Before we start I want to say thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us here at explicitlist.com
to answer some questions for our readers Ryan.
So Ryan how long have you been in in the adult industry?
I’ve been in the industry close to 10 years now.
This is probably a stupid question since you get to bang a lot of hot chicks, but what made you choose the porn industry?
Not going to lie, it kind of is a bit of a stupid question, ha! Kidding, but not really. That’s exactly why I chose to go into porn. I mean, why else would you really want to get into porn? I was going to keep having as much sex as I could, anyway, so why not make it into a career.
Ryan what do you like the most about the adult entertainment industry?
I have the honor and especially the pleasure, of being around amazing people, and having great sex with some of the sexiest women in the world. I dictate my own world and schedule all at the same time.
Ryan is there anything you don’t like about the adult industry and how would you change it if you could?
The thing that gets me the most, is this “All for One” mentality, a lack of Unity for the most part. Of all the things that I see and experience, that has to be the thing that’s actually hurting us all the most. Granted, I get it, we’re all hungry for more work and that paycheck, but at the same time, the “negotiations” and the exploitation of us all is painful. Many of us know that we’re replaceable at moment’s notice, by anyone off the street that’s willing to do the job for cheaper. Companies use that tactic to take advantage of producers with that and cut budgets, producers take advantage of talent with the same mindset, and talent undercut each other cow towing to it all. So many people in the industry will be totally two-faced about it all, being friendly and loyal to your face, and then they turn around and pull the stunt, not only knocking you out, but collectively lowering everyone’s value at the same time.
How did your family and friends feel about your decision to enter the adult entertainment industry?
To be honest, I couldn’t have cared less what they thought. It wasn’t their decision to make. So, when I told them what I was doing, it wasn’t for permission or acceptance, or to feel them out; it was to warn them. I didn’t want it to be a surprise to them when they were looking at porn. I wanted them to hear it from me, not the town gossip. That being said, it was a true testament to the bonds I had and have with my family and friends.
No matter what personal moral compass and guide anyone I know has or someone’s righteous beliefs (because, let’s be honest, American’s have a shitty opinion of sex workers) the vast majority of my friends and family questioned their preconceived notions of porn and sex workers and supported me. My family and friends know me, they know the decisions I’ve made and make, my strengths and weaknesses, my personality and my perseverance. So, while I got a lot of “Why?”, rarely was it ever through judgement. It was the same “why?” I’d have gotten had I said I was going back to school, I was opening a restaurant, or even when I told them I was moving to Florida to work at a camp. Their “why” was more of a “Of course, why wouldn’t you?”
I can reasonably say that there was only one friendship that was strained and fell wayside. They felt betrayed that I’d done this incredible change in my life, and hadn’t consulted them or told them before I started. I can’t deny that some of my family were a little upset; but most it was of embarrassment of having to have that conversation with others; and of concern that I’d fallen prey to Los Angeles and became a stereotype. They quickly changed their tune, knowing I pursued the industry from the start and that I’d moved to LA in pursuit of the industry, and that I am and was the same person they’ve always known, just with a new job title.
Is there anyone special in your life?
Now Ryan you have won several awards in adult entertainment for your work. So tell us what is it like being recognized for your work?
I hate using and hearing over-used words like “Blessed” and “Humbled”, because every egomaniac (pretty much anyone with social media) has diminished those terms, so they can brag about nothing.
It’s great and awesome to be recognized for my work, though. It really validates that you’re doing something right, when your peers and industry say, “You did it”. I didn’t do this to get a trophy, I did this to have great sex. To be hired and to shoot regularly is validation enough that I chose wisely to go into porn; if not, I’d have been booted like so many before. To win an award is just the next level.
Though, winning also adds a huge new pressure. You’re no longer only here because you want to be. You’re no longer working hard enough to keep getting hired. You’re now also working and performing in competition with yourself to not fall from that pedestal. I don’t need another trophy (again, I’m not here for that), but I don’t want to be the guy that doesn’t produce quality anymore.
What is a typical day on the set like for you?
I wish I could say there was anything considered typical in this industry. I can only say that given each production company and producer, they each have a “typical”. Some days, my typical is:
I drive into Las Vegas, and arrive on set. I fill out paperwork and jump right into sex stills (the still photos of the scene you may pull-up online), then we reset, and shoot the video. I spend two to three hours on set. Then I go on my way, to the gym, to dinner, to the hotel, or even home (rarely will I drive to Vegas for one scene, though).
Some days, after the scene, I take a shower, while the next girl is going through her pretty girl photos, and after my shower, we then jump into sex stills for my 2nd scene for the day.
