Nicholle is on the set of Kelly Holland's Figg's Fantasy
and Love 'em Or Leave 'em, smoking and talking fast
as my tape recorder can keep up with her. Her distinctively
raspy voice is misinterpreted by digital technology and
transmitted to me via her cell phone with a metallic ring
to it. Chloe comes off slightly demure at first, but transforms
into an assertive, smart-as-a-whip crackerjack five minutes
into our interview. I get it. Like many women who already
possess the power of acute sexual beauty, she doesn't want
to double wham you at first with her brain power to boot.
I'm grateful and adjusting to her quick, decisive, honest
entered adult films in '96 as a drug addict looking for
another way to support her habit. "When I first got into
this industry, I didn't get hired much because I was 89
pounds with track marks all over my arms," she confided,
like she was talking about someone else. "With this industry
(porn films), I was able to learn to like myself enough
to get the sobriety."
It's a seeming contradiction of stereotypes, as she claims
acting in porn films helped turned her life right side up,
not upside down. But then she cuts to the chase.
"I wanted to look good in front of the camera." So, vanity
won out over the drugs. But, she goes on to add, "It doesn't
matter what you do, occupational wise, if you want to get
sober you can." And the rest, as they say, is history.
Chloe walked up to the podium so many times to collect AVN
awards last January, they could have renamed it "The Chloe
AVN Awards." She collected the adult industry's equivalent
of Oscar for the following: Best Actress, for the movie
Chloe; Best Solo Sex Scene for Chloe: What Makes
You Come; The Safe Sex Award; Best Female Sex Scene
for Seymore Butt's Tampa Tushi Fest and the Best
Anal Scene for Breaking Up.
"When I set my mind to something, I'm usually able to achieve
it," she said. That's an understatement. Speaking of her
Best Actress award, I mentioned to Chloe that we had her
infamous egg scene from Chloe as a video
clip in our online magazine.
"I have to eat my eggs over hard now," she laughed, then
went on to explain how she got the part in Kramski's over-the-edge
"I went in there and told him, because originally I
did not have the lead in that film, I said, 'dude, you
have no idea, this is my life. I can totally act the
character of the drug addict. Shit, I was a drug addict
for fuckin' years; I've got three years sober.' I said,
'C'mon, you give me this role and I will give you 200%
and you will win best actress for this movie."
recently made the crossover into mainstream films, via
satellite and cable, when she nabbed the lead with a
cold call for Showtime's Lady Chatterly's Lover.
For the 28 year old Scorpio, who stumbled onto her first
porno set in a drug haze just four years ago, it's a
good place to be; I thought she would be more enthused.
"It's a nice crossover point (cable/straight to video)
if you're a porn actress, but I wouldn't want to make
a living at it. It pays shit . . . You get $400 a day.
It's not like you're a real actress. They hire you out
just like in porno, except it's 14 hour days, simulated
sex and lot's of dialogue. With porn, I can make $2000
a day. I do it because I love acting and it's a nice change
from the daily grind of having sex on camera."
Chloe has no great aspirations to completely crossover
into mainstream and land a big role. She has no fantasies
about holding an Oscar, instead of an AVN Award, some
day. Right now, she's happy with the occasional part
outside of porn and her repertoire of adult film projects.
She just finished up directing the gonzo film (where
the director narrates and participates in the shoot),
Chloe's Catalina Come Shots.
"And yes I did shoot in Catalina," she laughs." Although
you wouldn't be able to tell by the footage because
we shot everything inside." Chloe's gonzo director career
started out with Chloe's I Came Did You, with
Elegant Angel, and branched out into her VCA gonzo line,
Chloe: What Makes You Come. She has six gonzo
films, including Catalina Come Shots, lined up
with Patrick Collin's Elegant Angel, plus studios who
want her to direct a feature, and her acting roles in
and out of porno. Not-to-mention, when Chloe directs
a gonzo film, she handles everything from the actors
to the zeros on the overall budget--usually
around $25,000. Here, her organizational and orgasmic
skills (a rare combination) can shine.
"I'm a natural dictator," she wisecracks. "I run my sets
with a fascist edge." As well as a great dick-taker.
I asked her if she planned on trying to stimulate
the largest sex organ, the brain, with her gonzo films
or her soon-to-be foray into adult features.
"Mediocrity is the place where they want most directors
to stay," she said. "They don't want anyone to be
too good or too bad. I got marked down a couple of
stars in AVN for being too high-concept for
gonzo. I don't have any desire to try anything extremely
new or different. I think it's about sex. The guy
who's wanking his dick at home doesn't care if there's
MTV style editing or if there's music by Korn."
Again, her statement seems contradictory to her best
actress award for Kramski's cerebral, dialogue driven
Chloe. But, she has an answer for that, too.
"I appreciate a product that stands out from the rest;
I'm just wondering if the fans care... at all. The
actual consumer, the one's who are going into the
video stores and renting the product, they're the
ones who decide what succeeds." So, it's all your
fault--the video renting/buying public--that adult
films are awash in mandated mediocrity.
I asked her where she sees herself ten years from now. Chloe's
mother in Thousand Oaks, Ca, has a business forms business
that Chloe helped run when she was growing up--hence her
organizational skills. She knows her mother wants to retire
in about ten years, and Chloe is happy to step in and take
"I've used my body in good and bad ways for the beginning
of my life, so, because this industry isn't as mentally
challenging as I would like it to be, I will probably
do something where I use more brain power than body
She sees herself living a more mundane or ordinary
life, married, with a couple of kids. And if she needs
"to get that artistic itch out of my system, probably
direct a short feature for Sundance on my own money."
As the interview was winding down, I felt like I was
talking with someone who was open and candid and yet
impossible to know. Her frank answers seemed like
the perfect camouflage for a complex individual who
might give completely different responses to the same
questions and sound just as compelling the next day.
Chloe doesn't believe much in plans or directions,
even though she has plenty--another contradiction.
"I'm a firm believer in it will happen if it happens;
if it's meant to be, it will happen."
Right now, there's no one who is more happening in
adult films than Chloe Nicholle. But she could change
her mind about everything tomorrow. And if she's fixed
on it, she will probably achieve it. So you might
want to think of Chloe the next time you hear the
stereotype saying a woman comes into the adult industries
and heads into a downward spiral, losing her self
and her self esteem along the way. Write that feminist
myth in reverse and you have the story of Chloe Nicholle,
who found herself fucking in front of the camera.