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XXX Wasteland Exclusive Interview: Kayden Kross

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Digital Playground contract superstar Kayden Kross has established herself as one of the premiere performers in adult cinema. Following her industry debut in late-2006, Kayden was exclusively contracted to powerhouse studios Vivid Entertainment and Adam & Eve before signing with DP in January 2010. That partnership has proven to be dynamic and lucrative for both sides, with Kayden starring in a slew of top-selling titles for the brand, including the recently released blockbuster film Fighters.

Kayden has also been keeping busy with a mountain of mainstream work recently, most notably traveling to Bulgaria to star in an independent film called As Wonderland Goes By, currently slated for a March release.

Of course, Kayden also remains widely recognized by the adult community and has been selected to co-host the 2012 XBIZ Awards along with industry icon Jessica Drake on January 10 in Santa Monica; additionally, the beautiful Sacramento native will return to the AVN Red Carpet on January 21 to handle co-hosting duties with fellow Digital Playground contract starlet Jesse Jane and rock musician Dave Navarro.

Kayden kindly spoke with XXX Wasteland to discuss her co-hosting gigs during adult awards season, training for her role in Fighters, current mainstream projects she has in the works and much more.

You can visit Kayden online at ClubKayden.com and read her official blog, UnKrossed. Follow Kayden on Twitter under the handle @Kayden_Kross and find her FreeOnes page at this link.

Kayden’s June 2011 interview with XXX Wasteland is available here.

(Special thanks to Jennifer Larsen of Digital Playground)

First off, congratulations on your AVN Award nominations, which were announced recently. You were nominated in several top categories, including Crossover Star of the Year and Female Performer of the Year. Is there any award in particular you would like to take home this year?

I just want to win something. (Laughs) I would like to win Best Actress; that would be awesome. I think I have a stronger shot at Crossover next year because the projects I’m doing right now are still in the works. But obviously, any AVN Award is an honor, so, fingers crossed.

You are going to have a very strong presence during awards season, as you have been selected to co-host the XBIZ Awards and will be handling Red Carpet duties for the AVNs as well. How did it feel to be named Co-host for the XBIZ show?

That was actually a surprise because I hosted that show a few years ago already, so I didn’t expect that at all. But I was honored. XBIZ is becoming a much stronger presence and their awards show is just top-notch. So, it’s going to be exciting.

I was wondering – because you also hosted the AVNs a couple of years ago – how the selection process for co-hosts works. Does the organization approach you or is it more something the performers express interest in doing?

It’s a little bit of a ritualistic kind of honoring. With AVN, they brought me in – they didn’t actually tell me why – and they kind of on camera asked if I would host, and Kirsten Price was there.

And XBIZ, it was something similar both times: Without telling the girl in question, they’ll talk to her publicist or whoever is working with her on her career and make sure it’s something that the girl would be interested in and offer the job.

In both cases, the publicist knew, was excited and couldn’t wait for me to find out – then I got the phone call.

Are you looking forward to doing the Red Carpet as well this year for AVN?

Yeah, I love doing the Red Carpet. It’s a chance to kind of be different with the microphone. I’m so sick of … you know, they ask you the same three questions on the Red Carpet every time. So, I can go in there and mix it up and have fun with it.

I noticed that you’ve been doing a lot of traveling recently and you mentioned an independent film that you appeared in or are in the process of filming.

Yeah, I’m still filming that. I’m actually coming home January 9 just to be able to do the January 10 hosting (of the XBIZ Awards) and then AVN. Then, I fly back the day after AVN to continue filming.

I flew out there for the first trip back at the end of October, so I think we’ll probably wrap in March. It’s a pretty big show and my character is a lead, so I have a lot of camera time – and that means a lot of filming time. (Laughs)

Definitely. Can you tell us a little bit about the film or is it kind of hush-hush for now?

It’s a political film. It’s … different. It can’t fall under one category because it’s meant to kind of … “go against the grain” is the description the director gave me when we first spoke, that the film turns left when every other action film would turn right. So, at the end, you don’t even know what’s coming.

Nice. I wanted to ask as well about the recently released Fighters movie from Digital Playground that you starred in along with Jesse Jane. I spoke with her about it a couple of days ago and she was telling me how the two of you actually underwent boxing training for the film. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Yeah, we were both training hardcore for about three months. Both of us, by the end of it, were so sick of the additional muscle that we had put on. (Laughs)

You added muscle mass as well?

Yeah, we both did and we were not happy about it. (Laughs) We were eating like every two hours because our metabolism was through the roof because of all the calories we were burning. It was a lot of fun, it was a great experience, but when the movie was over … I have not been back in the boxing gym since. (Laughs)

(Laughs) You wrote a very informative article this past summer following the collapse of the Porn Wikileaks website. As someone who obviously followed the story from start to finish, I wanted to get your view on how you feel the entire situation impacted the adult industry overall.

Lots of sites engage in online bullying: They’ll pick a target and they’ll hit that target over and over and over and beat a dead horse. This site just took it to such an extreme that people finally felt called to action.