I get to set for a feature, and fill out paperwork, check out the shoot list, read lines with my scene partners for the upcoming scene we’re about to shoot, spend hours in the “green room” with everyone between scenes that I’m a part of, with many wardrobe changes, socializing, and flirting. I could be on set anywhere from 3 hours to 27 hours on those shoots.
Some sets are very social, others are a bit quiet and removed. Just all depends on the situation.
Ryan you have played Superman several times for Director Axel Braun. What is it like working with such a force in the industry?
I love it. Axel really is great and his superhero movies are exquisite. They easily rival their mainstream counterparts. Axel gets it right, in that he keeps his movies true to the source material. He’s not doing the bullshit “real world possibility” with an impervious alien to can fly, and a billionaire vigilante. Axel’s scripts are fun and challenging, and they let all of us stretch ourselves beyond the cliche porn star, in a fun way.
We’re actually in the middle of production right now for Justice League XXX and having so much fun with it all. Just wait until you see all the characters there come together.
Speaking of playing Superman what was it like putting on the costume?
There really is something to putting on a superhero costume, that’s been designed for you personally with legendary attention to detail that just makes you walk taller, broader, more confident and with that superhero air. You almost want to laugh that you’re dressing up in spandex as your childhood hero to have sex with an equally overcompensated character, straight off the pages of the comics and movies; but at the same time, you also feel that empowerment of that character you’ve always known. You naturally fall into character because you have that cape flowing behind you, and that spandex hugging you, highlighting your power and strength. It’s really cool.
I have to ask since you have played Superman who is your favorite actor to play Superman besides your self?
I’ll always have a soft spot for Christopher Reeves, as we all do, I think. He always embodied the character Superman has always been or had always been. Christopher Nolan kind of killed a lot of the superhero archetype with his Batverse, and making it need to highlight humans need to question, and tear down heroes, and be skeptical of others and help, and how the world would react, today, should Batman, or Superman appear before them. With Nolan’s creation of that, Smallville went on to make Clark (since Superman wasn’t allowed there until the ending minutes) super skeptical and judgmental. I really like Henry Cavill’s look and take on Superman. I do think he’s great given the material he’s been given and direction he goes with. But, if Warner Brothers and the powers that be would just throw all that “realism” out the window and give the fans the characters from the comics they’ve followed, and love, and gave us Superman as Christopher Reeve portrayed, straight from the comics, I think we’d all enjoy Cavill’s take and movies much more.
That True-to-the-source-material practice is what made Deadpool and Wonder Woman so great and well received.
Are you a comic book fan in real life?
I was when I was growing up. So, if it happened in the comics since 1998, I wouldn’t really know what’s going on. I could tell you from the movies and TV shows, though. I watch and see most of those regularly.
What was it like growing up in Colorado?
It was great. I mean, it is what it was, given that’s where I was and what was happening. I loved CO, and still do. I’ll always have pride in my home state. I grew up in a different Colorado. I grew up in Littleton in the 80s and 90s. There were Buffalo roaming within a mile of my house, and I lived in middle class suburbia. I went skiing in the winters, swam in the summers, and camped and bicycled year round. There was a sense of community and neighborhoods that just don’t exist anymore, and that was great to grow up around.
I wasn’t a “bad kid”, but I got in my fair share of trouble. I learned not to get caught, more than not to do things. At the time, Colorado was a very conservative state. I was raised very Catholic, and hung out with Mormons and could see their temple every day. There was no alcohol sales on Sundays, and marijuana was the devil’s drug, for sure. You never locked any of your doors in Colorado when I grew up, but it was great. I learned to be self sufficient, even though I had the support and love of my family and friends. It was very Norman Rockwell.
But, I left. I moved to Key West in 2001, and despite my moving there to work for the Boy Scouts of America, it was much more liberal and eye-opening than I’d ever known. I loved Colorado. I could go snowboarding in the morning, and play volleyball in the evening. The people are friendly and healthy. They’re active and enjoy what CO has to offer, not stuck in the gym and running laps around a track. But, they were very sheltered by nature. At the end of the metro are in Denver, there are fields, hundreds of miles of corn, wheat, etc, fields, or the mountains. Your nearest cities are: Albuquerque, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Lincoln and Vegas. So, it’s just an oasis that only really knows itself. At least, that was really kind of the case until the mid 2000’s, when The Fray popped up, the Democratic National Convention announced Obama winning the Democratic ticket for the 2008 elections, and the removal of the Blue Laws (no alcohol sales on Sunday’s, in grocery stores, etc). Colorado is much more progressive now, open minded, and fun. If you’d told me that CO would be one of the first states to legalize marijuana in the USA, I’d have laughed at you, and lost a lot of money on the bet.
I will admit that growing up in Denver, though, did teach me a lot and instilled in me some great values and morals. Colorado was conservative, but not closed minded or angry. It was a great place to grow up.
