Delilah Strong has proven she can continue to grow and get better within the adult industry. Starting her career as a nude model and then working as a stripper eventually led her to perform in more hardcore adult DVDs. Now with over 75 adult DVDs to her credit, Delilah is looking to push the envelope with her career a little more. In this interview with XRentDVD's Big D, Delilah Strong talks about being a single mom while working in porn, being the new poster girl for Shane's World and her decision to start doing anal scenes.
Big D: You are a bit unique in that your mother was an adult performer in the 1980's performing under the name Deborah Coxxx. Did that make you want to venture into this business to or was it a decision that you made on your own?
Delilah Strong: It was absolutely a decision I made on my own. My parents and I sat down and we discussed that this was something I wanted for me and my future. I told them at the age of 16 that I wanted to get into nude modeling and that I wanted to get into Playboy. I told them I wanted to dance and that I wanted to be a stripper. As far as porn goes, I didn't really start to think about it until I was about 20. My parents had sat me down when I was about 15 or 16 and told me how my mom had made a couple of movies in the early 1980's. They told me that was a long time ago and that should not influence me in any way in my decision. They just wanted to let me know who they were. When I told them a few years later that I wanted to do Playboy and I wanted to strip they were very supportive. Of course they wanted me to finish school. What parent doesn't want their kid to become a doctor or a lawyer? I think they knew that wasn't for me.
Big D: What was it about the adult industry that drew you towards it that you didn't want the stereotypical doctor or lawyer job?
Delilah Strong: I've always been a little whore to put it lightly. At the age of 15 I did my first gang bang with bunch of my friends from school. It was a bunch of guys that I knew. I think I always was very promiscuous. I was always a big flirt with guys. I think for me it was just an easy decision. I figured I get to have sex all day, get paid for it and become famous. What more could I ask for otherwise?
Big D: Since it seems like you have eased into doing porn by starting off nude modeling then stripping and then hardcore adult DVDs. What is the natural progression for you now that you are in porn and what is the next barrier to be broken?
Delilah Strong: I just signed my contract with Shane's World. I am their new poster girl and they gave me my own line, College Invasion. I have already done five movies for them with this series. Everything should be getting released around January. In the midst of that I just started doing anal. That's opened a whole new door for me. I am also working on my website which should be up and running by the end of March. My goals as far as continuing to stay in the adult industry after becoming a performer is I either to direct or I would like to become an agent. One way or another, my name is going to be around for a long time.
Big D: It sounds like you enjoy being in the adult industry. What do you like about being in porn?
Delilah Strong: I like the people the most. If I really didn't enjoy going on set and hanging out with these people and building friendships with them, I guess it wouldn't be as easy to do what I do. The producers are the ones that make it easy for us, especially for the new girls. When I first came into the business I was scared. I didn't know what to do. I sat on set in a corner and I didn't know who to talk to or what I was supposed to be doing. I was really intimidated. It was the producers that eased me into realizing that we're friends and we're a family. Everyone knows each other and we all work together. That for me is one of the greatest things about the industry. I've met so many great people. Outside of seeing them on set they have come to my daughter's birthday parties. They have been there for me when I was sick. Definitely the people that I have met have been the greatest bonus about being in the industry.
Big D: What would you change about the adult industry if you had the power to do it?
Delilah Strong: All the bullshit. I don't know if it is the producers or the camera guys but they all seem to like bullshit. I feel like a producer will tell me that I am going to get the box cover thinking that they are going to get a better scene out of me. The reality is that I can care less about if I am on the box cover or not. You are still going to get the same scene from me. I think if the people could just cut out the bullshit and were more straight forward and blunt regardless if they think it will hurt someone's feelings, things would get done a lot faster and easier.
Big D: Even though you show up to do your scene the best you can whether you are on the box or not, do you still like to get on the front of box covers?
Delilah Strong: Absolutely. Every girl does. There is a lot of jealousy amongst us girls that are performers. There is a lot of competition. Only so many girls get cast and only one girl can be on the box cover. So it is definitely something to take a little extra pride in when the producer or the company chooses you for their box. You are the one that is going to sell the movie. It's that little extra boost. Yeah, so you've got to take a little pride in it when you get the box cover.
Big D: Who are the directors or producers you like to work for?
Delilah Strong: There are three or four producers that I feel give me a lot of leeway and kind of let me run with my ideas and put a lot more thought into my outfit or my make-up. They'll call me and ask me who I want to work with. That's Jonni Darkko from Evil Angel. I love him. The man is a genius. Brandon Iron he is a god in porn. When I am with him and I work with him, I have so much more energy. I feel like he really believes in what I'm doing and he is really excited about it. Just his energy coming off makes me a better performer. Jonni Darkko, for sure. Brandon Iron, definitely. Jules Jordan. He is so smart and he has so many ideas and he is so creative. We can sit there the night before and talk on the phone before our shoot and we can come up with 10 million things we can do. I love him.
