After seven years in porn you would think Nicole Sheridan has been there and done that. That is true to an extent however she has been expanding her horizons to incorporate sex in places you would never dream of having it. An admitted adrenaline junkie, Nicole Sheridan and her husband, Voodoo are licensed skydiving instructors and have even made a porn movie that has included skydiving as the main premise. Despite jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, Nicole Sheridan is not crazy and lives a rather normal life away from porn. In this interview with XRentDVD's Big D, conducted at the 2007 AVN Expo in Las Vegas, Nicole Sheridan discusses her passion for directing rather than performing, dishes on maintaining a married relationship with a fellow porn star and reveals her plan to shake up the porn world with new movies that test the limits of what you are accustomed to seeing.
Big D: Nicole, you have been in porn for seven years and almost everyone out there knows how you got into porn and what you have done up until now. Tell me something we don't already know about you.
Nicole Sheridan: I've been shooting production stills for about three years now in addition to being talent. I've been doing some production stills, box covers, magazine layouts, etc. Not a lot of people know that I do that. It is more for the companies that know me will snatch me up quickly and one of them is Penthouse. I have actually started directing for them. My first movie for them will be out in March and it is called Slippery When Wet.
Big D: Since directing is relatively new to you, how did you make the transition to behind the camera and do you like it better than performing?
Nicole Sheridan: It was kind of a natural progression. If you have been in this business for seven years, you tend to pay attention and it is not that difficult to pick up on things. Since I have been shooting stills for three years I am basically doing the same thing as the director in the movie is doing. I am just doing it frame by frame instead of live action. It takes the same types of skills and lighting so it was a natural step. Kelly Holland who is the head of production at Penthouse saw that and asked me if I wanted to give it a try. At this point in my life I enjoy it more than performing. I don't know if you would have asked me that question six or seven years ago if I would say the same thing. Right now I am kind of at this point in my life where I am more of a voyeur than an exhibitionist. You just do so many things and eventually you get over it. To me, what is dirty is sitting in a corner and watching someone else have sex. (laughs) I get to play that out in my director role.
Big D: You mentioned that after seven years you have kind of a 'been there, done that' view on porn now. So what keeps you in it and why have you stayed for seven years?
Nicole Sheridan: At this point I would say friendship and loyalty. I will really only work for companies or directors that are either my friends or it is a project that I believe in and it is someone who has been very good to me in the past. If they have been good to me, I will be good to them. As far as working for a new company I have never heard of it is probably not going to happen at this point.
Big D: To get to this point I am sure you have worked for almost every company in Porn Valley. Who are those that when they call you say you definitely will work for them?
Nicole Sheridan: It's not really so much companies as it is directors. I will always work for Stormy Daniels. I will always work for Jonathan Morgan. Skye Blue is actually someone who I shoot all of her box covers and production stills for her. My husband, Voodoo, does all of her editing and behind the scenes and shoots camera for her as well. She is someone who has really helped us out in getting behind the camera so I will always work in front of the camera for her. Smash Pictures is another one. I have only done one movie for them in the past year, Cheating Housewives #3, and it is funny that I am signing autographs in their booth considering I have only done one movie for them last year. I'd probably do some work in front of the camera for them in the future. We're also going to discuss doing some more work with me behind the camera.
Big D: Seeing how you are married and still working within porn, how do you make being in a relationship and married work while still maintaining a career in porn?
Nicole Sheridan: I think having any type of relationship in the world is dicey. It's easy to say that porn is hard on a relationship. I think if you have a solid relationship to begin with, I don't think that being in this industry matters. You have to make sure that your relationship is a priority and that the industry is not a priority. That may be one of the pitfalls the new girls fall into. They will put the industry first ahead of everything else in their life. It's not healthy and it is not conducive to everyday relationships or friendships. My husband and I started out as best friends before we got together and fell in love and got married. That is something that carried us through. We have no hang ups about sex or jealousy. One of the reasons why we worked together pretty much exclusively for five years was because of the fact that I didn't want to go to set and be stuck there for 12 hours and he goes to another set and he is stuck there for 12 hours. We would never see each other. We'll fuck other people in the context of the same movie because we then get to be together all day. That's what makes our relationship work is communication and you need to actually spend time together.
Big D: You said that some girls just get completely immersed in the porn culture and environment that it can be detrimental to their careers. What do you have going on outside of the porn world that helps keep you going strong?
