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In the early noughties two budding film stars discuss acting, and while one works in cinema and the other in porn, they discover their jobs are actually quite similar

Taken from the December 2002 issue of Dazed:

Two actresses. One is fast becoming the most successful star in LA’s multi-billion dollar hardcore porn industry. The other is well on her way to being the most successful British actress of her generation. When it comes to sex and the cinema, there’s a lot that Tera Patrick and Sam Norton can learn from each other.

Tera Patrick: Do you do nudity?

Sam Morton: Yes, full.

Tera Patrick: So how far have you gone in your career? Have you had sex on camera?

Sam Morton: Not full sex, no.

Tera Patrick: Not full sex. So have you done simulated sex?

Sam Morton: Yes.

Tera Patrick: That's how I started. I started out as a model when I was a teenager and I didn't really get into acting until I was in my 20s. I thought I'd do bits of nude modelling and a few movies and then I'd get out. Most of the movies that I did were pretty tame. Secretly, I loved bondage. I did a lot of bondage modelling under a pseudonym. I didn't think of it as a career but I liked it. I didn't have any issue with being naked. I'm totally comfortable with myself as a woman. I've been sexual since a young age. 14 to be exact.

Sam Morton: So when you were a young girl, did you know what you wanted to do? Did you always want to be noticed?

Tera Patrick: Well from a young age I grew up without my mother. My mother's never really been in my life.

Sam Morton: Where was she?

Tera Patrick: She was in Las Vegas. She left when I was seven.

Sam Morton: I was in foster care since I was two. I had 16 sets of foster parents and I was in children's homes.

Tera Patrick: Did you know your parents?

Sam Morton: Yeah.

Tera Patrick: Are they in your life?

Sam Morton: They're making their own mistakes and I've realised that it's not about me. Whatever they do in their own journey, it's no reflection on me as a person. I'm a parent now – I have one child. She's two and a half, and I think at that point you let go of a lot of anger about stuff.

Tera Patrick: I've never been married. I'm single, I don't have children, I don't even have pets. If you have to feed it, I don't want it. Growing up without my mother, there was always a void there, so from very early on I had an idol. I loved Betty Page.

Sam Morton: Oh god, that Bizarre stuff?

Tera Patrick: The thing that I admire about Betty Page is that you see photographs of her naked and tied up with rope, but she's laughing. She was a quintessential pin-up sex kitten, but in a way she was like ‘look dude, this is my game, this is fun’. I'm the same way. When I was young, she was an ideal woman to me. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be in front of the lights, in front of the camera. I wanted men to adore me, to look at me in a sexual way. This is my theory: I believe in my heart that there isn't one girl, especially in America, who given the chance would not do porn. I look at girls like Liz Hurley, Pam Anderson who spread their legs constantly, trying to get attention. Women come up to me all of the time and are like, ‘Tera, I used to think that porn is really disgusting but when I look at you…’

Sam Morton: Why do they think it's disgusting?

Tera Patrick: Because of the stigma. There must be something wrong with a woman that wants to fuck on camera – pardon me for being blunt – but a lot of people assume that I've been abused or I'm a drug addict or I'm stupid.

Sam Morton: People say that about my performances as well. I mean, yeah, there are certain things that have happened to me that did set up my psyche from an early age.

Tera Patrick: Sure.

Sam Morton: But you ultimately take control of your life and you are not just a victim of your circumstances. I'm kind of the opposite to glamour in the sense of I've only recently become confident with my body. I think having a child did that to me because I felt like my body was really hammered by it... I breastfed for a year, my breasts that were so lovely, then completely changed. And it's only recently that I've started to feel confident again. As an actor you have to put the dress on, look a certain way. You're basically teasing people with something that you're never going to deliver. I have issues with that as well.

Tera Patrick: Take Kylie Minogue, for example. When I look at these music videos, they're basically humping, they are doing porno, the difference is there's no penis. They're acting like porn chicks.

Sam Morton: Completely. You turn on MTV now and everything is sex. I don't let my little girl watch TV because she's copying Kylie dancing and you're like ‘No, no, no’. There are limits.

