Do I really need to introduce Asa Akira? Surely you already know everything there is to know about Asa Akira because she’s only one of the best and most popular pornstars in porn.
Let me just say that I never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to interview the incredible Asa Akira. So while I’m too starstruck and bashful to read this interview, I sure hope you’ll enjoy it because Asa Akira is even cooler in person than she is on screen.
So here it is! My interview with Asa Akira!
If my calculations are correct, your 1-year exclusive contract with Wicked is almost up. What was it like shooting exclusively for such a well-respected company?
Being exclusive to Wicked has been an amazing experience so far- the last year of my life has definitely been different than the six before it. I’ve always wanted to be a Wicked Girl, since before I even got into porn- so the greatness of this opportunity has not been lost on me. I actually just signed on for another year, so I’m very excited!
I’ve been seeing these lists for the last two years or so, these “porn analytics” things. So while I’m extremely flattered every time I see my name on one of the lists, I can’t in all honesty say I was surprised. It makes me very happy to know that people are enjoying my porn. One of the biggest reasons I got into porn was because I love the idea of people getting turned on by me, jerking off to me- so to know that I’m in the top ten terms people search for when masturbating, is pretty fucking awesome.
Before you were one of the most searched for pornstars on the Internet, you were a dominatrix in New York City. I find that interesting because I’d qualify you as a strong-submissive based on your movies. If you had to classify yourself, are you more of a dom or a sub?
I like to switch it up depending on who I’m fucking, but I’d say I’m more drawn to the submissive side. I learned the term “Power Bottom” a few years ago, and I strongly connect with it- basically, it’s a submissive who demands to be dommed.
Why did you choose a career as a pornstar over a career as a dominatrix?
Domming is something I did when I was 19 years old, straight out of high school. It was the first job I had ever had in the adult industry, and it was a priceless learning experience- not just in regards to sex, but to myself as a whole. I wouldn’t trade that year for anything, but doing it now, at this point in my life is completely out of the question. I know too much about my own sexuality now- and I’m just not a dominatrix. It’s not my happy place. For me, porn is/was the ultimate fantasy- I see dominatrix-ing as one of the stepping stones I took to get here.
Based on their recent performances, New York pro athletes seem to be gluttons for punishment. Did members of New York sports teams make up most of your clientele?
Funny you should say that, because I did have quite a few clients who claimed to be pro-athletes… baseball players, mostly. I don’t follow sports though, so I couldn’t tell you if they were truthful. I also just realized that maybe you are making a sports joke – in which case, it’s totally gone over my head.
I was making a New York sports, but not a very good one. Why is New York City infinitely better than Los Angeles?
I’d say both cities have their pros and cons. Of course, NYC is where I grew up, so by default I think it’s the best place in the world. For a long time, I secretly even thought people from other cities were lame. There’s a sense of culture there that LA lacks. You can (and do!) walk anywhere, you can find virtually anything you need 24 hours a day, and the people are just way funnier, cooler, more down to earth. But one thing LA has over NYC, and it’s very major, is good weather. The winters in NYC are torturous. In LA, it’s warm and sunny most of the time. Also, the majority of porn is shot in LA- so for me, living anywhere else right now is unfathomable.
Everyone knows that you’re amazing in front of the camera but you’re also an accomplished director. Any plans to get behind the camera again soon?
I’d love to direct a movie for Wicked sometime in the future, but I will admit I’m completely intimidated. Wicked sets are much larger than the gonzo sets I’m used to directing – bigger crew, bigger budget, just overall bigger production. It’s a lot to be responsible for!
Your memoir Insatiable is a very candid look into your life. You talk about doing drugs, relationships and female sexuality as a whole. Were there moments while writing the memoir where you paused and thought, “Shit, I definitely can’t print this.”?
Oh for sure. Mostly, it was when I was writing about other people. When it comes to myself, there’s really nothing I won’t talk about. But I’m also not trying to exploit my family, friends, etc. When I wrote the chapter about the couple times I escorted, my publisher actually had me take out some details about one of the clients, because even though I had changed his name, it was too obvious who I was talking about.
Your husband is performer and director extraordinaire Toni Ribas. What marriage advice can you impart on us?
Toni has really taught me a lot about being in a healthy relationship. I’ll even go as far as to say this is the first truly healthy relationship I’ve ever been in. Giving advice seems silly, though, considering I’ve only been married for two years. I will say this to the guys: Happy wife, happy life.
Why are people still baffled by the idea that a pornstar can be a feminist?
I think a lot of people just don’t want to believe that a pornstar can be a feminist. They have very conservative views on women’s sexuality, which I think is counter-productive to feminism to begin with. To them, porn = exploitation of women, whereas I see it as a celebration. It’s ironic to me that people who supposedly believe in gender equality are so adamant that women can’t want to do porn, while men can.
What makes a good feminist in your opinion?
Believe in gender equality, and live by it.
How excited are you to be hosting The Sex Factor?
So excited! It’s a project I really believe in, I’m really hoping it will be a big hit. I also think it’s a great way for people to get into the industry- when I got in, I was lucky to have a “mentor,” Gina Lynn. Not everyone is so lucky- and this can be a scary business to navigate on your own when you’re brand new. These contestants will have six of us (Belle, Remy, Lexi, Keiran, Tori, and I) showing them the ropes as they compete to be the next big star. I wish there had been something like this when I got in. The million dollar prize doesn’t hurt, either.
Of the four judges (Remy LaCroix, Tori Black, Lexi Belle and Keiran Lee), who do you think will be the toughest to impress?
A hundred percent Keiran. I know each of the judges quite well (I’ve fucked all of them,) and I can say without a doubt the most critical one is Keiran. He will straight up tell me to my face if I’ve had an off-day, performance wise.
I think Lexi is going to surprise people. She has this image about her that’s just totally adorable, she’s practically synonymous with the word “sweet.” But she has a very dark and twisted sense of humor which I love- right when she’s convinced you she’s this innocent, nice girl, she’ll say something that’s just so fucked up you can’t believe it came out of her mouth. It’s even better coming from her, because you don’t expect it.
Tori and Remy are both amazing performers, passionate and genuine, so I think they’ll be quick to weed out anyone who is “faking” it.
What qualities should Sex Factor contestants have if they hope to advance to the finals?
I’d say first and foremost, have fun, and make sure the judges can see that. But also be aware of the camera. Open up so that we can see the penetration.
Boys, get hard fast, stay hard through the scene, and cum on cue.
Girls, fuck the guys back, don’t be lazy and just lay there.
Any chance that you’ll declare yourself the winner of the Sex Factor and run off with the million dollars?
Unfortunately, I’ve signed a contract specifically agreeing not to do that. I’ll let you know if I find any loopholes.
Last one. Fill in the blank: “After reading this interview, everyone should ________________________. “
Watch my porn, duh. Wicked.com and AsaAkira.com. And look out for my new movie Holly Would directed by Brad Armstrong. It’s the best movie I’ve ever made, I think I have something like ten anal scenes in it.
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