For American producers who have ventured over to the European market looking to add some eastern flavor to their western productions, very few, if any, do not know the name of Alina Henessy. She has some very strong hardware to back up her numerous accolades and praise in this business. As my boss and editor Bender Cain told me one night, when we were sitting around talking about business minds in this industry, he said: “Very few can hold a candle to Henessy.” I myself being a tad more of an American porn guy, I did not know what to think having this come from a wealthy business man like Bender who has so much knowledge and experience in the business. If I were a gambling man, my money would have been on the likes of Jenna Jameson, Jonathan Morgan, or a veteran industry persona along those lines, someone who had been doing it for years and ate, slept and breathed this industry, but as I soon learned through his friendship with Alina and through my own accord as well, I discovered that across an ocean, was a woman who has made news since her first day on a film set and has never looked back. A woman who does indeed deserve to be in a class that very, very few performers and people could ever be apart of.
Recently, Alina made yet another headline that simply knocked the socks off of every single fan and critic alike. Being an avid football fan, or as we “Yanks” call it, soccer, she told Alexander Kokorin, a superstar winger who now plays for Zenit St. Petersburg, that if he were to score five goals in the championship, that he would be thanked with a 16 hour sex marathon. Know if that ain’t motivation, I don’t know what the hell is. When this news broke, I could picture him doing his best impression of Billy Blanks in the opening of the Bruce Willis movie, The Last Boy Scout, pulling out all the stops to get to that goal and earn his reward. All joking aside, a very real side of Alina came out with that statement and that rather bold truth was that Alina loves this business and embraces sex and sexuality in all aspects and phases in her life.
Alina was not doing all this as a gimmick, no she embraces her lust, desire and yearning for the flesh always. She is not shy about telling you it either. During this beyond cool moment in her career, another part of her statement that I truly loved was when she interjected, “Football is a lot like porn, it is full of pretty boys.” She was speaking a massive truth about the industry. To me, she was giving some insight as to where the power truly lies within the industry and that is with the gorgeous women who bare it all for the world to see. Yes, she gave a statement that showed a passion for beauty in the opposite sex, but as I was soon to find out, this woman’s intelligence is scarcely rivaled in the industry and no matter what it is that comes from her mouth and mind, you better do a double take because everything she does and says has a meaning that has been beneficial and lucrative for this “girl next door” from Russia since she got into the business.
Jul Models is an agency that stretches across six countries. It has, since 2006 been a staple that producers and directors rely on for talent that simply can not be found anywhere else. This wonderful agency is one that is held dear to miss Henessy. The company is owned by a woman named Julliana Grandi and her partner in crime is none other than Alina. I can remember when I wrote for another company, I recall that Juliana was a woman who got her models everywhere they needed to be on the planet. She was a woman who also embraced this deep passion for the industry and excellence. Alina has been the manager with Jul Models for some time now and one of the most amazing aspects I see in this woman’s character, is how she simply gets things done for her models, the producers that hire her clients and still has enough at the end of the day to make a rather successful living doing so. Most fans will not realize that statements value, but people in the industry will and the one part I will share with fans about our industry, is that it is a constant fight to not just be successful but to simply get your foot in the door and break even. As with any business, you have to grow and sacrifice and as Jul Models became bigger and bigger, so did the amount of work Alina had to do in order to keep up with the demand of success. Many long hours, many sleepless nights, all in the name of the industry and what she does for a living.
Now, give or take, I can see some fans opinions on this part of her story, but what I will tell you is something that will simply woo you, is that this woman is able to command ten times the amount of growth with half of what most agencies start with in the United States. She has done more than make a dollar out of fifteen cents, she practically has invented way after way, along with Juliana to make things competitive without short changing her talent, created ways for producers to come over to her native land and new home away from Budapest, Hungary and leave with ten times what they came with in their pockets and that Explicit readers is not as easy as you think, especially in the adult market.
One of her most prestigious achievements is the fact that she is the first Russian performer to win an AVN award. Yes, with Russia not having the length in the American market that other countries have, is something to look at, but being that from 1995 until her win 2014, there have been a lot of Russian beauties to pass through the gate to the west and land in “pornucopia” only to not even come close to what she has as a performer. Alina is a performer who can shoot any genre of film and do it well, all with the disadvantage of not being able to use as much dialogue when making films for the American market.
Few fans know that across the globe, many companies shoot two styles of film, they do what is demanded for the people in their own back yard and they make a version to market in the American market if they can afford to.
Most of the time, this means a model from Europe or anywhere else, who does not speak a word of English, must come off with the same sex appeal with no dirty talk, no scene set-up and consistently through out, can not get over the top with her performance due to our idiotic American tendencies to dislike anything that is not one hundred percent adapted to our way of living, which includes the entertainment we watch and the languages we hear. Hell, we don’t even like to see subtitles in our own Hollywood blockbusters, so imagine the disadvantage these beauties face when making content for the good old U.S. Alina let her performance be something that made up for all the things she could not do, or had to improvise to make up for another angle of her performance. That is what earned her that prestigious honor of being the first woman to win that award and honor.
Her career has seen her with companies like Marc Dorcel, a studio that prides itself on elegance and sophistication with it’s films. She has also gone into high octane over drive with companies like Evil Angel and DDF Productions. Studios that showcase only woman who ooze lust at every orifice of their character, in a way that only the best of the best can. Her work with Viv Thomas is something that is only topped by the fact that she could also take on Rocco Siffredi in the same day if she needed to. It is the epitome of performer and I think as she continues to focus on the business side of the industry, we will only see more and more amazing attractions from Budapest as she becomes a “porn lifer.” Alina’s status as a pioneer has to be without a shadow of a doubt, her ability to show a strength that all women have. She has shown something that few have, that a woman, a performer, can take things by the reigns and do things her way, make money for her hard work and get the equal part of the pie for being the one who puts the asses in the seats and doing what she does, it can’t be easy because she knows all sides of the industry and must stay true to both.
As a manager/performer, she has to see both sides of the coin and simply make due no matter what the problem is on other sides. There are so few people who know what a test that is on ones sanity and spirit. The women that come to mind who know this better than anyone are women like Tanya Tate and Kendra Lust, for they know it takes moments where you have to do things that are not always great for you, but best for business. They know that it takes a discipline and work ethic that fans will never know, to be one step ahead of the game for their clients, let alone their own bookings. Of coarse, they know the hardest part, which is once you gain that success, maintaining it while the next person tries to dethrone you is something that tests all the things you have been taught as a human being in terms of survival, happiness and just simply living. Alina has experienced all that and managed to continue to have a passion for sex, for her fans and this business. You will read articles of stars who have left the biz only to say it has burned them out or changed them, a pioneer like Henessy has not only continued to have that fire burn strong, she makes it public to everyone she knows, especially behind the scenes. As Bender Cain told me, “Alina has a brain that certainly will change the way this industry works.” and I will be damned if that statement just becomes more and more true as each day goes by. So with that in mind, the next time you get a chance to see a Henessy film, remember how much is behind that performance and just how flawless a scene it is, for that is what best describes Alina and it always will.