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Olympe de G.

Olympe de G.

Olympe de G.

Olympe de G.

Olympe de G.

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Interview by Marta Bausells and Inés Alcalá Freudenthal, July 2017

Interview by Marta Bausells and Inés Alcalá Freudenthal, July 2017

You can only get so good at sexting before you fancy yourself in a porn film. For Olympe  de G., this happened literally. After she got more and more creative with her sexual e-pals, she felt compelled to start shooting actual short films. She is now an amateur pornographer, writing, directing and performing in ethical porn films. Olympe is an advocate for change in the porn industry, and donates her profits to Amnesty International. We talked to her about what being a sex-positive activist really means, how porn could actually work for women, and the scene she dreams of shooting most – involving paragliding.

You can only get so good at sexting before you fancy yourself in a porn film. For Olympe de G., this happened literally. After she got more and more creative with her sexual e-pals, she felt compelled to start shooting actual short films. She is now an amateur pornographer, writing, directing and performing in ethical porn films. Olympe is an advocate for change in the porn industry, and donates her profits to Amnesty International. We talked to her about what being a sex-positive activist really means, how porn could actually work for women, and the scene she dreams of shooting most – involving paragliding.

Before working in the porn industry, I was part of a small production agency, and became involved in directing music videos and small-budget TV ads. I tried writing a short film, but I lacked inspiration. And then in a short period of time I got divorced, became single, got loads of tattoos and started having lovers and sexting [laughs]. And those sudden changes stimulated my creativity incredibly: I started shooting little videos, writing songs and poems … And I realised that my creativity was sparked by my sex drive. I had also been thinking about ways to show that women can be open about their sexuality and be proud of it, and that slowly led me to wanting to shoot porn. But then I thought: who am I to direct, you know? I thought I was going to direct some strangers having sex without understanding what I was doing. What I needed to do was to put myself in front of the camera first, experience it. I met pornographer Lucie Blush in Berlin and we became friends. I asked her if I could perform for her and told her it would be my first time having sex on camera. So we made this short film, 20 minutes, with a guy I had met a couple of days before, and I was actually quite comfortable with it. When it first went out, I was nervous and unsure I wanted to see it, but once I did I was fine with it. I was really comfortable with every aspect of it, and it encouraged me to do, write, direct and perform more.

Before working in the porn industry, I was part of a small production agency, and became involved in directing music videos and small-budget TV ads. I tried writing a short film, but I lacked inspiration. And then in a short period of time I got divorced, became single, got loads of tattoos and started having lovers and sexting [laughs]. And those sudden changes stimulated my creativity incredibly: I started shooting little videos, writing songs and poems … And I realised that my creativity was sparked by my sex drive. I had also been thinking about ways to show that women can be open about their sexuality and be proud of it, and that slowly led me to wanting to shoot porn. But then I thought: who am I to direct, you know? I thought I was going to direct some strangers having sex without understanding what I was doing. What I needed to do was to put myself in front of the camera first, experience it. I met pornographer Lucie Blush in Berlin and we became friends. I asked her if I could perform for her and told her it would be my first time having sex on camera. So we made this short film, 20 minutes, with a guy I had met a couple of days before, and I was actually quite comfortable with it. When it first went out, I was nervous and unsure I wanted to see it, but once I did I was fine with it. I was really comfortable with every aspect of it, and it encouraged me to do, write, direct and perform more.

Before working in the porn industry, I was part of a small production agency, and became involved in directing music videos and small-budget TV ads. I tried writing a short film, but I lacked inspiration. And then in a short period of time I got divorced, became single, got loads of tattoos and started having lovers and sexting [laughs]. And those sudden changes stimulated my creativity incredibly: I started shooting little videos, writing songs and poems … And I realised that my creativity was sparked by my sex drive. I had also been thinking about ways to show that women can be open about their sexuality and be proud of it, and that slowly led me to wanting to shoot porn. But then I thought: who am I to direct, you know? I thought I was going to direct some strangers having sex without understanding what I was doing. What I needed to do was to put myself in front of the camera first, experience it. I met pornographer Lucie Blush in Berlin and we became friends. I asked her if I could perform for her and told her it would be my first time having sex on camera. So we made this short film, 20 minutes, with a guy I had met a couple of days before, and I was actually quite comfortable with it. When it first went out, I was nervous and unsure I wanted to see it, but once I did I was fine with it. I was really comfortable with every aspect of it, and it encouraged me to do, write, direct and perform more.

