It wasn’t until the mid to late 1990’s that American produced porn featured a true influx of foreign performers. Stars like Anita Blond, Silvia Saint, Monica Sweetheart and Dasha — who all were well known in Europe before coming to the U.S. — started popping up on box covers did the attraction of international stardom truly resonate and become achievable for performers living in the globe’s farthest reaches.
Coincidentally, the rise of the foreign performer tracked alongside the boom of gonzo porn, which needed fresh faces to cast as production ramped up. International stars who had made names for themselves in their home countries arrived with regularity in Porn Valley and were immediately recognized as having few limitations and displayed a vigorous sexuality while willing to push the envelope on camera.
Performers such as Rita Faltoyano, Nikita Denise, Diana Doll, Alicia Rhodes, Mandy Bright, Sandra Romain, Melissa Lauren, Sandra Shine, Michelle Wild, Stacy Silver, Bobbi Eden, Claudia Rossi, Terri Summers — among literally hundreds of others — captured the spotlight at the right time.
With this being the International Issue, XBIZ Premiere wanted to recognize the cream of the crop of foreign performers currently plying their trade in the U.S. Each one of these ladies had achieved varying degrees of fame in their native countries and now are burning up box covers in American productions making them bigger stars than they ever could have been if they stayed home.
To make this list, it wasn’t enough just to be born in a foreign country (Amy Ried, Nikki Benz, Sunny Leone) because our whole point is to show each star’s rise to prominence since coming stateside. Each woman brings something unique to the table, so next time you watch — or order — adult movies keep an eye out for these performers, because sometimes imported goods are of a higher quality than anything affixed with a “Made In U.S.A.” sticker.
The Latina Spitfire Lupe Fuentes
Birthplace: Cali, Colombia
Formerly known as Zuleidy and Little Lupe, this petite spinner is now a Teravision contract star. A big name on the Internet, and the signature star behind LittleLupe.com, Fuentes signed with Tera Patrick’s company in June with the hopes of becoming a big star in the states. The teeny tiny Fuentes — all 4-foot-11 and 85 pounds of her — is learning English and is determined to be a star in the U.S. Her first Teravision release goes for the gusto right away: the Axel Braun-directed “Lupe Fuentes: Interactive Girlfriend Sexperience.” Keep an eye out for this stunner. With Teravision’s marketing machine behind her, we plan on seeing a lot more of this diminutive bombshell.
Titles to watch: “Lupe Fuentes: Interactive Girlfriend Experience” (Teravision)
The Debauched Director/Performer Clara G.
Birthplace: Baia Mare, Romania
A modelesque beauty with flowing blond hair and long legs, you might never guess that Clara G is the queen of large insertions. Since hooking up with Euro producer/director Raul Cristian around nine years ago, she’s now a partner in Cruel Media and directs some of its most successful lines like “Give Me Pink” and “My Evil Sluts.” Now based in Budapest, Clara G is at her best when working with other women — in fact, she’s only done less than a handful of boy/girl scenes. As a director she often can’t help but spontaneously join the action. Its rare to find such a vigorous performer who almost exclusively performs with other women or solo. No one makes us feel as dirty as she does using only a toy to pleasure herself; this is truly a multitalented women both in front of and behind the camera.
Titles to watch: “All Internal 2,” “Prime Cups” and “My Evil Sluts 3” (Cruel Media)
The Perfect 10 Esperanza Gomez
Birthplace: Belecazar, Colombia
It’s one thing to be the subject of unsubstantiated hype, but when you can back up the buzz, “just talk” becomes reality. Such is the case of Esperanza Gomez. This Central American stunner won Colombia’s Miss Playboy TV crown in 2005, so her triple-X debut was eagerly anticipated. Gomez is a well known mainstream model in Colombia and with her status as a Playboy and lingerie model, it was doubtful she would ever suck and fuck on film. Fans had to wait until this August to see Gomez in action and boy were they pleased! Sporting a flawless body, this tight and toned Latina has only appeared in one blue movie to date, Josh Stone’s “South Beach Cruisin’ 3” for Justin Slayer International, but her scene with Slayer himself is a barnburner. We’re happy to report Gomez has relocated to south Florida, so expect to hear more of this “girl next door turned hardcore.”
Titles to watch: “South Beach Cruisin’ 3” (Josh Stone/Justin Slayer International) and AssParade.com (Bang Bros.)
