Lisa Ann was and remains to this day one of the biggest names in the adult film industry. But she says there were many times during her career when she was asked to do things she wasn’t comfortable with, and one scene left her ‘traumatised’. Watch our interview below:
While she looks back fondly on her career in the industry, the 49-year-old told LADbible that directors would sometimes try and go too far.
And Lisa, who is set to release a new book about her life, says there was one request in particular that sticks with her to this day.
“I’ve still walked out more dates than I blocked out on porn sets,” she jokes. “But I walked out on a lot of porn sets. A lot.
“I remember a director years ago asked me to do something with a cross, and I wouldn’t even have the conversation with him, I just packed my stuff.
“And I remember being out in the parking lot, and he’s, like, ‘You’re leaving?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, the fact that you would disrespect a religion means I just can’t share my brand with you. I can’t work with you.
“‘I don’t know what else is gonna be in this movie, and even if I don’t agree to do something, if I’m on the box cover of this thing, and you’re doing some f***ed up s*** that’s degrading of religion, I’m attached, and I just can’t be attached.'”
She says it’s one of the worst things she has ever been asked to do in her career.
She tells us: “To me, that was so extreme, it traumatised me so much that anybody would even bring that in.
“I mean, I’m the person that when we walk into a location, if they had a cross hanging on the wall, or anything, I feel like we got to take that down. So we don’t shoot it, to just be respectful, right?”
Lisa, who became a global phenomenon after the release of her 2008 film Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?, in which she satirised Republican politician Sarah Palin, says she was able to say no to the scene because she came into the porn industry when performers were given more choices.
“I’ve always been fortunate, you know. I got in the business in the 90s, where we had all the choice. You chose everything,” she says.
“You didn’t have a no list, you have the yes list, you told them who you want to work with and they made it happen.
“We had wardrobe stylist, we had craft services. I mean, it was as close to a regular Hollywood movie as it could be. So it was very different.
“I was brought into that industry at a time where every producer and agent that I spoke with said, you never have to do anything you don’t want to do, on repeat they told me that.
“So that was embedded in me young enough that I just carried it over.”
And she instilled this same mentality into stars she looked after as an agent, going so far as to speak to directors herself.
“I always took a stance, I had no problem. I would drive to the set to take the stance if I had to,” she says.