The general connotations associated with the word “porn star” are generally negative. Transitioning from a famous adult star to a real actor is really difficult. As actors, the start is always a struggle, unless you already belong to film industry. They start out at menial jobs like waiting and chauffeuring at restaurants, selling cheap items, and so on. But there are some very famous actors, who are global heartthrobs, who started out as pornstars. Well, there isn’t much of acting in the videos, but still, for the sake of it, porn actors. The videos gave them a chance to express themselves physically, thus teaching them to “act” without words. I’ll put my sarcastic tone to a rest, and let you know about famous actors who started out as porn stars. Some of these actors must have made for really sexy porn stars. One of the actors on this list used to be one of the top porn stars.
Notable Work: ‘The Girlfriend Experience’, ‘Smash Cut’, ‘Open Windows’, ‘Entourage’
Sasha Grey probably deserved to be much higher up the list. But such is the magnanimity of the names listed, that she was pushed to tenth. Grey has frequently purported in mainstream media her desire and history in hard core porn. She started off in the year 2006, performing first for Rocco Seffriedi, and thereby gaining attention for her looks. She won numerous laurels as a pornstar from the year 2007-2010, the highlight being named as the ‘Performer of the Year’ in 2008 by AVN. She got her big breakthrough in Steven Soderbergh’s award-winning ‘The Girlfriend Experience’. Her performance received critical acclaim from critics, and her stake in the industry has risen since then. She has gone on to appear in major films, and television shows. A great example of perseverance and determination!
Notable Work: ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’, ‘Entourage’, ‘Old School’, ‘Famous in Love’.
Reeves is perhaps best known in the masses as Mrs Gold, the wife of Ari Gold in the hit TV series ‘Entourage’. Not many know of her provenance in the industry. She is a former pornstar, having worked for esteemed establishments like Pornhub, XVideos, and HD Porn. She got her first major breakthrough in the Will Ferrel starrer ‘Old School’, where she played the role of Marissa Jones. There has been no looking back since then, having landed a lead role in ‘Entourage’, Mr and Mrs Smith’, and the recently released ‘Famous in Love’. A salute to her courage!
Notable Work: ‘Jism 2’, ‘Ragini MMS 2’, ‘Jackpot’, ‘Ek Pahlei Leela’
One of the top porn stars, Leone is probably the most known star on the list. That is, in her former profession. A prolific producer of adult films, Leone made her Bollywood debut with a sultry role in Pooja Bhatt’s ‘Jism 2’. Even though there wasn’t much acting for her to do, it still brought her under the radar of mainstream media and the industry. It paved the way for her to star and shoulder movies as the sole lead, and she certainly hasn’t disappointed. As a porn actress, Leone starred for reputed establishments like Pornhub, Brazzers, and BustyMilfs, before opening her own production company. In a society like India’s, it is always difficult for someone like Sunny to be accepted and revered. Full marks to her for not only achieving the aforementioned, but also becoming a mainstream star.
Matt Le Blanc
Notable Work: ‘Friends’, ‘Topgear’, ‘Man with a Plan’
Yes! Our very own Joey as well! His repertoire of jobs ranged from waiting, to starring in a porn video, before his mega success as a zeitgeist defining caricature of himself on ‘Friends’. Blanc starred in a porno titles ‘Red Shoe Diaries’, a mid-90’s soft-core porn series. Even before securing a spot on ‘Friends’. Le Blanc was down to his last $11, and barely kept his bank balance. By the time the show ended, he made a cool $1 million per episode, and even today earns billions in royalties whenever ‘Friends’ airs on a network. He really has come a long way!
Notable Work: ‘The Queen’, ‘Cal’, ‘Hitchcock’, ‘Red’
For a former porn actress to be conferred the title of ‘Dame’, is a life time achievement. This shows how long a way Helen Mirren has come from her days as a bustling adult star. One of the most celebrated and respected figures in not only the English industry, but Hollywood as well, it’s hard to imagine such a poised and graceful woman to star in a porno. Well, such is the range of this brilliant actress, that anything is possible for her. Mirren’s most famous porn video is a scintillating orgy by the name ‘Caligula’. One of the very few performer to have won the triple crown of acting, Mirren started her acting career at the tender age of 22, appearing in plays staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her quality of work and volume of work both have since augmented, making her the only actress to have won the BAFTA for three consecutive years.