The Euro-Asian Temptress Katsuni
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Among the more experienced performers on this list, and certainly the most awarded, the half French, half Vietnamese Katsuni burst onto the scene as a no-limits sexual dynamo. While her work output has slowed since being contracted to Digital Playground, Katsuni tuned in her signature performance for the company as the evil Xi Feng in “Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge.” Katsuni has garnered multiple awards for Female Foreign Performer of the Year in addition to numerous accolades for individual scenes — with men and women. Katsuni made her way to the states after being introduced to agent Mark Spiegler and performed in her first scene with Lexington Steele and Erik Everhard for Red Light District. Talk about starting off with a bang! Prior to that, she performed for Penthouse France.
Titles to watch: “Katsuni: Sexual Freak” (Digital Playground), “Anal Cavity Search” (Jules Jordan Video), “Anal Trainer 4” (New Sensations) and “Crack Her Jack 2” (John Leslie/Evil Angel)
The Statuesque Stunner Nikki Jayne
Birthplace: Wigan, England
In recent years, no other performer’s American debut has been as heralded as Nikki Jayne’s. Discovered by Harmony Films in her native England, Jayne became a contract player for Vivid Entertainment with a quickness. It’s easy to see why: the blond beauty is easily one of porn’s hottest females and her performances smoke. Right off the bat she was promoted as Vivid’s “dirty girl” — a description she easily backed up with a seemingly unquenchable appetite for sex. While her best work might still be her first-ever movie (in which she performs anal, double penetration and double vag) Jayne has continued her ascent to superstardom with numerous B Skow-directed all-sex releases through Vivid. If you haven’t heard Jayne talk a blue streak in her sexy accent while masturbating or jacking off a hard cock, you haven’t truly lived.
Titles to watch: “The Initiation of Nikki Jayne” (Harmony Films), “The Nikki Jayne Experiment” and “Centerfolds Exposed (Vivid Entertainment)
Beauty In the Wild Puma Swede
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
The stunningly gorgeous and long-limbed Puma Swede was an easy choice to put on this list. Since arriving in the U.S. around four years ago, Swede keeps improving as a sexual performer starting off just doing veggie scenes and progressing to full on boy/girl. Looking like a fembot straight out of the “Austin Powers” franchise, the 5-foot-10 inch Swede, who sports stunningly enhanced F cups, has done close to 100 scenes. Equally at home doing artistic stills or getting pounded from behind, Swede also maintains and active personal website with plenty of hardcore footage at PumaSwede.com.
Titles to watch: “Pornstars Like it Big 2” (Brazzers/Jules Jordan Video), “Motherlode” (Smash Pictures), “Double Decker Sandwich 9” (Zero Tolerance) and “Cheating Wives Tales 3” (New Sensations)
The Spanish Rose Rebeca Linares
Birthplace: San Sebastian, Spain
Rebeca Linares started her adult career in 2005 in her native Spain before moving on to work in Berlin and France appearing in about 100 titles overseas. She made her way to America in 2006 and was immediately recognized as a stellar sexual performer working for Brandon Iron and Jake Malone immediately upon arrival. Linares has done well over 200 movies since moving to the States; she got her just due last year in the star vehicle “Rebeca Linares Raw” from Elegant Angel. Linares made a cameo appearance in the mainstream comedy “National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus” and has been featured in Maxim magazine.
Titles to watch: “Rebeca Linares Raw” (Elegant Angel), “Angels of Debauchery 6” (Jonni Darrko/Evil Angel), “Belladonna: Manhandled 2” (Belladonna/Evil Angel) and “Chicks and Salsa 4” (3rd Degree Films)
Double D-licious Sophie Dee
Birthplace: Carmarthen, Wales
This Welsh beauty entered the adult industry in 2000 at the age of 20 and has since gone on to appear in more than 200 movies. Often referred to as having the nicest eyes in porn, Dee recently enhanced her bust to eye-popping new proportions. Dee started off as a blond, but also has gone with black, red and brown hair as of late. She’s an in-demand performer with a variety of sexual skills on her resume including volcanic female ejaculation. She maintains an active web presence on her official site at ClubSophieDee.com and we feel its about time Dee got her due as one of the industry’s best performers — underrated no more!
Titles to watch: “Squirt Gangbang 3” (Elegant Angel), “Big Butt Oil Orgy” (Zero Tolerance), “Big Wet Asses 9” (Elegant Angel) and “Un-natural Sex 19” (Diabolic Video)