Savanna Samson is not the typical porn star that everyone thinks she is. As a Vivid girl whose work is produced and marketed by , Savanna Samson is a porn celebrity with a very huge following .She is the star of 25 Adult films, a two-time winner of the Adult Video News Award for best actress for her role in Looking In., and her work with Jenna Jameson in The New Devil in Miss Jones, a remake of a classic, won last year's award for the best all-girl sex scene.
Savanna Samson who is so unlike others is very passionate about everything she does and it shows with everything she touches. She's very sexy, very beautiful and educate in so many areas which peak her natural born curiosity . She's also a highly trained ballet dancer, an opera fan who rarely misses a performance at the Met, a lover of New York City's museums and restaurants, and a writer who does magazine articles on subjects as diverse as fine wines and kissing. She is one of the most passionate dancers ever to perform at the world famous Scores Gentlemen's Club in Manhattan and above all, a very down to Earth person who has a lot to offer and a lot still accomplish in her life. I had the pleasure of meeting with her for lunch a few weeks ago here in New York City.
She is featured in the Timothy Greenfield-Sanders book XXX-30 Porn-Star Portraits and is co-author of How to Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide published by the Regan Books imprint of Harper Collins. In 2005 Savanna launched her very own wine business with the inaugural Sogno Uno, an Italian red, which was one of the most talked about wines of 2006, receiving a rating of 91 from renowned wine critic, Robert Parker. In June of 2006, Savanna released her second wine a white, Sogno Due and already working on a third with new vintages already in development for the remaining year of 2007 and beyond.
She is definitely a different type of porn star than the industry has ever seen before. Her wine business has taken off and her first single " Kiss Me All Over" from her recording contract with Koch Records will be released before the end of the year and the full album should be out hopefully by February of 2008. To look at her one would wonder where does she fit everything she does daily and still manage to make 6 adult movies a year for Vivid Entertainment and including 1 for her own production company Savanna Samson Productions.
During my conversation with Savanna at her home here in NYC I asked her a few question about her life in the industry and about her wine business. My first question to her was of course why NYC and not California to which she replied " She couldn't see herself leaving New York for California." Savanna displays her AVN awards proudly amongst her collection of Designer Barbie Collection in a glass display cabinet. She knows and admits that she has a huge fan base and states that she will never forget her audience and loves what she doing with her career and the pleasure she gives so many as they watch a Savanna Samson DVD. Through out the afternoon I asked her several questions in regards to her life in the industry, her wines and of course her recording contract. Savanna was and is a pleasure to speak with and I wish her the very best with her wines, her career as a adult performer and of course her leap into the music world.
Have you ever thought about directing?
Everything in my life I translate it into how it would be like in a porno. Directing is definitely
down the line. Vivid wants to keep my name alive even after I am finished being in front of the camera. Steven Hirsch is always asking me about directing and working with the girls.
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Out of all the male performers you have worked with, is there one man that you can do the scene with and click right off the bat?
Manuel Ferrera, He is amazing! He looks at me and we have a connection. I know that he is not going to go to the bathroom to shoot it up or take pills. I know I shouldn't be jealous of that kind of thing but I can help but think " He could have given me a chance. With Manuel its very real. There is such a great connection and chemistry. Manuel is in very high demand right now. Also there is Derrick Pierce, he is so cute and fun to work with and I also have a good connection with him as well.
Now what about the ladies..Who is your favorite to work with?
My favorite all time female to work with is Sunrise Adams. We both liked each other and we both wanted to be incredible. The combination of the two passionate energies worked very well on camera. In addition, there is Brianna Banks who I enjoy working with.
Do you find it more challenging to work with men or women?
I think it's more challenging with females. I am not the aggressive type, so with a guy its much easier to mesh together to do all those things on screen. With a girl, you have to be more creative. Then there is the thing with the toys. Glass toys look great but don't feel as soft. Sometimes on set you have a new girl complaining on set about the g/g scene and she would say outright " That she is not into girls" and I would reply " You did not just say that".
With the industry ever changing, what changes have you seen since you first started?
The biggest change is the sales of DVD and the internet. As for talent wise there are so many gorgeous looking men coming into the industry all of a sudden. There are so many choices as far as men are concerned. For instance the ex-Marine Charles Dera. I wouldn't want to date him but who wouldn't want to walk down the street with a guy like that and not have them look at you. Another beautiful man is Jean Val Jean who reminds me of a model in a Bodachelli painting.
How do you feel about condom use?
I love the idea about safe sex but I don't like the way it feels and looks on camera. Vivid is a condom optional company which now opens the door for other male performers that weren't able to work for Vivid because of condom use. I do all my testing 3 days to a week before working with another performer.
What is your opinion on the new girls that are now coming into the industry and what advice do you have to offer them?
I don't see as much respect as I used too. The new girls are coming in with attitudes and thinking that they are going to be the next big thing. I rarely find anyone with as much passion and love for what they do. It's important to stay away from the drugs, pay your taxes, protect yourself and do your scenes with a lot of passion.
Do you feel there should be more mandatory testing?
Yes, because there are so many other things to test for now even bacterial. I don't want to go into a scene and thinking that the cock or pussy is diseased. As performers we all have to protect ourselves. I go in and get the whole panel of test done before I work.
Belladonna recently had a big scare; on a professional level what do you think about her as a performer?
I admire Belladonna; she is great as a performer and is very sweet. We worked together on
The Devil in Miss Jones: Lost Paradise, this time I played the Devil. Before shooting She broke out with a huge rash on her ass and Vivid still wanted to shoot the scene and they didn't know how they were going to cover it. She came up to me before the scene and asked me if I had ever been exposed before. Belladonna was very upfront and honest about everything. She is a wonderful person and down to earth.
I've worked with Jenna now a total of three times. My first time was in Where the Boys Aren't 18 and we both played flight attendants . We had the big poofy hair and we were in the bathroom for a girl/girl shoot. After a few minutes I wasn't nervous but in the beginning I was. In NDIMJ, Jenna played the Devil and I played the dorky chic with the geeky clothes.
I loved it! The three way with Evan Stone and Kimberly Kane was great. We had so much fun. There was no liquor on the set so we all worked on a natural high having a wonderful time all around.12- How was it working with Evan Stone?
I like working with Evan but not at first. His cock was too big for me in the beginning. Now it doesn't hurt at all. I love that he let go of himself in front of the camera and not worry about what people think or say.
Can you tell us a bit about you new recording contract with Koch Records?
My first song "Kiss Me All Over" should be out soon. The entire album won't be out till Feb of 2008.
What inspired you to go into the wine business?
Traveling for the past nine years between Italy and France, it started with a dream of wanting to have my own vineyard. I came from a family that made wine in the basement. I have always had very fond memories of my family making wine.
In the New Devil and Miss Jones, you got to work with Jenna Jameson how was it to work with her?