Tera Patrick: A lot of women ask me why I don't have sex with other women on camera. See, I came to the industry and said, ‘I'm only gonna do on camera what I want to do.’ I would never let a man, a director, tell me, ‘You have to have anal sex.’

Sam Morton: How does it work? Do you meet the man before?

Tera Patrick: Sometimes. Sometimes they just show you a polaroid and it's not always cute. The very first movie that I did, the guy I was supposed to work with cancelled, so they snuck another, really ugly guy on me. I was really upset but I didn't want to be unprofessional. They could have made it very difficult for me.

Sam Morton: You had to bite your lip and carry on.

Tera Patrick: It's hard to smile when you're having sex with an ugly guy with a small penis who you would not sleep with ordinarily.

Sam Morton: Were there showers there to use? Had he showered beforehand?

Tera Patrick: There was nothing. These companies have no budget. Everybody was out for themselves. It was my first movie, it was in a meat packing plant in downtown LA. I was terrified and not one person came over and said ‘Hi’. So during the dinner break I made friends with the cameraman. I thought if there is anyone to make friends with, it's the cameraman. He'll make me look good.

“Somedays you’re not feeling the sex and you just have to act. A lot of people don't understand that when you have sex with someone it is a very intimate thing.” – Tera Patrick

Sam Morton: Did you want to walk out at that point?

Tera Patrick: Well, I was a nurse for three years, so there's not a lot that really bothers me. Plus I didn't have a typical upbringing. My father is English originally and my mother is Thai, they met during the Vietnam war and I grew up in the military, I've hunted, I've fished, I've lived in over 40 countries. So, the guy came to the set and he was so ugly, and I remember thinking, ‘Thank god I'm getting paid to fuck this dude.’

Sam Morton: Had you organised your fee, or at the beginning of your career did you just get what you're given?

Tera Patrick: I asked for $5,000 and they said ‘OK’. The typical rate was $700. I got a lot of money.

Sam Morton: So the guy was really ugly.

Tera Patrick: Honestly? Between you and me, the real reason why I was repulsed by him was that he was very feminine guy and I like guys that have been in prison.

Sam Morton: In the kind of porn that I've seen, the male actors overact. They do too much with their face. Do you think it's a bit laughable sometimes?

Tera Patrick: Somedays you're not feeling the sex and you just have to act. A lot of people don't understand that when you have sex with someone – and this is something everyone has in common; me, you, our parents – it is a very intimate thing. It's not always portrayed that way, but when you let a man lay on top of you and fuck you, that's a very intimate thing. Imagine doing that with two cameras and 40 people in the room. It's not intimate anymore.

Sam Morton: How many times have you had sex now?

Tera Patrick: In my life?

Sam Morton: No, in your career.

Tera Patrick: In the last four years I've only worked with about 10 different guys. And in the last two years, I have only slept with two men outside of the industry. What cracks me up is that my fans think I live this crazy sex life. I just laugh, little do they know I go home and I make tea and I go to bed. I'm just as normal as the next chick. One thing that I'm adamant about is condoms. I was very promiscuous as a teenager. Now I have my wits about me. Most of the men that I've worked with on camera, I would not date if I saw them in a pub. I'd walk right past them.

Sam Morton: Do you think the men in porn take themselves, or their image of themselves, too seriously?

Tera Patrick: They don't take it seriously enough. I mean, honestly, a lot of these guys are drug-addicts, they've been in jail…

Sam Morton: Really? So do they get into it in a strange way?

Tera Patrick: They get into it because they have a dick that works... This is my next theory on life. I'm not ashamed of what I've done. I've thought it through, I'm a grown-up woman. People look at me and say ‘don't you want a family someday?’ What? I can't have a family? I've never been in jail, I've never stolen from anybody. I don't do drugs. I pay taxes like anybody else, I own a beautiful home. This industry has afforded me a really wonderful life and I'm not ever going to be upset that God gave me my looks and the ability to communicate with people. I get emails from people who say, ‘I was going through a really rough patch in my marriage, and we love watching your movies and my wife thinks you're beautiful, we bought your toys.’ You can't beat that. I mean, good for them. Just knowing that this couple get their freak on and they have a happy healthy sex life because of me. Good deal.

