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Sep 14 2010

Interview: Montana Fishburne

Author: Corva Siouan (via xPeeps.com)

Montana Fishburne has succeeded in launching perhaps the most talked-about porn debut in years, if not ever. The daughter of Oscar-nominated, Tony- and Emmy-winning actor Laurence Fishburne has made headlines and topped adult movie retail charts with her first adult movie, “Montana Fishburne: An A-List Daughter Makes Her XXX Debut,” available on DVD or streaming at the Vivid website. Her porn debut was announced on July 30, the same day her dad turned 49 and scheduled for release on August 18. Due to high demand, it came out on August 3 instead and Vivid sold out its supplies in three days. Montana’s decision to do porn became an instant source of gossip and controversy, but you can honestly say it got people’s attention. AVN even described Montana as “a natural born fuck queen.”

xPeeps landed a phone interview with the new XXX-lister on her 19th birthday, September 7. She was perky and friendly, answering every question with relaxed confidence. Her chipper personality, Montana has said, is the reason for the “Chippy D” nickname she’s also used.

Depending on where you look, you can see people praising or puzzling over Montana’s big debut. Everyone wants to know why: why did she get into porn, why didn’t she get into mainstream acting using her dad’s help? Well, as Montana has said numerous times, even though her dad could have helped her get a mainstream part, he couldn’t have helped her get into porn like she’s dreamed of doing. As hard as it is for a lot of people to understand, this is what she wants to do because it’s fun. “I feel a hundred percent comfortable,” Montana says. “I feel like it’s a safe environment. I feel like my fantasy is gonna come true and I feel like it’s gonna be to the highest, it’s gonna be like I dreamed it. I feel like I’m fulfilling my sexual dreams… it’s just so fun in that way because whatever you want to happen can really happen. In the privacy of your own home, things may not always work out how you want and there are more problems sometimes. I think in porn it’s more fun, it’s controlled and you know, I get to do something for myself and it’s a fun job.”

By her own admission, even other adult performers have scratched their heads over Montana’s choice of job, but she’s found support for her controversial career move in the industry. “I’ve had a really good response,” she says. “A lot of them have been surprised too, and shocked that I would do it, that I had the courage to do it because of who my father is. They’re like, ‘Wow, you know, that’s good that you would decide to do it… that you wouldn’t let who he is stop you from doing what you really wanted.’ So they’ve been really supportive and so great and friendly. Everyone I’ve met so far is really nice.”

Montana is in a unique situation. There certainly have been sex tapes from famous daughters, performers who did porn before they got their big break in the mainstream, and a small number who have been famous in their own right and later turned to porn, but how many adult performers have a famous parent and consciously choose porn over some more traditional career? Of course, as the saying goes, every girl in porn is somebody’s daughter, so even those who don’t come from well-known families can advise a new girl like Montana on how to get people in her life used to the idea that she’s in the biz now. “Yeah, some of them have said that their parents or people that they’re close to had problems with them getting started into it,” Montana says. “Then after bringing them around into the world, some events, and making their family feel more comfortable with it they were able to get kind of past it, to accept that this was just a life decision and not something terrible that has to ruin family relationships.”

It’s not going to be an easy road for Montana to walk, if most of the mainstream world’s reaction is any indication. Her dad is reportedly none too thrilled. But xPeeps being a porn-friendly environment, if she’s not among friends here then where can she be?

In conversation with Montana, she does seem to have thought about what she’s doing beforehand and she clearly has goals. While she said for a while that Kim Kardashian’s sex tape and subsequent fame was her inspiration, it seems these days Montana might be looking to Sasha Grey as a role model.

“Yeah, I love Sasha Grey, I really admire her,” Montana says. “I started watching ‘Entourage’ again in this season because she was on it. Modeling is one of my true passions too, so that’s the next avenue I’m trying to get into as well as acting. And I think also Kayden Kross, she’s started into the mainstream with ‘Piranha 3D’ or something like that.” Montana might be thinking of Gianna Michaels and Ashlynn Brooke appearing in “Piranha 3D,” but coincidentally, Kayden has had two uncredited bit parts in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the TV series that stars Laurence Fishburne. Regardless, Montana is right that porn stars breaking into the mainstream is a lot more common now than it has ever been. “Porn in 3D, I think, is making it way more mainstream,” Montana continues. “I’m just really excited about how me entering into the business now is the time when crossover into all the industries is really big. It’s not necessarily easier to do, but there’s not so much shame. I mean, there is, but… I feel like I’m trying to make people more open to the idea that just because you’re a porn star that doesn’t mean that’s your only avenue. If actors want to do porn too, they should be able to do it and not be looked down upon for it.” Montana also cites Jenna Jameson as an inspiration. If you’re going to aspire to a porn career, you won’t find a more successful role model.

Aside from her obvious name recognition, what Montana has going for her are her beauty (as much as she looks like her dad, she also bears a strong resemblance to a young Angela Bassett) and some distinguishing characteristics. “I don’t think I have a signature move yet. I’m known for my spots, I call myself Leopard Booty, but I don’t think I have a specialty. I squirt, that’s a little special.”

Five years from now, Montana will be 24 years old. After five years, many girls in porn move on to other lives. What does Montana hope to be doing by then? She has talked about starting a business, possibly her own porn studio. “Five years from now I definitely still want to be performing, I don’t know necessarily in porn,” she replies. “Every movie I do, I want it to be kind of big. In five years I’ll have done another really big movie. Definitely I want to have moved my career into another avenue, either modeling or acting started up and going, and developing my business. The business… I want everything I do to be really good, so I don’t know if I’ll be starting it as soon as five years, but definitely working on getting some girls, starting up a website or something to promote girls like me that are interested in the business in the way that I am, to explore fantasy and art.”

For now, Montana is planning her next move. Counting her scene as Chippy D, she has two movies under her belt and she hasn’t filmed any more scenes yet. “I’ve been thinking about it and trying to think of who I want to star with and everything like that,” she tells us. Having recently discovered BDSM in her personal sex life, Montana is open to incorporating it into a movie if the concept is right. Rumor has it she’s in talks with Vivid to do more movies, but nothing has been announced. Montana had no new projects she wanted to announce yet, but there’s an easy way to be among the first to know her next move. “Follow me at @mfishburne and my website is coming soon, www.montanafishburne.com,” Montana says. We say our goodbyes and off she goes to enjoy her 19th birthday, her first as a known name and face in her own right.