The Accidental Voyeur: Meet The New Jenna J

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What’s it like seeing a hot new girl for the first time, and she instantly reminds you of someone who evokes good memories from your own sexual past? Such was the sense of verisimilitude when I beheld Jenna J Ross.

Interestingly, she caught my attention after getting her very first AVN Award nomination this year, for “Best Unsung Starlet.” Did she win in the end? No (Presley Hart did) but is there a more ironic award, anyway? Back in 2007, Mika Tan told me, right after she’d won that same trophy: “Being considered ‘underrated’ almost sounds like a back-handed compliment, so I wasn’t sure how to take the award at first. It’s kind of funny to be recognized for being unrecognized.”

Unrecognized? This new Jenna J could almost be invisible — given her small 32C breasts, petite 5 ft 2in frame, and the unusual name with the middle initial, which actually stands for “Jinx” (Jenna Jinx was her chosen porn star name until an agent insisted it was “too cute”), though hers is certainly a name to conjure with (Jenna Ross – “Generous”? She’s certainly generous with her gifts, that’s for sure). The week before the 2014 AVN Awards (just concluded over this past weekend), I inquire as to what she thought of her strange nomination, and she deftly replies: “I think it’s an honor to just be nominated.  Whether, I win or not, I will continue to make the best porn that I possibly can. I have passion, drive and the desire to be the best I possibly can be. I genuinely care about my work and the product I produce.”

Ah, to be in your mid-20’s, so young and energetic, so spontaneous and free-spirited, so infused with the zest of your hormonal urges and to have found a vehicle to be that way, what other elements make for the perfect porn star? When I ask her what she thought of her uncanny similarity to a lissome lass from my own past – surely more interesting to her, I presumed, than hearing her fans tell her that they’ve jacked off to her movies — her response was surprisingly nonchalant yet profound. “Well, I make my porn to provide others with pleasure,” she tells me.  “However you choose to appreciate my porn will make me happy, be it on a purely physical level or finding a deeper connection with it.”

She’s so right, and such wise words for someone her age. Just turned 25 this past December and only in her third year in the industry, she’d moved to Los Angeles from her native Boston back in 2011 after quitting her waitressing job in order to more openly express her sexuality – something highly evident if you’ve ever accessed her various social media. Her Facebook wall, for instance, offers images aplenty of her own naked self along with several close-ups of her own vagina (“Freshly waxed pussy, who wants to take her for a test drive?” she declares, in one caption) and sizzling stills from her movies (including several shots of her being happily double-penetrated by James Deen and Seth Gamble).

On her Instagram page, she cheekily self-identifies as “Jenna J Ross, Mattress Actress” and her Tumblr images include food photos (“Dijon Soy Garlic Salmon with Blanched Asparagus and Noodles—bet ur gf can’t cook like me”) and an email address to write to if you want to buy her pantyhose, but I really cracked up when she responded to a Tumblr follower, who wrote to say he found her “an inspiration” in his own liaison with a chick whom he’d just fucked in the ass, with this wry comment:“I’m glad my asshole inspires you.”

She’s also very proud of her deep-throating skills (and readily recommends her movie Down The Throat from New Sensations), prefers not knowing her onscreen partners first (“I prefer to meet them on a set,” she writes. “Knowing intimate personal details before I fuck them makes them less desirable to me. I much prefer to fuck first, then make friends”) and to one interviewer who asked about her family background, she snidely quipped: “Both my parents are psychologists. Psychologist parents to a porn star, figure that one out!”

And so, when I point out what her publicist calls her “sick sense of humor,” she says: “My humor is distinctly East Coast. I just like to have fun and laughter is good for the soul. I’m very sarcastic, witty and snarky, and if you don’t like that, well, just too bad.” She might have only joined Facebook last November, but there’s already a selfie where she’s sitting wearing a knowing smirk, thighs wide open (though, alas, with panties) and third finger raised, with the caption: “To all the bitches back in Boston who said I couldn’t do it, this one’s for you.”

So yes, I’m very charmed by her attitude. Who needs an award for “Best Unsung Starlet” (or what AVN now prefers to call “Unsung Female Performer of the Year”)? Most definitely not her.