen: At least once a day, usually more.

MH: We’ll need a bit more detail than that. What’s your average day look like?

Deen: I wake up around 6:30 in the morning, and typically get straight to work on answering emails, writing blog posts, and responding to comments on my site. After a few hours of that, I usually run around the kitchen like a mad man because, thanks to sitting in front of my computer all morning, I forgot to eat food. After that, I jump in the shower and then go to the set.

Once I’m there, I do some paperwork, meet my partner—and usually the partners already know each other because it’s a small industry. I discuss the scene with the director, and then head to the studio. The girls get done up to shoot their promo photos, I get my wardrobe on, and once we’re done with all that, we start doing the scene.

MH: It’s that simple?

Deen: Pretty much. Once the director tells you what type of scene you’re doing, they just film you doing your thing. After the scene we shower off, hang out for a bit, maybe grab some food. I usually get home between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Once I’m home, I’ll try to get some of my side projects done if I have the time. I pretty much go all day until I’m out of steam and literally have to lie down for the night.

MH: So what’s one of the biggest misconceptions people have about porn?

Deen: People need to realize, porn is not real. Porn is entertainment. It’s a movie being made to arouse the viewer. Therefore, people should not be having sex the way people have sex in pornos. Well, I suppose if you want to have insane, porno-style sex that’s fine. But the length of time that we have sex, the amount of positions we go through, the way we pose for the camera—stuff like that—it all happens a specific way for film. So porn shouldn’t be the model that you mold your sex life after.

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