You also have your captain’s license. How did that come about?
In 2000, I went to a camp in the Florida Keys, that I loved. I turned 18 while there that week, and my counselors all told me I should apply and come back the next year. I did just that, and in 2001 I moved to Key West for the summer: kayaking, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, sailing and living on a remote island accessible only by boat, with no running water or electricity. I loved it so much, that I jumped at the opportunity to go back when they called and offered the job. Only at that time, I didn’t go back to Colorado. I stayed down in Key West at the camp until 2005, working year round, first as a counselor, then as maintenance and grounds keeping, then as management. All the while, given the location of the camp, we had a fleet of boats, that went out on the water every day. Talking with my captains, and hearing about what all I could do with that license when not working for the camp, as well as hearing the pay that goes with it, I started doing the numbers. You need 360 working days (4hrs in a 24hr period) to be eligible, in addition to various tests. So, I signed up for Sea School and got my Operator of an Uninspected Passenger Vessel endorsement.
From 2005, when I got the endorsement, until 2008 when I stopped working at the camp. I made sure to use my license to take out fishing and snorkel charters regularly; the perks to being the boss, I got to dictate who was needed where and when. I had intentions of increasing my endorsement to get my Master Captain License with as much tonnage as I could without going to the maritime academy, so that I could deliver yachts to their new homes. A few of my Captains and friends are in regular rotation for that out of Ft Lauderdale. So, the plan was to fish, sail and scuba during season, and deliver multi-million dollar boats from Ft Lauderdale to New York, Texas, California, etc in the off season. Not a rough life.
Since you are a licensed sea captain, if you had to spend a week alone on a desert island what three things would you bring with you?
My hammock, my knife, and a bottle of Rum. (I’m assuming that the woman is coming with me). As we kind of just established, I used to spend a week on a desert island, every week, for many years. My hammock is just comfortable. The knife is kind of a necessity. The rum is just for fun. Nothing like sipping on some good aged rum under the stars on a desert island.
I read some where that you worked in radio before porn. What was that like?
It was short. Ha! After I’d retired and left the Keys, I went back to Denver. I have always loved music and the radio. Since I was bored and looking for something to do, and I’ve been told I have a great voice, I walked into Entercom Communications in Denver, and asked for a job. While they didn’t have anything then, I did go in and hang out on air with some of the DJs and went to several events after making friends. Soon thereafter, there was an opening in the promotions department. They brought me in as a Promotions Assistant, but were grooming me for the Promotions Coordinator position. Yes, that entailed setting up any and all of the on air giveaway contests. It also was coordinating and doing the live remotes (when the radio station is “live from opening day baseball season” or at a retail shop, etc. I had fun on site, out in the field, doing the remotes, or at the concerts our stations sponsored. I hated the office and the cubicle. I’d already started shooting porn, and was having more fun there, so I left, putting in my two weeks notice July 1, 2008. Great experience, just not for me.
How did you come up with your stage name?
So, speaking of my time in radio…. When I got into porn, I had a photographer tell me that I needed to have a name that was “easy to remember and spell, when you’re drunk”. Not for my sake, but for fans. The majority of porn is watched and viewed late at night after the bar.
So, back to the radio lead in. One of the events that I put on, setting up and manning the event, helping the DJs and coordinating the sponsors, was a Live party every Friday at a bar chain around Denver. One event, I was talking with a few of the station DJs when a girl caught my eye. The DJs and my boss (Sales Manager) all thought it was hysterical that I would choose that particular girl out of the crowd of a few hundred women. (Our demographic was 18-40 women.) They all “Couldn’t wait to watch this train wreck happen” and followed me as I made my way through the crowd. Half way to the girl, one of the station managers came up, excited to see me. “Hey! You’re here! Awesome, I want you to meet my daughter! ________ come here, this is [me]; he’s our Promotions guy, our resident Boy Scout. You should hang out with him for the weekend, he’d be way more fun than hanging out with your old parents.” Needless to say, the DJs and my boss’ jaws all dropped in disbelief. They’d all watched me leave every week with at least one woman from the event, or every event for that matter; but here the Station Manager was handing his daughter over to who he thought was Johnny-Boy-Scout. Only, his daughter pulled, “ugh, ‘______’, I have a bad ex named that. You need a good ‘hot guy’ name. I think I’ll call you Ryan, cool?” and so Ryan was born.I played around with second names for the stage name part, that was easy to remember and spell. So, Ryan Driller came about.
Is there anyone you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
Katie Morgan. We’ve even been talking about it for years. We were so close in April, but I was hospitalized with a kidney stone and surgery that went wrong, so I missed it.
One last question before we go. How can your fans keep up with you and your career what social media do you use?
I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @ryandriller