Interview Date: January 30, 2010
Kagney Linn Karter is a small town girl who has taken over in the big world of porn! From rafting on the Elk River in Pennsylvania to driving across country to arrive in sunny California... Kagney Linn has become a true porn STAR, in every aspect. How could she not? She's absolutely gorgeous, with her blonde hair and blue eyes, her big, bountiful breasts and incredible round ass. You would think she'd lived her whole life in the golden state... spending her days growing up at the beach in the summer and schussing down the slopes of Big Bear in the winter. In this interview with XRentDVD's Backdoor Betty, she reveals what it was like growing up to be the hottie that is Kagney Linn Karter, what made her become a porn star and what it's like to be Zero Tolerance's new contract girl!
Backdoor Betty: Congratulations on winning AVN Best New Starlet! How does it feel to be the most sought after adult performer in the porn biz?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well...most sought after, that's pretty big. I wouldn't necessarily say that, but it just feels really good to be honored for all the hard work that I did this year. I have really worked very hard and I just gave 110 percent every day. I wanted that award so badly and I was absolutely ecstatic when I was honored for it .
Backdoor Betty: Will you tell us a bit about your hometown? What was it like growing up there, and what do you miss most about it?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well, I grew up in St. Josephs, Missouri mostly. I attended junior high and high school there, but I don't really miss anything about my hometown. I mean, sometimes I wish I could go back, but my parents moved after high school. They sold our house and moved to be closer to their parents. I grew up in a lot of different places, I also lived with my grand parents for a time. I'm really glad that my parents moved closer to them because that was where I spent most of my childhood and most of my childhood friends are close to my grandparents anyway. It's a really small town called Ridgeway in Pennsylvania and there's only about 3,000 people that live there. It's really really small, but I miss it a lot because they live by the Elk River. We used to go rafting and my grandparents have a camp cabin in the woods and its a lot of fun to go up there and just be a part of nature and stuff. Yea, I'm a major outdoor girl, my grand parents definitely brought me up to be the outdoors type.
Backdoor Betty: Is there a significant other in your life?
Kagney Linn Karter: I do have a significant other, but I'm just taking it slow in my relationship. I'm just trying to keep it private and comfortable, I'm not planning on getting married anytime soon or anything like that, I'm definitely career focused... but I do have someone that I care a lot about.
Backdoor Betty: How were your high school years? Were you part of the science club, a cheerleader or a party girl?
Kagney Linn Karter: I was the party girl! I did really good in high school and I was involved in cheerleading and stuff like that. But, by the time my senior year came around, I was just really ready to not be in high school anymore. All of my friends weren't my friends anymore and it was kind of depressing, it was a really depressing situation and I just wanted to leave so bad. I missed a lot of my senior year but still graduated and I was just ready to get out and leave and start a new life for myself... I knew that little St. Joseph, Missouri just wasn't for me.
Backdoor Betty: So, how did you make the leap from being your everyday, average girl living in Missouri to becoming an adult performer?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well I always knew since I was a young girl that I would move to California and be in mainstream acting and have a singing career. I had the plan since like fourth grade and as I got older, I knew that it wasn't just a kiddy dream. I had taken some courses and was a part of something that was for people interested in pursuing acting and singing in high school. I ended up going to a huge convention my senior year in New York and that's where I met my manager, who told me that if I really wanted to pursue my dream that I needed to get stuff together and really start saving up money to move to Los Angeles. That was going to be extremely expensive and a major culture shock for me, but if I really wanted it, he would help me once I got out there... that's when I started dancing exotically. I told my mom that I was going to start dancing at the strip club to save up money because I really wanted to go to California, and that I was really serious about it. So, I was able to save up about 5 grand, and with that I packed up my mom's 1996 Ford Thunderbird and drove it all the way across the country. I was 18, I just wanted to get out and be where the opportunity was. Even though once I got there, I was a little culture shocked, but I'm just so glad I did it and I think it was a good choice for me. I mean, I'm not against going to college or anything like that and I'm not against all my high school friends... They made the right decision for them, but that's just not the life I wanted to live, I wanted something more.
Backdoor Betty: How has your decision to be in porn been received by those that are close to you?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well, my older family doesn't really talk about it that much, but my mother does know and she's really very supportive. She was ecstatic and didn't sleep the whole night of the award ceremony. She was waiting for my call all night. I finally got a chance to talk to her right after I won. She was so excited when I told her that I had won, she had been laying in bed all night waiting to hear. She was pretty stoked about the whole situation. My whole family has unconditional love for me and I'm sure that there'll be a point where I really sit down with them and explain to them a little more in depth, but as for right now they are all being very very supportive... even with just the small things that they know about. My mom knows everything, but some of my older immediate family doesn't know as much. They definitely know that I'm in the adult business because they see me on the cover of Hustler and stuff. But, it's great that my mom is there for me because she's really helpful in explaining the situation.
