Porn Legend Briana Banks

Captain Jack Interviews Briana Banks

Brian is an AVN Hall of Famer who retired in the industry in 2011. Luckily for all of us, she has decided to make a comeback in 2016! I just saw her first comeback scene, for Arch Angel’s True MILF 3, and this blonde bombshell has not missed a beat! Briana was born in Germany and came to the U.S. when she was a child. Her English is impeccable and we had a nice chat. I hope you get to learn a little bit more about Briana via this interview!

Briana Banks

Captain Jack: Tell me about Briana Banks. Just some general information. About being born in Germany, moving to California as a child. Was it a culture shock for you?

Briana Banks: I moved from Munich with my mother and my younger sister when I was 7. My first language was German so it took a little adjusting to learn English but, luckily, when you’re young, you catch onto that stuff pretty quickly. I was very shy in junior high. I was skinny with braces and I got picked on a lot. In 10th grade, after summer, I came back to high school, no braces, I had boobs, all the guys who used to pick on me were all hitting on me. I thought it was pretty funny. I was still pretty shy. Before I got into the industry, I was with one guy and we were dating for three years. I was very shy and timid in the bedroom. When I got into the industry, I think all my scenes came across so good because they were real. It was really my first time having people watch and having cameras around me and having the lights on. (laughs) I had never seen anything so big the first time I walked on set. I said, ‘I don’t know if that’ll fit inside me!’ ‘They come in different sizes?’ I didn’t even know! I was really that shy when it came to anything sexual.

CJ: According to Wikipedia, you moved out of your mother’s house when you were 16 and took your 14-year old sister with you. Then you got full custody of her when you were 18. Can I ask what happened?

Briana: I actually moved out at 14 and emancipated myself at 16. My sister came with me but we had some legal issues with my mom. When I was 18, I went and got full custody of her so that she could legally live with me and there was no problems or drama. I pretty much took care of her for the last 15 years. We lived together forever and we just started not having a place together about a year ago. I’m getting used to living by myself. At first, I hated it but now it’s kind of awesome.

CJ: Now, you started in the industry in 1999 then quit in about 2011. You recently came back. What prompted your comeback?

Briana: I dropped out 5 years ago. I wasn’t feeling it anymore and I met a guy, that’s usually the way it goes. He talked me into getting out. I put on a lot of weight to be honest because I was very unhappy. After I finally decided that this wasn’t a healthy relationship, I walked away from him and decided I was going to get my life back in order. I wanted to get back into the industry so I worked my ass off for 7 months straight, 3 hours a day at the gym and I lost 45 pounds. I’m happier than I have been in years. I’m healthy and I’m so glad that my fans have been so amazing with this comeback. I’ve had so much support, I didn’t think that after 5 years that so many fans would have that much interest in me.

Briana Banks

CJ: You came in as a teen and now you’re classified as a MILF.

Briana: I know. At first, I was really hesitant because I didn’t want to do anything MILF but now, if you’re not in pigtails, you’re a MILF. I was at Vivid for 8 years, all the way until I was 28. I never, ever did a scene where I played anyone’s mom or whatever titles that I have been doing. I’m accepting it because that’s what sells. As long as it’s done tastefully and I don’t feel degraded then the MILF thing is fine with me.

CJ: You were a teen model, being on the cover of several teen magazines. How did you enjoy that time in your life?

Briana: Actually, my dream was to be a runway model and I started out on the cover of Teen Magazine. I used to go to all the big agencies. I’m only 5’9” and, back then, to be a runway model, you had to be 5’11”. So I tried everything, I would wear platforms, but they would just look at me. They didn’t even have to put me up against the wall to see how tall I was. It’s crazy because nowadays, a lot of these supermodels are short. That’s actually how I got my name Banks because of Tyra Banks.

CJ: So back in ’99, you were doing modeling, you had only been with one guy, why did you decide to get into the adult industry?

Briana: I was getting money from the state when I got custody of my sister. It was like $400-500 a month. I was working part-time and going to school at the same time and when my sister turned 18, the checks stopped coming. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to quit school because I wanted to graduate on time. I saw an ad in the paper, ‘Make $1000 a day!’ It just said nude modeling, it didn’t say porn. I answered the ad and showed up on set and it was a porn set. I drove away 3 times and then drove back. I had to do it because the rent was due and I didn’t have the money to pay the rent. I was living in a little studio with my sister, I had to do it. I just did it. It was so funny because during the whole scene, they kept asking, ‘Can you make some noise?’ I watched the scene and I have to laugh at myself because I looked like a deer in the headlights. They asked me to do reverse and I said ‘What’s reverse?’ I didn’t know any position names.

