Shy Love

Matt O'Conner
It's difficult to stir controversy when talking about adult stars, partly because most people consider what adult performers do for a living to be so scandalous that any revealing tidbits about their past or personal life pale in comparison.

But that doesn't mean we're above trying. So, in a blatant attempt to titillate, here's the best dirt XBiz could dig up on the brunette beauty Shy Love: She's a brainiac.

Shocking but true, in an age when being clueless is celebrated — think Paris Hilton — Love is undeniably articulate, ambitious and intelligent.

Love was born in Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany, in November 1978 to a Sicilian father and a Puerto Rican mother. Her father was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany in the late 1970s. When Love was seven years old, her family, including six sisters, relocated to New Haven, Conn., where she spent the remainder of her formative years. Love proved to be a prodigy, both as a dancer and a student. As a teen, she studied ballet at New York's famous Julliard School for the performing arts before enrolling at Nova Southeastern University in Florida at the tender age of 16. Three short years later, Love earned a bachelor's degree in accounting, then went on to receive master's degrees in both accounting and taxation before becoming controller of a pet pharmaceutical company in Fort Lauderdale.

She accomplished all of this before her 26th birthday. The future looked bright indeed. Then came the fateful boob job.

"Unfortunately, I decided to have my breasts enhanced that same year [I became controller]," Love told XBiz, "and my employer decided to terminate me from my six-figure position to save face with the less-attractive executives."

Disenchanted with the corporate world, Love decided to cash in on her exotic beauty by moving to Los Angeles in 2003 to model in adult magazines.

While she has been in the business for just slightly longer than two years, Love's skyrocketing career is impressive. She has performed in more than 500 scenes in X-rated films from virtually all of the major production companies, including Vivid, Pure Play, Hustler, Playboy, Wicked and Red Light District. Last year, she had a six-month gig hosting her own Playboy TV show, "Spice Hotel." She also has directed movies for half a dozen elite studios and even launched her own production company, Full Throttle Productions.

XBiz caught up with this a self-proclaimed "freak in bed" fresh off her most recent shoot for Full Throttle.

XBIZ: How does a controller of a major pharmaceutical company make the transition to adult entertainment?

SHY LOVE: I started off by doing magazine work and then kind of fell into porn movies. I decided that if I could get fired for what I look like, I should just use my looks to make money — so I got into porn.

XBIZ: When did you start directing? Was it a natural transition for you as a performer?

SL: As a performer, it's easy to direct. I always knew exactly what a director wanted from me and knew how the camera worked — but most of all, I knew what I wanted to see in a scene. I figured directing would be easy. When other performers found out I was directing, they were willing to give me 100 percent and do things that they would not do for other directors because they know I've done it all, and if something doesn't feel right or seem right, I will alter the scene.

XBIZ: Do you think that you're able to "connect" with performers better than directors who've never been in front of the camera?

SL: I believe that because I am a performer I can connect better with other performers when I direct. That's because I'm pretty hardcore, and other female performers know that I would never put them in a situation or ask them to do something that I haven't done in front of the camera myself.

XBIZ: Do you strive for a consistent look or energy on all of your shoots, or do you take a different approach each time out depending on who you're working with?

SL: I strive to always have the same level of energy in my movies. But, as for style, I want all my movies to be different based on what I am shooting.

XBIZ: How many companies have you directed for?

SL: So far, I've directed for Madness Pictures, Metro Interactive, Defiance Films, Torrid Entertainment and Full Throttle Productions.

XBIZ: When and why did you decide to launch your own production company?

SL: I decided to launch my own production company two years ago, for two reasons. First, to show everyone that I can direct a good movie so I can get more directing jobs. Second, I wanted my fans to see how I think and how dirty my mind is.

XBIZ: Were directing and producing in your plans from the beginning, or did you develop an interest after you started performing?

SL: Directing was always part of my plan since I started in the adult industry. I'm the type of person who's never satisfied with one thing.

XBIZ: Did you have any help from acquaintances in the business to get the production company off the ground.

SL: I do have a silent private investor who helped me start my company.

XBIZ: On the flip side, is there any resistance within the industry to girls starting their own companies? Do you think women hold much power in the industry?

SL: I don't know if women hold much power in the industry, but I hope one day they will. I think with every business there is a resistance when women are involved, but we are smart, and we won't let anyone stop us when trying to achieve our goals.

XBIZ: What does the name Full Throttle Productions signify?

SL: Full Throttle Productions signifies that we are coming in full force, and that this is just the beginning.

XBIZ: What do you think sets your movies apart?

SL: [At Full Throttle], we take a sensual approach to capturing hardcore sex in high definition. Our films are soft, but rough.

XBIZ: Are there any stars you really enjoy working with, either as a performer, director or producer?

SL: I really enjoyed working with Tera Patrick. There are so many companies in this business that I am grateful to because of all the things they have done for me. I don't know who to mention, there are so many.

XBIZ: What role does feature dancing play in your success?

SL: I feature dance for one purpose only: to meet my fans and to play with them. It's a way for me to be around my fans every day. I try to give my fans everything they want.

XBIZ: What's the best advice anyone in the industry has given you?

SL: When people are talking about you, whether good or bad, it's because you're doing something right, so don't take offense to anything someone says about you.

XBIZ: What's next for you? Do you have any aspirations outside of adult entertainment?

SL: I don't know what's next for me. I have been in a few mainstream films and castings. Maybe mainstream movies are next up in line.