Backdoor Betty: Who or what inspired the name Kagney Linn Karter?
Kagney Linn Karter: Kagney is actually my real name, I was named after an old actor. My father, who had been incarcerated my whole life, actually gave me my name, the only thing he ever gave me, thank you dad. Well he named me after James Cagney. He changed the "C" to a "K" and made it my first name. Linn is my real middle name. So, my real name is Kagney Linn. I wanted to keep my real name because I knew that I was never going to be ashamed of it. I knew that I'd make a career out of it, and was going to be in the business for a long time. I said to myself, "Okay, I've been out here trying to focus on mainstream for a while and it's just not really working out." So I decided that getting into the adult business would be a good move for me because there are major opportunities for my generation right now. When I finally decided to get in the industry there was no question that I was going to be making a 5-10 year business plan and I was definitely going to go in full force. That's why I decided to partially keep my real name because I wasn't going to be ashamed of who I was. I wanted pepple to know this is who I am now, this is what I decided to do and I'm not ashamed of it. I'm really excited about it and I want you to be excited, too. So the way I chose Karter... it just fit perfectly. Originally, I had wanted to go with Kennedy, but that was just a little bit too long and I was already pushing it with the 3 names. So Karter just fit perfectly and I was like, okay... cool!
Backdoor Betty: How was it shooting with, Director of the Year, Will Ryder in the parody "Not Married With Children XXX", and staring as the infamous "Kelly Bundy?"
Kagney Linn Karter: That was kind of my break out role, so I really got pretty lucky with that one. I was a new actress that was still fairly new and they took a chance on me. I'm glad they did, because that was one of my bigger movies this year and one of the movies I was recognized for. Will is awesome, he's a really cool guy. He's great to work with, he makes you very comfortable and he's extremely funny. It just makes everything easier and he's a great director who really brings the vision to light.
Backdoor Betty: In today's day and age, it is rare for a girl's first sex scene in porn to end up on DVD, more than likely it ends up on a website. Do you know where your first scene ended up and who did you work with? And, was it a good experience?
Kagney Linn Karter: I know exactly who and what it was for. It was for a Naughty America with Johnny Sins, who's quite the little stud. The scene was easy, I just kind of walked in there and I was like "Whatever, I'm ready, lets do it." I was a little nervous, but it was just a little stage fright. I was just so ready to make money and save money. I was just so ready to move. I wasn't really that scared, just a little bit of butterflies, but for the most part I was ready. It was exciting mostly.
Backdoor Betty: In June 2009 you were chosen Penthouse Pet of the Month. How did this effect your work in the adult industry? Did it open more doors and help increase your fan base?
Kagney Linn Karter: I'm sure it helped, but a lot of people don't know that I'm a Penthouse Pet. But I do think that being a Penthouse Pet is definitely a great thing and it puts you on another level immediately. So when I got that, it was almost like instant gratification because automatically when you get a cover of a magazine or multiple mags, it ups your status a little bit. So it's really nice. Back in June, I really didn't have too many credits under my belt and I really wanted to be a pet bad. When I got it, I was so stoked. Not all pets get the cover of the magazine and I got it. That was a major thing for me and I felt so awesome. It's really cool to get the cover and the center fold, I mean that's something to be proud of and I have my plaque in my living room. I was definitely really proud of that and it does automatically put you on a different status and its definitely something to be proud of.
Backdoor Betty: You've been in porn for a short time, just over a year and you recently signed your contract with one of the top studios in the industry, Zero Tolerance. How did that come about after being in for a very short time?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well actually I have been in for a short time, but I've done over a 100 scenes. Not a lot of people do that and its really rare for someone to have appeared in 100 scenes and be on over 50 box covers. The old way was that studios wanted to get someone when they hadn't done so much stuff. Now, I think studios are realizing that once the girls get that fan base, they build that up and then it can also be beneficial to contract them. Someone else that kind of did the same thing was Bree Olson. So I was pretty stoked, because I think that both Zero Tolerance and I had shot a lot of movies. They, of course, would love to have my fan base and I would love to bring the fan base as well. It kind of creates a little more longevity and the fans don't get so stressed. So when they offered, I thought that being exclusive for a while would be the best thing for me for right now. It was a great offer and I'm excited to get started with them and start making bigger budget films and scripted stuff.
Backdoor Betty: How is it working with the other girl on contract for Zero Tolerance, Sara Sloane? Do you get to work with her often?
