In the age of the internet and so much streaming content available before hitting the DVDs shelves, no female porn star's arrival into porn valley was more anticipated than Melissa Moore's. Aside from the uncanny resemblance to Riley Reid that they could be fraternal twins, Melissa Moore is making her own name in the world of porn. Breaking into porn doing Just Legal porn but recently Melissa Moore has been pushing her limits on breaking that mold and challenging herself mentally and physically. In this exclusive interview with XRentDVD's Big D, Melissa Moore opens up about her friendship with Riley Reid, not placing limitations on herself early, adjusting to life in porn valley and why a big sloppy, dripping blow job is what really gets her going.
Big D: Your first DVD you ever appeared in, White 'N Tight, you were on the cover. You have appeared on numerous box covers since and are now the cover girl for Shade X #2 by Smash Pictures. Some girls wait an entire career to be on just one box cover. You've been on quite a few. How have you handled being so popular and in demand and only being in the business for about a year?
Melissa Moore: It's been a little bit overwhelming. Everything has happened at the snap of a finger. It just feels like - at the beginning when I first started doing porn - Spiegler, my agent, was out of my head. There was no way I thought I would be with him. I have just been working with such wonderful people and getting to expand my horizons. They have been able to teach me how to succeed within the industry. I have been taking what they have to say and their opinions and criticism to heart. That has been really awesome just working with really big names has motivated me.
Big D: Building on the previous question, talk to me about the DVD Shade X #2 from Smash Pictures. You're on the cover with Nat Turnher. How did you get cast in this one and what can we expect in Shade X #2? Melissa Moore: I had worked with Nat Turnher previously. Working for Smash Pictures that day, everything went smoothly and I was super excited with having his energy on set. I think it can be attributed to having really great talent and having great people that are on set that you can vibe off of and have really good energy with bring out the best in me. I think just having a natural energy really translates well onto the video because – I think once I get to my zen place a lot of my natural ways come out. I didn't feel like I was pressured to be in a different type of mindset or be somebody else. I felt really at home with everyone on set. Working with Nat Turnher - he's awesome. He's probably one of my favorite male talents. I was super excited yesterday when I saw the cover for the first time. Some of my favorite people are also in the movie. It was really cool to see some of their pictures. I haven't been able to see a lot of it obviously, but seeing the pictures I did see, got me so excited.
Big D: You mentioned getting yourself to that “zen place” to the point where you feel extremely relaxed and you can open yourself up, what gets you there? Is it working with someone like Nat Turnher? Is it just feeling comfortable or is it the type of scene that you are shooting? What gets you to that zen place?
Melissa Moore: I'm a very reserved, laid back person usually. I'm not always the life of the party. Being around really chill people gets me super relaxed. It makes me feel like I can be myself and open up to people a little easier. I'm not saying I am a super uptight person all the time. Nat Turnher - he is really laid back. What he is into - we have the same interests. And just the way we vibe out. And the way we communicate I think we both get each other and we just have fun. Everything is just light energy. He brings a lot to the table. I like how he is controlling. He can take control of a scene. It is really good to feed off of that energy. Once the camera is rolling, everything flows naturally and it looks good. It just looks natural. I think that is what gets fans really excited and turned on is the fact that you have that communication and relationship with your talent.
Big D: Who are the other talent that gets you to that place where you have a connection with them and you know it is going to be good scene chemistry?
Melissa Moore: Moe Johnson is another one of my favorites. I haven't worked with him a lot. Actually I think I have only worked with him once. Yeah, I think it was one time. And it wasn't even a boy/girl scene. It was just a BJ scene. It was a boy/boy/girl BJ scene. There was another guy involved. I don't know. He [Moe Johnson] was just really silly. He was really funny. He really had a good, light energy to him as well. He just has these sunglasses too. He is just really funny. I liked his energy. He is really silly. I feel like I can goof off with him too. He is so caring. Whenever you are on set with these movies, it's an all day thing. You are on set for hours. Some male talent, a lot of the famous ones at least, it's difficult for them to communicate. Not communicate, but it is very one sided and very short. You don't get to build a relationship sometimes with those people. Moe Johnson, he is a really good performer and I have heard so many good things about him from other girls within the agency. We have talked about how he is really fun and good to work with. He just has a really good energy. Keiran Lee is also a really good performer. Markus Dupree. He's actually a little bit newer than anyone else I think right now. Everyone is talking about how he is a really good performer. I believe he is French. He is super cool. And he is really caring about the girls. He wants to make sure that you are in it. That you are having fun. That you are involved. That you are having a good time. Everything is very genuine. He cares about that. To me, when I feel that energy and you are focused on me, and nothing else in the room, I feel like I can really pull a lot out of you. I can draw a lot out of you and we can make a good scene out of it. So those are a few of my favorite people I have worked with so far. There are plenty of others, but as far as the guys those are some really good male talent that I would get excited about hearing that I get to work with again.