CJ: You were obviously scared, how long did it take you to become comfortable?

Briana: First of all, I had never had $1000 handed to me at once. I never saw that much money in my life. I figured I would do it a couple of more times and then get out. Of course, that doesn’t happen. Within a month or two, everyone I knew had found out. So I said ‘Screw it!’  I was going by the name Mirage for the first year and a half and then I decided that since everyone knew, I was just going to go for it. I went by my real name, which is Briana, and I got my breasts done so I would stop being put in little girl roles all of the time. Wikipedia says I did about 300 or 400 scenes but I did 800 scenes before I signed with Vivid. I was the only girl who signed with them who had done that many scenes.

Briana Banks

CJ: How long were you in it before you signed with Vivid?

Briana: I started in ’99 and signed with them in 2001. I remember that I signed with them the same month I came out on the cover of Penthouse and AVN. June, 2001 was a really exciting month for me!

CJ: How was it under contract? Did you like it that way or do you like it now that you’re a free agent? Which is better?

Briana: The industry is totally different. I’m learning as I go. Being a Vivid Girl was awesome, I only had to shoot 9 movies a year. I got paid very well to do so. Then I would just go feature dance the rest of the time. It was a lot of fun and I really miss the artsy 8-day shoots and flying to different countries. I flew to Budapest to shoot Briana Loves Rocco; I got to travel all over the world shooting stuff for Vivid. You don’t do that anymore in this era of porn.

CJ: Wanka from the ADT forums wants to know, what are the big changes in porn from back then? Obviously the budgets are smaller. What else?

Briana: I’ve only shot 7 scenes so far in my comeback so I’m learning how each company shoots because each company shoots differently. I think one of the biggest changes for me is social media. When I got out, social media wasn’t a big thing, it was like Facebook and that’s it. Now, with Twitter and Instagram, you constantly have to keep up with it. You have to deal with people that are negative. I get so many positives but for every 500 positives there’s that one negative that sticks in your head. You think to yourself, why are you dwelling on one negative comment and it’s because you’re human and you have feelings. Social media gives people a platform to hate on you that don’t know you, never met you and don’t know anything about you.

CJ: What’s your favorite position?

Briana: Doggie style!

CJ: SerbianDPLover from the ADT forums wants to know, what would you say are your top 3 scenes of all-time?

Briana: Out of 800, best ever selling porn of all-time was Briana Loves Jenna. That’s a definite must. Then there’s Briana Loves Rocco. And, just off the top of my head, Perfect Match, which was Briana Goes Red Light and I shot with Manuel Ferrara for Red Light while I was under contract to Vivid. That was a very hardcore scene and, of all the Vivid Girls, I was the one who was nominated to the really tough scenes.

CJ: Do you watch your own scenes?

Briana: I used to. Right now, I’ve watched the two that have been released which are True MILF 3 from Arch Angel and Brazzers with Jessy Jones. I watched them to see what I looked like on camera and to see what I need to improve because it’s been a long time since I’ve shot.

Briana Banks

CJ: Wanka says, you did a very rough Pornstar Punishment scene with James Deen during your last comeback. Do you like rough sex and will we be getting some more such scenes this time as well?

Briana: Absolutely. Everyone has been pushing me to do IR and I’m known for my DPs and anal and all that stuff. I am definitely planning on doing it but I want to get comfortable with shooting first before I get into my old school gnarly scenes. I’m in the works right now to shoot my first anal scene back. Everyone says it’s like riding a bike. Right, it’s not like riding a bike, not when you haven’t done it in 5 years. (laughs) I love anal sex so I’m looking forward to shooting some really great, killer, nasty scenes which is what I’m known for.

CJ: Do you think you’ll ever do a double vag or a double anal again?

Briana: Oooh. I don’t know. I’ve done both but I don’t know. I can’t answer that until I do an anal. I feel as tight as a 10-year old. (laughs) It’s been a long time so I’m just going to see how my anal goes and from there, go to a DP. I’ll see how my body reacts because I never want to do a scene that I don’t enjoy.

