Porn Celebrity: Cross Over Starlets and Celebs Refuse To Be Neatly Niched

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As cross-over starlets from the adult entertainment industry continue to infiltrate Hollywood media projects, and mainstream media channels seek out cheap talent for projects including reality shows and online productions, it’s becoming harder to determine if someone is a pornstar or a B-list celebrity… or if there is any difference between them at all.

The best recent example is TMZ legend Charlie Sheen. Once a prominent movie actor during his days as the leading man in Oliver Stone’s Platoon, and later the highest paid television actor on the planet for his starring role on Two and A Half Men, Sheen has a long spiraling and very public bout with drug use that included allegations of expensive dinners with pornstar escorts and a wild playboy lifestyle. After all of those antics, some feared he was killing his career, but as history now shows us in hindsight it all turned out beautifully for Sheen. He parlayed his crash into a new television show on FX with an amazing amount of residual income, a national series of live shows and a seemingly never-ending amount of free publicity for his own media empire.

Charlie Sheen was linked to many pornstars at some point or another, but the primary name was his favorite ‘goddess’ – blonde cutie Bree Olson. Ms. Olson became famous for her sexual appetite and a willingness to do much naughtier things than her eighteen year old good looks caused people to assume would be possible – but her association with Sheen opened a lot of doors and she has retired from porn to pursue an online television show, a career as a stand-up comedienne and more. Her success has been somewhat limited so far, but she is already ahead of earlier trailblazers like Tracy Lords who attempted to become actresses in tinsel town.

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Taking things even further, in so many ways, Sasha Grey managed to evolve her career from one of the filthiest can-do girls in the skin biz to working with academy award winners as the main star of the Steven Soderbergh film The Girlfriend Experience. Her success also garnered her a major role as Adrian Grenier’s pornstar girlfriend on the hit television series Entourage, and she doesn’t appear to be headed back to having sex on film for porn valley studios any time soon.

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Perhaps the real archetype of the porn to Hollywood progression is the venerable Ron Jeremy, whose original career as an elementary school teacher later shifted toward porn when he became a Playgirl centerfold, and one of the most famous male costars in human history. Later he took on dozens of reality show roles, wrote popular books including the ‘The Hardest (working) Man in Show Business’ and now seems to be accepted equally among mainstream and porn media interests.

Transit has also been just as strong in the opposite direction with a long list of Hollywood celebs choosing to make their porn debut. Surprising names like Dustin Diamond (formerly Screech from the television show Saved By The Bell), UFC fighter John “War Machine” Koppenhaver reality show stars, tiny MTV superstar Tila Tequila, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson and too many others to mention have all done the dirtiest things with the whole world watching online.

The most important take-away from all of this is the ability of these kinds of shifts to open the eyes of the general public to the important fact that “porn” isn’t strange, weird or obscene. It is a cinematic display of the most basic form of human entertainment, and as more pornstars become celebs and celebs become pornstars, acceptance becomes easier – and the ignorant idea that a man or a woman is somehow lesser simply because they choose to have sex on film for the enjoyment of others is misguided and antiquated in the modern world. We are proud to do our part, helping to educate the public and present porn in a sex positive light, for the betterment of everyone in society, whether they are a fan of people in porn, people who used to be in porn, or people who are celebs that may soon be in porn.

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