Big D: What about the women? Are there any particular women that you get excited to work with?
Melissa Moore: Absolutely! Dana DeArmond. She's great. She's freaking awesome. She is a queen to me. She is a legend. Working with her for Dana Vespoli was really awesome. The scene was really funny. She gives people a hard time but she means it with love. (laughs) Just having her on set, she can just say something that can crack you up. I like to laugh. I love humor. She [Dana DeArmond] has a really good sense of humor. Riley, obviously. Riley Reid. We've worked - oh my God - I can't even remember how many times we have worked together. Probably well over eight or maybe even 10. I've lost count at this time. To me that is a long time with the six or seven months I have been in the industry. Sometimes she will give me a ride home and then we will hang out after work. Even if we are not shooting and we have a day off, we'll hang out or go hike or just hang out and chill out at her place. We just have a lot of similarities, not just physical. It's weird. When I first had the pleasure of meeting her and I landed in LA for the first time and I got to meet Spiegler, I shook her hand. I remember Spiegler said, "alright, we're going to go meet Riley". I was just so nervous when he said that. Mind you, I would show my friends pictures of Riley. I would show videos of her and say, "Look guys, I love her." She was my favorite growing up in high school. To meet her and shake hands with her and look at her face to face, was so awesome. It was almost a little weird because I was like, "Wait, we kind of look like we each other." There is nothing to hate about her. Just being with her and hanging out with her and talking to her, we vibe out. She is just not just a great talent, but she is a really great friend. Sometimes I will really crave her energy. She is just a really great person and very wise. One person I haven't worked with but I really, really want to work with is Yhivi. She's probably my best friend right now. I would just love to work with her. She is a beautiful girl. She is a very smart, intelligent person. I like being able to have conversations that I can feed off of. She is just a really wise and intelligent person and I like being able to converse with her. Kimmy Granger. I was on set with her the other day and we were scheduled to do a girl/girl/boy, I believe it was for Nubile Films. It didn't work out that day. I was like, "God, you are such a tease! I really wanted to have sex with you." She is just so hot. She just has this huge energy. She can be on set running around over here and running around over there. I think opposites almost attract in a situation like that. I don't have an energy like that. When I see her smiling and giggling and jumping around and being in people's arms and being super loud, it's so cute. It's such a turn on. I'm not like that all of the time. It's great whenever I see her because she just brings a light into the room.
Big D: The fact that you mentioned Riley – you knew that question was coming about your striking resemblance to Riley Reid.
Melissa Moore: It always does. (laughs)
Big D: It's uncanny how you both look very similar. Obviously you were aware of her before getting into porn. What attracted you to her before getting into porn? Is it because you would show pictures of her to someone while in high school and they would tell you that you look like her? What do think the attraction was to make you a fan of hers before you even got into the industry?
Melissa Moore: I think what attracted me the most about Riley was the fact that she was almost writing her own rules. She was doing her own thing. She had her own vision. It was really inspiring to me how she has had such a great career. You need to do everything across all boards. All female talent need to do everything in order to be successful in porn. They need to have so many dicks in their ass and so many dicks in their pussy. That to me is not true. It is not a one size fits all thing. For her, she obviously took that and ran with it because she didn't do anal for four or five years. That was really inspiring to me. I have been just evolving so much lately. In the beginning I was really into the teen, cute, teeny weenie porn. That was my hub. That was what was comfortable for me. And now it is rougher sex and bondage stuff. I think that is where we have our differences. She is really comfortable with a lot of the younger, bubbly stuff. Now that I have dipped my toe into a little bit of the bondage and little bit of the rough sex, I am so hungry for more. I want to do way more of it. That really attracted me to her was the fact that she did not take what anyone else has to say and make herself do that stuff to be successful. She proved it. She is performer of the year. She proved it. That was super inspiring me.
Big D: You mentioned that you are evolving as a performer where you are experimenting more and dipping your toe into those experimental waters. What were your preconceived notions about porn and the industry before getting in? How were they false or were they true?
