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TOPHER meets… CHI CHI LARUE: Iconic Gay Porn Director & Drag-Diva

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If you’re a gay porn fan, a porn performer or have any interest in the exciting world of porn… you’ll know of Chi Chi LaRue. If you don’t – where have you been?! With a formidable reputation, huge success and a colourful drag persona – Chi Chi is a force to be reckoned with. I recently had the pleasure of meeting her in Manchester; and then at the Prowler European Porn Awards, where she hosted and handed me and a few of our associated porn boys their awards. I was pleasantly surprised by how lovely Chi Chi is… so of course I had to ask for an interview.

So, lets go… 

Hey! Where did it all begin for Chi Chi? Drag or Porn? Or both at the same time?

It all began for ChiChi LaRue in Minneapolis Minnesota when I started doing drag at First Avenue the amazing venue were Purple Rain with Prince was filmed. I was actually in the movie.

Do you remember your first directorial debut? What was the film and how did it feel at the final ‘wrap’?

The first feature I directed was called Flex xx starring my very first discovery Alex Stone. When it wrapped all I could think about was doing the next movie. I was hooked I loved every minute of it.

How many films have you shot over the years?

Hundreds and hundreds.

Drag-Diva | Chi Chi‘s colourful drag persona

Is there a film in particular which stands out for you? and why?

I consider them all my babies, but I guess I have my favorites. It’s pretty impossible to tell you my absolute favourite… but I can give you a small list of the top five:

  1. Earthbound (Heaven To Hell 2)
  2. The Link Series
  3. Trapped
  4. Wrong Side Of The Tracks 1 & 2
  5. Echos

Who’s your dream performer (dead or alive – porn actor or not) to direct?

Porn: François Sagat

Non Porn: Jason Statham

In 2006 you famously refused to work with a certain film studio, due to them not using condoms in their movies. Why was that important to you?

It was for a straight company, Vivid Video and I felt hypocritical that I was directing with condoms for all of my gay content – so I wanted to do it for all of my content. When they said I couldn’t use condoms anymore, I couldn’t continue. I’ve since changed my view on condoms with the onset of prep and testing.

BLACKBALLED | The iconic porn series

Blackballed exploded when it launched. Do you remember knowing it was going to be such a success when the first one was filmed?

I filmed blackballed 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8. So after I filmed 2 and it was such a success; and 5 Starring Dean Monroe went beyond our expectations – we kind of knew we had a hit on our hands. It’s the most requested series that I did. They want a 9…

We recently met and had dinner in Manchester, before you shooting in the UK. What’s the biggest difference between the UK and USA porn scenes?

Shooting in the UK for Blake Mason was very chill and I had an amazing time. The boys were so exciting and excited to work with me.

NOIR Male has exploded over the internet. I see it on my Twitter feed about 10 times a day (not complaining… at all). How have you managed to stay so successful in adult films through the explosion of internet streaming porn?

I stay true to myself, my craft and I believe that people still want to high-quality porn. I’ve adapted to the Internet and when I decide to do my first bareback movie, we will see what happens.

Chi Chi LaRue

We’ve seen drag explode since the inception of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. How has this affected your career?

Like my porn career, I’ve stayed true to my DRAG self. I have evolved by becoming a DJ and I love entertaining. I love a lot of the drag queens that have been on RuPaul’s drag race. Some, not so much… I’ve performed with many of the girls and some I would never perform with again!

What about RPDR porn? Is that something that’s ever been discussed?

I don’t believe so.

You have quite the reputation. What’s the biggest misconception about yourself that you’ve come across?

That I yell a lot, that I’m a bitch, and that I don’t care about people. One and two are probably true; but three is definitely not the case, I care more about others than I do about myself sometimes.

Chi Chi’s boys | Colby Tucker, Jacen Zhu & Casey Everett

What does the future hold for Chi Chi LaRue?

I was going to stop doing drag when I turned 50 but that’s when it started to explode. I’m blessed and very thankful for this life that I’ve been given, I have to just realize that I’m in control of my life – and I need to stay on path!

Tell us something about you that not many people know?

I have a very addictive personality, so I do everything in abundance. Some of the things I choose to do some of the time are not good. I’m obsessed with Big Brother, Friends, Animal Kingdom and The Handmaids Tale. I love the Spice Girls, Kylie, and Cher!

I cry at movies television shows and TV commercials. I’m really a softy.

Thanks, Chi Chi!

You can follow Chi Chi on Twitter here, Instagram here and check out the official website here.

Check out the beautifully shot NOIR MALE here.

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