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Japanese AV Actors: Then and Now Part Three

Men's Cyzo - Original Japanese Date: August 30th, 2015
English Translation Published: February 24th, 2016

Two prominent actors from the Japanese AV industry share their experiences about breaking into the biz and the key to success.

(Translator's note: This post is a continuation of a previous entry.)


Men's Cyzo: I don't mean to nitpick or provoke criticism, but I do notice that most major production companies are very picky in that they always seem to select the same actors for their releases. Do you think new actors stand a chance to flourish in this restrictive environment?

Carlos: It sure would be good to see an environment that is more welcome to new actors, but it really is a tall order to fill.

Tsujimaru: Hear, hear. It's not easy nowadays.


MC: Yes, but haven't already many actors from the golden age of AV (early 2000's) already retired and/or switched careers? Who's there to fill the gaps?
TM: Once upon a time, AV actors came from the rank of pink movie actors. Even I did some acting back when I was in school and I think that has helped me in my AV acting career. That along with knowing the right people and having a good introduction helped open doors, but I'm not sure if things are that easy now. You really need to have something special going for you.

MC: Was one's sexual experience not as important back in the past?
TM: I wouldn't necessarily say that, but in older Japanese AV not all sex was actually fully authentic. Fellatio was almost always done with a condom and fingering when performed was only with the tip of one digit. The shiofuki of today was only a pipe-dream when I debuted. The variety of actresses now is overwhelmingly superior as well. An actor really only had to worry about maintaining an erection which could be tough given the at-times lackluster talent. Now there's a lot more at stake than simply remaining stiff.
CA: I heard that you guys didn't even use condoms as often, yea? That sounds incredibly risky! All the frequent STD checks we need to have done are paid for out of own pockets which adds up.


Speaking of the sex sometimes in Japanese AV being fake...

MC: You think you lead a hard life? You're handsome and mixed and have sex all the time!

CA: Not at first. My initial three years as an AV actor consisted only of 1 or 2 shoots a week. I still was working my non-AV job so I frequently had scheduling conflicts. Soon enough, I decided to follow my AV career full-time. I had no support net outside of staff members which I think holds true even today. You gotta do it mainly on your own. I also kept my acting career secret from my family which took a mental toll on me. Eventually my siblings found out so I sometimes confide in them. However, I still haven't told my younger sister.

MC: Tsujimaru-san, did you also feel pressure about 'coming out' to your family about your AV career?

TM: Once upon a time the AV industry was thought to be really tied in with organized crime so I felt it would be best not to tell my family. It would of led to trouble if I let them know too early. Back then it was easier to be an AV actor without being caught, but now because of the internet the same cannot be said. I think potential actors should definitely come to acceptance with the fact that since their face will be shown all over the internet, it's 'when' and not 'if' they'll be discovered by loved ones.

To be continued...


Interview conducted by Miho Fumizuki
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(Translator's note: work can just be a trickle at first which makes Carlos' brief acting biography rather routine for any new AV actor. You need to prove yourself before work becomes steady. Actresses are a bit more lucky. Provided they are attractive, have some amount of charisma, and aren't train wrecks on the set, they can find work fast and often and get paid very, very well for it.)

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