Big D: What male talent do you like performing with?
Delilah Strong: I'd have to say Erik Everhard. I love working with him because he has great energy. I love the way he fucks. (laughs) I always get excited when I hear I am working with him. I feel the best scene that I have ever performed in was with Evan Stone. I only worked with him that one time. I've never seen him again or worked with him again. I just feel that he just brought it out in me. That has got to be the best scene I have ever done.
Big D: I've done a number of these interviews and I always find it interesting to hear which guys the girls like to work with. It seems like Erik and Evan along with Manuel Ferrara and Michael Stefano are always mentioned as the favorites that the girls like to work with. Why are those guys the best?
Delilah Strong: They are great. Those guys, I'm telling you. It's just something about being with them on set with them. They make you feel so sexy. They make you feel like they want to be there. It's not staged or mechanical in any way. It's like just by accident that a camera was there and got to capture this great sex on film. Those guys are great performers.
Big D: You are also a single mom. How do you juggle the demands of motherhood and being a porn star?
Delilah Strong: I owe all that credit to my family. They have supported me so much through this. Considering that I live in Tampa, Fla. and I have to go to LA two weeks out of every month to shoot, I wouldn't be able to do this without my family. Unfortunately my daughter's father passed away and he is no longer with us so I am a single mother. My step-mom and my dad watch my daughter for me when I am gone. I am glad that I live in Tampa. A lot of people ask me why I don't live in LA so it wouldn't be such a commute. I want to be able to keep my work life and my home life separate. I don't want my daughter being raised in porn. That's not to say that I am ashamed of it but I don't want her running around while people are shooting or hearing the talk. We're very blunt people. We'll talk about sex anywhere and in front of anybody. I like the fact that I can keep that away from daughter. Then again, like I said, I have met a lot of great people through porn who have even come to her birthday parties. They are very respectful and they know what is appropriate to talk about and what's not. She loves them. Courtney Cummz is her 'Aunt CC'. She loves her. She would never know that Courtney is a porn star. Even my agent has babysat my daughter for me. Who does that? I've been very fortunate to meet the people that I have.
Big D: What about the demands of living 3,000 miles away from your work? Going back and forth between California and Florida has to take its toll.
Delilah Strong: Fortunately my agent works really well with me. We sit down and we plan out my trips month by month. By the time I come out to LA I am booked solid every day. Usually she just asks me what companies I want to work for or any titles that are coming out that I want to be a part of and I haven't done yet. As far as living in Florida, there is work here in Florida. There are a lot of internet companies. There are a lot of producers that come to Florida to shoot. Even when I am home I am still working. I did internet for years before I came out to LA to do DVDs. That was all here in Florida. I worked solid every day. I prefer to live here. It's nice to come home. It's nice to go to LA and work and not have to worry about doctor's appointments or bills or anything else. I can just go and enjoy my job. It's like a vacation too. I get to leave my daughter at home and come out to LA and have a good time.
Delilah Strong: It actually wasn't my first scene doing anal. It was just the first to get released. I did three others before that but they just haven't been released yet.
Big D: It's weird how that works in this business that stuff gets shot and sometimes sits around to get released while others get shot and goes straight to the market. Why the choice to start doing anal after you had sworn it off for a long time?
Delilah Strong: Unfortunately I have come to believe that you can not make it in porn unless you do anal. I don't believe you can. That's what everybody is shooting. That's what everybody wants. I managed to be in the adult industry for two years before doing any type of anal scene. I shot for just about everything that I possibly could. So at that point in time I said, 'well, if I am going to continue with my career, it's time to open up so new doors'. I started practicing with some male talent off camera. Once I got comfortable with it I said, 'okay, I am going to do this'. My anal rate is very, very high. I have been told it is the highest in the business as of right now. Therefore only certain companies shoot me. I've only been doing two anal movies a month which is great for me. I swore it off and I said I would never do it but I think I was scared. It hurt. The couple of times I tried to do it before and it did not work out. I am not sure if it was the guy or the situation but it did not work out.
Big D: Two anal scenes a month? There are some girls out there that do anal scenes everyday with no problem.
Delilah Strong: Oh yeah. There are some girls that will do anal twice a day. It's ridiculous. I tell my agent two anals a month. I am there for two weeks so I do one anal scene a week. I do not come down on my price. If they can't afford it, then they can't have me.
