By M. Allen Nathan
In HUSTLER Magazine – May 2010
IT’S A TOUGH INTERVIEW. The guest is squirming, but the show’s buxom cohosts press on, probing relentlessly. The windup. The pitch…and there it is. The question on everyone’s mind, now hanging in midair, waiting for a response: “What’s the biggest thing that’s ever been up your ass?” Welcome to Night Calls, a long-running adult talk show with a definite “this was shocking in 1982” vibe. Produced by Sirius XM 99 and Playboy Radio, the program is currently hosted by Christy Canyon and Nicki Hunter. In their hot seat tonight: international porn star Katsuni. My assignment is to spend some time in the company of this exotic French-Vietnamese beauty. Katsuni had recently traveled to Los Angeles from her home in Paris to shoot some fresh, steamy content for mega-studio Digital Playground, as well as to promote her new, personally designed line of lingerie for the American market.
After several moments of reflection, Katsuni comes through. “I would have to say Mandingo,” she replies demurely, referring to the porn actor who packs a Thanksgiving parade float in his pants. “He is…like my arm.” Christy and Nicki nod sympathetically. You can tell by their expressions that they too had done their share of field research in pursuing love down the Hershey Highway. But being savvy entertainers, they also know this is no time to lose focus. What’s called for is the right follow-up question. “What’s the best cock you’ve ever had in the industry?” Nicki asks. “That’s a very difficult question,” Katsuni answers diplomatically. “But I’d have to say [veteran French performer] Manuel Ferrara.”
Christy and Nicki seem a bit disappointed that American cock came in second. Who knows, maybe they still order Freedom Fries. Although the two cohosts want to talk about ass cracks and titties, their stunning guest insists on raising the level of elocution. Katsuni answers every question politely, of course, but she does it almost shyly, speaking in general terms about “liking many things” and “expressing myself openly.”
Talking dirty isn’t this lady’s thing. But wow, do her actions speak louder than her words. Katsuni’s cinematic work is, in a word, filthy. She’s as bad a bad girl as a XXX fan could want. The star of movies like Anal Worship and Cumfucius is up for anything when the director says “Action!” Threeways, double penetration, bondage and relentlessly rough, pounding sex—often bordering on felonious assault—are all hallmarks of Katsuni’s repertoire. It all seems incongruous. The well-spoken, reserved woman talking about “feelings and emotion” is also one of the biggest cock-hungry sluts in the adult industry.
So after her radio interview we sit down and try to get to the bottom of…well, why so many things end up in Katsuni’s alluring bottom. “When it comes to sex, I have no limits,” Katsuni explains in her glorious, breathy French accent. (Guys could masturbate to this chick reading from a phone book.) “For me to have sex is a great way to be free. My brain is always working except for when I have sex. Then my brain is off. I just want to feel. When I make love, I always do it like it’s for the first time or the last time.” My romantic poetry teacher in college wasn’t half as eloquent. Katsuni started out in the porn business as a classic libertine (think female Marquis de Sade) who is devoid of any restraints and who doesn’t concern herself with society’s accepted morals. “I considered the world a playground,” she recalls. “It was like I was in front of a buffet and couldn’t stop eating. I didn’t want to think about the future. I only wanted to feel pleasure.”
Sometimes girls just want to have fun, which Katsuni most certainly did, appearing in 300 adult films. But then one day, much to the dismay of her patron saint—the ol’ Marquis de Horny—this drippingly hot vessel of pleasure had an epiphany. She was getting older. “I loved doing porn,” Katsuni continues, “but before long I knew I would be 30 years old. When you do porn, you don’t have to be responsible; you just want gratification. I realized it was time for me to use my brain.” Luckily, in Katsuni’s case, fucking her brains out proved to be only an expression. She launched an extremely successful personal Web site, ClubKatsuni.com, then began producing and directing for her own adult video company, Katsuni LLC. She did a series of highly successful live dance performances, first in France and Italy, then the U.S.
She also created her own lingerie line, hosted a sex advice cable show in Paris and shot documentaries about the adult industry for French television. Oh, and one more thing: Katsuni fell in love. For the past three years she’s been in an exclusive relationship with a French TV director, Franck Gregory. (No misprint. Leave it to the French to throw in an extra c.) Anyway, Katsuni and Franck with the superfluous consonant are crazy about each other, and both work hard to cope with the stressful complications of their various jobs—his involving long hours and travel, hers getting ass-fucked constantly. “I know it’s not natural to be with another man when you’re in love, but I love what I do,” Katsuni tells me the next day as I accompany her, Franck and several of their friends on a sightseeing tour of Santa Monica, California. “Franck didn’t make me choose between him and my job. But I knew if I loved this man, I had to start thinking for two.”
In other words it was time to feather the nest. Katsuni and Franck moved into a place together in Paris, settling down to simple domestic bliss. “We don’t go to clubs,” she says. “I go to enough clubs for my work. We like to relax at small neighborhood restaurants, either with friends or just the two of us. We don’t like the famous international tourist places.” Domestic goddess, international porn star and successful businesswoman. The lady’s come a long way from the shy, innocent Parisian teen who first started watching porn out of curiosity and insecurity. “It’s funny,” Katsuni confesses. “I never wanted to be a porn star. Porn was a secret, a fantasy, an experiment. The girls in porn seemed so powerful to me back then. They could satisfy two or three men, and I was worried I couldn’t satisfy one.” Who’s got the power now?
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