Tom Joad here… back with part two of my interview with Ginger Lynn
Allen. Ginger does a fantastic job in Stephen Kessler’s second feature
film, THE INDEPENDENT. I had the opportunity to speak with her after
the screening and she proved to be warm, intelligent, and among the most
down to earth people I’ve met. Here’s part two of our interview…
How was your experience getting the gig for WING
COMMANDER w/Chris Roberts?
Nicole and Joy - the same two casting agents who
brought me in to audition for "The Independent" - brought me in to read
for "Wing Commander - Heart Of the Tiger". Whether or not they knew of
my adult film past or not, I don't know. I do know that when Chris
Roberts initially saw me on my first call back, he did not know of my
adult career, and cast me on my acting abilities.
Principal filming took place in the Los Angeles area with most of the
shoot shot on green screen. My grandmother came to the set one day
wearing lime green pants. It was pretty comical to see the top half of
my Gram floating across the monitor when she walked out onto the sound
Wing Commander was one of the first, if not the first big productions to
combine true interactive with film. The script was near 300 pages long.
Each scene was shot in three to five different ways so that depending on
the choices you made while playing the game the outcome would take the
right direction. Preparation was a nightmare, but the game turned out
to be fantastic.
For the most part it was a wonderful project to work on. The only
unpleasant part of the shoot took place the day that Mark Hamil and I
were scheduled to have our "big kiss". The day started off with Mark's
representative requesting that I provide an AIDS test before Mark and I
kissed. According to SAG rules and regulations this request was a
violation of SAG policies. I wanted to go ahead and provide my most
recent test results (I test every six months and have for the past 17
years) and my agent wanted to bring in SAG officials and shut down the
production until things were settled. The final decision was that I
would gladly provide my test results if Mark were to do the same. I had
my test results faxed to the set, but Mark's never came through. I
didn't show him mine, and he didn't show me his. We shot, we kissed and
that was the end of it.
"Heart Of The Tiger" was the third in the "Wing Commander" series, and
was, I believe the most successful. I played Rachel Coriolis, the ships
chief mechanic and weapons loadout technician. Rachel for some reason
was not brought back for part four. From what I understand many fans of
"Heart Of the Tiger" were disappointed that Rachael 's character was not
brought back. The director and producer of part 5 "Prophecy" decided it
would be a good idea to include her in this episode.
Rumor has it that when the next two episodes are shot I will be in
them. But this is Hollywood so God only knows. I'd love to be in them,
but I'm not holding my breath.
You were absolutely fantastic in your scenes [in THE
INDEPENDENT], but I wanted to see you more! Did you shoot many scenes
that were cut from the film?
Thank you for the praise. I did not have other
scenes in "The Independent. I would have loved to be in the film more,
but I'm just damn glad I was in it at all. The cast and crew were
exceptional., and the opportunity was invaluable. Working on "The
Independent" was one of the most
pleasurable experiences I've had in my mainstream career. Originally
the role I was brought in for was quite small, and as I've said the
director Stephen Kessler upgraded my part to that of the mayor of
I've been pretty fortunate to work consistently in mainstream films over
the past 14 years, and the roles keep getting bigger and better. I'm
grateful to have had the opportunity to work on "The Independent" and
hopefully in the future I'll be up for bigger roles.
On THE INDEPENDENT you spoke highly of Janeane and Jerry,
adding that there were no judgements passed. Do you have a problem with
people tending to mis-judge you?
Jeanine and Jerry were the consummate professionals.
judgments and attitudes from actors on more than one occasion.
I spoke of one of these on the set of "Wing Commander". A similar
experience occurred on the set of Roger Corman's "Hollywood Boulevard
II". An actor refused to kiss me because of fears that I may have been
exposed to the AIDS virus. What is it with these guys? Your chances of
being exposed to the virus is much greater with "normal" people who more
than often don't practice safe sex as they should, or get tested nearly
as regularly as people who have sex on film, if they do at all.
I think the most humiliating experience I've had in Hollywood took place
during my audition for Tony Scott's "Beverly Hills Cop II". This was
one of my first big auditions, and I could not have been more excited.
The role I was auditioning for was that of the ditzy waitress who
believes John Ashton's character to be former President Ford. I hired
a private acting coach and studied and prepared for two weeks prior to
the audition. When I drove onto the studio lot my heart was beating
fast, I was sweating and I wondered what I was doing there. I saved the
studio pass to give to my grandmother knowing she would be as excited as
I was. As I sat in the waiting room with other hopeful actresses, I was
approached by the receptionist who asked me if I was wearing underwear.
An odd question don't you think? I told her no I was not - wondering
why she should ask in the first place, but too nervous to ask. When I
finally went into the room occupied by non other than Tony Scott (OH MY
GOD! THIS IS RIDLEY SCOTT'S BROTHER!), I was asked by another man who
was in the room with Tony if I would be willing to pose for a nude
Polaroid. I said no. Topless? No. I was there to audition for the
role of the waitress and that was all intended to do. As I began to
read for the role I was stopped mid-sentence by Mr. Scott. He told me
to read the role as a total slut rather than the ditz described in the
script. I was baffled, but did as I was told. Again I was stopped.
