The early 2000’s saw the rise of the girl-next-door look in porn actresses, big eyes, dewy skin, and brunette or blonde. They looked more like your everyday neighbor than the starlets that dominated porn in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990’s. But that doesn’t mean these female porn actresses of the 2000’s weren’t pushing boundaries. As many shifted quickly between the adult industry and mainstream acting careers, these pornstars showed that girls can do anything!
At Adult Site Broker, we have broken down our top 10 most popular 2000’s female pornstars.
Celine Tran, known in the adult industry as Katsuni, is a French porn actress who rose to fame in the 2000’s, starting in France before moving to the USA and breaking into the adult film industry. As the face of Penthouse France, she turned to acting in 2001 when she starred in Amazonesex and went on to star in over 400 movies over the decade, including working with John Stagliano and Rocco Siffredi. She retired from porn in 2013 and returned to France, where she has broken into the mainstream acting side and starred in a few comedies over the years. She has won the AVN Award for Female Foreign Performer of the Year three times.
One of the top pornstars in the 2000’s Aurora Snow was an actress, director, and column writer during the early 2000’s before retiring in 2011 after ten years. She started her career in 2000 when she starred in multiple adult industry roles, including Grrl Power, before becoming a contract performer for Sin City in 2003-2005. Over the years, she has won various XRCO awards, including Best Threeway Performer and the AVN award for Female Performer of the Year in 2003, and has been inducted into both of their Halls of Fame for her work. Since leaving the porn industry, she has gone on to give lectures on porn and also wrote an article in 2013 for the Daily Beast titled: A Porn Stars Letter to Her Unborn Son that went viral.
Since signing an exclusive contract in 2002 with Digital Playground, Jesse Jane is one of the most recognizable names in the directory of pornstars of the 2000’s. With movies under her belt like No Limits, Beat the Devil, Loaded, and the popular Pirates series, she quickly gained popularity in the early 00’s, started her sex toy line and won multiple awards. She has been cited as the face of modern porn, hosting numerous industry awards shows before retiring in 2017. However, in 2019, XBIZ announced she would return from retirement, where she began making movies again, including her first interracial scene for Blacked.
Although she had a relatively short career, Hillary Scott is one of the most popular pornstars of the 2000’s, with numerous awards to prove it. She entered the porn scene in 2004 with her first hardcore sex scene in Young and Filthy when working for Digital Sin. From 2006 – 2016, she won multiple awards for her work, including AVN’s Besty Actress in 2007 and being inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame in 2016 alongside multiple FAME and AVN nominations.
Since starting her career in 2000 (at 18), starring in hardcore adult movies, including the 2000 movie Bring’um Young, Belladona has made a name for herself within the early 2000’s hardcore pornography scene. In 2002, she was featured in the multi-award-winning BDSM-themed Fashionistas, directed by fan-favorite John Stagliano as her career grew between 2002 – 2007, where she briefly took semi-retirement before coming back to adult films in 2008. Her lucrative career has earned her multiple ANV, XRCO, and NightMoves Awards. She officially retired from porn in 2012 and has since worked in mainstream movies and later worked as a sex educator and sex-positive speaker.
When we talk about hardcore porn, we can’t forget to mention Sasha Grey. As an actress and director, she has dominated the adult industry throughout the 2000’s. She joined the adult industry in 2006, where she worked with scene partner Siffredi on the acclaimed Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge by John Stagliano, where she quickly gained attention for being on another level after asking Rocco Siffredi to punch her in the stomach. Since then, she quickly rose to the ranks of famous female pornstars of the 2000’s and earned 15 awards for her work, including an AVN Hall of Fame, before retiring in 2009 and making a new career as a director and writer.
The hardworking Jenna Haze has a well-deserved spot in our roundup of the most popular female pornstars of the 2000’s. She broke into the scene in 2001 with her debut, The Oral Adventures of Craven Moorehead 8, before taking a hiatus for the Christmas season; when she came back in 2002, she signed up as a contract girl for Jill Kelly Productions until 2005, before resuming working with men again in 2006, when she left the company and went freelance, in the film Jenna Haze Darkside. Throughout this period, she won numerous industry awards for her movies. In 2009, she started Jennaration X Studios, where she has produced and directed her films since.
Initially working as a stripper, Stormy Daniels joined the porn industry in the early 2000’s and quickly made a name for herself. In 2004, she won AVN’s Best New Starlet, NightMoves Best Actress, and Adam Film World Guide Contract Babe of the Year award for directing work at Wicked Pictures. Between 2005 and 2020, she won over 20 awards for her work, and in 2023 was awarded the Pornhubs Lifetime Achievement award, quickly making her one of the most popular 2000’s female pornstars and the most talented. Of course, she’s best known for her controversial relationship with former US President Donald Trump. Trump was recently indicted in a hush money case over the incident.
In the early 2000’s, Asa Akira worked as a dominatrix and stripper. She later entered the porn industry working with Gina Lynn on girl-girl movies before doing her first boy-girl scene in 2006 with Travis Knight for a Gina Lynn Production movie. She went on to work with multiple other studios before signing an exclusive contract with Wicked Pictures and debuted as a contract performer with Asa is Wicked in 2013. She is wildly talented and went on to make over 680 movies that have won her countless awards between then and 2023.
Our final slot goes to Tori Black, who has been called one of the singular most popular pornstars of the 2000’s. She started acting in porn at 18 in 2007 and quickly gained popularity between 2007-2013, with her most well known performance being Catwoman in the Batman XXX: A Porn Parody. Over her career in the 2000’s, she has won countless awards for her work, including back-to-back AVN and XRCO Awards for Female Performer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
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