Kagney Linn Karter: I know Sara really well and we are amazing together. I've only worked with her once before, but immediately we had great chemistry. So I'm really excited to keep working with her because we just click and we automatically have chemistry. We get each other. I like the way she moves, I can understand the way she moves and I like working with her a lot because I don't ever feel uncomfortable. I never get the feeling that she doesn't like me, we can just get into the scene right away and really enjoy each other and indulge in each other. She's definitely the type of chick I like indulging in.
Backdoor Betty: I noticed that you were featured on the front cover of Holly Randall's provocative book "Erotic Dream Girls", which was released in December 2009 and featured some of the most beautiful girls on the planet. How was it working with one of the top erotic photographers of the world?
Kagney Linn Karter: Tell you the truth, Holly is one of the reasons I got into the industry. I had posted an ad, once I had decided to do it, on a site called Sexy Jobs. I got a response from her and decided to meet with her. Well, I had no idea that she was a legendary photographer and at first I was really nervous. When I first got there, the receptionist started taking pictures of me and then Holly came down and kind of freaked out over me. She's kind of an over-the-top psychotic, haha, but that's just her personality. We became close and we had photo shoots all the time, and that was a giant step towards my Hustler cover, which Holly shot as well. So, right away I was in a good position without even knowing it at the beginning of my career. Holly is REALLY nice and we talk quite often. I know Jenna Jameson was close to her too and I feel a little weird because now it's the next generation, and I get to be a part of all that. It's very exciting and surreal.
Backdoor Betty: You tweeted that you just finished a Wicked shoot with director, Jonathon Morgan. Are you able to tell us a bit about your scenes and your co-stars?
Kagney Linn Karter: I worked with Rocco Reed, who I love working with. He's an awesome performer, we have really good chemistry and I always feel really comfortable with him. Actually his girlfriend was on set and it was really cool because we were all just hanging out. It was just so natural and normal for us and like I never felt uncomfortable at all. She performs too, her name is Asa Akira and she's a really hot Asian girl. But anyway, the movie was basically all different school girl scenarios. In my scene, I walked in while Rocco was studying and I tried to seduce him out of studying. Let's just say it worked (laughing). It's my last shoot for Wicked right now. I know that Zero Tolerance and Wicked work closely together, so there could be some co-mingling, but I don't know if that will happen or not. I do love working for Jonathan Morgan, he's amazing. It was nice to get one last little shoot in with him before I left for Zero Tolerance.
Backdoor Betty: So, I read somewhere that you have a beautiful singing voice, do you like to sing? Have you ever performed in front of an audience? Who are some of your inspirations in music?
Kagney Linn Karter: I have performed in front of an audience before. At a younger age I did perform a lot. My mother used to be the director of adminstrations at Vatterott College, which was a small school, and I sang Mariah Carey's "Hero" at the graduation. Some of my musical inspirations are definitely Mariah Carey and Beyonce... I know that's so commercial, but Mariah's just so amazing to me, she'll never get old. Some people from the past are: Pat Benatar, the Go Go's and the Divinyls. I grew up on all of that.
Backdoor Betty: Would you like to perform in front of an audience?
Kagney Linn Karter: Actually, it's of one of my hobbies right now. It's definitely something that I'm still pursuing and I love dearly. Of course it's taking a back seat for now, but I'll never forget it completely. I definitely think it'll be something I'll pursue more in the future, probably when I settle down and have a chance to come back to it. Maybe I'll start a home studio and pursue it more seriously in the future, down the line.
Backdoor Betty: What else inspires the beautiful Kagney Linn Karter?
Kagney Linn Karter: Hmm... what inspires me? My peers definitely inspire me... Jesse Jane, Bree Olson and Alexa Parks are all inspirations to me. Outside of porn, my mother is a great inspiration and being able to eventually start a family one day and have a house... all of that inspires me and drives me to keep going, setting new goals and trying to reach them.
Backdoor Betty: Everyone has something that turns them on. Do you have a particular sexual fetish or fantasy?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well, interracial is kind of my sexual fetish. I like watching blondes on blacks... really cute girly blondes on super super dark skinned men, that's like my favorite thing. One of my other fetishes is light bondage.. you know, like sex slaved stuff. Nothing too hurtful though, and very mellow. I like to see the ropes and being tied up.
Backdoor Betty: Are there any particular performers in the business that excite you when you find out that you are going to be working with them? And, are there any directors that you would love to work for?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well my favorite people to work with are Danny Mountain, Johnny Sins, Rocco Reed and a few others. As far as directors... I really like Mike Quasar, he's an amazing director for Zero Tolerance. I would LOVE to work with or actually perform with Belladonna, she's fantastic and it would be awesome to perform with, or just work for her. Another director I love working for is Rocco Siffredi because not only does he just makes you very comfortable, but he also has a way of pulling things out of you that you wouldn't normally do. It's a good combination because it allows you to take yourself to a place where you might be afraid to go with another director who you're not so comfortable with.