“I realised that my creativity was stimulated by my sex drive.”

“I realised that my creativity was stimulated by my sex drive.”

“I realised that my creativity was sparked by my sex drive.”

“I realised that my creativity was sparked by my sex drive.”

“I realised that my creativity was sparked by my sex drive.”

In porn, there are two types of performers. For example, there’s me – I’m not an actress, I have zero acting skills. What I can do is have sex, and for that to get documented. That’s what Lucy Blush does, and that’s what Erika Lust, a Swedish erotic film director, screenwriter and producer, did with me last time I performed back in June for her. That’s an interesting perspective, because it’s realistic. Though, once the sex is finished, you still have the ‘pick-ups’: you want to have sizes of shots, close-ups, photographs to sell it online, etc. So the performers have to repeat scenes, and then there is awkward sex going on, not because people are feeling uncomfortable but because you make it impossible for them to have good sex, because you need them to do something very specific. There is also, of course, the other type of performer: the professional, who is able not only to act, but also to have a hard-on or to fake an orgasm when it’s demanded of them.

When I got divorced, I was single for the first time in 12 years. I rediscovered myself and felt like I needed to take control of my body as a woman. Every man I had been with had an opinion on what I should wear and do, so when I became single I got all the tattoos – that was a way for me to claim back my body, and sexuality was also part of it. I think I would be able to bring what I discovered into a monogamous relationship; it’s just that when I was in one, I didn’t even think about sexuality. I think sometimes when you are in a relationship for a long time you forget to get interested by it and to feed your fantasies.

There’s a big difference between mainstream porn and ethical porn. What I call mainstream porn is mainly porn that is produced by men for men, without showing any aspect of women’s sexuality. What is really a shame is that young men get exposed to this type of porn and think that if we show this, women must like it. And then they try to reproduce it in their sex life and it’s a bit of a disaster. Ethical porn is mainly about treating everybody right, about consent and about filmmakers getting to know their performers and what they want to do.
            It’s also about what you, as a filmmaker, write and what you want to show. You try to show what a diversity of women want and how a diversity of women have sex; it’s about documenting different types of desires and sexualities. And it’s about showing queer sexuality and performers of different skin colours without asking them to play a stereotyped role, a cliché associated to their ethnicity.

In porn, there are two types of performers. For example, there’s me – I’m not an actress, I have zero acting skills. What I can do is have sex, and for that to get documented. That’s what Lucy Blush does, and that’s what Erika Lust, a Swedish erotic film director, screenwriter and producer, did with me last time I performed back in June for her. That’s an interesting perspective, because it’s realistic. Though, once the sex is finished, you still have the ‘pick-ups’: you want to have sizes of shots, close-ups, photographs to sell it online, etc. So the performers have to repeat scenes, and then there is awkward sex going on, not because people are feeling uncomfortable but because you make it impossible for them to have good sex, because you need them to do something very specific. There is also, of course, the other type of performer: the professional, who is able not only to act, but also to have a hard-on or to fake an orgasm when it’s demanded of them.

When I got divorced, I was single for the first time in 12 years. I rediscovered myself and felt like I needed to take control of my body as a woman. Every man I had been with had an opinion on what I should wear and do, so when I became single I got all the tattoos – that was a way for me to claim back my body, and sexuality was also part of it. I think I would be able to bring what I discovered into a monogamous relationship; it’s just that when I was in one, I didn’t even think about sexuality. I think sometimes when you are in a relationship for a long time you forget to get interested by it and to feed your fantasies.