I think the one really good thing that came out of it was that it showed you are not really anonymous online, especially when you get a vigilante who is good at hacking. It’s self-defeating and it’s evil in a way to just constantly peck at someone else – especially a stranger, especially at very personal and weak spots. So, to see these people kind of exposed and to have their names put out and have it turned around on them I think will potentially be deterrents to other people in the future who may have taken up that action.

I feel like the general blocks kind of came down a little bit. It was kind of a wake-up call. I don’t know how quickly we’ll forget it. I hope we don’t, but that’s just kind of the way it goes.

Sort of staying with the topic, it is a pretty well-known fact that you enjoy writing. Do you have any projects current or upcoming on that front?

I’m writing every day. The difference is that I’m not posting everything I write. I used to only write to post and now I’m writing pieces that are either too long to be one blog or are part of a greater thing that I’m trying to put together that I don’t want to spoil by putting out piece by piece; I want to release it as one longer piece.

Very nice. You have long been a very strong advocate for the industry overall. Is there one misconception about the business in particular that you wish you could dispel?

There are a few. The first is that to be in this industry there is something broken that needs to be fixed and that’s just obviously not the case.

The other is – this kind of goes hand-in-hand – is assume that we’re victims and we would get out if we could. But as I’ve been saying since Day One, if I wanted to stop today, I could – I just choose not to. It’s a job like anything else and it has a lot of perks and I think what happens is girls who end up substantiating those assumptions are just told that so many times constantly throughout their careers. And when they come in, they come in by choice, they come in by free will. It seems very easy to fall back on the age-old stereotype.

The other one … there is a stereotype that we’re all kind of retards and we really couldn’t have done anything else. There is a whole host of (misconceptions).

For sure. I read one of your blog entries from this past summer where you confronted some picketers outside an adult convention.

Oh, yeah! Some of the stereotypes are … less ignorant than others. (Laughs) But that conversation was … that blew my mind, that someone could believe that. It was fascinating to hear those things. (Laughs)

(Laughs) Yeah, it was pretty out there for sure. I’d like to ask a bit about you as a person if you don’t mind. Can you tell us where you were raised and how you would describe yourself growing up?

I was raised kind of on the foothills of Sacramento. I read a lot of books as a kid: I read books on the playground, I read books in class, I got sent to detention for reading books through math class and then I read books in detention.

I was quiet and always been living in my own little world and still do.

Cool. How about interests and hobbies away from work?

Besides books? (Laughs)

(Laughs)

I like to write. I have horses. I get into sports for spurts of time like bikram yoga or boxing or whatever happens to be “shiny” at the moment.

Right now, I’m into swimming. Clearly, I’ve gotten into acting more. I pick up hobbies and run with them until they get dull and then find other things.

Yes, I did notice when I was reading your blog that you have a passion for horses. How did that come about?

When I was five years old, my mom put me on a horse … and that was kind of the end of it. (Laughs)

(Laughs) You just fell in love with it from there?

Yeah.

I haven’t done much horseback riding. Is it a relaxation type of thing?

It’s relaxing if you ride a pony! (Laughs)

(Laughs)

My horse … he’s not really relaxing. He’s an Arabian and a stallion on top of that, so it’s more of a thrill.

Very nice. Is there one thing about yourself that you feel would surprise most people?

I think people get the idea that I’m super-social and outgoing sometimes just from things I’ll say on Twitter or whatever and I’m really more of an introvert. I can entertain myself for days. (Laughs)

Are there any current or upcoming projects in the works – adult or mainstream – that you would like to mention?

The big current one is this movie out in Bulgaria. It’s called As Wonderland Goes By and it will keep me booked up through March. I had that episode of The League air a couple of months ago and then I have another independent movie that I shot over the summer that I believe will be releasing in April.

I have other projects that I’ve done in that stage where we are planning and talking about schedules, but we haven’t begun photography – I don’t even have scripts yet. So, those are in the baby stages of production.

You are going to be on the Inside the Industry radio show next Wednesday as well, right?

Am I? (Laughs)

(Laughs) I was listening last night and that’s what they said.

Cool. (Laughs)

I may have misheard, which is possible, too.

It’s possible; I don’t always get my interviews with much notice.

To finish up, is there anything you wish to say to readers?

Yeah, everyone should go watch Fighters and obviously buy all my movies, all that jazz; visit my website, follow me on Twitter, you know. (Laughs)

Awesome. Thanks for taking some time to speak with me today and I wish you continued success.

Thank you.

Written by Adam Wilcox

December 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Posted in Interviews

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  1. Great interview, Adam. It will be refreshing to watch Kayden crossover into mainstream work. It’s also nice to see her pose and model without tons of makeup. She and most others do not require a lot of makeup to enhance their natural beauty. I love that she doesn’t overdo it.

    Lydia Lee

    December 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    • Thanks, Lydia; Kayden was a lot of fun to interview – intelligent, funny and well-spoken, and it’s no surprise that she does very well for herself, both with mainstream and adult projects. And I agree that she and most others do not require a lot of makeup!

      Adam Wilcox

      December 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm


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