Strip Club Feature: Stormy Daniels
Stormy – Wicked Attraction
Stormy Daniels: I do! It’s just easier to do all of this when I’m at home, you know?
Xtreme: How do you balance your work life against your home life?
Stormy: I’m a scheduling master. I make lots of lists, and nothing gives me more joy than scratching things off of [them].
Xtreme: Do you still feature?
Stormy: Yeah! I’ve slowed down a bit now that I have a daughter though, and the clubs have cut down on the bookings a lot in the last two years.
Xtreme: I know you’re also doing a lot of movie work, what with the writing, directing and performing.
Stormy: Oh, yes. Wicked just released two big movies that I wrote, directed and starred in; one is called “Perfect Partner,” and the other, which also stars Kaylani [Lei], is called “Snatched.” It’s a great comedy. I also have a new one called “Immortal Love” that I didn’t perform in, and that was for Wicked’s Passions line, which is our new line, and that’s more like a romance novel that’s geared even more toward women. It’s a big-budget vampire story.
Xtreme: Is it more common for you to only write and direct a movie?
Stormy: I would say that as a director, I’m in about half, and as a performer, I direct everything that I’m in. I direct about ten movies a year, and I star in five.
Xtreme: Talk about a sweet deal.
Stormy: I love it. In the last several years, everything I’ve done I’ve been able to direct. I’m such a control freak.
Xtreme: Is your plan to segue out of performing altogether but to stay in the industry as a director?
Stormy: I really prefer directing. It’s such a creative outlet for me, and I don’t know why I like it more, because it’s so much more stressful. When you’re just acting in a movie, you’re only responsible for yourself. I have to make sure that I’m there and I know my lines, but that’s it. But when you’re the director, you have to make sure that everybody does everything. And you’re responsible for a big chunk of Mr. Orenstein’s money! It’s much harder work, but I”m much more fulfilled doing that. There’s nothing compared to having an idea and seeing it come to life.
Xtreme: How do you feel about directing your own sex scenes?
Stormy: The best part is that no one yells cut before I have an orgasm. That’s the worst, when a director yells cut but you[re in the moment and the guy stops, and I’m just like, “No no no no no!” And also with other directors, you can be in a certain position and it might feel awful and you just don’t want to be there anymore, but the director doesn’t know that so you have to keep pluggin’ on. But if I’m the director and I’m tired or uncomfortable, we just change it up. Who’s going to say anything to me? [laughs]
Xtreme: Do you still yell “cut” when you’re in the middle of a sex scene?
Stormy: Um, if I have to. What I do is, if I’m in a sex scene, I’ll turn the monitors so I can see them. And I’ve used the same cameramen pretty much since I started directing. So I’ll wait until they’re in a shot that isn’t showing my face so I can look over at the screen and see how much footage we have, and I’ll say, “Okay, moving on,” and we’ll change the position. And if something looks really bad, like the lighting is bad or something’s not supposed to be there, I’ll totally yell “cut!”
Xtreme:Are you in control of the casting in the movies you write and direct?
Stormy: Yes, every single person in the movie I pick. Of course, I make sure that everybody is okay with everybody. I don’t put people together who don’t have chemistry or who have a bad history. But ultimately, I do all the casting.
Xtreme: How about for yourself?
Stormy: Oh, that’s a given. But it’s been that way whether I’m directing or not. For so many movies that I haven’t directed, I’ve still written the script, and I’ll just say, “Okay, for this part, I would like this person.” I’ve never had to do a scene with somebody I didn’t pick. I don’t always get my first choice because sometimes someone is sick or whatever and then you’re going through your list of backups, but Ive been lucky that I’ve had complete control.
Xtreme: Do you consistently add new male talent to the roster of people that you’re looking to cast and even work with yourself?
