Nina Hartley on Porn After 50

There are not very many adult performers who can claim to have a career that spans three decades. Some pornstars flame out after as little as one high-profile appearance . . . but not so with Nina Hartley! Thirty-one years after she made her debut, she’s still one of the most well-known and talked-about actors in the industry. Just what keeps her going? Her new piece in Cosmo gives insight into her career and continued popularity. Here are five things we learned about Nina from the article:

mortarboard1. She’s exhibit number one when it comes to proving pornstars aren’t dumb blondes

“I graduated from nursing school in 1985 magna cum laude, and I passed my licensing test on my very first try.”

mortarboard2. Part of her continuing popularity can be attributed to Baby Boomers

“Cougars and MILFs – it’s been going on for about 10 years. A lot of decent, middle-age, middle-class married guys are parents, and it creeps them out to watch women who are their daughters’ ages. Also, wives have a lot of power over what kind of adult material gets brought into the home. She’s not going to have her husband watching 20-somethings, but she’s gong to be OK with him watching 30-, 40-, or 50-somethings. Boomers are aging, and a lot of boomers would rather look at someone who looks more like them!”

 

mortarboard3. She’s aging gracefully but is careful about the movies she chooses to shoot, including a move away from anal scenes

“I’m careful about my costuming, because my legs are no longer smooth and sleek. So I’m never on camera without lingerie, a garter belt and stockings, or bodysuits to hide what I consider my flaws. I don’t do fully nude scenes anymore. There are plenty of older women who look fine and who are genetically predisposed not to have cellulite. Me, I’ve got cellulite and it’s not going away and I’m not going to stress about it so I just wear lingerie. I don’t do anal on camera anymore either because that’s been done and I’m not going to get any better at it.”

mortarboard4. She’s happy she decided not to have kids

“I don’t have children .My joke now is that they forgot to wind my biological clock at the factory. I’m a devoted aunt and great aunt. I’m the only woman I know without kids who loves kids who did not want her own.”

 

mortarboard5. Technology has given her a renewed creative freedom

“The workers in adult entertainment can finally own the means of production. You can shoot really amazing movies on your phone. It’s crazy. Instead of waiting around by the phone to be hired by company A, performers have their own websites, they can cam, they can get together with their peers and create content.”

 

 

Read the full Cosmo article here.

Browse Nina Hartley’s Adult Empire filmography here.

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