Tori Blackóa Seattle native who started her adult movie career one month before she turned 19ósays that she has never had ďa regular job.Ē
ďI was a nanny before... I used to watch a few different familiesí kids,Ē Black said. ďThey would have me as their regular. One family got me a car and a cell phone and literally, I was part of the family.Ē
Still only 21 years old, Tori Black has already secured a place in porn history. She enjoyed a remarkable night on Jan. 9 in Las Vegas, where she won the 2010 AVN Female Performer of the Year award en route to several accolades at the 27th annual AVN Awards ceremony at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort.
ďIím still shocked about it,Ē Black said when she returned to Los Angeles. ďI think there were so many people that did really well this year. So for me to receive so many awards wasówell, I donít know, it was just amazing.Ē
Blackís evening included honors for her career performance in Elegant Angelís Tori Black Is Pretty Filthy, which earned awards for Best Gonzo Release, Best Tease Performance and Best Threeway Sex Scene for her throw-down with Rebeca Linares and Mark Ashley. She also shared two other scene awards: Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene for Girlfriends Filmsí Field of Schemes 5 with Lexi Belle; and Best All-Girl Three-Way Sex Scene for Adam & Eveís The 8th Day with Bree Olson and Poppy Morgan.
Meanwhile, Black delivered one of her finest performances of 2009 in Zero Tolerance Entertainmentís Interactive Sex With Tori Black, which won Best Interactive DVD.
The starlet was especially gratified, albeit surprised, to receive the Performer of the Year award.
ďI think everybody that worked with me ... together we produced such great material. So for me to receive that honor I just want to share it with all the people that helped me to get to where I am,Ē Black continued. ďItís really much more than me. It takes a village to make it happen.Ē
AVN: What was it like to be on stage accepting awards in front of the industry?
Tori Black: I didnít actually prepare anything. I went up and said what was in my head.
At first, I was just shocked. The very first award I won was for the Best Gonzo. That one was my first AVN award at all. I was a little nervous because I knew so many people were watching. At the same time, when I thought about the honor of the award, the words just came naturally. I was able to share with the audience as opposed to just being nervous being in front of everybody. I remember being humbled looking at so many people in front of me. I was honored to not make it about me but make it about something more important. I was humbled. I donít think Iíve ever had that many people listen to me speak at once. It was just an honor to have that moment.Ē
Could you tell us about how Tori Black Is Pretty Filthy came about?
When Elegant Angel first approached me to do that movie, they gave me a choice of either working with Bill [director William H.] or working with Mason. I had worked with Bill many times but I had only worked with Mason once, and I felt the connection. I kind of wanted to explore that spark that I felt. I really wanted to see where we can take this. It is different having a woman and a woman explore a project. Itís a different dynamic. I just wanted to try something. We got along really well.
I started off compiling a cast that I wanted to be in the movie, and what kind of thing I wanted to shoot. Mason and I sent each other a series of text messages talking about my sexuality, and what in my sexuality needed to be explored and hasnít been utilized. Iíve always been a quote unquote pretty girl. There are expectations of what pretty girls do and donít do, and that really spoke to her because she also has felt trapped at times. What I was expressing was that being a pretty girl doesnít mean that you canít be dirty, or for whatever reason you lose some of your value, because you want to be dirty. Thatís how we came up with the title and came up with the idea. I can be very pretty and very dirty at the same time.
What was it like working on Interactive Sex With Tori Black?
The interactive was the first of my anal endeavors, the first time I tried anal on camera. It is a very different style of shooting. Instead of getting into the chemistry of the other person, youíre getting into the visual of people watching you and getting into talking to each of your fans. There is no contact with the talent youíre working with except for the penetration. You donít touch them. Itís an exercise in, are you a porn star or arenít you? Do you like to be watched or are you doing this because you like the money? Ö
With an interactive you canít distract yourself from the camera. Itís me tapping into enjoying to be watched and loving to be an exhibitionist.
ÖObviously, itís a challenge keeping the talent involved and keeping the camera involved. Itís very hard on the male talent because the girl is not interacting with them. There are so many positions and different angles. We had to fine-tune everything, not to mention keep the guy going. There were lots of pop-shots, lots of different male talent. Lots of long days, but really at the end it was a very interesting project to watch the progression of it. I never considered that it would win an award. I really enjoyed making something that I knew was truly just for my fans.
What does Female Performer of the Year mean to you?
I think I was anticipating the nomination more than I was anticipating the win. I knew I worked really hard and I knew my movies had really great reviews. I figured I would at least be recognized and get a nomination. There are so many great performers on that list. Ö As they were reading off names at the show, Kristina Rose and I were holding onto each other watching to see who won.
Obviously, when youíre up for an award with one of your friends you donít really want to make anybody feel uncomfortable. You kind of root for both people at the same time, sitting there holding onto one another while all the names were being read. In all honesty I expected it to be her, and I expected to be just as happy either way.
Once I got up on that stage and I felt and I heard the people in the crowd screaming my name and I heard people cheering for me, it seemed like people were genuinely happy for me. It really sunk in. And I didnít feel like it was only AVN giving me the award. It felt like the people in the business were agreeing. It felt like Ö Oh my gosh, it felt really great. Thatís when I had to leave the stage because I knew I was going to cry.
Whatís next for you?
Iím starting my feature dancing this coming weekend [Jan. 21-23], thatís opening up another avenue for me. My website [ToriBlack.com] started in September. Iím really looking to build on my website and collect a bunch of scenes. I really want to make this year a new experience. Iím sure that I will find something.
There is no way Iíve experienced everything Iím going to experience. As opportunities arise I just need to take them. Iím considering looking into shooting some of my own stuff and maybe having a line of movies that I direct. Weíll see where we go from there. Iím looking into a potential upcoming toy deal, which would be really awesome. Iím trying to expand into different areas. ... Iím booked out to March, flying to England and Mexico. ó Dan Miller