Kayden Kross

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Kayden Kross
Kayden Kross 2009.jpg
Kayden Kross in 2009
Born (1985-09-15) September 15, 1985 (age 31)[1]
Sacramento, California, United States[2]
Other names Jenna Nikol, Jenna Nickol, Kayden Cross
Partner(s) Manuel Ferrara (2012–)
Children 1
Website www.clubkayden.com
No. of adult films 144 as actress, 2 as director (per IAFD)[1]

Kayden Kross (born Kimberly Nicole Rathkamp[3]; September 15, 1985) is a writer and American pornographic actress.[4] Kross has won multiple awards for her adult film work.


Adult film career[edit]

Kross was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She grew up in the foothills between Sacramento and Placerville.[5] She is of mostly Swedish ancestry.[2] She has described herself as "the book nerd" during her time as a high school student.[6] Kross began stripping at Rick's Showgirls in Rancho Cordova, California when she was eighteen years old to earn extra money to rescue a pony from a slaughter house, which she kept for eight months.[7] She was later contacted by an agent, whose business relationship provided Kross with the opportunity of modeling in adult magazines.[8]

Kross was a senior at California State University, Sacramento when she signed an exclusive performing contract with Vivid Video in November 2006.[8] Her movies with Vivid included Kayden's First Time, Hard Time, and Be Here Now. Unhappy with the company, she became a free agent one year later when she did not renew her contract.[6] She signed an exclusive contract with Adam & Eve after one month of being a free agent.[8] She was named Penthouse Pet of the Month for September 2008.[9] Kross' official website, ClubKayden.com, was launched on September 2, 2008. Kross has hosted a blog at UnKrossed.com, and has written regular updates and opinion columns for MikeSouth.com, an adult industry gossip blog, among other sites.[10]

Kayden Kross in 2015.

Kross became exclusive to Digital Playground under a multi-year contract on January 1, 2010. Her first movie with the company, The Smiths, topped sales charts immediately and has continued to be a best seller. She was given the lead in their big budget feature, Body Heat, in her third month in contract. She won two Best Actress Awards for the role.[11][clarification needed]

Kross hosted the 2010 AVN Awards show, along with porn actress Kirsten Price and comedian Dave Attell.[12] She was Penthouse magazine's "Cover Girl" for September 2008 and 2010.[13] Kross starred in the 2010 AVN Best Feature The 8th Day and portrayed the role of Elin Nordegren, wife of Tiger Woods, in Adam & Eve Pictures' film Tyler's Wood.[14]

In January 2011, she was named by CNBC as one of the twelve most popular stars in porn.[15] CNBC noted her consecutive AVN nominations for Performer of the Year. In 2012, she hosted the Xbiz awards for the second time, and appeared in the ceremony alongside Wicked Pictures/Wicked.com contract star, Jessica Drake, and on the AVN red carpet with co-hosts Jesse Jane and guitarist Dave Navarro.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Kross has made appearances in the FX's comedy series ‘’The League’’, the G4 reality series ‘’The Block’’, and Family Jewels.[16] In 2011 she was cast as Tara in Gregory Hatanaka's drama Blue Dream[17] In 2011, Kross briefly co-hosted a regular videocast, Kayden's Review, for Triggla TV[18][19] alongside the comedian Dane Hanson.[20] From 2012 - 2013, Kross portrayed a main character in the second season of Tucky Williams' lesbian-themed web series Girl/Girl Scene.[21] Starting from January 2013 Kross hosts the weekly call-in show Krossfire on Playboy Radio.[22] In 2013, Kross also appeared in the featurette "Chicks 'N Guns" on the Breaking Bad 5th season DVD as a stripper. The scene takes place during the season 5 episode "Gliding Over All." Kross also appeared in two music videos from the band Nekrogoblikon, "No One Survives"[23] in 2012 and "We Need a Gimmick"[24] in 2015.


Kross writes columns regularly for publications such as Complex magazine, XBIZ magazine, and a blog for xcritic.com.[25][26] She has also contributed to Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and her short story "Plank" appeared in the 2012 short story collection Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, an e-book. As of August 2012, she was writing an autobiographical book about the porn industry.[27]

Adult industry activism[edit]

In 2008, she was among those testifying against a proposed tax in California on all producers and distributors of adult entertainment.[28] In February 2012, she and conservative pundit Wendy Murphy appeared on Stossel, with host John Stossel, to discuss legislation in California that would require that condoms be used during the production of adult movies.[29]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2008, Kross was charged with grand theft and violations of the California Civil Code, involving contracts for purchases of home equity mortgages, allegedly conning a disabled veteran and his family.[30][31] In July 2009, the grand-theft charge was dismissed, and the real-estate-fraud charge was reduced to a misdemeanor; Kross pleaded no contest to the resulting charges and was sentenced to one day in custody and three years of probation.[32] She blamed her involvement in the situation on her naïveté and being scammed by the broker and mortgage lender.[33]

Kayden Kross and Manuel Ferrara have one daughter, born in January 2014.[34] In 2013, Ferrara asked her not to perform with other men.[4]


Year Award Category Film
2009 Hot d'Or Best American Starlet[35][36] N/A
2010 Venus Award Best Actress International[37] N/A
Erotixxx Award Best U.S. Actress[38] N/A
NightMoves Award Best Female Performer (Fan's Choice)[39] N/A
2011 AVN Award Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene[40] Body Heat
Wildest Sex Scene (Fan Award)[40]
XBIZ Award Acting Performance of the Year (Female)[41]
2012 AVN Award Hottest Sex Scene (Fan Award)[42] Babysitters 2
2013 XBIZ Award Best Scene - All-Girl[43] Mothers & Daughters
2014 Best Scene - Feature Movie[44] Code of Honor
2015 Director of the Year - Non-Feature Release[45] Misha Cross Wide Open (with Manuel Ferrara)
Best Scene - All-Girl[45] Misha Cross Wide Open (with Misha Cross)

Mainstream filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Breaking Bad (Bonus DVD feature Chicks 'n' Guns) Kristall
2013 Blue Dream Tara
2014 The Hungover Games Topless Blonde
2015 Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Milena/Jennifer
2016 Enter the Samurai Herself


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  33. ^ AVN – Kayden Kross, Victim of Mortgage Scam, Pleads 'No Contest'. Business.avn.com (July 6, 2009). Retrieved on January 29, 2012.
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