|At the age of 18, Adams was employed at a Sonic Drive-In. Her aunt Sunset Thomas convinced Adams
that the adult film industry could provide her a path to wealth and fame, and suggested a stage
name complementary to her own. Adams left Texas for Los Angeles, and began her career as a
porn actress. On January 8, 2001, she appeared with Ed Powers in More Dirty Debutantes 186. She
later referred to the experience of making that film as "nothing I want to remember".
As with many of the young women who enter the porn industry, Adams was encouraged to engage
in sex acts that were new to her. Her first sexual encounter with another woman was with performer
Cherry Rain, in Cockless 3, which she found she enjoyed. Adams also performed in anal sex scenes in
her very early films, including in her first film.
Adams became popular with fans, and signed a two year contract with Vivid Entertainment in
August, 2002, officially becoming a "Vivid Girl." Adams had refused an earlier offer from Vivid to
become one of their exclusive actresses, choosing to remain a free agent. Vivid's founder and
president Steve Hirsch pursued her, eventually agreeing to meet with her at a gas station while she
was en-route to close escrow on her first house. Hirsch spoke with Adams, who agreed to join Vivid
on the spot; they signed the contract on the hood of Adams' car. The terms of the contract required
Adams to appear in 8 movies per year, for the company.
On September 17, 2002, Adams underwent breast enlargement surgery. Representatives of the
Vivid label objected to this, preferring her natural breasts.
In 2002, Vivid hired Adams to star in Debbie Does Dallas: The Revenge, with plans for her to
star in future films in the series. Vivid representatives considered Adams to be appropriate for
the role, because of her blonde hair, her experience with football, and her Texas heritage.
Adams is well-known among her fans for her performance of oral sex and her girl-girl scenes.
Adams was nominated for Best Actress by AVN in 2003. In 2004, she won the award for Best Oral Sex
Scene - Film for Heart of Darkness.
Adams has performed many times with Faith Adams. Sunrise Adams refers to Faith Adams as her
"almost namesake," and claimed to have been "married" to Faith for two years.
On August 2, 2004, Adams appeared with Savanna Samson on Fox News's "The O'Reilly Factor", to
promote their book, How to Have a XXX Sex Life.