Big D: You said it hurt before but you have been practicing off camera. Does it still hurt and you just get through it or have you learned to enjoy anal?
Delilah Strong: I've been doing trial and error because it is something new for me. I'm trying to get to know each guy that I have done it with. My first guy I did anal with was for Digital Playground. That was with Scott Nails. The scene went great. I was shocked. I was so nervous but it just went great. The second anal was for Zero Tolerance with James Deen and I hated it. It hurt. After that I thought I wasn't going to do it anymore. I went ahead and tried it again and did it for Chico Wang with Talon, I think he is TT Boy's brother. It went so smooth. We did all anal with no vag. It was 20 minutes of anal. It went great. I was in no pain. I kept telling him to do it harder. I think it just depends on the guy. I just did an anal movie for VCA and Jon Dough before I left to come home. That hurt because the guy was very, very well endowed. For my trial and error I think it just depends on the guy.
Big D: It's good that you are learning to enjoy it and aren't like some of the girls in the business that just grin and bear it because they basically have to do anal because you never get any work if you don't.
Delilah Strong: The problem with that is those girls will end up hating the business. You can't do something that you don't want to do. You're just going to get jaded on the industry and hating all the people all around you. On top of that, you are going to hurt your body. I know a lot of girls that do anal scenes and the guys are too big. Instead of saying something like 'look, I can't do this. It's not good for my body'. They go ahead and do it and they get torn or ripped. Then they can't work for a week or two. I think a lot of the girls are scared to say no. They feel that if they say no, the people won't shoot them. I haven't found that. If anything I am quick to tell a producer 'nope. I am not going to do that. It's something I don't agree with. It's not something I am into'. I've had no problems getting work.
Big D: You were nominated for two AVN awards for Best Oral Sex Scene for Suck It Dry and Most Outrageous Sex Scene in Feeding Frenzy #6. What was your reaction to the news, what do you think your chances are of winning and which one do you think has the best chance of winning?
Delilah Strong: I was so excited when I heard. I was in Florida when my agent called me and told that I had been nominated. I didn't get nominated for what I wanted. I think every girl wants Best New Starlet. Suck It Dry was a great movie. It's even a movie that I own and I watch. I thought it was good and was glad we got nominated for that. In Feeding Frenzy #6, Jules had been telling me from the day that we shot the movie that we were going to win an award for this. If anything, I would really like to take both of them home but if I just take one of them home I will be happy. Last year I got nominated for Best Three-way Scene with Cytherea and Randy Spears in Cytherea Iz Squirtwoman. We didn't win but I was just real happy to hear my name called and to be nominated is an honor. There are so many people making so many movies that if you are one of the ten they nominate that's a compliment in itself.
Big D: You mentioned you own Suck It Dry in your own personal collection. What other movies do you own, whether you are performing in it or not, would you recommend to someone that you liked?
Delilah Strong: There are producers and certain lines that I like. Even before I got into porn I liked Gia Paloma. I used to watch her all the time. That girl is such a dirty, nasty bitch. I love it. She is so hot. Recently I got to work with her and I just about shit myself. I was so excited to meet her. She is one of the female performers that I have been watching. Another one is a line called Cum Fart Cocktails. I love that. Anything that has to do with swallowing or just getting really dirty and nasty with the cum are the types of movies I like to watch. I don't like the lovey, dovey feature shit. I want to see a girl get dirty and I want to see her sweat. Cum Fart Cocktails and I also like 1 in the Pink, 1 in the Stink. Even though I didn't do anal, I enjoyed watching it. When I did my first anal and I gaped I was so excited. It sounds really silly but I was so excited. I always got to see the other girls do it on film it was finally my turn.
Big D: From the movies that you mentioned I am seeing a Red Light District theme going on here. What is it about their types of movies that attract you to them?
Delilah Strong: I feel that they keep the girl very natural. They don't pound make-up on the girl and make her something she is not. These girls look like they are regular, natural girls you would see walking down the street. That is something I really like about them. I think that sometimes they are a little bit more picky when it comes to the girls they use in their movies than some other companies. It seems to me that some companies do what they have to do because they have a deadline to put movies out and they will just put anybody in it. I definitely like the talent that they use. I just like the names of the series. Who wouldn't pick up a movie that says Cum Fart Cocktails? They are just out there and I like that about them.
Big D: From the type of porn you watch on your own it sounds like you like the extreme, on the edge type sex. You just started anal but is there something out there that you won't do because it is too much or too extreme?
