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An Interview with Tanner Mayes, Porn Star

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2010

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First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us unfortunate enough to not already know you?


Meet Tanner! Addicted to Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Em, Weezy, and Newports. I'm going to have deep laugh lines by the time I'm 25. I'm goofy, I'm intelligent, I've been called stubborn, and I'm from Adrian, Michigan.


Unlike many other girls in the industry, you seem to be in porn with a passion - is this passion real or are you just a really good actress?


I'm not in love with every guy that I work with. I'm in love with fucking and sucking. LOL I've actually heard a director tell me, "you can't fake something like that!". I'm flattered that my love for the cock is actually evident. :)


Your career highlight(s) so far?


OMG! Being nominated for sooooooo many things in 09-10, all the way to France! And winning the ones that mattered to me the most; AEBN's Best Newcomer! It's like, the top pay-per-viewed startlet. And XBIZ's People's Choice Award for Best New Starlet. The people have spoken! Last but not least, of course, Den honoring me with Cyberspace Adult Video Review's Starlet of the Year 2009! I had no clue that was just the beginnning. Even writing for WHACK! Magazine about porn, or my life in porn, is amazing. I've always wanted to write, only by my birth-name (haha). I think even still being in the porn industry is an accomplishment. I thought I'd work three months, max. Seemed like everyone was just in-and-out, I guess.


Also, the meltdown video, although "highlight" may not be the proper term. It really put all I have to the test, my faith, hope, and willpower all needed to be re-assessed. I wasn't sure who I was or what I'd become. I had a lot of time to think during the summer of 2009. I was living like a stereotypical pornstar, but I didn't care because I was high on xanax. "That's okay", and "I don't know" were probably the only two sentences I could pronounce without slurring, and I've wiped those out of my vocabular completely. Porn is a business. I'm selling an image. It's literally that simple. It's hard to see that with your head up your ass.


What do you prefer to be in as a performer, gonzo porn or plot-based porn?


A scene is fun to me based on originality. I love creativeness. It's easier if you're both sharing the same fantasy to act out rather than starting the scene sitting on the couch making out ;)


Tanner Mayes films one simply has to watch?


You know, I'd ask someone who's watched them... I've only seen a handful, if that many...


Pornstars you'd like to work with but haven't yet?


I suppose Tori Black. Kagney Linn Karter. Maybe Lexington Steele.


You have been in numerous pornographic films. Ever thought about crossing the line and making a movie away from pornography/erotica, as have quite a few pornstars in recent years? And do you see yourself at all as an actress?


I've blown a mainstream director acting out roles, one guy said he needed to make sure I was completely comfortable on-screen. I've stuck to sucking dick on screen instead of trying to land roles that way. The guy was a complete fake. There was no role to fulfill.


Aside from performing, you also write for WHACK! Magazine. A few words about Tanner Mayes, the writer?


There's really no difference. I have an enormous passion for sex and writing combined, plus I'm an honest person. I'm sure it makes me more interesting if people can trust what I say - down to all of my sexual encounters.


Unfortunately, not even you can stay young forever. What are your plans for after your porn career?


No worries, even if Tanner dies down. Honestly, I have a strong need to excel. I'm pretty good at anything that interests me, and I've opened an IRA.


Any future projects you'd like to talk about?


It's a secret :)


What did you do before your porn career, and what made you switch to porn?


I was working as a Legal Assistant for The Legal Defense Group and attending Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I decided to leave the law office after being contacted by PW recruiter, Missy Mae.


I have read somewhere that prior to your first shoot, you didn't even know what hardcore porn was. Is that true, and if so, how did you react when you found out what you were supposed to do - and what else can you tell us about your very first shoot?


Well, that's true. I wasn't sheltered, though, by all means. I knew what sex was. I had alot of um, practice. When my agent from Giirlz Inc proposed the idea, I know my jaw dropped. I remember using the terms "weiner" and "crotch", and they had to cut because it was so inappropriate. I didn't know what they wanted me to do, how they wanted me to move, or what they wanted me to say. I've sort of evolved onscreen for all of this. I was raised thinking sex was a bad thing. I kept my sex life a secret for so long that fucking on camera felt soo wrong that I liked it. It was a secret for like, 2 months. Now my family and hometown know!


Any advice for young girls wanting to break into the porn industry?


Don't break your morals for anyone except yourself. Make goals. Save your money.


The one stupid question I feel obliged to ask anyhow: Your favourite position(s)?


I like to mm... like, work my bottom half around a cock. That way, I can get it in touch with my G-Spot every thrust.

So any position works.


(Sexual) things you wouldn't do on camera (apart from the obvious/unlawful of course)?


My boundaries are all dotted lines. Haha. Who knows :) I'll probably try anything once. Just a matter of time.


What can you tell us about your off-camera, private sex life, and how important is sex for you as a person?


Well, my private sex life is probably more interesting than on-screen, because it's unexpected sex.


In your private life, do you watch porn at all?


I do now!! Not before I broke into the biz, though :P


Your supposedly notorious on-set meltdown last summer has probably been blown out of proportion and talked to death by now, yet I feel an interview with you wouldn't be complete without at least mentioning it. Ok, mentioned it, anything you want to add to everything already said?


Talked to death is an exaggerated statement. I'm not going to add anything that hasn't been said already: You don't even know the half of what really went on during my "friendship" with those men. After it became unbearable, I snapped. I was also on xanax and had been drinking on set. It escaladed to something epic, I suppose, and we're no longer "friends".


As far as I know, Tanner Mayes is not your real name. How did you come up with this rather unusual name?


I'm a tanning-bed WHORE and my first love's last name is Meyers. I wanted Tanner Meyers, but the spelling was too iffy for traffic and followers. Hence: Mayes.


Your website, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, whatever else?


@TannahMontannah on Twitter

TheTannerMayesULove on


According to my information, you are a die-hard Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana-fan, which might surprise some people only knowing your porn-self. Would you like to elaborate on that?


She's a tough little cookie. I just love her. Miley AND Hannah... I love country music, fashion... She sent me a friend request on MySpace... I just fucking love her.


People (famous or not, inside or outside of the industry) who have inspired you in one way or another?


My mother, grandmother, Miley Cyrus, but mostly, people have demonstrated behaviors that made me say to myself, "I'll never be that way"...


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Since this is first and foremost a film site: Your favourite movies?


I like Fargo. Just watched it... it's great :) 


And some films you really deplored?


What does deplored mean?


Anything else you are dying to mention I have merely forgotten to ask?


YES. The softball game is still coming =) Pornstars & Fans Gettin Dirty Together =) I haven't forgotten.


Thanks for the interview!


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