James Deen

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James Deen
James Deen 2010.jpg
Deen attending the XBIZ Awards at Avalon, Hollywood, California on February 10, 2010
Born Bryan Sevilla
(1986-02-07) February 7, 1986 (age 29)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Other names Jimmy Deen, Future Baby Daddy, James Dean[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)[2]
Website jamesdeenblog.com
No. of adult films 2,035 as actor, 51 as director[1] as of June 2015

Bryan Sevilla (born February 7, 1986), better known by his stage name James Deen, in reference to the actor James Dean, is an American pornographic actor and director.[3][4][5] He entered the porn industry in 2004 at the age of 18. He has gained attention due to his relatively slender build, lack of tattoos and everyman appeal, bucking the stereotypical image of hypermasculine male actors in the pornography industry.[2]

Early life

Deen was born Bryan Sevilla in Los Angeles County, California, and raised in Pasadena, California.[6][7][8][9] His father is a mechanical engineer and his mother is a computer electronic engineer;[10] one of them worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.[11] Sevilla graduated from La Cañada High School in 2004.[12] At 17, Deen moved in with his father. He worked at a Starbucks for two years and took classes at Pasadena City College.[10][13]


According to Deen, performing in pornographic films was his ambition since he was in kindergarten.[14] After entering the pornography industry in 2004, he initially worked with older female performers.[2] In 2009, Deen was named the "Male Performer of the Year" by Adult Video News at the age of 22, making him the youngest actor to have won this award.[2] Deen has a fan-following among teenage girls, a demographic that is typically not associated with the pornographic industry.[2] In February 2012, ABC Nightline aired the feature "Porn's Boy Next Door", which included interviews with both Deen and his fans. One fan described him as the Ryan Gosling of porn.[15] His fans include musician Lorde.[16]

ln September 2012, Deen was a participant in a press conference, along with others opposing Los Angeles County Measure B, an initiative which would require condom usage in the pornographic film industry.[17] Deen questioned the measure's constitutionality.

Deen’s collaborations include work with NSFW site WoodRocket.com. As the host of original web series, “James Deen Loves Food”, Deen has been featured reviewing top restaurants, to ordering every item on a drive-thru menu at once, and creating a $580 burrito.[18]

In January 2013, Deen took to crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to raise funds for the mainstream steampunk Western film Cowboys And Engines.[19][20] Deen is listed as the producer of the Bryn Pryor vehicle. The campaign surpassed its goal of $100,000 in 58 days.[21] Actors Malcolm McDowell, Richard Hatch, and Walter Koenig have signed on to the project.[22] In February 2013, Deen was invited to return to his alma mater, Pasadena City College, to speak to students about his career. The appearance, initially open to the public, was restricted by college administrators due to “public safety concerns” over “protesters”.[23] Deen was restricted to speaking to the students of PCC’s “Navigating Pornography” class.[24] Deen participated in a “Night With The Stars: Life, Love, and Sex in the Workplace” panel as part of “Sex Week”, held at Washington University in St Louis, MO.[25]

Deen has been invited to college and university campuses across the country to speak with students on legislation, condom use and contraception, relationships, media, and sexuality.[26] Deen also spoke to students at the University of WisconsinMadison on April 18, dubbed “A Night with James Deen: Pornography & Sex Ed”, as the keynote for the university’s Sexual Health Fest.[27]

Deen was featured in a July 2012 GQ multi-page article, chronicling his work and personal life.[28] GQ interviewed Deen again for an article about his workout regimen, in which he credited healthy eating habits, a “Jew stomach”, and lots of sex.[29]

In 2013, Deen was listed as the only male performer to make the CNBC "Dirty Dozen" list of the porn industry's popular stars.[30]

In April 2013, information was leaked about Deen's involvement in the mainstream Samuel Gonzalez, Jr. movie, based on events surrounding D. B. Cooper and the novel Catcher In The Rye.[31] Deen said, “I am not going anywhere” in response to questions about his intention to leave porn.[32]

In April 2013, Deen filmed a pornographic scene with reality television participant Farrah Abraham, who had been in one of the Teen Mom series. Deen indicated that he was asked to pretend to be dating Abraham as part of a ploy to market the scene as an accidentally released sex tape, but refused to do so, arguing, "If you're going to make a celebrity sex tape and try to pass it off as an amateur home video, you don't hire a well-known porn star!"[33]

Deen co-starred with Lindsay Lohan in Paul Schrader's 2013 film The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis.[7][34]

In July 2013, Deen teamed with American pornographic actress Andy San Dimas, adult app store MiKandi, and adult industry news source XBIZ, to release the first adult video production recorded with Google Glass. Within 24 hours, the censored trailer reached 1 million views on YouTube.[35] The uncensored adult video can be found for free on MiKandi's website.