Melissa Moore: I try not to go into situations with a one-sided mind. I am from Dallas. There is not a lot of [porn] work in Dallas. I didn't hang out with people who were strippers or dancers or people that had a little insight into the industry. I went into the situation as optimistic as I possibly could. Of course you have your own notions of just watching porn from my phone or from my laptop. They may do that stuff, they might have different ways - I don't know. I try to be as optimistic as I possibly can. I think that was a really good thing for me to do. I think that if I had a lot of friends that were in the industry that told me how things go, I would be overwhelmed with it almost. But from the first day I was on set, I felt so relieved. I felt that it is okay to feel this way. It's okay to get turned on by this stuff or by something that someone would think that is really gross or kind of icky or something they wouldn't do. To me it was an eyebrow raiser. It made me hot and bothered. Of course, I would always masquerade behind closed doors and never really talk about it. Of course I would say Riley was really hot and show pictures of her. But I would never prance around my school halls and tell people I jacked off last night. I just wasn't open about that stuff. Of course I was a little embarrassed about the stuff that I was particularly watching but I would never in my mind think I would put myself into those situations and be that type of girl to have someone be really aggressive or me to be really submissive. I had never been tied up before. I think the fact that I thought it would be so cool. What if I did that one day? There is no way I would be able to do that stuff. Once the opportunity came, I think for my fans it would be really interesting. For them to see - you have seen me do the whole Miami thing of where I was just running around in the ocean with my top off and doing the teeny weenie, Mofos and all that type of stuff. Then doing really hardcore bondage and whips and dungeons. I remember that day clearly. It changed my mentality. It was so interesting to see myself push my limits to see how far I would go. I remember I ran into the bathroom when I was on set for a really hardcore, rough scene, and I went into the bathroom and I looked in the mirror. I had doubt. My male talent was really great. Toni Ribas is awesome. I looked in the mirror and said, "Is this right?". Of course you have a little bit of doubt in your head. A little voice telling you that this is not something that you are used to. Are you sure this is something you are ready for? Then I just remember that everyone on set is so caring and they are here for me. They are professionals. They are making sure I am safe at all times and I am okay at all times. I snapped out of it really quickly. When I packed up my stuff and I left at the end of the day, I was really proud. I felt stronger. I felt, "Hell yeah! I battled through it and it was a great scene AND I am super happy AND I want to do it again." It was a really fun experience. I think if you have the right people on set who are taking care of you for your first hardcore bondage scene - or even for your first scene ever - having the right people in the room is that factor if you are going to have a good experience doing this or not.
Big D: Take me back to that. How does a girl from Dallas, Texas get into hard-core porn to the point where you are now living in Los Angeles, you have a career, today you are currently ranked number three in our top 100 porn stars on XRentDVD. How do you go from being in high school maybe a few years ago to being one of the most sought after porn stars in the valley?
Melissa Moore: God, it hasn't really hit me. I don't know. I think it is just the way I was raised. I had to be an adult at a young age. I had to take care of my things at a young age. It was on me to be - my mom was around and I had a great relationship with her. It was alright, you're 18 - 19 years old, you have your own place, you have to work for things you want. I never expected that I would be looking at Riley's porn and touching myself to it at age 17 or 18 years old and a few years later working with her and touching her and kissing her and even hanging out with her. I still get goosebumps to this day because [I wonder] how? I still don't even believe it myself even to this day. I think the fact that I want to be involved with the fans - I want to hear what they have to say. It's interesting to me. Even my first year at AVN getting to converse with them and getting to know them. It was so fun for me. I just loved it. I didn't think I was going to love it as much as I did. I think it was so awesome meeting all these people who know who you are and that have watched your stuff before and were so excited to meet you and see you. I never really got that attention in being in Dallas. I was a waitress working for tips. Of course I had my regular customers and I would flirt. I never thought I would be here. I just try to humble myself as much as possible. I want to be the absolute best as I can possibly be for my fans and for myself. I am not a huge perfectionist. I am not going to change myself for anybody. I know who I want to be. I know where I want to be. Of course I can't tell the future, but I think in the track that I am going right now for my age, I think I am doing okay. The things I eventually want to experience - eventually work for Kink and eventually do more rough scenes. I want to dabble in a little bit of everything. I want to see what