Sam Morton: Do you see yourself as a commodity now, looking after your body like an athlete? Your skin, the things you eat.

Tera Patrick: You have to, yeah. I mean, I get recognised every day.

Sam Morton: It gives you an insight into the fact that the thing you do is quite normal in a way. Because everybody watches or has watched porn in some way.

Tera Patrick: I think it's a healthy outlook. I've been on some pretty heavy shows where people have told me that I'm going to hell. They're like, ‘how can you live with yourself – porn causes rape’. And I say my brother is eight-years-old and he knows I've been in Playboy. If the worst thing he can see is me having sex on camera, I'd rather him see that, something that is completely natural, than me having my head blown off or getting beaten up. I'm not being raped.

Sam Morton: I think that you have more morals than some Hollywood actresses. Even huge superstars. Some of the films that they appear in, whether it's violence or something else...They might be showing something that happens, but they're not thinking about what they are doing or promoting. Just speaking to you for a few minutes, you're very smart, whereas a lot of these women are really fucking stupid. This is going to be a really silly question but it's the kind of thing a lot of people would want to ask you as a woman. How are your issues with your vagina?

Tera Patrick: You mean health issues? Knock on wood, I've never contracted anything, so I've never had a scare like that.

Sam Morton: No, visually, having a relationship with it and knowing that a camera is looking at it. Because we're all so used to looking at our face everyday right? We look at it in the mirror, put skin cream on it and you have your vagina on film. Was there ever a point where you thought, ‘Do I have a nice one?’, ‘After I've had sex with quite a few people, how is the shape of it?’ Is it true that some pornstars have surgery to make it look a certain way?

Tera Patrick: I know a few girls that have, and they started out with really ugly pussies. I know one girl that had a foot long labia. She was on my show and she sold her labia for $50,000.

Sam Morton: Was she on the Howard Stern Show?

Tera Patrick: That's when she did it. She took the labia on tour with her.

Sam Morton: Yeah, I saw that.

Tera Patrick: The funny thing is that in the last four years I have started paying so much more attention to my pussy. I pull out every last hair, I make sure of that.

“My brother is eight-years-old and he knows I’ve been in Playboy. I’d rather him see that, something that is completely natural, than me having my head blown off” – Tera Patrick

Sam Morton: You see that's fine in America. I mean over here you talk about that and it's still like ‘whatever’.

Tera Patrick: When you work a lot, when you have a lot of sex, it creates a lot of friction and your pussy gets really swollen. With yeast infections that's going to affect your work, so a lot of girls they gotta knock it out in one day, when usually it takes about seven days. There's an over-the-counter pill that you take and it gets rid of a yeast infection in one day. The friction is worse with condoms. I only work with condoms, that's a real pain in the ass.

Sam Morton: So how long does it take to shoot a movie?

Tera Patrick: A scene takes hours. A movie? About 10 days.

Sam Morton: That's amazing. You're in the better business. Are you a millionaire?

Tera Patrick: I'll be frank with you, the industry has made me very rich.

Sam Morton: Tell me one thing before I go. If there's one thing that you have learnt about men…

Tera Patrick: ...that they're all pigs.

Sam Morton: They're all pigs. Err, OK.

Tera Patrick: I'm kidding. The one thing that I've learnt about men, from being in the industry – and I'm glad we're leaving on this final note – is that men are extremely simple creatures. They're visual. If you give them a blow-job, they're happy, if you give them a hand-job, they're happy. They just want attention. Sex is not as complicated as people make it out to be. You will get so much further if you just relax. I used to be really uptight and hung up on looks, I wouldn't have sex unless it was in the dark. I have a stomach on me, I have natural boobs, I accept my body the way it is and every man I meet is so beyond excitement just to be with me and I know that it has a lot to do with confidence. I'm not trying to say that narcissistically. They are just very simple creatures, they really are.