Backdoor Betty: What other projects are in the works that your fans can look forward to?
Kagney Linn Karter: I have my interactive DVD coming up for Zero Tolerance and its gonna be really cool. A lot of my fans know that I danced before I got into the industry, but with the interactive it gets a little deeper. Part of it is the "Day in the Life of" segment where they're going to be following me and see what its like to be Kagney Linn Karter. Plus, the interactive DVD is pretty much shot in all POV and so the viewer feels like its them. So my fans are going to be able to see all that wrapped up in a single package and I'm really excited about it. It's my first interactive DVD and I haven't started shooting yet, but we just started shooting it in February. I'm also going to be doing interracial and anal this year.
Backdoor Betty: First Job?
Kagney Linn Karter: Working in a mexican restaurant called The Mesa as a hostess for about 2 years
Backdoor Betty: First Concert?
Kagney Linn Karter: Oh God, haha, this is so embarrassing... it was Cher. It was so funny because I was in the third grade and with my mom. She actually snuck off to go smoke pot with some people and I caught her. Needless to say, I was a little pissed off at her and I was wondered why she was smoking pot at a concert. But now we just look back and laugh and I just remember her with this big ol' hooch in her hand. I though it was just the end of the world at the time and now I'm like "Dude she was just hanging out, I shouldn't have ruined her good time."
Backdoor Betty: First Car?
Kagney Linn Karter: A 1992 Thunderbird and it was quite the little automobile, it was a piece of shit.
Backdoor Betty: What's on your iPod right now?
Kagney Linn Karter: Snoop Dogg, the Dream, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, pretty much everything that's on the radio. I'm not really too eccentric, I really do like radio music. I'm guilty of being on the bandwagon. I do like old school rock n' roll, though, like Aerosmith and AC/DC. I'm definitely an 80s rock girl, that never gets old for me.
Backdoor Betty: Favorite Food?
Kagney Linn Karter: Thats easy, I'm from the south, baby, so I love bbq. Potato salad, greens, I'm not really to big on yams but I love meat, I'm a big meat eater. I could never be a vegetarian, I love meat too much. So I'd say bbq is my favorite food.
Backdoor Betty: First porn you ever watched?
Kagney Linn Karter: You know... it was Debby Does Dallas. Yeah, that's right, it really was Debby Does Dallas. I never watched a lot of porn when I was younger, but I do remember watching a little of it. I was at my friends house and her parents had the movie, so we put it in. I just remember being so horny and I was just a little girl and I'll never forget that. There 3 of us, and this my friend looks over at me and says, "I want to be that girl so bad right now." I did too! We were just so little and horny, and it was just so crazy and bad that we were watching this movie, but it felt so right. I had no idea that I was going to be one of those girls, no clue at all. Look at me now, here I am.
Backdoor Betty: Favorite position?
Kagney Linn Karter: I love scissors or missionary, doggy is one of my favorites too. I have to be in the front to cum, though. I can cum through penetration, but it does not happen very often, I have to be feeling really super sexual that day. So most of the time I cum from my own stimulation and penetration at the same time. I basically have to play with myself to cum. So I like missionary because its easier for me to be able to concentrate and get into the mindstate. I'll just tell you this because I just think it'll be a great little add on, but I don't always cum in my scenes. Sometimes I do and when I do it's awesome. I can, I love to, but its sometimes hard you know. It's really awesome when I haven't had sex for a few days... I get excited because I know I'm gonna cum today... YES! (laughs)
Backdoor Betty: Go to the movies or go to the ballgame?
Kagney Linn Karter: Well I like going to the ball games, but I don't really watch a lot of sports. So probably going to the movies. Anything where I can be interacting is fun. I love to yell and scream so probably both, but more so movies because I'm always in for a good chick flick.
Backdoor Betty: What modern convenience can you not live without?
Kagney Linn Karter: My cellphone, my Blackberry, I love it and I've got to be connected.
Backdoor Betty: Favorite mainstream movie?
Kagney Linn Karter: That's an easy one... Show Girls, I love that one. And Poison Ivy, the one with Drew Barrymore, it's such a sexy and seductive movie.
Backdoor Betty: Favorite vacation spot?
Kagney Linn Karter: Hawaii, I go there every summer.
Backdoor Betty: Person you'd like to meet that you have not met?
Kagney Linn Karter: Hmmm... probably Jennifer Aniston
Backdoor Betty: Place you want to visit but haven't yet?
Kagney Linn Karter: Australia. I would love to go there for the wildlife, or Africa, but mostly Australia, the wildlife there is so amazing.
Backdoor Betty: Is there something you'd like to tell your fans that they don't know about you?
Kagney Linn Karter: I have nipple hair... I really do! (laughs)