January 11, 2017
The word superstar is thrown about these days all the time. However, when you mention Briana Banks to any porn fan, they will agree that the word superstar just has to be used when describing her. She reached the top of the porn business and has now returned and has set her sights of achieving more and capturing the hearts of more porn fans across the globe. Ladies and gentleman no further introductions needed – my interview with Briana Banks.
PornOCD: You were born and raised in beautiful Munich, Germany. How was growing up in Munich?
Briana: I was born in Munich and then moved to England and to California when I was seven so didn’t really grow up there, but I visited my dad in Munich every summer.
PornOCD: When you moved from Germany and later to the US, how much different did you find the two places?
Briana: I found the two very different seeing as I only spoke German when I first got to the US and parenting style was much different than what I was used to in Europe.
PornOCD: Were you popular with the boys growing up?
Briana: I was not popular with the boys until 10th grade when I got my braces off and came back from summer with small boobs and a little confidence finally.
PornOCD: What led to you leaving your mum’s house with your sister?
Briana: It was the right thing to do. Not going to get into details, but I’ve always been my sister’s guardian and I’ve looked out for her as long as I can remember.
PornOCD: When did you first think of making a career in adult entertainment?
Briana: I never thought I’d end up in the adult industry and my sister turned 18, I no longer got any help from the state and could not work, go to school and support me and my sister. I answered an ad in the paper “Make $1000 a day nude modeling” which ended up being a porn shoot. Had to do it or we would have been evicted – we had nowhere to go and no one else to turn to.
PornOCD: Was it always your plan to get breast enlargements or did you new career goal decide your decision?
Briana: I didn’t even know that breast enlargements existed until porn. After two years of playing a teenager in pigtails, I decided if I was going to ever be a contract star, I needed bigger breasts and a better stage name. 👌🏻
PornOCD: In 1999 you stepped in front of the porn cameras for the first time. How did your very first shoot come about?
Briana: My first shoot was for University Coeds. I looked like a deer in headlights. I’d never done it with the lights on, never mind people watching or being told I was pretty. It was a culture shock for sure.
PornOCD: Did you feel comfortable at first being naked or did it take time?
Briana: It took a lot of time. I felt like a skinny dorky shy little girl for the first probably three months of my career while I learned everything about sex in front of the world’s eyes. 👀
PornOCD: You worked really hard and appeared in so many movies over the next few years. Was the porn industry all you wanted it to be?
Briana: It was all I wanted it to be. I got to experience gonzo for two years and then Vivid for eight years, so I learned a lot about features, contract stars. Vivid truly is the pinnacle and dream of every girl who gets into the industry around that same time as I did; I am very lucky to say I got to experience the end of that era of porn. 🙏
PornOCD: In 2001 when you signed for Vivid, you had reached the very top of the industry. How did it feel signing with Vivid?
Briana: 2001 was an awesome year! I signed with Vivid and was on the cover of AVN and Penthouse both in June 2001. Signing with Vivid it was the icing on the cake. All my hard work was recognized; everyone said that that would never sign a gonzo girl like me, guess they were wrong. 😉
PornOCD: What was the best thing about being a Vivid girl?
Briana: The best thing about being a Vivid girl was having your schedule for the entire year and being able to feature dance and have a semi-normal schedule and life. Not to mention the amazing places I got to travel to film. Along with the beautiful work done with box covers to behind-the-scenes crew, the extravagant locations, and the scripts. 👱🏻♀️
PornOCD: You achieved so much. What made you decide it was time to leave porn behind and was this a difficult decision?
Briana: It was hard to leave porn, but I’d been doing it so long I was tired and it was beginning to show in my scenes. I needed to walk away because I didn’t want my legacy to be remembered in the last few movies I did where I was not 100% Briana Banks “balls to the wall” killer scenes.
PornOCD: What did you do while you were away from the bright lights cameras and fans of porn?
Briana: Unfortunately, I was with a toxic relationship, so I needed to leave that and move on to a health/fitness that worked before I was ready to get into the spotlight again. I learned a lot about myself from that relationship and my boundaries are stronger now so I won’t be that vulnerable again.
PornOCD: When did you think about returning to porn and how long a decision did it take?
Briana: In total, it took me 18 months; 6 months of that journey was 3 hour a day workout sessions toning up so I looked my best self for the camera again.
PornOCD: When you stepped back into the porn world, had your ambitions changed and do you think porn changed?
Briana: My ambitions have not changed – I came back full throttle.
PornOCD: Did you feel any pressure coming back after such a successful career before your break?
Briana: I did feel a lot of pressure – pressure to weigh 105 lbs. again, but 6 months ago when I saw the love and support from my fans for my comeback performances, I realize I’m accepted just the way I am. My fans are so amazing they inspire me to push myself harder and I’ve gotten so comfortable again it’s like I never left.
PornOCD: How did it feel being inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Briana: Being inducted into the Hall of Fame twice now, 2009 and then again three months into my comeback in 2016 was utterly shocking. I was not expecting it at all and I’m so honored to win such industry recognition.
