Porn legend Karen Summer returns!
Karen Summer was one of the most iconic pornstars of the 1980’s. She began her adult film career in 1982 when she was 20 years old. For over a decade, Ms. Summer worked as one of the most recognizable pornstars in the industry before retiring from the industry in 1993.
And now she’s back.
After being away from the porn industry for over 20 years, Karen Summer is working to make her return to adult films. She’s currently working as a DJ for XXX Pornstar Radio and has also returned to performing burlesque and feature dance shows. And beyond that, Karen Summer has plans to return to appearing in porn movies.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Karen Summer a few questions. Here’s how that went…
I guess I’ll start with the obvious question. What made you decide to return to performing in porn after being away from it for over 20 years?
Running into Nina Hartley at “Sin in the City” Las Vegas. Until that evening I had no intention of ever coming back (I didn’t think I wanted too). LOL!
You obviously have a very unique perspective on the porn industry, having worked in it for so many years. What’s changed the most in your view?
Technology and social media. Back in the ‘ole days’…we did not even have beepers. The world today, in the industry, is much more personal. By that I mean, my fans get to join me in my world. That just wasn’t the case back then, it’s a HUGE difference.
In my opinion, it takes a lot of courage to return to something that you’ve been away from for so long. Did you ever have any second thoughts leading up to the decision to make your official come back?
Absolutely, today’s social media makes this much more personal between me and my fans. They are going to “know me” not just watch me on film. Once Nina and I first chatted, there was no doubt I was coming back, it was how to navigate this whole new world, and was I ready for it. I’m also 20 years older, wiser of course (thank goodness) but more importantly, I no longer am a young, blonde haired, blue eyed, bombshell. I had to be willing to say “here I am world” totally naked!
You stepped away from porn back in 1993. What was life like for you during the years between then and now?
Wonderful, I experienced life to the fullest. I’ve been in Florida for the past 20 years. I was married for 10 years. Additionally, I got an education and became a licensed paralegal during that time. Then I decided to change careers to the Healthcare Field. I had planned to transfer those licenses when I came home to LA this past year.
I’m sure you’ve got some pretty wild stories. What’s one of the craziest things that you’ve ever done on a porn set?
I have so many memories of so many crazy fun times. When you have sex for a living it’s the other stuff that is really fun!
OK, here’s one, on location in Connecticut during the fall, waiting around while others were filming. I’m not very good at waiting around and neither was Jerry Butler. We first got in trouble for running around outside jumping in all those fall leaves. We were TOO loud, oh yeah and we were naked (OOPS!).
Back in the house we go…still bored, we decided, since we had to stay indoors we would make a slip-n-slide up and down the marble hallways with dish soap and water. Needless to say that did not go over well, on so many levels. They practically “grounded us” for the rest of the 3 day shoot, it became a challenge to see what we could get away with from then on.
Silly shit but great times!
Now that you’re back, who are some pornstars that you’d like to work with?
Of course I’d to work with my girls Nina Hartley, Ginger Lynn, Christy Canyon, and Amber Lynn. However the new talent I have met like Tanya Tate, Julia Ann, Lexington Steele, Evan Stone would be wonderful as well. There are so many to choose from it just makes my mouth water.
You’ve made it clear that you’re up for anything in terms of performing (straight, lesbian, interracial, fetish, etc). Being someone who’s probably literally done everything over the course of your career, what are some of your favorite things to do sexually?
Without a doubt, I LOVE TO GIVE HEAD! That has always been my favorite. However I love to create an atmosphere where it’s hot, erotic and extremely sexually charged.
What are some of your goals that you’d like to accomplish during this next chapter of your career?
I’d like to write and direct films & start my own production company. As well as educate people in the world of BDSM and sexuality.
You have an entirely new audience now, many of whom might not have even been alive when you were performing in the 80’s and early 90’s. What should they know about you?
I am absolutely a people person, I do not judge EVER, everybody has their right to be who and what they want to be. I’m open to new ideas and I love learning new things.