Veteran adult performer Asa Akira recently made an appearance at Hustler Hollywood (the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre of the adult film industry) to promote the release of her probing new memoir, Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story. The multiple AVN award winner, host and now author, met with eager fans who lined up around the building for a chance to snag a personalized autograph (even on a skateboard) and a photo op with the starlet.
Before the doors opened, TSS.com had a chance to grab a quickie with Ms. Akira to discuss her new book, her aspirations beyond the porn industry and relive her most embarrassing on set moment.
There have been a number of porn star memoirs over the years... How is the documentation of your journey in Insatiable different/unique?
Well it’s different because it’s my story. I think people would be surprised to see pornstars come from many different walks of life… although the stereotype of the damaged, abused porn girl exists, it’s not the rule. I come from a very normal background.
Thus far in your life, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
Writing the book is definitely one; winning “Performer of the Year” is another... In general, I’m proud of the fact that I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do thus far—in spite of how people may perceive me.
It’s generally assumed that everyone wants to sleep with a pornstar… Any notable dating rejection stories that might surprise people?
It sounds horrible, but something I really look for in a person is their fondness of me. I’m not into the whole “playing hard to get” thing. So I guess you could say I’ve never really gone for anyone who I wasn’t already sure was into me.
Recall your most embarrassing on-set moment?
The time I ate beets the night before a [certain] scene. It’s in the book…
Post porn career, what do you see yourself doing?
I’d love to write more… I have a podcast called DVDASA, which I hope I can just do forever. A family is also a possibility... I feel like I have a lot of options, but I’m definitely not ready to quit porn yet, I’m still enjoying it way too much to leave.
Photos courtesy Jessica Pix, Rocket Queen Photography
--Brent X Mendoza, @brentXmendoza