I find and can explore with myself and my sexuality. My eyes have been opened to so many different things that I didn't know were out there. I think it is the fact that I have a weight lifted off my shoulders. I am surrounded by people that embrace the weirdness. They embrace the things that I find hot and sexy. The fact that I have found a spot within that that I can sexually explore myself and my sexuality. Giving me that freedom is so liberating. It really is. It feels like I can do different things and not be judged for it. That is one of my weaknesses is caring too much about what people think or what people have to say. The fact that I can be my own person and express my sexuality in different ways is super cool. It's really cool. Not a lot of people get that. Especially at my age. I actually feel that I am so blessed and I have so much going for me. I never expected to be with Spiegler so quickly. He was so out of my head because I had only been in the industry for two months, three months. The fact that he wanted me to call him and speak to him I was so giddy. (laughs) I don't know. I always expect the worst. I try to stay as optimistic as I can. I just try not to put too much pressure on things because I feel like I will jinx it. I think just learning to be myself is what people really like. It draws them to converse with me and speak with me and shoot me and hire me and want me to be on set. I am usually pretty laid back. I like to have fun on set. I like to get work done. I like to be as professional as I can but also build relationships with people that are directing and that I am working with. It's important. In this industry you get so many different emotions and people and personalities. You get so many different personalities. Sometimes it can get overwhelming. I think being a waitress and working with all girls already, and having that in the back of my head has helped me ease into it. I think it is so far, so wonderful. Definitely hearing the input from fans and other people that I look up to still has helped me in so many different ways. I will always carry that, for sure.
Big D: What has the reaction been at home? You said you have been in the environment in porn and it has been very supportive. How has the reaction been back home? Obviously Dallas, Texas is very much different than porn valley in California. How has the reaction from family and friends that knew you before been since you have made this career choice?
Melissa Moore: When I first decided to go out to Miami and leave from Dallas, I was not obviously as serious about porn as I am now. I figured I was going to do this for two weeks. I'm going to get some money. I'm going to come back to Dallas and go back to my normal job. I was doing things by myself. I didn't really have any help. I didn't have a boyfriend. I was in a one bedroom apartment with a cat. I had to come up with money and figure out how I wanted to be better and get a better place. You know, I needed money. Alright, I am going to go to Miami for a little bit and come back. Once I was there I was like, "okay". Miami is nothing like LA. This is legit. This is not what civilians think. There is a protocol to the industry. It's an industry. It's a business. I told my dad first. He owns porn DVDs I would see while growing up. He is 37 so he is a young dad. I just wanted him to know before anyone else did. I am a little bit more close to my mom but I can be more open to my dad. I wanted him to know just in case anything came out prior to - I just wanted him to know. My dad was happy that I was being honest with him but if this is what you really want to do - we went through the whole spiel. I am so much more close to my parents than I was before. I think it has definitely given us a deeper relationship. I am truly blessed to have them in my life. They have taught me so many different things. I think starting off in Miami and then going to Los Angeles, I looked like a little Asian tourist. Where do I go? There is just so much land. Being from Dallas, everything is concrete there. You can cook a steak on the sidewalk. Steaming hot. There are buildings and not a lot of trees. You come to LA and everything is so beautiful. The weather is nice and breezy. You are surrounded by such beauty. It was so foreign to me. I wanted to absorb every part of my surroundings and take it all in. I still haven't absorbed all of it. I will still walk outside on the top floor where I live and I will be just starring off into space, and asking myself how the hell did all of this happen so quickly. What surprises is how quickly everything happened. By the snap of my fingers, I feel like I have just been here. It's just so crazy to me. Almost unbelievable. I think me being open to my family about it at home, and having them understand, this is what makes me happy. If you love me, you will support me and you will back me up 100%. They are still very much involved. I am going to Dallas in May for my birthday. I am really excited to see them and to spend time with them. I am miles away and I haven't been to Dallas since I first got to LA. I am really excited to see my family. It is long overdue.
Big D: You've only been in the industry for a little less than a year now but you have put out quite a bit of content, especially on the DVD side. If someone wanted to put together the ultimate Melissa Moore DVD collection but didn't have a ton of money to buy everything you have put out, what would be the three to five DVDs that would encompass your body of work up until now?
