Starting out in adult entertainment only three years ago as a webcam model, Jillian Janson has already defined herself as one of hottest adult film stars in the industry today, having won Best Female Performer at the 2015 NightMoves Awards and 2015 AVN Awards Trophy Girl along with receiving nearly a dozen AVN and XBIZ nominations.
C.J. Asher – First of all, thank you for this interview! To start, tell my readers and I a little about yourself.
Jillian Janson – I am currently 20-years-of-age living in The Valley in California. I’m originally from a small town in Minnesota where I grew up with my mother and older sister. My father was hardly ever around, but I can’t say I didn’t know him. He wanted me to have a bright future in education considering my mother was busy keeping a roof over our head and food in our mouths, since she didn’t have the best education either and we weren’t as fortunate as my father. I worked a string of jobs from a very early age to help carry my weight in the family. I always felt bad asking my mother for things, so I became very independent in order to achieve the things I wanted.
C.J. Asher – How long have you been an adult film actress?
Jillian Janson – In August of 2016, it will be three years since I joined the industry thanks to www.myfreecams.com.
C.J. Asher – What other adult entertainment work have you done besides adult film?
Jillian Janson – I started feature dancing in March of 2015, which is the only other form of adult work I’ve done besides webcamming and working for my agency, Matrix Models.
C.J. Asher – How did you first get into the adult film industry?
Jillian Janson – It all happened out of the blue while I was working as a waitress in my home town. I ran into an old friend of mine that told me about a website for girls that were sexual like me, so I signed up and within a few days I was contacted by a porn agency!
C.J. Asher – How did you choose your stage name?
Jillian Janson – It took me awhile to find the right name, actually. It’s not often that you get to pick a name for yourself considering you’re usually just stuck with what your parents named you. I wanted something that was familiar to my real name, but nothing like it. I was Anna before I was Jillian. I had another name before that, but eventually realized that the last name Janson looked more professional and sounded better rolling off the tongue. I’m not even sure how I came up with it!
C.J. Asher – Most people don’t know that being an adult film actress is really hard, physically demanding work! What do you do outside of the industry to relax, unwind and have fun?
Jillian Janson – I love my job and the benefits it comes with, but when I’m not at work I love hiking, going on a bike ride by the beach, listening to music, watching movies, and I am also a cat woman for sure. If I’m not spending time with my friends, I’m spending it in the peace and quiet with my beautiful feline friend.
C.J. Asher – Who are your idols within the adult film industry?
Jillian Janson – I don’t really have any idols to be honest. I look up to anyone that is respected, successful, and treats people fairly.
C.J. Asher – What television shows are you into right now?
Jillian Janson – I’ve always been a huge fan of crime solving shows. I grew up watching CSI: Miami and always wanted to do something within that field, but didn’t think I could handle all the trauma. I have a big love for other shows in the genre such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Grey’s Anatomy.
C.J. Asher – What are your favorite industry-related events, such as the Adult Entertainment Expo, EXXXOTICA and gentlemen’s club appearances?
Jillian Janson – Hands down I love dancing, but when it comes to expos and such, my favorite so far, since I’ve been able to attend 3 times now, is AVN. I was chosen by Gary Miller to be a Trophy Girl in 2015 then again the following year as a presenter. So you can see why I like it so much. I’ve also been nominated multiples times in the last few years and took home an award this year in 2016!
C.J. Asher – What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an adult film actress?
Jillian Janson – As you stated before, this industry is harder than people think. It’s a bit demanding since we always have a set schedule or, if we don’t, things tend to get a little crazy with keeping everything in line. We deal with different types of personalities every day, some better than others, so in reality you need to be a people person. The other important thing is being able to keep up your stamina while the production is going. Not everyone can handle all the distractions that happen on set. My advice, is know what you’re getting yourself into. It affects your future in positive and negative ways just like any other job or scenario.
C.J. Asher – Besides the money, of course, what’s your favorite part about being an adult film actress?
Jillian Janson – I never got in this field for the money. I found it as an open door for me to find out who I am sexually, mentally, and emotionally. I wanted the world to figure it out the same time I did and to see me grow into the woman I am still becoming. I wanted people to remember me and relate to the experiences I go through as I’m sure they would love someone to relate to theirs.
C.J. Asher – What’s the most stressful part of your job?
Jillian Janson – Holding yourself in positions that you wouldn’t usually hold during sex in order to take photos! Otherwise I don’t have many complaints.