Nicole Sheridan: We live in severe suburbia that is very normal and is a very non-porn environment. I call my neighborhood Stepford. We are also skydiving instructors so on the weekends you will find us jumping out of an airplane or teaching students how to jump out of an airplane. We have three dogs. My husband trains dogs on the side. We are very involved with animals and an animal rescue. We just like to spend time together. A good night for us would be chilling at home in front of the fireplace or playing scrabble. We are really just kind of boring and normal in that respect. I think that is because we both got our wildness out of the way early. I worked in bars all throughout college and I was done with drinking by the time I was 22. My husband was kind of a bad boy when he was younger. We are just to the point where we are over it. We are not looking to be 'famous' either. I think that is a good thing to say. A lot of the girls that are getting into the industry now are doing it because they think they will become superstars. That never even crossed my mind when I got into the business.
Big D: You mentioned you guys skydive in your time off. Was it because everything was just getting too boring and that was the next step? How did you get into skydiving of all things?
Nicole Sheridan: We are both adrenaline junkies. We actually fly circus trapezes. We had been flying trapeze for a while and our trapeze instructor started talking about skydiving. He is also a Hollywood stuntman and a skydiver. I had always wanted to do that and my birthday was coming up and I suggested we take the day off, not do anything and let's go jump and see what happens. I did a tandem that day. My husband actually went through his first jump course to do his first solo jump that same day. I did my tandem and when I got down I said, 'that was pretty awesome but it could be way more awesome.' So the very next weekend I was back doing a first jump course. A couple months later we were licensed and a year later we became instructors actually.
Big D: So how often do you go skydiving?
Nicole Sheridan: Every weekend. We have 350 jumps each. It sounds like a lot of jumps but there are people out there in the world that have 4,000 jumps.
Big D: Seeing how you are close to people in the porn industry, have you been able to convince any other porn stars to join you on a jump or two?
Nicole Sheridan: We have already brought Hanna Harper. We have brought Flick Shagwell. Jenner and Nikki Nievez have gone. We actually did a movie where we had skydiving in it called Airgazmic: The Capture where a couple of the girls jumped. We got one of the cameramen to jump. We are always trying to get people to experience it. One thing that we did learn was that you can put the idea into someone's head but unless they are ready to do it, you can't make somebody do it. You don't know how they will react. We plant the seed and then just kind of sit back and let it happen. When someone approaches us and tells us they have been interested in going then it totally excites us.
Big D: After 350 jumps does it ever get old after a while? Does the novelty of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane wear off to the point where now you guys have to find something even more extreme?
Nicole Sheridan: It never gets old. You can always do something different. You can do a solo jump by yourself and just take in the scenery and fly around up there like a bird. You can do a jump with 10 of your friends and fuck around in the air and build formations. You can fly on your head, you can fly on your feet, you can fly on your belly. There are so many things to do. I can't see it ever getting boring. All those things I mentioned are things you can do before your parachute opens. After that happens there is a whole other list of things you can do.
Big D: What other projects can we expect from Nicole Sheridan either performing or stuff you have directed from behind the camera?
Nicole Sheridan: One thing that Voodoo and I are doing is talking to different companies about some series that we would like to do. We are seeing who shares our ideas and where we fit. One of the things we really want to do is get away from this crazy and extreme circus acts where the performers are punching each other or doing double anal. It seems like everything is either pretty and very visually appealing like a Michael Ninn movie or Andrew Blake movies but I don't think the chemistry with the performers always come through. Sometimes they look a little too soft or a little too scripted. On the other hand you have all this circus acts sex and there is not much of a middle ground. There really isn't much more of real passion or chemistry coming across. Not reality porn in the sense of a Shane's World porn but rather real sex. That's something we wanted to do and we have different ideas for how it is going to be done and how things are going to be set up. One of the lines we want to start is actually an adventure, adrenaline junkie series. We would bring someone to go along and do one of the things that we do and see what happens. After you have been skydiving or have flown trapeze or after you have learned how to wakeboard or whatever it might – it could be something that you either conquered a fear or is something you get a rush from – if you have sex after that it is a totally different experience for you. The sex is different. That is what we want to do We either want to personally take them someplace to do something and then we fuck them or take them somewhere to do something and then film them fucking someone else. There are so many people in this industry that have talents too that they can share with us. A great example is Sunny Lane was a professional figure skater. I think if I put on a pair of ice skates I would fall on my ass. It might be comical for Sunny to try to teach me how to ice skate. Another thing I would like to do is a girl/girl series with more realistic girl/girl sex. I am so sick of going and doing a scene with an 18 or 19 year-old girl and it comes time for soft-core and she has her head tilted like this and you know she learned how to eat pussy from watching porn. That's not really how it is done. Real lesbians and real girls that get together don't take giant, 12-inch dildos and fuck each other in the ass with them. They kiss, they touch, they rub, they caress. That's basically what I want to do.
