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'People say porn is damaging? Those people need to have their heads examined!'

31st January 2014

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Fresh from her success at the SHAFTAs (Television X’s annual celebration of the British porn industry’s favourite performers) we talked to four-time MILF of the Year, entrepreneur and cosplayer Tanya Tate.  

Tanya TateDid you have a good night at the SHAFTAS? 

Hosting the 2013 SHAFTA Awards on behalf of Television X was just amazing. I love going back home to UK and meeting up with my UK friends and fans. A party in London is always a good one and us Brits know how to have a good time. 

You’ve won the MILF awards at the SHAFTAS a few times – what would you say is your biggest career achievement?  

Yes. I’ve won the SHAFTA 'MILF of the Year' for the last four years in a row. I have had so many wonderful things happen in my career and this is one of them. 

How long have you been in the industry? 

I shot my very first scene the end of 2008, but I think I really started getting on people’s radar in 2010. That’s when my career went full throttle. 

Can you describe an average working day, or doesn’t that exist?

It really varies. I wake up, have my breakfast and then go to the gym. Usually, I then start answering my emails or getting ready for a shoot. If I am shooting I head off to the location. If not, I’m working on either my public relations company, Star Factory PR, or my website, So everyday I am working. 

Is the industry exploitive? 

It can be, yes. But so can so many other jobs. Once you have committed that this is what your are going to do, then that is your decision. It’s also up to you to make the most of it and not let any one else exploit you. Because people will. So, in my case, I would say the industry is not exploitive. I exploit it. 

People who say the industry is exploitive in a general manner are generally people who make money saying the industry is exploitive. Politicians who need to make sure they are re-elected and need a platform. Journalists on television who need to make sure their programs get ratings. Those sorts. 

Some people say that porn is damaging because it shows an unrealistic view of sex – what would you say to that?

I say those people need to have their heads examined. That is a ridiculous thing to say. Adult movies are fantasy entertainment. It is supposed to be unrealistic. That is like saying The Avengers was damaging because it shows an unrealistic view of New York. 

What are your feelings about “feminist porn” – and what exactly is it? 

I looked it up on Wikipedia: Feminist Pornography refers to a genre of film developed by and/or for women. I actually had no clue what it is because I thought what I was doing, creating adult films, lesbian movies geared to female fantasy, was “feminist porn”. But when I look at entities like The Feminist Porn awards, they have no interest in me, LOL. 

They won’t nominate my movies or my performances for awards. They do not appear to have interest in my work, when AVN, Xbiz, SHAFTA, Paul Raymond, XRCO and many other award organizations do, so I tend to believe they do not consider me one among the Feminist Porn crowd. 

Do fans send you weird things? What’s the weirdest thing a fan has sent or said to you?

My fans are incredible. They send me brilliant things in the post. Especially since I am a known geek, I can receive anything from sexy lingerie to the latest Marvel Comics. I’ve gotten books, Doctor Who DVDs, Swarovski Disney statues, it’s quite mad really. 

Weird is also subjective as well. I got a juicer from a fan as a gift today, and I Iove it! LOL. 

And fans say things to me all the time like they want me to bang them with a strap-on. It’s become somewhat normal. I think something I thought was weird was one fan wanted to see me walk through baked beans to watch the beans get squashed by my feet. Lovely. 

What did you do before your adult career started?

I worked in an office. Pretty boring really LOL.

Do you prefer the industry in London or LA? 

I think that there are more opportunities in Los Angeles. Here, you are inside the ‘porn bubble’ and can advance more. It’s a very quick drive for me to go to the AVN offices or any of the major companies here. So for those reasons, to make things happen, I prefer the LA industry. But that doesn't mean I don’t love the people in London. The high points of my career have ties to people like Television X. If it wasn’t for TVX I would not have done Tanya Tate’s Sex Tour of Ireland, which I credit as the series that put me on people’s radars. 

You made the move into directing in 2011 and 2012 – would you get behind the camera again? 

Of course. I have directed seven movies. I love it. It’s a lot of hard work because not only do I direct, but I come up with the idea, write the script, book the talent, produce the movie and star in it. But I enjoy it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to direct more movies this year. 

Would you do more reality TV?

If the right opportunity presented itself, yes. I know controversy creates ratings and gets viewers but I am not going to present myself and the adult industry in a negative light. I have had a very positive experience in adult entertainment. That’s me, my story. Some may have very different stories. Some people blame porn for their own mistakes, but for me it has gone quite well. 

Who have been your favourite co-stars?

It is hard to mention favourites as I have worked with so many amazing people. I love it when I have real chemistry. Some of my most memorable girl moments have been with India Summer, Veronica Avluv, Jelena Jensen, Riley Reid and Celeste Star. Some of the guys I have worked with that have produced real hot scenes include Xander Corvus and James Deen. 

Are there any days when you just don’t feel like going into work? 

I am someone who gets mentally motivated, so I go in looking to do a great job. If there was a day I just didn’t feel like doing something, I wouldn’t. Because I think that would show. I only perform three - four times a month, that may have something to do with it. 

Are your on-screen orgasms real?

Yes! I’m easily orgasmic! 

You also do cosplay, – would you ever have crossover between that and your adult career, or will you always keep them separate? 

For the longest time I kept them separate. I started cosplaying as a hobby, something fun I could do that had no involvement with my “day job”. And me keeping things separate for so long helped build my credibility in the cosplay community. I didn’t want it to be about adult entertainment or come across as though I was there promoting porn. It was no secret, people knew who I was, but my porn life was not a factor when I was at Comic Con. 

I appeared in Comic Book movie “porn parodies” but not as a superhero. I’ve been very protective of my personal hobby. So after years of people asking, I finally did a cosplay adult film. The deciding factor was that it was directed and written by me. I starred and booked girls, who were legitimate geeks like Annie Cruz, Ela Darling and Nicki Hunter. It’s Tanya Tate’s Cosplay Queens and Tied Up Teens. It’s out now and I have signed DVDs in my online store,

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