Delilah Strong: The only thing that I haven't done and I won't do is double anal. That's really out there. I do double vag but double anal I don't think I ever could do it. But then again I said I would never do anal so who knows. Max Hardcore is someone I would not be interested in working with. He calls my agent every week trying to book me. He keeps offering me more and more money. I can't do it. I've done Meat Holes, Midnight Prowl and Frank Wank. I've done all those lines but there is something about Max Hardcore that I can't bring myself to work for him. And I do off the wall shit!
Big D: It sounds that you have done lots of stuff for JM Productions and they are pretty on the edge extreme.
Delilah Strong: I did Lesbian Bukkake, American Bukkake, and Mouth Meat. I love JM. Besides working for Shane's World under contract I would definitely be interested in being a JM contract girl. Their stuff is right up my alley.
Big D: Well Ashley Blue is their one and only contract girl for JM and is a friend of XRentDVD. She signed autographs in our booth at Erotica LA. She confirmed in a recent interview I did with her that regular porn bores her and that the extreme stuff that JM does is the only type of porn she likes. Sounds like you two have the same view on what is hot.
Delilah Strong: I actually met her. She was on the set of my American Bukkake shoot. She is nice.
Big D: Tell me about your connection with Shane's World. How did you become their poster girl and come on contract with them?
Delilah Strong: I went on their College Invasion trip. They choose one girl to be the announcer and the host of it to get on the bullhorn and to get everyone fired up and to get the games going. They asked us girls who wants to do it and I said, 'I'll do it. I am pretty outgoing and I can handle it'. I just had a blast and I went with it. We were in Gainesville, Fla. We were at a frat house and they have pledges. I went to town with those boys. I realized that those boys will do anything you say. Between the pledges and some of the guys that were staying at our hotel that were not a part of the group we were there to film, I got them to do a bukkake with me. I think Shane's World just saw how outgoing I was and how I made the other girls feel comfortable and they offered me a contract. I had a blast and they offered me a great amount and I said yes.
Big D: First job?
Delilah Strong: I worked at Blockbuster. I worked the cash register and I stocked the new movies. Boring, but someone had to do it.
Big D: First concert?
Delilah Strong: Green Day. It was their Dookie Tour. I was 14. It was great.
Big D: First car?
Delilah Strong: Pontiac Grand Am
Big D: What's in your CD player right now?
Delilah Strong: T.I. I listen to a lot of dirty south rap so T.I. is in my CD player right now.
Big D: Favorite food?
Delilah Strong: Pizza. I love Pizza Hut. I get the pan pizza with extra cheese, pineapple and black olives. I'll eat the whole pizza.
Big D: First porn you ever watched?
Delilah Strong: Debbie Does Dallas, the original. I think I was about 11 years-old and my brother had it. All of his friends came over to the house and went into the bedroom and I said, 'what are y'all doing?' I opened the door and there it was. I sat down and watched the whole thing.
Big D: Favorite position?
Delilah Strong: Pile driver. A lot of girls say doggy style but I like pile driver. Maybe it is because I can watch. I just really enjoy that. I don't understand why more girls don't like it because it feels so good. Maybe it is just because that is where my spot is. The dick goes in and it comes back out and both ways it just rubs right on my spot. I love it.
Big D: Go to the movies or go to the ballgame?
Delilah Strong: The ballgame as long as it is football. I don't like baseball or basketball but if it is football and either the Colts or the Buccaneers, I am there.
Big D: What modern convenience can you not live without?
Delilah Strong: My cell phone. I am lost without it.
Big D: Favorite mainstream movie?
Delilah Strong: I like old movies like Gone with the Wind. That one and Grease are my favorites.
Big D: Favorite vacation spot?
Delilah Strong: I love Walt Disney World. We go to Orlando all the time and I take my little girl to Disney World. I've never had more fun. I've been to Cancun on spring break. I've been to Germany. I've been everywhere but I love Disney World. Isn't that funny?
Big D: Person you'd like to meet that you have not met?
Delilah Strong: Jenna Jameson. Absolutely. The woman is my idol. Her and Betty Paige and Marlyn Monroe are the three women I would love to meet. Jenna is a gorgeous woman don't get me wrong. It is not that. I was really into her until I read her book. Once I read her book and I read her story and what she went through in her life, I just became attracted to her even more. She is so successful and she is a business woman. She turned this simple job of going on set and doing her job and leaving into an empire. She is an idol to all of us. I can not think of one girl that doesn't admire her or want to be her.
Big D: Place you want to visit but haven't yet?
Delilah Strong: Paris. Never been there. I know it is real cliche but who doesn't want to stand on top of the Eiffel Tower?