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From Porn Star To Film Star: 10 Celebrities Whose Careers Started Out In Porn

From Porn Star To Film Star: 10 Celebrities Whose Careers Started Out In Porn

These celebrities used to hustle in the adult entertainment industry before breaking out in mainstream films.

Breaking into Hollywood is not an easy thing to do. Thousands of people often go to this central region of Los Angeles, California, with big hopes to become huge stars, only to find out that the place could be tougher than hell. The cut-throat competition and fast-paced environment could easily kill the dreams and hopes of those who aren't prepared to suffer and persevere. Understandably, some struggling hopefuls could be swayed to take any role they can just to earn a living and get themselves closer to their dream.

Here are ten celebrities who used to work in the adult film industry before breaking out in mainstream films. 

Riley Steele, Kelly Brook

 10. Riley Steele

You've probably seen this gorgeous blonde bombshell skinny dipping and making out with Kelly Brook in the 'Piranha 3D'. Their scenes were one of the high lights of the film, aside from the gory attack of the flesh-eating fishes. Riley grew up in  Escondido, California, and worked at Starbucks and at a golf course snack bar before getting into adult entertainment. ' Piranha 3D' was her break-out role in mainstream film. 

Sibel-Kekilli-Game-Thrones

9. Sibel Kekilli 

Sibel portrayed Tyrion Lannister's love interest in 'Game of Thrones.' She previously acted in porn films under the stage name 'Dilara.' After winning the Golden Bear award for her role in 'Head-On,' the then 23-year-old faced a sex scandal when a German tabloid newspaper published her involvement in the porn industry. The news deeply upset her parents, who end up cutting all their ties from their daughter. 

MATT LEBLANC

8. Matt LeBlanc

Before landing the role of Joey Tribbiani in 'Friends, '  Matt Leblanc used to star in 'The Red Shoe Diaries,' an erotic drama series that aired on Showtime cable network from 1992 to 1997 and distributed by Playboy Entertainment abroad. 

 Shu Qi 

7.  Shu Qi 

Shu Qi played a  badass hacker slash assassin and espionage specialist in the 2002 Hong Kong action film 'So Close.' She was also a famous actress in her native Taiwan and even landed film roles in Hollywood. Years before she broke records in the mainstream film industry, Shu Qi used to do softcore porn. She appeared in Hong Kong Penthouse, the Chinese edition of Playboy, Viva Erotica (a film about the porn industry), and Sex and Zen II. 

Sasha Grey

6. Sasha Grey

Sasha Grey spent five years in the porn industry before retiring in 2011. She has then shifted her acting skills on mainstream flicks such as 'The Girlfriend Experience' and 'I Melt With You.' Unlike other celebrities, Sasha thinks that her participation in the adult industry was a way to free herself from sexual shame and take the stigma out of the industry.

Jenna Jameson

5. Jenna Jameson

Jenna had 187 credits during the course of her porn career. The actress and successful entrepreneur now runs her business empire that rake in millions and millions of dollars a year. She has also appeared in Howard Stern's 'Private Parts,' 'Family Guy,' and voiced 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' and Tony Hawk's 'Pro Skater 4'.

Cameron Diaz

4. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz is among the biggest names in Hollywood. But before breaking out in the mainstream movies, the actress used to do soft-core porn. After finding success, Cameron bought the rights to the erotic film so no one else would see it. Unfortunately, the internet is such a powerful enemy, and not even Cameron can stop it from displaying those old videos online. 

Jackie Chan 

3. Jackie Chan 

In 2006, the news broke that the action star Jackie Chan starred in an adult comedy film 'All in the Family.' While this might come as a shock to some fans, Jackie Chan just shrugged it off and thought it wasn't a big deal.

"I had to do anything I could to make a living 31 years ago, but I don't think it's a big deal, even Marlon Brando used to be exposed in his movies," the actor said in an interview.

Sylvester Stallone

2. Sylvester Stallone

Just like Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone was forced to accept a role in the porn industry just to make ends meet. While sleeping on the streets of New York City, he accepted an offer to star in a soft-core porn film titled The Party at Kitty and Stud's.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

1.  Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has worn many hats throughout his life. He was a body builder, an actor, and a Governor of California. But what most people do not know is that he also a gay porn model at some point in his life. He posed nude for gay magazine 'After Dark.'

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