2016 XBIZ & AVN nominated adult film actress Madeline Blue has recently launched her own website and unleashed some stunning kinky clips on her Clips4Sale site. She sat down to discuss her new clip business as well as to share some of her experiences working in the adult film industry.
C.J. Asher – Thanks for taking the time for this interview, Madeline. To start, tell me a little about yourself…
Madeline Blue – I grew up in a regular town in Massachusetts, kept mostly to myself… reading and studying, daydreaming. Didn’t really come out of my shell until I was almost thirty.
C.J. Asher – How long have you been an adult film actress?
Madeline Blue – I started doing clip for a little over a year now. Six months ago, I opened my own website and store creating my own content. So far solo, boy-girl with Gee Richards and girl-girl with special guests.
C.J. Asher – What other adult entertainment work have you done besides adult film?
Madeline Blue – I have posed as a nude model every once in a while here for years, and ultimately it led me here.
C.J. Asher – How did you first get into the adult film industry?
Madeline Blue – I used to look online for modeling gigs… harmless ones, charcoal drawings, oil, art photography. I did that for a long time. I always had a regular job that kept me from feeling like I could do anything more than that. So finally I decided to take that extra step and did an erotic photography and then a video shoot, and then feature length productions.
C.J. Asher – How did you choose your stage name?
Madeline Blue – A friend recommended this as a porn name formula, to use your first pet’s name as your first, and the street you grew up on as your last. It seemed to work, so I went with it!
C.J. Asher – Most people don’t know that being an adult film actress is really hard, physically demanding work! What do you do outside of the industry to relax, unwind and have fun?
Madeline Blue – I love dancing, hiking, going to the beach, paddle boarding. I also like relaxing, watching movies and listening to music.
C.J. Asher – Adult films are made to look hot and sexy; how is the reality of filming an adult movie different from the perception that we see in the finished product?
Madeline Blue – A highly technical work environment – which is what a set is, – to me, anyway, is not a naturally sexy setting. It’s not real sex in real life, it’s still fun and hot, but yes, indeed, it looks so polished when finished. Everyone works very hard to create the finished product.
C.J. Asher – What television shows are you into right now?
Madeline Blue – I’m into Portlandia, Shameless, Silicon Valley, Grace and Frankie, Game of Thrones, Transparent and Billions.
C.J. Asher – What are your favorite industry-related events, such as the Adult Entertainment Expo, EXXXOTICA and gentlemen’s club appearances?
Madeline Blue – I enjoyed all the Expos I went to this year, all for the first time: Fetcon, XBIZ and AVN. I think XBIZ might have been my most fun, only because I really liked LA, and the smaller conference and hotel was easier for me to navigate. AVN was so insanely big I am still trying to figure out the layout! And Fetcon was great also because I made a lot of new friends there.
C.J. Asher – What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an adult film actress?
Madeline Blue – Hmm, the best advice I have received is “don’t get caught up in it, kid.” I think that’s really good advice. Take it seriously, take yourself seriously, but then chill out. Don’t try too hard to be sexy.
C.J. Asher – Besides the money, of course, what’s your favorite part about being an adult film actress?
Madeline Blue – It blows my mind to think that someone is jerking off to me. Someone I don’t know. I think that’s pretty far out. I feel sexy doing the scenes also, and that’s an awesome feeling. I, as many women do, haven’t always felt awesome, and so it’s really nice how much support I have received in the industry about body acceptance. Yay! And I really never thought I was going to do adult films, I mean it never crossed my mind until recently. I obviously am not doing what I am doing based on what people think, and that’s a big deal for me. I also found out I enjoy the script writing and acting aspects of doing adult work. Doing scenes is fun, and getting into the character. I just love all the production stuff and being part of making the magic happen.
C.J. Asher – What’s the most stressful part of your job?
Madeline Blue – Getting ready for the shoot is the most stressful part. There is quite a long list of details to get in place before a shoot, so its best I am organized and staying on time and give myself plenty of time. Good preparation certainly can alleviate that stress. After the initial getting ready part, and arriving on set, suddenly the really hardest part is over. Then it is just about doing a good job and being there, and my nerves from that calm down maybe 10 minutes after arriving on set, then the adrenaline settles in and it gets very exciting from there.
