Mia Lina Interviewby Ray | January 1st, 2010
RAY: Where are you from?
MIA LINA: Chicago.
RAY: Really? Me too.
MIA: Well, sort of. I’m from the far north suburbs of Chicago. But nobody really knows where that is, so I just say Chicago.
RAY: North suburbs… As in, Lake County?
MIA: Yeah! You know where that is?
RAY: I lived there for many years.
MIA: I’m from Round Lake Beach, Illinois.
RAY: Get the fuck out of here.
MIA: No way!
RAY: Rollins Road, baby.
MIA: Oh my god!
RAY: Shit you not.
MIA: This is amazing! [Laughs] We’re from the same small town!
RAY: Porn star Mia Lina is from Round Lake Beach, Illinois. Wow. So how old are you?
MIA: 20. I lived there for about ten years, starting around the time I was in fifth grade.
RAY: So you graduated high school there?
MIA: Yeah, I went to Round Lake High School.
RAY: You’ve got to be the only porn star who went there.
MIA: I would imagine! [Laughs]
RAY: This is quite possibly the last thing I expected to discuss with you. Do you realize how many little towns there are in this country? The odds of meeting someone from basically the same intersection are insane.
MIA: I’ve met so many people from Illinois in San Diego and L.A., but nobody from Round Lake — until now!
RAY: A lot of people from the midwest migrate here. I had five close friends pack up and move here after coming to visit me a few times. That was over ten years ago and none of them have moved back.
MIA: It’s fucking freezing there!
RAY: Exactly. Or it’s too hot. There’s rarely any moderation in the weather.
MIA: I was going to move to Vegas to live with my brother. But my boyfriend and I decided to get married, so we moved to San Diego.
RAY: You met him in high school?
MIA: Yes. We actually met through my twin sister. She was in love with him. My sister and I don’t look anything alike, by the way.
MIA: [Laughs] Anyway, she was literally in love with him. But he and I started hanging out more than she and he did. So, she hates him now. She doesn’t know we’re married yet. I didn’t want to tell her. We got married in Vegas. We’re eventually going to have a real wedding.
RAY: How many brothers and sisters do you have?
MIA: Two. And I have one brother.
RAY: How did you get into porn?
MIA: I needed money.
RAY: That’s a good start.
MIA: That’s pretty much it! I moved to San Diego from Round Lake for my husband. He’s in the military and got stationed there.
RAY: Is he aware that you shoot porn?
MIA: Yep. He’s cool with it. He likes the money. He doesn’t really care. He’s not one of those jealous people, so it works. He also went to Round Lake High School.
RAY: I’m a bit older than you, so I don’t think we would know any of the same students. Creepy locals, maybe.
MIA: The guy who ran that hot dog hut across from the high school was a super-creepy fat guy. [Laughs]
RAY: Did you hang with a rough crowd in high school?
MIA: No, I just kept to myself. I had a few friends and hung out with them mostly.
RAY: So when you got to San Diego, you needed money.
MIA: Yes, and I didn’t want to do anything illegal. So my husband got me started in porn. I had never seen a porn video in my life until I actually did one. He found some website and this agent guy named Mario called me and got me started. But he ended-up taking like 60% of my money. So I started working with Mark Lasts.
RAY: I’m still trying to get my head around the fact that we’re from the same small town. I spent many of my formative years there. I feel a strange connection to you.
MIA: And now you’re going to have sex with me!
RAY: Isn’t life wonderfully odd? What made you choose to work with Mark Lasts?
MIA: Well for one, he doesn’t take any of my money. He’s building some website, so all he really needs is content. So I do content for him and he gets me work.
RAY: Is porn something you plan to do as a long-term career?
MIA: Not really. I’m thinking of going back to school and maybe doing this every once in a while. Once or twice a month.
RAY: Do you have a website?
MIA: No… But everyone tells me that I should set one up. There was this one creepy director who kept trying to get me to shoot content with him. He said I could use whatever we shoot for my site too.
RAY: That’s actually relatively common.
MIA: Yeah but this guy wouldn’t leave me alone! I seem to meet a lot of guys in this business who are like that. ”Iffy” I call them. [Laughs] They’re either “iffy” or they’re downright creepy.
RAY: It’s the nature of the beast.
MIA: Yeah… I’ve noticed.
RAY: Shooting porn is a very unnatural thing, but there are guys who are really fucking good at it. Some producers are drawn to shooting porn because it comes to them naturally. It’s literally something they need to do. What was your first scene?
MIA: Donnie Cabo shot me for Vouyer Media.
RAY: What’s your nationality?
MIA: Half Mexican, half Irish and German. But I don’t speak Spanish at all.
RAY: So you were shit outta luck in Round Lake.
