Deen attending the 2010 XBIZ Awards
|Born||Bryan Matthew Sevilla
February 7, 1986
Los Angeles County, California, United States
|Other names||Jimmy Deen|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 kg)|
|No. of adult films||2,035 as a performer
51 as a director
as of June 2015
Bryan Matthew Sevilla (born February 7, 1986), better known by his stage name James Deen, is an American pornographic actor and director. 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.
In late 2015, multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct including nonconsensual sexual activity.
Deen was born in Los Angeles County, California, and raised in Pasadena, California. His father is a mechanical engineer and his mother is a computer electronic engineer, and one of them worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sevilla graduated from La Cañada High School in 2004. At 17, Deen moved in with his father. He worked at a Starbucks for two years and took classes at Pasadena City College.
According to Deen, performing in pornographic films was his ambition since he was in kindergarten. After entering the pornography industry in 2004, he initially worked with older female performers. 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. Deen has a fan-following among teenage girls, a demographic that is typically not associated with the pornographic industry. 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.
In 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. 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.
In January 2013, Deen took to crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to raise funds for the mainstream steampunk Western film Cowboys & Engines. Deen is listed as the producer of the Bryn Pryor vehicle. The campaign surpassed its goal of $100,000 in 58 days. Actors Malcolm McDowell, Richard Hatch, and Walter Koenig have signed on to the project.
In February 2013, Deen was invited to return to his alma mater, Pasadena City College, by professor Hugo Schwyzer 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". Deen was restricted to speaking to the students of Pasadena City College's "Navigating Pornography" class.
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. Deen also spoke to students at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on April 18, dubbed A Night with James Deen: Pornography & Sex Ed, as the keynote for the university's Sexual Health Fest.
Deen was featured in a July 2012 GQ multi-page article, chronicling his work and personal life. 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.
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 The Catcher in the Rye. Deen said, "I am not going anywhere" in response to questions about his intention to leave porn.
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!"
Deen co-starred with Lindsay Lohan in Paul Schrader's 2013 film The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis. 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. The uncensored adult video can be found for free on MiKandi's website.
Deen filmed a sex scene with Huffington Post blogger and comedian Jenn Tisdale in late 2013, in a New York City hotel room, after she responded to an open invitation by Deen on Twitter. Tisdale performed in the scene under the name Gwen Derringer and the scene was released on the 2014 adult DVD entitled James Deen's Sex Tapes: Hotel Sex. In November 2015, in light of sexual assault allegations made against Deen, Tisdale addressed the issue by amending her original story about filming a sex video with Deen, saying she regretted contributing to the false image James Deen projected of himself.
Deen has a sizable fan base; his fans, dubbed "Deenagers", have created social media fan pages on Tumblr, Pinterest, and standalone fan sites. Deenagers regularly share and comment on Deen's work. In February 2013, Deen launched JamesDeenStore.com. In addition to Deen's films and adult novelties, the store features Deen's Baby Panda brand of clothing.
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. As part of the Committee's launch, APAC released a Porn 101 video. A DVD copy was released to all industry talent attending the recent Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Deen has served as Treasurer and served as Chairperson of APAC until December 2015 when he stepped down following accusations from fellow performers.
In June 25, 2014, Deen participated in a Reddit A.M.A.. Deen received over four thousand questions over the course of an hour, 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 Mom Farrah Abraham sex tape, and more.
From 2005 to 2011, Deen courted fellow pornography star Joanna Angel. In an interview with The Huffington Post from July 2013, porn actress Stoya stated that she was dating James Deen. They dated from 2012-2014 and after that, he was dating with Chanel Preston from 2015.
Deen is Jewish and identifies with Judaism as "a culture more than anything else". During an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, he joked, "The Jews know we're better than everyone else. That's all that matters... it's true. We're the chosen people. It's a fact."
In September 2014, Deen participated in AIDSWalkLA along with adult industry performers and colleagues as part of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee team (A.P.A.C.). Team A.P.A.C. raised over $15,000 in less than three weeks, making the team one of the top fund-raising teams for the event.
In October 2014, Deen announced he would donate 50% of his web profits throughout the month to benefit breast cancer awareness nonprofits Living Beyond Breast Cancer, National Breast Cancer Foundation, and The Rose. The announcement coincided with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Rape and sexual misconduct allegations
On November 28, 2015, Deen was accused on Twitter of rape by the pornographic actress and writer Stoya, with whom he had previously been in a romantic relationship. In a tweet, Stoya stated that Deen sexually penetrated her through the use of coercion and without her consent.
The allegations of rape were denied by Deen, who labelled Stoya's statements as "false", "egregious", and "defamatory". Deen's former girlfriend Joanna Angel was one of the first performers to tweet support for Stoya. On The Jason Ellis Show, she accused Deen of being abusive during their six-year relationship.
Other women in the industry also came forward in the following days with their stories of abuse including Tori Lux, and Ashley Fires. Kora Peters, Nicki Blue, Lily LaBeau and Bree Olson said Deen was unnecessarily rough during scenes. Amber Rayne recounted the time Deen had punched and injured her on set though they became friends years later. Rayne had brushed off Deen's misconduct as a "newbie" mistake, but came forward when she realized that he was still abusing women.
Due to the allegations, Kink.com severed all ties with Deen, stating that "consent is sacrosanct". The Frisky cancelled Deen's sexual advice column and removed advertisements for and links to Deen's official site from previously published editions. Deen voluntarily resigned as chairman of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee.
In late 2015, articles in The Daily Beast and the The Huffington Post referred to James Deen as the "Bill Cosby of porn". Deen later gave an interview to The Daily Beast where he claimed to be "baffled" by the accusations, and denied or offered counter-explanations for them.
|2009||Male Performer of the Year||N/A|
|2013||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||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||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|
|2016||Best Double Penetration Sex Scene (with Riley Reid & Erik Everhard)||Being Riley|
|Best Group Sex Scene (with Keisha Grey, Mick Blue, Jon Jon, John Strong & Erik Everhard)||Gangbang Me 2|
|2010||Best Male Performer (Editor's Choice)|
|2012||Best Male Performer (Fan's Choice)|
|2014||Best Male Performer (Editor's Choice)|
|2010||Male Performer of the Year||N/A|
|2013||Male Performer of the Year||N/A|
|Crossover Star of the Year||N/A|
|2014||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||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|
|Best On-Screen Chemistry (with Joanna Angel)|
|2009||Male Performer of the Year|
|Best On-Screen Chemistry (with Joanna Angel)|
|2013||Mainstream Adult Media Favorite|
|2014||Mainstream Adult Media Favorite|
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