Midori (actress)

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Midori in 2006
Michele Watley

(1968-07-19) July 19, 1968 (age 50)
Other namesMichelle
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight121 lb (55 kg)

Michele Watley, better known for her stage name Midori (born July 19, 1968), is an American singer, dancer, actress and former pornographic actress. She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2009.[2]


Midori was born Michele Watley in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968. She started out as a hair model for Vidal Sassoon, as well as a backup singer and dancer. She appeared as Michele Watley in John Landis' classic comedy film starring Eddie Murphy, Coming to America (1989), as one of the nude bathroom maidens.[3] After that role she changed her stage name to Midori and took parts in such adult fare as United Colors of Ass and Sex Hungry Butthole Sluts.[3]

Midori played as a backup singer in some of Kid Rock's concerts, with whom she also had a relationship for a brief time in 1999.[3] Midori discovered she was pregnant after her relationship with Rock ended, and she decided not to have the baby.[3] When asked about Midori, Kid Rock answered: "She was a great fucker, but a complete psycho".[4] Midori's adult movie career began in 1995, at age 27.

In 1997, she recorded a duet with Oran Juice Jones at Tommy Boy Records. In 1999, she had one track entitled 5-10-15-20, which she wrote on the Porn To Rock compilation. In 1999, Midori performed and toured with Kid Rock, who also produced the track F.M.A. for the Deep Porn (2000) compilation with her. Midori has a second track, "Zap", produced by Wide (a duo consisting of Liquid Todd and Dr. Luke).[5]

In 2000 and 2001, Midori released two CDs, one featuring dance music tracks, the other hip-hop and rap, which had a track featuring AMG. Her latest release was the 2003 single Who's Hustlin' Who, cataloged as being ″by Warrior featuring Midori″.[6]

Midori is the younger sister of R&B singer Jody Watley.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Result Category Film
1998 AVN Award Nominated Best New Starlet[8] N/A
NightMoves Award Won Best Actress (Editor’s Choice)[9] N/A
1999 AVN Award Nominated Female Performer of the Year[10] N/A
2001 Won Best Supporting Actress - Video[11] American Booty
Nominated Best Couples Sex Scene - Video (with Dillon Day)[12] West Side
XRCO Award Nominated Actress (Single Performance)[13]
2009 AVN Award Won AVN Hall of Fame[14] N/A



  • 2001: "Miss Judged", (7 tracks)
  • 2000: "Midori (AKA) Michele Watley" (5 tracks)


  • 2003: "Who's Hustlin' Who" - Warrior featuring Midori

Album appearances:

  • 2002: "Perfect Weapon", Warrior, "Who's Hustlin' Who" feat. Midori
  • 2000: "Deep Porn", Various Artists, "F.M.A." - Kid Rock featuring Midori, "Zap" - Wide featuring Midori
  • 1999: "Porn To Rock", Various Artists, "5,10,15,20" - Midori
  • 1997: "Player's Call," Oran "Juice" Jones, "Let's Stay Together" (featuring Midori)

Cover girl:

  • 2000: "Face Down Ass Up," Andrew Dice Clay
  • 1999: "Nuttin' To Do," Bad Meets Evil (Royce/Eminem)

Music videos:

  • 2001: "Catch The Beat" (solo appearance)
  • 2001: "My Projects," Coo Coo Cal (guest appearance)


  1. ^ Midori Internet Adult Film Database
  2. ^ 2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced, by David Sullivan January 11, 2009, AVN
  3. ^ a b c d [Blender magazine 41°, October 2005, p58: "Midori... Jody Watley's porn-star sister... Clubland diva Jody's kid sister, following a brief role in the 1988 Eddie Murphy movie Coming To America, changed her name from Michele to Midori and took parts in such adult fare as United Colors of Ass and Sex Hungry Butthole Sluts. Dated Kid Rock in 1999, discovered she was pregnant after they'd broken up and decided not to have the baby. 'She was a great fucker, but a complete psycho,' explained Rock before moving on to reliable girl-next-door type Pamela Anderson. Eagle-eyed fans can spot Midori among a trio of half-naked girls pleasuring Andrew Dice Clay on the cover of the Dice Man's 2000 album, Face Down, Ass Up"] Blender
  4. ^ Interview with Kid Rock, by Gabriella (October 1999) (NY Rock)
  5. ^ Hip-Hop Meets Porn! By Mike Winslow 2000-08-01, AllHipHop
  6. ^ Warrior + Midori - Who's Hustlin' Who (12") 2003!! RARE eBay
  7. ^ "Midori Interview". Johnrodeo.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  8. ^ Wallace, David Foster. Consider the Lobster. p. 18.
  9. ^ "Past Winner History". NightMoves. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Choices". 1999 AVN Awards Show Program. Van Nuys, CA: AVN Publications, Inc. January 9, 1999.
  11. ^ Steve Nelson (January 9, 2001). "The AVN Awards Show a Night to Remember". Adult Industry News. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "2001 AVN Awards Nominations List". Archived from the original on March 9, 2001. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "XRCO Award Nominations". March 19, 2001. Archived from the original on January 4, 2002. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  14. ^ David Sullivan (January 11, 2009). "2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved April 4, 2015.

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