Stormy: Yeah! Because people are always coming in and leaving the business, or pissing me of. [laughs] Sometimes I have to put people on time out. Then if there’s a new guy in the business who’s got a pretty good reputation, I’ll hire him first to work with someone else to see how he acts on set and how he responds to me as a director because I did have a guy one time who was a great performer, and he was the new thing at the time, and I didn’t want to put him a scene with me and I’m so glad I didn’t. I put him in a scene with someone else and he totally just didn’t respect me as a director, and I’m glad that it was just me directing him with another girl. Can you imagine if he was acting like an asshole and I was the one doing the scene? That was enough to validate my policy of, “You have to work for me before you can work with me.”
Xtreme: I’ve been on your Twitter and you make no secret of the fact that you’re dating Brendon Miller, who is a fast-rising star in the world of male talent and who you’ve cast in a number of your movies. Is it easier for someone in the business to date someone in the business, do you think?
Stormy: He actually wasn’t in the industry when we first got together. He’s a musician. He’s a drummer by trade. But yes, I think it’s easier. Well, it’s harder and it’s easier. It’s easier because the person gets it. They get that it’s a job. They don’t wonder what’s going on on set because they’ve been there. It’s harder because the business is so small so if you break up with that person, you can never get away from them. It’s like one big incestuous relationship. And if you break up with another performer, not only can you not escape them but you have to deal with seeing them with whoever else they end up with!
Xtreme: Do you mind directing him?
Stormy: I handle it much better than he does. His first couple scenes were with me since of course nobody wanted to work with him because nobody knew who he was. But the whole time I was pregnant, I was shooting. I shot ten or eleven movies when I was pregnant because I wasn’t performing, and he was in a lot of those movies, and there’s nothing more intimidating than your big-ass pregnant girlfriend waddling in there and yelling at you, “Hey, you’re not fucking her right!” [laughs] But I thought that I was going to have a weird time with it and I think that with some of the other people I’ve dated, I couldn’t have handled it, and that this was the ultimate test of trust, and I never had any jealousy or suspicion, so it was actually really easy. The first scene that he did for someone else when I wasn’t there was the only time that he had a hard time performing. I think it was for Joanna Angel; it was the first time another company had hired him and he had a really hard time. I thought it would be easier for him because I wasn’t staring at him, and it was non-condom and Wicked is obviously all condom, and he said that he couldn’t do it because I wasn’t there, and that he felt like he was doing something behind my back. So we had to have a little transition period while he was doing some scenes for Brazzers and I had to go with him!
Xtreme: That’s ridiculously sweet.
Stormy: I told him, “I feel like your suitcase pimp.” Now I’m his purse pimp. He’s fine now though! It was only a couple of scenes.
Xtreme: So at this point you’ve definitely been in the business to judge whether your style of fucking of camera has evolved at all since you first started doing scenes.
Stormy: I’m definitely more comfortable. The older you get, the more comfortable you get in your skills and your technique, and I think I’ve become better at listening to what the other person wants. And because I’ve been in the business for so long, the things that are important when you’re doing a sex scene as opposed to having sex at home, like being aware of the camera and keeping your feet pointed and your back arched and sucking it in, all of those things that make the performance art, I don’t think about them anymore. I do them subconsciously now so I can enjoy the sexual part more. When I first started, I was so aware of, “Oh my gosh, is my stomach flat? Does my boob look weird in that position? Ugh, don’t make that stupid face.” But now I can really get into the scene. And since I’ve watched myself so much [while editing], there’ve been a lot of “note to self” moments.
Xtreme:Is it hard to watch yourself?
Stormy: I don’t mind watching myself but I don’t like hearing myself.
Xtreme: Oh… I bet!
Stormy: Ugh! I hate it!
Xtreme: I know you’re really active with social media, so do you want to mention your Twitter or anything
Stormy: Oh gosh, I know.
Xtreme: Is there anything you want to say to your fans?
Stormy: Of course! Thank you all so much for all of these amazing years and for supporting me not just as a performer but as a director, and a special thank you to all of the real fans who go out and actually buy our movies and don’t steal them, because if it weren’t for you guys, we’d all be out of a job!
Xtreme: Amen to that! Stormy, thanks so much for chatting with me. As always, it has been a pleasure!
Stormy: Thank you so much, Maya!