PornOCD: How many offers did you have on the table for your comeback scene?
Briana: I had a few options, but I waited until I had the right director and talent to make my comebacks scene a memorable one.
PornOCD: Your comeback scene True Milf 3 was great! Did it feel like coming back home being in front of the camera or were you nervous?
Briana: I was nervous, but I worked with Manuel before and once the scene heated up, I remembered how much I enjoyed shooting and how empowering it made me feel. I almost forgot how aggressive I can be in bed.
PornOCD: When you think to yourself that this was the right decision to return to porn?
Briana: Absolutely, I needed to take back my power as a woman, a performer, and a risk taker. I needed to be ‘Briana Banks’ again to remind myself how strong I am and never to forget where I came from and how far I’ve come.
PornOCD: You have such loyal fans all way through your career. How much do they mean to you?
Briana: My fans mean everything to me. They remind me of the strong, loving and independent woman I was before I left. Without their support, praise and welcoming me back, this comeback wouldn’t be as successful.
PornOCD: 2016 has been a very good year for you how much have you enjoyed it?
Briana: 2016 has been an amazing year for me. I’ve put lot of work into my own site which is nearly ready to launch. I want to relax and look at everything for a moment to enjoy and appreciate the hard work.
PornOCD: What is your highlight of 2016?
Briana: The highlight of 2016 would be getting my second Hall of Fame award from XRCO. 👏🏼🙌🏼
PornOCD: So 2017 is fast approaching and only days away. Any New Year’s Resolutions?
Briana: I can’t tell you my resolutions or they may not come true, but let’s say I’ve conquered all my 2016 resolutions. I hope at the end of this year, I can say I’ve conquered my 2017 resolutions too.
PornOCD: 2017 brings the AVN and XBIZ awards. You have been nominated as MILF of the Year. How much do award nominations still mean to you?
Briana: It means a lot to be recognized since Best Comeback is no longer a category. It’s an honor to only be back a short time and be in the same group as Kendra Lust and Tanya Tate. I worked really hard this year and I hope the fans enjoy the scenes I put out.
PornOCD: How do you feel about being classed as a MILF?
Briana: At first it bothered me because I left at 30 and it was not a category. It was just pretty women having sex with attractive men. But I got over it and realized I’m going to be in the MILF category so I will be the sexiest MILF, I can possibly be.
PornOCD: Do you have a favourite scene you have shot?
Briana: As far as my comeback, I would say one of my favorites so far is HardX Prime MILF 3.
PornOCD: Who would you still love to shoot a scene with #PornBucketList?
Briana: I can tell you that I am shooting my first DP back after the AVN Awards with two very talented male performers. I know my fans will be very pleased to finally see this again. I used to love DPS and it’s been almost 6 years for me. 💞
PornOCD: What is the very first thing you notice when you see a very HOT man or woman?
Briana: The first thing I notice is confidence versus arrogance. I don’t care how good-looking someone is if they are stuck on themselves. I can’t be around someone who’s arrogant because I am a very humble person and enjoy having real company.
PornOCD: What is your favourite sexual position?
Briana: Doggy-style is my favorite.
PornOCD: What will always bring to you a mind blowing orgasm every time?
Briana: I definitely say a pocket rocket and getting it from behind – works like a charm. 😲😲
PornOCD: Let’s step away from porn for a moment. How was your Christmas?
Briana: My Christmas was fine, I spent time with my sister watching the Steelers win on Christmas Day. Mellow and drama-free! 💋
PornOCD: How much time do you get to spend with friends and family?
Briana: I see my sister every two weeks and my friends, as regularly as possible. I’m still very close to my best friend from fourth grade. Her children call me on Auntie Bree. 🙂
PornOCD: How do you keep your body in such amazing shape?
Briana: I work out five days a week for at least two hours a day, cardio for an hour and another hour with my personal trainer. I am in better shape than I’ve ever been!
PornOCD: What is your favourite part of your body and why?
Briana: My legs, I was born with very long legs, a 36 inseam. I work out a lot to tone, but long legs were a great gift from my parents.
PornOCD: What can you not live without?
PornOCD: Describe yourself in 5 words.
Briana: Strong, confident, motivated, devoted, and loving.
PornOCD: What was the very last thing you bought yourself as a present?
Briana: The last thing I bought myself was the new iPhone 7 because I didn’t have enough storage on my 6 anymore. 😂
PornOCD: You have so many fans on Twitter. How important is Twitter to your career?
Briana: Twitter is extremely important to help me promote my movies.
PornOCD: What music are you currently loving and listening to at the moment?
Briana: I like all kinds of music. My favorite artists are Sia and Lana Del Rey.
PornOCD: Any plans on moving behind the camera to start directing movies?
Briana: Yes, it’s coming soon.
PornOCD: What advice would you give to any new girl looking to make a move into porn industry?
Briana: Make sure it’s a decision you are ready to live with for the rest of your life. Porn is so easily found on the Internet now, if you do a scene, it will likely be seen by somebody you know.
PornOCD: Finally, what social media platforms can your fans and new fans find you on?
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