Melissa Moore: Definitely my first DVD, White 'N Tight. Just because that was my first - my first DVD was my first experience. My first scene was IR. I think not a lot of girls that I have met have done interracial for their scene. I got a lot of criticism for that because it was interracial and it was my first time and I could have gotten more money or whatever for it. I don't believe in that stuff. I don't believe you should get more money because you have a different colored penis in you. Working with Josh Stone was so awesome. I saw him at AVN. I praised him of how gently he placed me into the industry. He showed me the reigns. Alright, this is how you pose. This is what pretty girls is. This is what we do in a day of working. That DVD is really close to my heart. When I first saw that come out, I think I was in tears. I was like, "What? That is not real." I have this written down actually because I was talking to a friend about this the other day. Hookup Hotshot: Extreme Dating by the new Evil Angel director, Bryan Gozzling. That was the first to push my limits and see how far I can go, I guess. I still want to work for him again. I've only shot for him once and I think he only shoots a lot of new girls. Holy crap. That was really intense for me. Not a lot of girls liked it. I've even heard girls talk crap about how he shoots. I was so excited and happy at the end of the day. I was like, "Oh my God. This is going to be great". I got really excited about that and the pictures were awesome. I loved it. It was super messy and sloppy. I have this crazy spit fetish. I think that really captured the essence on how I like to get fucked. So extreme dating was awesome. It is between What's Next #2 by New Sensations because that was more of a bondage scene. I was using a lot of tools that day that I had never used before. It was my first time with two guys. Me being blindfolded and literally not knowing what is going to happen next. A lot of those expressions, a lot of those emotions are so genuine. It doesn't take a lot for me to get turned. Working with those new instruments that were foreign to me were super awesome and super interesting to me. I think that really opened myself up to what I want to do more of stuff like that. What's Next #2 or Sloppy Head #7 for Evil Angel. Like I said, I have a really big spit fetish. I think giving blow jobs are the most, ultimate spitty, sloppy, messy type of thing. I don't know but I really enjoy blow jobs... a lot. I could be watching a Netflix series and be so into it. I could be watching Criminal Minds or Breaking Bad and be so into it and just be giving a crazy blow job. I think it is just a mouth fixation. The spit and the slobbery stuff. That has always turned me on. That has always been my favorite part of sex. I think those would be a really good [collection of DVDs], What's Next #2, Sloppy Head #7, Hookup Hotshot: Extreme Dating and White 'N Tight I think those would be - at least for my fans, would give them a good idea of me evolving and what I like. It's my fetishy stuff and dabbling in a little bit of bondage and rough sex and taboo stuff. I think that is good.
Big D: First job?
Melissa Moore: I was a waitress. It was a "breasteraunt" almost. Like Hooters. It's called Bone Daddy's. It's like a bar and restaurant in Dallas.
Big D: First concert
Melissa Moore: Kings of Leon. I still love them.
Big D: First car?
Melissa Moore: A 1985 Honda Accord
Big D: What's in your MP3 player, iPod right now?
Melissa Moore: Kali Uchis, Kings of Leon. The new album from Rhianna. I like everything but country. Witch House music. A lot of different weird electronic stuff. I have such a vast genre of music that I enjoy. Everything but country basically.
Big D: Favorite food?
Melissa Moore: Definitely cheese pizza.
Big D: On or off camera or both, favorite position?
Melissa Moore: Probably the doggy, side missionary, pile driver. Something like that.
Big D: Movies or ballgame?
Melissa Moore: Probably the movies. I like hockey. I am not a really big sports fan. Football is what my dad is really into and what I grew up around. Definitely the movies is what I tend to go to.
Melissa Moore: Whip it with Ellen Page. Hard Candy with Ellen Page. Across the Universe was really cool. Casino. Blow.
Big D: What is a modern convenience you would not be able to live without?
Melissa Moore: You know, this does not get a lot of appreciation and it is pretty modern to me. You know, regular hygiene stuff. I think we are pretty spoiled in that department. You have to think about the old days when we didn't have plumbing systems. I think I am grateful and blessed to have toilets and running water. I think that is really good. Indoor plumbing.
Big D: Favorite vacation spot?
Melissa Moore: I like being where mountains are. Colorado. I went to Telluride. I'd really like to go back. Colorado.
Big D: Who is a person, living or dead, that you would really like to meet but you have not had the chance to meet yet?
Melissa Moore: Amy Winehouse. I watched a lot of her documentaries and listened to a lot of her music. I just think it would be so awesome to hear her music in real life. I like singing. I love music. If I did not have music I would not be here. I love music so much and it is so emotional to me. I think she gets into a different world with that stuff and I think it is so awesome. Definitely Amy Winehouse.
Big D: Place you would like to visit but have yet to go?