Everything’s big in Texas. Big blonde wigs, big silicone tits, big synthetic eyelashes. Then there’s Jean Michaels. Jean is all about breaking stereotypes. This Texas-native grew up outside of Dallas, but there’s nothing fake about her. In her young porn career spanning less than six months, this all-natural beauty has become a real sensation, shooting scenes for some of the biggest production companies in porn, including Brazzers, PornFidelity, Nubiles and Naughty America. She’s likewise been paired with some of porn’s hottest leading men, among them Ryan Driller, Ryan McClane and Tommy Gunn. She was recently featured on her first DVD cover for an IR scene she shot with Prince Yahshua for Elegant Angel. A self-proclaimed “beast on the pole,” Jean also teaches pole dancing and looks forward to adding feature dancing to her adult entertainment repertoire. When she’s not shooting scenes in Los Angeles, she’s back in Texas where she earned a double bachelor’s degree in biology and business. She entered adult entertainment as a way to pay for graduate school, and she’s now completing her master’s degree in epidemiology – the study of epidemics. There is nothing fake about Jean Michaels. But true to her Texas roots, her ambition is big.
Yourgasms – Tell us about yourself, where you’re from and where you grew up?
Jean Michaels – I grew up in Plano, it’s right outside of Dallas. I absolutely love Dallas! I did my undergrad there, and really didn’t want to leave! I am the oldest of four girls. My sisters mean everything to me, we have an amazing bond. When I am not in California shooting, I live in West Texas with my boyfriend and our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Zara. I teach pole fitness, and hope to start feature dancing soon!
Yourgasms – You told us earlier that you had a crush on Ryan Driller before you even got into porn. What drew you to porn as a fan?
Jean – When I was younger the fake boobs drew me in, I think it was because the 90’s boob jobs were so over the top and so round. I had wanted fake boobs since I grew boobs! But as I got older it was the good looking people that drew me in, we have some damn sexy people in porn!
Yourgasms – What is your favorite kind of porn to watch yourself?
Jean – It really depends on my mood, and if I am solo or with the boyfriend. There are certain performers that I can’t get enough of! I absolutely adore Kissa Sins and Alison Tyler, I watch everything that they do!
I love that one day I can be the teen babysitter and the next I can do a hardcore bondage scene. The porn industry has such an immense range that I am constantly learning!
Yourgasms – Do you watch it alone, or with a friend? Friends?
Jean – I don’t watch that much porn anymore because my schedule is freaking insane! But the boyfriend and I watch it together when we get a chance.
Yourgasms – When did you decide to work in porn?
Jean – I just started in Nov 2015. I got in to porn mainly to pay for school.
Yourgasms – How did you get your first job in porn?
Jean – My amazing agent, Chris Caine, had everything set up for me for my first trip out to California. I came out in November for two weeks, and he had back-to-back-to-back shoots set up for me! Most of those shoots are just now being released so that’s really exciting for me!
Yourgasms – How many scenes have you shot since then?
Jean – Since November I have shot 15 scenes. I was in LA for 2 weeks in November and 3 weeks in January, so for 5 weeks total. That’s not shabby!
Yourgasms – You’re a graduate student. Tell us about what you’re studying?
Jean – I’m currently getting my masters in epidemiology, it’s the study of epidemics. The field has such a wide range from things like Ebola to common place illnesses like the flu. My focus is on STD transmission. I have a passion for public health, and I think that there is such a lack of education in our society regarding safe sex practices!
What did you get your undergraduate degree in?
I was a double major: Biology and Business.
Yourgasms – How did you get interested in public health?
Jean – I started my undergrad as a pre-med student following my mom’s footsteps, and then spring of my junior year I took my first public health class and changed direction. I knew that I wanted to work in health care, but after taking my first public health class I knew that I wanted to work on the preventive side of health care. I was torn between getting my masters in occupational public health or epidemiology. I went with epidemiology because companies frown on you implementing new theories on their employees. :)
Yourgasms – Public health is obviously a constantly hot topic in the porn industry. The public is turning its attention to this topic with the California voter initiative that would require condoms in porn shoots. Do you see yourself applying your expertise in the porn industry?
Jean – The porn industry is actually teaching me, and helping me develop my thesis. Before entering the industry, I had no idea how often or to what extent performers were tested. We are much safer in our sex practices than the general public, but people are always going to find a way to criticize us even though they watch porn themselves! After grad school, I would love to work in the industry to help dispel misconceptions from a scientific and insider perspective.
Yourgasms – As a porn star with an understanding of epidemiology, you have a very unique expertise on this topic. What do you think about the issue of condoms in porn?