There’s a big difference between mainstream porn and ethical porn. What I call mainstream porn is mainly porn that is produced by men for men, without showing any aspect of women’s sexuality. What is really a shame is that young men get exposed to this type of porn and think that if we show this, women must like it. And then they try to reproduce it in their sex life and it’s a bit of a disaster. Ethical porn is mainly about treating everybody right, about consent and about filmmakers getting to know their performers and what they want to do. 
            It’s also about what you, as a filmmaker, write and what you want to show. You try to show what a diversity of women want and how a diversity of women have sex; it’s about documenting different types of desires and sexualities. And it’s about showing queer sexuality and performers of different skin colours without asking them to play a stereotyped role, a cliché associated to their ethnicity.

In porn, there are two types of performers. For example, there’s me – I’m not an actress, I have zero acting skills. What I can do is have sex, and for that to get documented. That’s what Lucy Blush does, and that’s what Erika Lust, a Swedish erotic film director, screenwriter and producer, did with me last time I performed back in June for her. That’s an interesting perspective, because it’s realistic. Though, once the sex is finished, you still have the ‘pick-ups’: you want to have sizes of shots, close-ups, photographs to sell it online, etc. So the performers have to repeat scenes, and then there is awkward sex going on, not because people are feeling uncomfortable but because you make it impossible for them to have good sex, because you need them to do something very specific. There is also, of course, the other type of performer: the professional, who is able not only to act, but also to have a hard-on or fake an orgasm when it’s demanded of them.

When I got divorced, I was single for the first time in 12 years. I rediscovered myself and felt like I needed to take control of my body as a woman. Every man I had been with had an opinion on what I should wear and do, so when I became single I got all the tattoos – that was a way for me to claim back my body, and sexuality was also part of it. I think I would be able to bring what I discovered into a monogamous relationship; it’s just that when I was in one, I didn’t even think about sexuality. I think sometimes when you are in a relationship for a long time you forget to get interested by it and to feed your fantasies.

There’s a big difference between mainstream porn and ethical porn. What I call mainstream porn is mainly porn that is produced by men for men, without showing any aspect of women’s sexuality. What is really a shame is that young men get exposed to this type of porn and think that if we show this, women must like it. And then they try to reproduce it in their sex life and it’s a bit of a disaster. Ethical porn is mainly about treating everybody right, about consent and about filmmakers getting to know their performers and what they want to do.
          It’s also about what you, as a filmmaker, write and what you want to show. You try to show what a diversity of women want and how a diversity of women have sex; it’s about documenting different types of desires and sexualities. And it’s about showing queer sexuality and performers of different skin colours without asking them to play a stereotyped role, a cliché associated to their ethnicity.

“It’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.”

“It’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.”

“It’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.”

“It’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.”

“It’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.”

There’s no denying that this industry has a massive effect on how women perceive themselves. That’s also why ethical porn has a responsibility to show different bodies. Actually, it’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.

In films, it’s all about the attitude and about being proud of yourself. If you are, you communicate this to people around you. They will find you hot if you find yourself hot. And so no, I have zero insecurities when I shoot. Okay, I have one, but it has nothing to do with my body! It has more to do with the fact that a lot of porn performers are into kink and BDSM – and I find myself to be a quite vanilla, ‘normal’-sex girl [laughs].

Of course my family and friends were a little worried and confused when I told them about my job – but I explained that it was not coming out of nowhere. Obviously it’s a pretty big change in lifestyle to split from a partner, get tattoos, move to Berlin and start working in porn. I told my mother that I wanted to direct and she actually helped me to write my first scene [set in a brothel for women]. Because she is a writer and she had always wanted me to write, I wanted to share it with her. She encouraged me and told me that it was well-written. It was the first time my mother told me that, so it was quite moving.

There’s no denying that this industry has a massive effect on how women perceive themselves. That’s also why ethical porn has a responsibility to show different bodies. Actually, it’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.

In films, it’s all about the attitude and about being proud of yourself. If you are, you communicate this to people around you. They will find you hot if you find yourself hot. And so no, I have zero insecurities when I shoot. Okay, I have one, but it has nothing to do with my body! It has more to do with the fact that a lot of porn performers are into kink and BDSM – and I find myself to be a quite vanilla, ‘normal’-sex girl [laughs].