C.J. Asher – How does competition between actresses for parts in adult film productions impact how you get along with other adult film actresses? Are you friends with other actresses in the industry?
Madeline Blue – I haven’t been around too many models except for the few I connected with as friends. I find the folks I know are more into building relationships and networking to mutually benefit one another. I don’t personally know what competition is like in a broader sense, as I don’t feel like I am that deep into the industry to have familiarity on that level. I feel like at the conventions I attended as the new girl, I did get a look here and there, sort of “who are you,” but I think that’s the case for ANY field, especially performance oriented ones.
C.J. Asher – How has being an adult film actress impacted your personal and professional life? Do family and friends know you’re an adult film actress and what do they think about it?
Madeline Blue – My close friends all know for the most part, and they are all super cool with it. Not every family member knows the extent of it at this point; as of yet it hasn’t come up naturally in a conversation to my parents. There may be an awkward moment, but ultimately I know they would accept it.
C.J. Asher – What do you see yourself doing after you retire from acting?
Madeline Blue – I hope to keep making art on my own, whether it’s in the movie field, adult field, or on my own. I love dance and writing, so hopefully I will be doing some more of those things in the future.
C.J. Asher – What nominations and awards have you received?
Madeline Blue – I was nominated for Best Actress in a Couple Themed Release for XBIZ 2015, which is pretty cool because it was my first and only movie. The film itself was nominated for Best Couples release for XBIZ, and Best Drama for AVN. The film was also screened at four film festivals, and three of them mainstream: CineKink Festival, Wendy’s Shorts, LA Cinefest, and iHolly Independent Film Awards. The only actors in it were my partner Gee and myself, and it only ran thirty three minutes, so we are so pleased about all the recognition. It was a short, but we took a lot of time into making it.
C.J. Asher – Do you feel that, as a woman, working as an adult film actress is empowering or exploiting?
Madeline Blue – This answers is, for me, to question what makes ME feel empowered or exploited. The adult actress has many choices and must check in if they are aligned with HERSELF. One woman’s empowerment may be a blow-bang, and another woman’s empowerment may be performing a pegging scene. Empowerment is different for different people for different reasons. Am I being taken advantage of or am I in control of myself? It isn’t about the content necessarily. So, no, I don’t feel like being an adult actress is exploitative for myself. I am very conscious, or try to be, of the decisions I make that I know would empower me.
C.J. Asher – What’s the nicest compliment or rudest comment you’ve ever received from a fan?
Madeline Blue – Mostly that I look young, but my legs and feet get a lot of attention. Saying more makes me feel weird! Rudest comment, someone made a comment on a photos saying “no as” (no ass) misspelled just like that and it really got me, my boyfriend looked up his handle and pointed out he was a brainless angry troll. Still bothered me! I think i have a cute ass! Haha! Oh, and when I was in Cosmo magazine, someone commented why (they) are supporting pornography or something like that, but I thought that one was more funny. I guess you need to have a sense of humor!
C.J. Asher – What categories of porn do you prefer working in?
Madeline Blue – Girl-girl, boy-girl, blowjob and threesomes. But, honestly, I really get turned on by doing good stories and hot scenes in a professional setting.
C.J. Asher – Conversely, what types of roles would you turn down?
Madeline Blue – I am not interested in degradation categories, anything overly rough, gratuitous violent scenes with no purpose, roles that have no substance. This does not count out BDSM at all by the way, but I would need everything spelled out and clear if I were on either role (dom/sub) of a BDSM scene. I understand some clips are short with little room for character development and that is ok, they are just sexy scenes! And that’s awesome! But I really do like when there is good dialogue and plot involved.
C.J. Asher – What social media sites can your fans visit you at? Please provide links!
C.J. Asher is a sex and adult entertainment blogger who has interviewed celebrities such as Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, BurningAngel.com owner, director, writer and actress Joanna Angel as well as a sugar baby advisor, burlesque dancer, feminist and many others. His blog, CJAsher.com, also review gentlemen’s clubs nationwide and posts a weekly adult entertainment calendar highlighting adult film star appearances. Follow C.J. on Twitter @CJASHEROFFICIAL