C.J. Asher – How has being an adult film actress impacted your personal and professional life? Do family and friends know you’re an adult film actress and what do they think about it?
Jillian Janson – By this time I would assume everyone on both sides of my family knows. I was open and comfortable with telling my close friends and my mother’s side since I lived closer to them. My dad, unfortunately, found out the hard way by seeing a photo online of me. He hasn’t spoken to me since. He wasn’t okay with who I really was inside. I was always a sexual person and he couldn’t change that. My mother embraced it! My friends range from industry to non-industry people and they wouldn’t be my friends if they didn’t know or approve of what I do.
C.J. Asher – What do you see yourself doing after you retire from acting?
Jillian Janson – I don’t plan on retiring for a long time so I hope I’m sitting peacefully in my backyard someday watching my grandchildren play. However, I don’t plan on being just an actress my entire life. I want to be an entrepreneur and have my own business! I love photography and anything to do with artistic activities.
C.J. Asher – What awards have you received, and which ones are you the proudest of?
Jillian Janson – I’ve received two awards so far in my career! The first one was at Nightmoves in Tampa for their 23rd annual show, where I picked up the title for Best Female Performer (Editor Choice). Even though it’s not an award show as big as AVN I’m really proud of that title! I also won Best POV at the AVNs this year.
C.J. Asher – Do you feel that, as a woman, working as an adult film actress is empowering or exploiting?
Jillian Janson – To me it’s empowering. To others it may be exploiting. I don’t care what anyone says. I found myself and what I represent during this experience as an adult star. I was a very sexual teenager and was bullied in high school for expressing myself in such ways with classmates that being in this industry was the best thing to happen to me. I find being 100% comfortable with yourself and the shoes you fill very sexy. It shows a lot of confidence.
C.J. Asher – What’s the nicest compliment or rudest comment you’ve ever received from a fan?
Jillian Janson – I love everyone all shapes, sizes, and skin color, but unfortunately not everyone feels the same. I’ve received rude racist comments that I won’t repeat. I avoid fans that say things of that nature. I stick to those that say great things about my personality!
C.J. Asher – What categories of porn do you prefer working in?
Jillian Janson – When I first started in the business, I never thought I would be so into anal as I am today! There’s just something erotic about being stuffed in all my holes that turns me on!
C.J. Asher – Conversely, what types of roles would you turn down?
Jillian Janson – I turn down gang bangs since I just don’t see that happening in my career anytime soon, but I also said that about DP so you never know. I will however say no to double vaginal and double anal, because I know what that will do to my vagina in the future and no amount of money changes that. I don’t want to tear my body up.
C.J. Asher – Can you tell me one or two crazy stories or experiences you’ve had while working as an adult film actress?
Jillian Janson – Companies like to shoot at beautiful locations not only in California, but all over. One company that shoots outside of the state that’s very well know is Nubiles in Arizona where I am booked quite often. I absolutely love working for them among many other companies, but these guys tend to focus on the well-being of the model as well as keeping us entertained and having fun. Other companies just focus on getting the shoot done so they can go home. The part during the photos and figuring out the scene line by line is the most fun. One time we did a threesome scene with Mia Malkova where we fucked on a rope swing hanging from the ceiling. It was fun trying to get in it and stay on it, but it was difficult. However very interesting and it felt really great, which also made the scene come out very well. She is a sweetheart and I loved working with her! After our scene, the male and I went on a beautiful hike so it was a very memorable scene.
C.J. Asher – How do you feel about various attempts at passing measures to make condom usage mandatory in adult films?
Jillian Janson – I understand why they want to do it and for some people I honestly think it’s appropriate considering they tend to ruin it for those that work a lot such as anyone that is new since they usually don’t understand the terms about messing around with non-industry people. I, myself, however prefer no condoms, because I get very irritated and dry. They make it hard to put on as good of a performance. I keep myself safe and tested all the time so I know I’m not endangering anyone, but what about everyone else? That’s why condoms are important. But in this industry we will get more work if we don’t use them.
C.J. Asher – Who would you LOVE to film a scene with that you haven’t with yet?
Jillian Janson – I haven’t actually worked with her one-on-one yet, but I was able to get my hands on Dani Daniels for a little bit during our reverse gang bang scene with Jules Jordan. It made me want her to myself for a scene. I also admire Alexis Texas.