CJ: As you said, depending on how your body holds up but would you be willing to do a blowbang or a gangbang?

Briana: I don’t know. I did one 5-on-1 gangbang then after that, a lot of 3-on-1’s. I’m not sure if I’m going to do gangbangs yet. In a few months, I might change my mind but I’m taking it one step at a time right now.

CJ: Since you’ve been out of it 5 years, is there anyone out there that you would love to work with but haven’t had a chance to yet?

Briana: I would love to work with Jessica Jaymes, Kendra Lust and Johnny Sins, that’s just off the top of my head. There are just so many beautiful women in the industry now, I’m just getting familiar with the male talent. The scenes I’ve shot already are mostly with the people I’ve shot with before. I’m trying to find out who the good male talent is now.

CJ: Do you have any fantasies you still want to live out on camera?

Briana: God, what haven’t I done? (laughs) I’ve never really done any hardcore Femdom so I think that would be really fun. That’s one thing I can definitely say I have not done.

CJ: Wanka wants to know, what part of the male anatomy turns you on the most?

Briana: I’m a sucker for a man’s back. I love their abs, shoulders, lips and, of course, the penis. (laughs)

CJ: You’ve mentioned, your comeback scene was with Manuel for Arch Angel’s True MILF 3. How was that experience?

Briana: It was great. It was for Arch Angel and Mimefreak directed it. I was extremely nervous; you’d think I had never done a scene before. Manuel is such a great performer and has a great personality. Mimefreak was very cool and once the cameras started rolling and I got back into Banks mode, the scene was amazing and I forgot the camera was even there. It went so well that it reassured me that I made the right decision in coming back. It was, ‘OK, I still like doing this, this is still fun for me.’

Briana Banks

CJ: You are an AVN Hall of Famer, being inducted in 1999. What does that honor mean to you?

Briana: It’s huge. I got that honor in 2009 and I actually dropped out the next year. It was a huge honor especially since I worked so hard and I had done so many scenes. I won an award that people like Ron Jeremy and people who had been in the industry decades longer than me, it was amazing. It was very, very cool. I’m actually looking at my trophy right now. I have a little trophy case with all my other trophies in it too.

CJ: What are you like off-camera? What are your hobbies and interests?

Briana: I love to workout. I know a lot of people hate it, but I like going to the gym. I go 3 hours a day. I like hiking, I like hanging out with friends, watching movies. I’m actually a pretty mellow girl. I don’t go out partying or anything crazy like that. I like good company and being outdoors and just being social.

CJ: What kind of music do you like?

Briana: I like everything, it depends on my mood. Like today at the gym, I was listening to Korn and Prodigy. Other days, I’m listening to Lana Del Rey and Adelle. I just bought a record player and I’ve been buying all these records. I bought Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and The Doors. I pretty much like all genres of music.

CJ: What’s your favorite movie?

Briana: I just watched 21 Grams. I thought that was a great movie. I like dramas more than comedies. I like movies that make me think and make me feel. I’m one of those girls that have to hold the tear that’s coming down her cheek when there’s a sappy moment. It’s kind of embarrassing when you’re out on a date or something. (laughs)

CJ: What’s your favorite food?

Briana: My favorite food is sushi and Italian. Total opposites!

CJ: What does the future hold for Briana Banks? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Briana: I plan on hopefully moving from this to directing. I’m just trying to get a feel for what directing really consists of now since it’s so different from when I was back at Vivid. I would like to direct and get behind the scenes. I don’t want to be doing scenes at 45! I don’t want to get into the cougar category. I’m fine with MILF even though I don’t have kids.

CJ: And how can the fans get ahold of you?

Briana: On Twitter, I’m @BrianaBanksxoxo. Instagram is also @BrianaBanksxoxo. It has my email address for any fans or directors who want to email me. I keep up on it pretty well. I’ll also be appearing at Exxxotica in Chicago in July.

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2 Comments
  1. Great interview Captain Jack !!! Briana, for me, is a legend.
    I hope her comeback will be a successful one.
    I still remember her at AEE 2009…
    She was injured and in a lot of pain but still came
    out to meet her fans. Definitely, one of the best.

  2. I am so glad that you came back even though it was in 2016 but I feel like I discovered a new porn star! Please do a triple penetration scene and some IR scenes like IR DP/TP. I know that if there is one porn star in the world who can handle it then it would probably be you!

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