The easiest thing to do is check out my Wikipedia page. Bare bones: I’m bisexual, kinky, happily married since 2000, in an open relationship with the director/writer/editor Ernest Greene. No kids. RN degree. Was going to be a midwife. First movie was in 1984. My most recent was Confessions of a Sinful Nun. Wrote a book, “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex” in 2006. Have a 40-volume sex-ed series from Adam & Eve. Known for my big butt, before big butts were popular. Grew up around a Zen temple. Aunt and great-aunt. Exhibitionistic. Voyeuristic. Dominant with women, flexible with men.
You are featured in Sweetheart Video’s new and controversial Confessions of a Sinful Nun. What drew you to want to do this movie and for those who haven’t heard about it what does the story involve?
I was drawn to the movie because it was for Sweetheart Productions, which is a great company. I didn’t know the director at the time but Dana Vespoli, a regular SH director/producer, was involved, which was enough for me. It takes place in a convent at an undisclosed time in history, with lots of drama and strained emotions.
You play the Mother Superior for the convent and you have a scene with Mona Wales. What was it like playing a part like that and how would you describe your scene with Mona?
My mother was the Zen equivalent of a Catholic Mother Superior, so I just channeled her. That was fun, actually, as she had just died a year before shooting. I love working with Mona! She’s just a great scene partner. Fully engaged. Sexy and sexual. Pretty. Super smart. Sense of humor. The whole package.
The controversial aspect of this movie is the mixture of religion and porn. Obviously many religious types are going to be outraged but many of them don’t watch porn anyway. What would you say to those that may find this offensive but do watch porn?
There are many documented instances over the centuries, of sexual conduct within nunneries. This has proved a fertile ground for movie makers(Nina wanted me to link to this list on IMDb of the best Nunsploitation films). What I would say is if depictions of sex and religion offend a person, that person should not watch a porn titled, Confessions of a Sinful Nun, no?
At this point in your career do you find the sex scenes as more of a challenge or the acting in non-sex scenes?
The acting has never been a challenge, as I’ve rarely gotten a role that required much more than basic, soap-opera level acting. I’d love to change that. Is Jacky St. James reading this? None of it is hard for me.
I recommend highly that a person with an unconventional sexuality try every way beside professional performance, to develop a sex life that works for them. There are many, many groups of swingers, sex-positive groups, GLBTQQIA groups that host sex parties, cuddle parties, professional cuddles, etc., that allow a person to have a safe sexual life without endangering their status as a “normal” person.
One must be willing to work hard for not much, to lose friends or family, learn coding/computer stuff, deal with banking, asshole co-workers and zero job security. I do not recommend a career in adult entertainment to anyone lightly.
What would you say is your favorite movie or scene you have done in your career?
I’ve done at least 1500 scenes, give or take a hundred, so it’s hard to say. My scene with Tom Byron in Splendor in the Ass, is a consistent favorite of many fans. I’m at my tanned, toned, big blonde porn star best in that. Plus, it’s a comedy, which I love. Directed by the late, great, Jerry Damiano.
I’m proudest of my sex ed series, the Nina Hartley Guides, from Adam & Eve. And any scene where I get to top a willing woman is going to be epic.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would be your dream scene or movie to make?
A period piece that requires corsets and all that. As lush to look at as Dangerous Liaisons. Perfect detail and a good script.
Who would you say are the people you really want to work with but haven’t had the chance to as of yet?
Penny Pax would be good. It’s been over twenty years since I did a scene with Ramon Nomar, so he’d be fun. Ditto for Tony Ribas. Asa Akira. Isaiah Maxwell. Tommy Pistol
Who would you say your idols are, either within the industry or not?
Betty Dodson. Paul Robeson. Maya Angelou. Emma Goldman. Victoria Woodhull. My maternal grandfather. Miles Davis. To name a few.
What sort of things do you like to do when you aren’t working? Any hobbies?
Are there any projects or special events coming up that you would like to promote, if so please do so?
Nothing particular at this time, but you can see me at my NSFW site nina.com. Look for me on Clips4Sale NSFW: https://www.clips4sale.com/studio/88536/nina-hartley. My Twitter: @ninaland and my mostly moribund Instagram: @miss_nina-hartley
Final two photos by josefinaphoto.com