Deen filmed a scene with Huffington Post blogger and comedienne Jenn Tisdale in late 2013, in a New York City hotel room, after she responded to an open invitation by Deen on Twitter.[36]

Deen has a sizable fan base; his fans, called “Deenagers”, have created social media fan pages on Tumblr, Pinterest, as well as standalone fan sites. “Deenagers” regularly share and comment on Deen’s work. In February 2013, Deen launched JamesDeenStore.com.[37] In addition to Deen’s films and adult novelties, the store features Deen’s “Baby Panda” brand of clothing.[38]

In January 2014, Deen joined the newly formed Adult Performer Advocacy Committee team (APAC), which provides representation for performers within the adult film industry, protects performers’ rights, reviews existing health and safety protocols, and initiates new ones as needed.[39] As part of the Committee’s launch, APAC released a “Porn 101” video.[40] A DVD copy was released to all industry talent attending the recent Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.[41] Deen has served as Treasurer and is currently serving as Chairperson of APAC.[42]

In June 25, 2014, Deen participated in a Reddit AMA. Deen received over 4,000 questions over the course of an hour,[43] making Deen’s AMA listed by Reddit as the most popular on the site as of the following morning. Questions ranged from those about his career, personal life, condom legislation, the “Teen MomFarrah Abraham sex tape, and more.[44]


In September 2014, Deen participated in AIDSWalkLA along with adult industry performers and colleagues[45] as part of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee team (APAC). TeamAPAC raised over $15,000 in less than three weeks, making the team one of the top fundraising teams for the event.[46]

In October 2014, Deen announced he would donate 50% of his web profits throughout the month to benefit breast cancer awareness non-profits Living Beyond Breast Cancer, National Breast Cancer Foundation, and The Rose.[47] The announcement coincided with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Personal life

From 2004–2010 Deen dated fellow porn star Joanna Angel.[48] In an interview with the Huffington Post from July 2013, porn actress Stoya stated that she was dating James Deen.[49]

Deen is Jewish and identifies with Judaism as "a culture more than anything else".[50][51][52] During an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, he joked: "The Jews know we're better than everyone else. That's all that matters... (Laughs) It's true. We're the Chosen People. (Laughs) It's a fact." [53]

Rape and sexual assault allegations

On November 28, 2015, Deen was accused on Twitter of rape by the pornographic actress and writer Stoya.[54][55] In a tweet Stoya stated that Deen sexually penetrated her through the use of coercion and without her consent:

"James Deen held me down and fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can't nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.".[56]

These allegations of rape were denied by Deen who labelled Stoya's statements as 'false', 'egregious' and 'defamatory'[55]

On November 30, 2015, Deen was accused of sexual violence and sexual assault by former adult performer Tori Lux.[57] Lux alleged that Deen physically attacked her while working on an adult film in 2011, striking her '5 or 6 times' in the face with his hand after she had explicitly said 'no' to him.[55]

This was followed later on November 30 by adult performer Ashley Fires stating she had also been assaulted by Deen on set at an unspecified time in the past, and that he later confronted her to tell her to stop talking about the incident.[58] In a published statement Fires said that Deen was the only performer she refuses to work with because 'he almost raped me'.[59]

Due to the allegations Kink.com has severed all ties stating "consent is sacrosanct" (Fires' allegation was that her assault happened on their set), The Frisky has cancelled Deen's sex advice column and removed ads for and links to his site from previously published editions, and Deen has voluntarily resigned as the chairperson of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee.[59][60]

Deen's former girlfriend Joanna Angel has tweeted support for Stoya, and Sydney Leathers has stated that Angel warned her about Deen having "boundary issues" and trying to "break women." Deen's history of rape jokes on social media has also been called in to question.[61]


AVN Awards
Year Award Film
2009[62] Male Performer of the Year N/A
2013[63] Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Girl/Girl/Boy (with Asa Akira & Brooklyn Lee) Asa Akira Is Insatiable 3
Crossover Star of the Year (tied with Sunny Leone) N/A
Male Performer of the Year N/A
2014[64] Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Boy/Boy/Girl (with Anikka Albrite & Ramon Nomar) Anikka
Mainstream Star of the Year N/A
Favorite Male Porn Star (Fan Award) N/A
2015[65] Best Group Sex Scene (with A.J. Applegate, John Strong, Erik Everhard, Mr. Pete, Mick Blue, Ramon Nomar & Jon Jon) Gangbang Me
Most Outrageous Sex Scene (with Adriana Chechik, Erik Everhard & Mick Blue)
Favorite Male Porn Star (Fan Award) N/A
Mainstream Star of the Year N/A
Fanny Awards
Year Award
2013[66] Cocksman of the Year (Male Performer of the Year)
NightMoves Awards
Year Award
2010[67] Best Male Performer (Editor's Choice)
2012[68] Best Male Performer (Fan's Choice)
2014[69] Best Male Performer (Editor's Choice)
XBIZ Awards
Year Award Film
2010[70] Male Performer of the Year N/A
2013[71] Male Performer of the Year N/A
Crossover Star of the Year N/A
2014[72] Male Performer of the Year N/A
Crossover Star of the Year N/A
Best Actor – Feature Movie The New Behind the Green Door
2015[73] Male Performer of the Year N/A
Best Scene – Non-Feature Release (with Adriana Chechik, Mick Blue, Erik Everhard, Criss Strokes & John Strong) Gangbang Me
Best Scene – Vignette Release (with Ava Dalush) I Love My Hot Wife
XRCO Awards
Year Award
2008[74] Unsung Swordsman
Best On-Screen Chemistry (with Joanna Angel)
2009[75] Male Performer of the Year
Best On-Screen Chemistry (with Joanna Angel)
2013[76] Mainstream Adult Media Favorite
2014[77] Mainstream Adult Media Favorite


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