Of course my family and friends were a little worried and confused when I told them about my job – but I explained that it was not coming out of nowhere. Obviously it’s a pretty big change in lifestyle to split from a partner, get tattoos, move to Berlin and start working in porn. I told my mother that I wanted to direct and she actually helped me to write my first scene [set in a brothel for women]. Because she is a writer and she had always wanted me to write, I wanted to share it with her. She encouraged me and told me that it was well-written. It was the first time my mother told me that, so it was quite moving.

There’s no denying that this industry has a massive effect on how women perceive themselves. That’s also why ethical porn has a responsibility to show different bodies. Actually, it’s very powerful to get to make every type of body and every sexuality hot.

In films, it’s all about the attitude and about being proud of yourself. If you are, you communicate this to people around you. They will find you hot if you find yourself hot. And so no, I have zero insecurities when I shoot. Okay, I have one, but it has nothing to do with my body! It has more to do with the fact that a lot of porn performers are into kink and BDSM – and I find myself to be a quite vanilla, ‘normal’-sex girl [laughs].

Of course my family and friends were a little worried and confused when I told them about my job – but I explained that it was not coming out of nowhere. Obviously it’s a pretty big change in lifestyle to split from a partner, get tattoos, move to Berlin and start working in porn. I told my mother that I wanted to direct and she actually helped me to write my first scene [set in a brothel for women]. Because she is a writer and she had always wanted me to write, I wanted to share it with her. She encouraged me and told me that it was well-written. It was the first time my mother told me that, so it was quite moving.

“What I needed to do was put myself in front of the camera first, experience it.”

“What I needed to do was put myself in front of the camera first, experience it.”

“What I needed to do was put myself in front of the camera first, experience it.”

“What I needed to do was put myself in front of the camera first, experience it.”

“What I needed to do was is put myself in front of the camera first, experience it.”

My hobbies and passions outside of my job have been a source of inspiration. I’ve been practicing horse-riding since I was four and it really feeds into my fantasies, as do extreme sports. I practice paragliding and one of my big sadnesses is that I wrote a sex scene made for paragliding and it couldn’t get made in the end. I asked a professional pilot in the Alps to perform with me. We were going to have sex while flying – or at least foreplay [laughs]. We would land at the top of a mountain and create a little tent and have sex under it. We were going to have two guitarists, who were also paragliders, playing music around us. We had been working on it for three months, and two weeks before we were due to shoot, the pilot, who was super young, freaked out. I was like: “Do you want to wear a helmet? Would it be more comfortable?,” and he was like: “Nope.”

My hobbies and passions outside of my job have been a source of inspiration. I’ve been practicing horse-riding since I was four and it really feeds into my fantasies, as do extreme sports. I practice paragliding and one of my big sadnesses is that I wrote a sex scene made for paragliding and it couldn’t get made in the end. I asked a professional pilot in the Alps to perform with me. We were going to have sex while flying – or at least foreplay [laughs]. We would land at the top of a mountain and create a little tent and have sex under it. We were going to have two guitarists, who were also paragliders, playing music around us. We had been working on it for three months, and two weeks before we were due to shoot, the pilot, who was super young, freaked out. I was like: “Do you want to wear a helmet? Would it be more comfortable?,” and he was like: “Nope.”

My hobbies and passions outside of my job have been a source of inspiration. I’ve been practicing horse-riding since I was four and it really feeds into my fantasies, as do extreme sports. I practice paragliding and one of my big sadnesses is that I wrote a sex scene made for paragliding and it couldn’t get made in the end. I asked a professional pilot in the Alps to perform with me. We were going to have sex while flying – or at least foreplay [laughs]. We would land at the top of a mountain and create a little tent and have sex under it. We were going to have two guitarists, who were also paragliders, playing music around us. We had been working on it for three months, and two weeks before we were due to shoot, the pilot, who was super young, freaked out. I was like: “Do you want to wear a helmet? Would it be more comfortable?,” and he was like: “Nope.”

Olympe de G. — Twitter
Illustration by Aimi Awang

Olympe de G. | Twitter
Illustration by Aimi Awang

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