Jean – Porn is supposed to portray a fantasy, and condoms deter from that fantasy. But what fans don’t see is us showing each other our tests right before a scene! Some companies such as Wicked use condoms in every one of their scenes, and I think that’s great if that’s your company’s policy. I don’t agree with the state trying to regulate how we shoot. I am so grateful to all the performers that were able to make it out to Oakland this past month to fight against outlandish policy changes OSHA was trying to implement. The performers that spoke did an amazing job showing how we keep each other safe with the policies that we already have in place. OSHA was trying to make us wear goggles, gloves, condoms, and dental dams along with less periodic testing. Nothing about that scenario is sexy or safer!
Yourgasms – All performers get tested, and a positive test effectively can end a porn career, as well as set off a small panic in the industry. We saw your Twitter post about the double arm-stick when you recently got tested. Do you think the adult industry does a good job in keeping performers safe? Is there anything you think can be done better? Anything performers can do personally to better protect themselves and their fellow performers?
Jean – Ahhh the double arm stick! I get tested in Texas before I come out to LA and the same nurse always does it. That day that nurse was out so a newbie drew my blood, and messed up the first time and had to move to the other arm. I do think that the industry does a good job of keeping us safe. The biggest danger to us as performers is having sex with non-performers!
Yourgasms – How does your career impact your life as a student? Do your classmates know what you do for a living?
Jean – I am very shy, I don’t really talk to anyone at school. If my classmates know, no one has said anything. I like to fly under the radar on campus!
Yourgasms – What are your favorite aspects of working in porn?
Jean – I love so many things about the industry! I obviously love sex or this would be a difficult industry to enjoy! I love that one day I can be the teen babysitter and the next I can do a hardcore bondage scene. The porn industry has such an immense range that I am constantly learning!
Yourgasms – What are your career goals as an adult actress?
Jean – This is a question that has come up a lot since I started, and I still don’t really know. I am a huge advocate for writing goals down, and coming up with a plan to achieve them. Currently I have fitness goals and educational goals in place with a drawn out plan, but nothing solid yet for porn. I am going to take the next 6 months to learn everything about the industry that I possibly can, and then start developing a long-term plan from there.
Yourgasms – You told us that you’re a beast on the dance pole. Do you feature dance?
Jean – When I moved to West Texas I started teaching pole fitness. I instantly fell in love! The pole community is so accepting and supportive of people getting in shape and pushing their limits! I really want to start feature dancing! I would love to show the technique behind pole as well as show off my boobs!
Yourgasms – You’re new to the industry, but you seem to already be making a big impact. How was your first year in porn? Did it meet your expectations? Was it harder than you thought?
Jean – I have been in the industry for 4 months, and it has been such a learning experience! I came in with no expectations because I had no idea what it was going to be like! No clue! What I have learned is that being on set is a ton of fun, but also serious because at the end of the day it’s a job. Directors like me because I come ready to work, and I understand that it’s not a huge party. Porn is way harder than I thought it was going to be. The days can be really long, and there is a lot that needs to be done before even filming a scene. But at the end of the day my job is way better than pretty much any other job!!
Yourgasms – You just got your first box cover for “My First Black Teacher.” What else is in store for Jean Michaels in 2016?
Jean – I am so excited for my first box cover! “My First Black Teacher” for elegant angel was just released! I have had an amazing start to 2016, so many of my scenes are finally coming out. My scene for Naughty America just launched, 3 DVDs for elegant angel are about to come out, and one DVD for new sensations comes out this week! Since I am so new I don’t have my year mapped out, but I am going to work my hardest to bring y’all big things in 2016!
Yourgasms – Does your personal sex life mirror your on-screen one?
Jean – No, my personal sex life is way different! I have sex with one person off screen, and that’s my amazing boyfriend of nine years. I don’t do anal on screen, but I do at home.
Yourgasms – Have you done anything on camera that was a first for you personally?
Jean – My scene for “Big Wet Tits 15” was a BBG, and that was a first for me!
Yourgasms – Does shooting a scene turn you on, or is it more like work?
Jean – It definitely turns me on!
Yourgasms – Are you really getting off on camera?
Jean – I am lucky enough to actually get off on camera. I have my hood pierced so it is super easy to make me cum! I can cum multiple times without a problem!
Yourgasms – Do you ever watch your own scenes? Are you a critic of your work, or a fan?
Jean – I watch my scenes, but as a critic not a fan. I watch my scenes to look for things that I can improve.
Yourgasms – What was the best Jean Michaels scene so far?
Jean – I really like all of my scenes, but I think my best scene is “Hipster 4” for PornFidelity. I got to wear my glasses which makes me so happy. I was so relaxed and Ryan Madison is so amazing to work with!
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