James Bartholet Interview

Keith Mason Interviews James Bartholet

James Bartholet

Keith: Can you tell us how you initially became interested and later involved both in mainstream and adult business?

James Bartholet: I still work in both industries, but how I really got started in the adult industry is pretty interesting. I had been seeing some women who were an adult stars, and I had always watched porn, everybody has at one time or another. Then one day, I was assigned from a mainstream company I was working for, to cover the filming of an adult film. I was on the set, the director knew I had an long acting background, and they asked me to step in and do some dialogue in a scene. No sex, just dialogue. At first I was a bit hesitant, but decided, yes.

It was fun. It was just like a mainstream shoot that I’ve been on so many times before, the only exception was that people were actually fucking, not simulated sex, actually fucking! Nice!

From there I got an agent in adult right away, and started working. Here I was a trained and experienced actor, who could do more than just deliver some lines. I could actually bring a three dimensional character to the project, and people loved it. It was the beginning of the parodies films, so my timing was perfect. I was acting in mainstream professionally, since I was a kid.

Anyways, back to the adult industry. I have appeared in a lot of releases in non sex roles, and thankfully received many awards and nominations for this work. I thought about this, and thought; “well, I’m in the pool, I might as well swim into the deep end of the pool, and do sex scenes as well” So, then I started doing sex scenes as well as the non sex roles. Any regrets? No. Would I have done it any other way? No I love working in this industry and working with all the people in the industry, it’s a wonderful porn life! LOL

James Bartholet

Keith: Where did you grow up? What was that like ?

James Bartholet: I born in Northern California, and again I was working as an actor in mainstream, since I was a kid. I had a really good life, and have a great family life. A lot of people in the public have this misconception that performers in the industry come from broken homes, or had a some tragic event that made them turn to a life of performing in porn. That’s not always the case. A lot of performers come from a good background. There’s drama and tragedy in anybody’s life, whether you’re in the adult industry or the mainstream world, but to say that a tragic upbringing leads to a life of porn performing is just plain ignorance. It’s a life and career choice, that’s it.

Keith: For anybody who hasn’t seen you work, pick out a couple of movies/tv shows they should see?

James Bartholet: Wow, that’s a long list! LOL I’m pretty proud of a mass majority of my work. The movies that I’ve done that have won me awards of course are on that list. A few that stand out are the projects I’ve done with; XPLAY and Will Ryder, Axel Braun, Brad Armstrong, Andre Madness, Stuart Canterbury, David Lord, Dick Chibbles, Paul Thomas, and Jonathan Morgan. I’ve just done a parody as Donald Sterling for Jim Kamp that’s getting a lot of attention. I’ve been working a lot, so you’ll be seeing a lot of my new releases now and in the next coming months.

Keith: What’s your favorite character that you’ve gotten to play ?

James Bartholet: Again, that’s another long ass list! I loved playing the Detective Rouge in the Saw Parody, the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard Of Oz parody, Bosley in the Charlie’s Angels parody, Doc Oc in the Spiderman parody, Mr. Cunningham in the Happy Days parody, Mr. Drysdale in the Beverly Hillbillies parody, Curly in the Three Stooges Parody, Zed in the Men In Black parody, the criminologist in the Rocki Whore Parody, the Dee Jay/talk show host in the upcoming Jonathan Morgan feature. That hits close to home since I host two weekly radio programs; “Inside The Industry” on latalkradio.com and “Porn Star Game Night” on radiotemptation.com

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Keith: You are running a very successful public relations company, Galaxy Publicity. What do you feel are some of the most important qualities for a public relations manager to have ?

James Bartholet: Listen to your client, and treat them like family. Getting your client that right exposure, and always look for something new and innovative to do to get them and their names into the limelights.

Keith: Movies, stage, TV and radio, running a public relations company, which one you like most doing and why ?

James Bartholet: I love being the host of “AVN LIVE”. It’s a really fun job, I love working with AVN and everybody there. I love being in front of the camera. I also love being able to help further someone’s career with publicity and management. I love doing my weekly radio broadcasts. I love working in adult and mainstream projects. They say if you get up in the morning and are happy to go to work, you’ve found what you should be doing in life, and you’ll do it well. so, to answer your question? I LOVE it all.

Keith: What about music ? Tell us about some of your favorite singers and bands.

James Bartholet: I like to listen to Jazz, R & B, and classic New Wave and 80’s music. I was really involved in music in the 80’s and 90’s. At home, or working out, I listen to a lot of different music, something that inspires me.

James Bartholet

Keith: What sort of things do you like to do when you aren’t working ? Any hobbies ?

James Bartholet: I like to do home improvements, gardening, swimming, working out, going to restaurants with friends. I work practically every day, so my downtime is rare, but I like to spend that time to stop and smell the roses so to speak. In the old days, I would go to a nightclub almost every night. In fact, I used to host a weekly show on nightclubs. But I work so much now, so that constant nightclub scene is not always possible, but it’s cool to be able to get out once in awhile, and we do have special events and promotions that get me out to the clubs again.

Keith: Are there any projects or special events coming up that you would like to promote ?

James Bartholet: Listen to “Inside The Industry” on Wednesday nights 7 to 9pm PST on latalkradio.com and “Porn Star Game Night” on Thursday nights on radiotemptation.com Watch AVN LIVE on avn.com always new episodes and segments on there. LOTS of new movie releases coming up; parodies of “Beauty and The Beast”, “9 1/2 Weeks”, “24”, “Supernatural”, “American Hustle”, “The Fast & The Furious”, “Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” for Kink, and new projects for Stuart Canterbury, Jonathan Morgan, and Jim South. Plus so much more. And please remember; Rent, Buy, or Download your adult movies and scenes legally! You hurt us when you do this illegally. Plus, you run a chance of getting a virus in your computer when you download illegally or frequent tube sites. Please help to keep our industry going and growing.


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