Lori Lust is not your typical porn star. She entered the business less than a year ago and because of her unique look and body type is turning a lot of heads in porn. A bodybuilder and fitness model before she started making adult DVDs, she is also a swinger and a nudist. In this interview with XRentDVD's Big D, Lori Lust discusses making the leap from fitness videos to adult DVDs, the copycat effect she has experience from other performers and how she keeps her body in tip top shape.
Big D: You made a bit of a name for yourself by doing fitness competitions and modeling before you made the leap to porn. How did you come to that decision to be basically a bodybuilder and fitness model turned porn star?
Lori Lust: I guess a lot of my fans wanted me to do it. I started out as a swinger and then I put my pictures up on one model place and I thought, 'hey, I can get paid for this.' Why not have fun with this and get paid at the same time. I never was in any fitness competitions like Ms. Olympia. I did do some smaller bikini type contests. I started getting 1,000 emails a day from a swinger's board and from there I made the transition over.
Big D: You have a different look that your average porn star. You are in shape and a little bit more muscular and athletic than some of the other girls in porn. Did you think it would be an easy transition to get into porn because you were a bit different than the average girl that just lands in Los Angeles and says she wants to do porn?
Lori Lust: I like to be original. I like the rarity. You want to stand out and not just fit in with all the other models.
Big D: Coming from fitness modeling, what were the biggest surprises you faced and some of the things you have enjoyed since getting in seven months ago.
Lori Lust: I guess it exploded out of the gate. I have a great promoter that helped me get my name out there. You can't just sit there in a corner and hope someone finds you. You have to be out there promoting and taking more pictures. I guess learning how to pose was the hardest thing because I didn't think of myself as attractive as I was growing up. I never thought I wanted to be a model. My family was kind of shocked too. They would say, 'you went from being an ugly duckling to a bombshell.' When my first box cover came out my popularity grew. I guess the major challenges I faced were learning how to pose differently and also realizing how much competition there is out there. I update my website, lorilustxxx.com, a lot and Howard Stern gave me a great break. I do autograph shows and in fact this weekend I will be at the L.A. Adultcon.
Big D: You said you never envisioned yourself as a model. What made you change your mind that modeling was something that you would want to give a shot?
Lori Lust: I guess it came from one we put all the pictures on one model place and all the hits I was getting and then the offers. I started getting compliments on my look because I have a different look than the others because I am in shape. I guess I had a certain camera presence. Some girls are pretty in person but when you take a picture it doesn't come out right. I guess I have good camera presence and it stemmed from all of the attention I got. Everywhere I go I hear, 'there goes the best body in the industry.' I started breaking records when I appeared on their website and people kept on wanting to interview me and it kept growing and growing. I was surprised. Everyone was saying they can't deny that you do have the best body and you are not lying about that. I love to be naked. I am a nudist. It was the attention I got and the notoriety I got helped me make that decision. My site on onemodelplace.com gets over one million views a year.
Big D: What are some of the projects that you have worked on that you really enjoyed?
Lori Lust: I hosted a Playboy Mansion party. I was the first porn star to host it. For two hours I was naked and the other hour I was in the Grotto mingling with people and taking pictures. Just being out there and not being shy is an accomplishment and a challenge. I like the conventions like Erotica L.A. I am also up from some prenominations for performer of the year for the acting I have done in adult DVDs. I have a face that people don't forget along with a body too. When I was on Howard Stern, it was the last week being aired. I was not sure if it was going to be on TV or just on the radio. That visit went so well that he actually put me on the show and it aired on TV. That show did really well and got some good ratings. I didn't know if it was going to be on or not and I turned on the TV and there I was.
Big D: Since moving towards performing in adult DVDs are there any actors or directors that you enjoyed working with?
Lori Lust: Yeah, I am in a movie for Wicked and that is an honor. I was with Tommy Gunn. He is awesome. That is a movie called FUCK. I was also with Exotica and she is muscular too. My body is getting more toned out and leaned out. I don't have such a hard look. I also liked Cheating Wives Tales #2 where I worked with Mario Rossi the director.
Big D: What about going forward? You have been in for less than a year. Is this a short term thing? What kind of aspirations do you have for your career in adult moving forward?
Lori Lust: I want to it to be long term. I have so many websites. The long term can go as long as ten years if I continue to promote myself well. Eventually I want to keep up with Lori Lust Productions and get that going. I want to get some girls because they sort of look up to me as sort of an icon. I am noticing that more and more girls are following what I do. I see them trying to dress the way I do and there is that niche. I already own my own production company and you just need a promoter. Someone to take your pictures which we own all the rights to all the pictures. I eventually want to go mainstream. I want it to go as far as I can take it.
Big D: Do you see a 'copycat effect' that other girls are now hitting the gym and trying to get a little more athletic and muscular?
Lori Lust: Yes. They try to copy me but it is hard to copy me exactly. There is commitment in the gym. My promoter is also my fitness trainer. I see some girls in the gym that are lifting really tiny weights. That's not going to give them results. I am steroid free and I do not do cardio. It is a waste of time. If you do heavy resistance training it is the same thing. Muscle burns fat. I have a workout video. I have a naughty nude one and a regular one. People will see us in the gym and will say, 'wow, you guys are doing something right. What's your secret?' I sell my videos and they are really the first ones to come out that is a fitness model/porn star that has made my own workout video.
Big D: How much time do you spend in the gym working out?
Lori Lust: I work out five days a week for just one hour. You have to do all the body part and coordinate them in. You can't just do your legs and let your upper body go. It's all diet too. You can't just work out and then go to McDonald's. I eat chicken and proteins and my oatmeal for my carbs. It's funny how we will see girls come up to us in the gym and say, 'I want a body like Lori Lust.' It took me three years to get it because I never worked out. Now I can wear the nice little clothes. It is a commitment. A lot of people do not want to do it. They don't want to give up their Taco Bell.
Big D: First job?
Lori Lust: Dental assistant. I answered an ad in the newspaper. I learned how to do root canals, extracting bad teeth, molds for dentures. That was my first job and I loved it.
Big D: First concert?
Lori Lust: I really didn't go to a whole lot of those. Probably it was Gun 'N Roses. I remember it was really loud.
Big D: First car?
Lori Lust: I think it was a 1997 Ford Thunderbird.
Big D: What's in your CD player right now?
Lori Lust: It's kind of a mix of hip hop, rock, punk, soul. Jazz is kind of interesting to me.
Big D: Favorite food?
Lori Lust: chicken and tuna. I like Steak. I will go to Outback and get a steak and baked potato. We body builders need a baked potato. It has potassium that is what we need. I love chicken because you can make it so many different ways.
Big D: First porn you ever watched?
Lori Lust: It had Rocco Siffredi. I don't remember the title but I do know he was in Prague. I liked it because there were a lot of threesomes and a lot of group sex.
Big D: Favorite position?
Lori Lust: Missionary and probably doggy. I also like reverse cowgirl.
Big D: Go to the movies or go to the ballgame?
Lori Lust: Probably the movies. There is more of a variety of good movies out there. I like romantic movies and action movies too. Being out here in L.A. there are a lot of my favorite actors that I get to see and choose to see their movies.
Big D: What modern convenience can you not live without?
Lori Lust: Probably my make-up.
Big D: Favorite mainstream movie?
Lori Lust: I like the Rocky series. I like Arnold Schwarzenegger so I like the Terminator movies.
Big D: Favorite vacation spot?
Lori Lust: Hawaii or Jamaica.
Big D: Person you'd like to meet that you have not met?