Big D: I would agree that a lot of the girl/girl porn is shot with a male libido in mind and the way a man is aroused. It's not really shot from a woman's point of view.
Nicole Sheridan: Exactly. I think the guys don't even realize what they are missing. A lot of guys will watch that and they will get turned on by it and it is cool but I know from my personal experience with the people my husband and I play around with that's not the case. There have been times where it is another girl and I and we'll hook up and we'll be in a corner making out for 15 minutes. By the time we are done the guys have all cum in their pants because they have never seen anything like that before. The guys will say, 'that's way hotter than having your fist up her ass'. A lot of guys don't know what they are missing.
Big D: Speaking of moving towards the softer side of porn, why do you think that porn movies have gotten so extreme where girls are getting punched in the back of the head and it has all that circus act type of sex you were mentioning?
Nicole Sheridan: I think part of it is that you do become, not jaded, but more desensitized by being around this industry. I know that now when I am on set shooting pictures I may have been on set for 19 hours the day before and there are people fucking right next to me and I am taking a nap. It is very easy to look at it and not think anything of it. I think the fact that some of the directors and the producers in the industry have become so desensitized that they have to do all this crazy stuff to think that they have a good idea. They may not realize that 90 percent of the public sees people running around naked as a big deal. Watching people have normal sex is a huge deal. I think they sometimes don't realize they might be alienating people, especially women, by putting that kind of stuff out there.
Big D: It seems that by putting out all this extreme stuff that the studios feel the pressure to have to not only push the envelope with the sex acts but to push more product onto the market before anyone else does. We have such a saturation effect going on in porn that you couldn't watch all of the porn the valley produces if you watched seven days a week, 12 hours a day. Do you think that what we are seeing now helps or hurts the industry as a whole?
Nicole Sheridan: I think there is a lot of crap out there. There is a lot of really, really crappy porn. I feel bad for that couple that is thinking about bringing porn into their bedroom or a college student who wants to go out and buy his first porn. That's their first exposure to porn is this crap that is out there? From that experience they will think that is what this industry is all about. I think that may turn some people off to the whole industry of porn. I think it also hurts the bottom line of the whole industry because the value of everything gets diluted by how much is out there. I just wish that people would put more money into making fewer and better movies.
Big D: In your opinion, what are those companies that are holding true to that? When you and Voodoo buy or rent adult DVDs, what is the stuff you guys like and will continue to watch?
Nicole Sheridan: It has to be visually appealing. The lighting is so important. I don't think that people pay enough attention to that. If I am watching a scene that is poorly lit, it is either with too many shadows or it is totally blown out with JC Penny, florescent store lighting. It's a turn off. If I think about the way I have sex in my real life, I don't have sex that way. I have sex with candlelight or I have sex in front of the fireplace. I might have sex outside in my Jacuzzi with the pool lights on. I don't think there are many people in the real world that turn on every single light on in the room unless they are trying to make a video. You see a lot of the same locations over and over a lot of the times. You see the same talent doing the same exact things over and over. One thing that is really hot that I personally like to do and I like to watch is when someone fucks the way their character should fuck. I hate it when you see a girl who is playing the role of a virgin, librarian having sex for the first time and two seconds later she is screaming, 'yeah, fuck my dirty asshole!' That tension and that build up and if she is playing the character right if she is kind of unsure and uncertain and you see her starting to get into it, is way hotter. It's more of the mind fuck that makes it hot.
Big D: First job?
Nicole Sheridan: Cashier at a gas station.
Big D: First concert?
Nicole Sheridan: The Allman Brothers with Crosby, Stills and Nash
Big D: First car?
Nicole Sheridan: Toyota Corolla
Big D: What's in your CD player right now?
Nicole Sheridan: P.O.D., System of a Down, Pantera, Papa Roach, Linkin Park.