MIA: [Laughs] Pretty much!
RAY: What kind of guys do you like?
RAY: [Laughs] Yeah?
MIA: Very much, actually.
RAY: Works for me.
MIA: You lived on Rollins… Wow. I seriously can’t get over this!
RAY: Yeah, on the west side of town… Like after you pass that little video store.
MIA: One of my good friends worked there!
RAY: I used to rent all my porn there. On VHS. What’s something about you that people wouldn’t expect?
MIA: I’m a gymnast. Well, I used to be.
RAY: Like on a balance beam?
MIA: Yep. I did it from the time I was 6 until I was around 17.
RAY: Can you do a hand-stand right now?
RAY: A summer salt?
MIA: For sure.
RAY: Can you stand and flip backwards and land on your feet?
MIA: With my hands, yeah. I used to be able to do it with no hands, but I don’t think I can any more.
RAY: Did you ever hurt yourself?
MIA: Not really.
RAY: So you’re pretty good.
MIA: I think I was just lucky! [Laughs]
RAY: Do you strip?
MIA: No. I can’t dance for shit. I can’t move my body like that.
RAY: What do you want to do as a career, ultimately?
MIA: Own my own business. Either a salon or a gymnastics gym. I’m starting cosmetology school soon.
RAY: What school was Round Lake’s biggest rival?
MIA: Grant. I think mainly because one time they played our football team and one of our guys died. I think that’s how it started.
RAY: It certainly couldn’t have helped things.
MIA: For sure. Everybody started hating Grant, even though it obviously wasn’t intentional on their part.
RAY: How did he die? From a tackle?
MIA: People said a heart condition. I’m not sure. People posted his jersey number everywhere.
RAY: When did you graduate?
MIA: 2006. [Laughs] Why do we keep going back to Round Lake?
RAY: Because we came up together. Gotta represent. Are you an exhibitionist?
MIA: No, actually I’m very shy. [Laughs] I’m serious! I hate showing my body off.
RAY: Do you enjoy sex?
MIA: Oh yes. Very much, actually.
RAY: Are you and your husband swingers?
MIA: Yeah. We’ve had threesomes.
RAY: With other girls?
MIA: Once or twice.
RAY: With other guys?
MIA: Yeah. [Laughs] That’s usually the case, actually.
RAY: Really… That’s interesting. Does your husband swing both ways?
MIA: No. He’s straight.
RAY: He just likes to watch you fuck other guys?
MIA: I guess, yeah. He’s into it.
RAY: And who do you fuck? His friends?
MIA: Not usually. I mean, I’ve fucked his friends maybe twice. Usually when we have our little gangbangs it’s with guys we don’t really know.
RAY: You use the word ‘usually’ like it’s a common occurrence. How do these situations come about? Are you at a party or something?
MIA: Yeah, actually! [Laughs]
RAY: And how does he get things started? Does he just say to the other guys, “hey wanna fuck my wife?”
MIA: Honestly, I don’t really know how it works. It just kind of happens.
RAY: Wow… Well that’s kind of fun.
MIA: [Laughs] It’s interesting.
RAY: What’s been the greatest scene you’ve shot so far?
MIA: I did a hot scene for Matrix content. It was a girl/girl/boy one. I don’t remember their names, but it was fun. I’m super-excited to shoot for Amateur Allure by the way. Your photos are amazing!
RAY: Thanks. I’m excited to work with you. What’s been the worst scene you’ve shot?
MIA: I didn’t like shooting with Jack Napier for Vouyer Media. He was just too big. I also shot two scenes for 2K Media. I didn’t like working with them. I did a deep throat scene for them, and I had never done one before. Not even in my personal life, so it didn’t really go too well.
RAY: Did you throw-up?
MIA: Almost. It was bad.
RAY: Does your family know you’re doing adult?
MIA: Nobody knows. It’s a big secret. Until they find me online, of course.
RAY: What do you think they’ll do?
MIA: My dad will freak out. He’ll disown me. My mom probably won’t say anything.
RAY: You really think your dad will disown you?
MIA: Yeah for sure. He’s Mexican.
RAY: I see. You’re very photogenic. Do people tell you that?
MIA: Yeah… But I really don’t think so. I think it’s you guys.
RAY: You think we’re just bullshitting you?
MIA: No! You guys just know how to take great pictures.
RAY: Thanks. Did you work at Gurnee Mills?
MIA: Oh my god… [Laughs] I did! I think everyone who lives out there works at Gurnee Mills at some point. I worked at a clothing store. This is so crazy. Somebody was just telling me how she met somebody from her hometown. And I said that’s so weird — Nobody in porn could ever be from where I’m from!
RAY: Never say never.
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