This time Tony told me to act as though all I wanted to do was fuck
every man I saw. My eyes welled up, but I held back the tears until I
got out the door. I don't believe Tony Scott ever had any intention of
hiring me for the film. It seems to me all he wanted to do was meet
"the porno chick" and see how far he could get. I'm still disgusted
with his behavior, but I've gotten used to dealing with dickless
assholes in mainstream Hollywood. Luckily there are many more "real"
men out there who have respect for women, whether they've done porno or
not. I have made decisions in my life and my career that are against
societies norm, but I've always held my head high and been a lady, and I
I absolutely love Jagged Edge, and Rebecca is up there in
my top three Hitchcock’s with Rear Window and North by Northwest, tell
me more about THE LAST LATE NIGHT.
"The Last Late Night" is an independent film directed by
It's a dark comedy about a couple who is about to get married, but is
still haunted by the ex-boyfriend/best friend of the bride and husband
to be (Christine Steele and Aaron Waitress). The ex-boyfriend/best
friend (Graham Gallaway) is a character similar to that played by John
Belushi in the Saturday Night Live skit "The Man Who Wouldn't Leave".
The entire film takes place in the young couples new apartment. At one
point in the film the couple is throwing a house-warming/impress the
boss (Bill Timony) and his wife party. I play the bosses wife who is
not only an ex-stripper, but somewhat of a tramp who ends up sleeping
with "the man who wouldn't leave". All in all it's a wonderfully
written hilariously funny film with some very talented actors.
It looks as though Bill Timony and I may be working on a future project
together. Bill has written a script ala Rebecca and The Jagged Edge
that we may get the "go" on. I have an offer made by the producer of
one of my all time favorite mainstream films I've had the pleasure to
perform in called "Bound & Gagged: A Love Story". If I can find a
script which would be a good vehicle for me to show my acting talents,
and I think I may have found it in Bills script, the producer of "Bound
& Gagged" has said he would pull together the funding and produce the
This leads us back to a question one of the people in the chat room
asked regarding why I made the come back into porno after a 14 year
break. I did it for several reasons including increased exposure (no
pun intended). And it seems to have worked. Hopefully I'll be doing
more of the work I want to in the near future. Not to imply I don't
enjoy making adult films. I do. I try not to do anything in my life I
don't enjoy or feel good about. Porno is no exception.
How has your experience been since returning to the adult
My return to the adult film industry has been
interesting. It's been kinda like slitting my wrists. Sometimes it's
all warm and fuzzy, sometimes it hurts like hell and sometimes I wonder
what the fuck I was thinking. It is either the most brilliant decision
I've ever made or I'm a total idiot.
Time will tell. I will say the industry has changed drastically since I
left it 14 years ago. Some things have changed for the better, some
things have just changed. I think what I miss the most about the good
old days is the comradery of the actors. It was such a close knit
family back then. Everybody knew everybody and we were all friends for
the most part. There were maybe 30 or 40 performers, and we were almost
like family in some strange way. Today there are nearly a thousand
performers. I grew up in porno. Then I moved away. I romanticized
the memory of the industry. When I came back I realized that porno was
a nice place to grow up, a nice place to visit, a nice place to spend a
few weeks a year, but I don't want to live
there anymore. There's no place like home.
What type and length of contract are you under?
I signed an exclusive three picture deal with VCA Films
with an open option to do three more porno's if I so desire. My first
release in over 14 years is "Torn" which was released in September of
1999. Torn recently (March of 2000) won Best Video Of The Year at the
XRCO Award. Which in my opinion is the only honest awards ceremony in
the adult film industry. The XRCO does not own a magazine in which film
companies can purchase advertising space. Or film awards. My second
release is "White Lightning" which will hit the streets and video stores
on April 15th, 2000. The third
in my comeback series "New Wave Hookers 6" (I was in the original in
1985) is scheduled to shoot in May of 2000..
Are there any particular changes in the industry you’re not
happy with since your return? Anything that you are particularly happy
I’m unhappy about three things: fake tits, fake orgasms
& really fucked up attitudes.
Anything that you are particularly happy about?
Changes I am happy about? That would be better
The U.S. Attorney case – you’ve got to be proud of
yourself, there’s nothing in this world more important to me than
loyalty, and amidst all the madness, you kept your head and stuck to
your guns. Would you change anything if you were able? What of the
I'm going to keep it simple regarding my trial, our
federal government, the IRS and our judicial system. For those of you
who don't know the basics of the story here they are: I refused to
testify against adult film producers on Tracy Lords behalf. My Daddy
didn't raise any snitches. The
government didn't like it. They tried to charge me with tax evasion.
I'd paid my taxes. They charged me with willfully subscribing to a
false tax return. My accountant had prepared my taxes. I had a trial.
I sold my home. I spent every penny I ever made in adult films
defending myself against a crime I never committed. I was facing 6
years federal time. I got 750 hours of community service, 3 years of
probation and mandatory drug testing. I violated probation twice and
spent 4 months and 17 days in federal prison. I have a lot more
character now. And I'd make a great lesbian were I so inclined.
Your book, “I Did It. I Liked It. So What?” – Tell me
about your writing process: Do you write longhand? What do you do to
break through writer’s block? Tell me about your experience with
ghostwriters and how you decided to get rid of them and write it
I began writing my book before I realized I was writing
it. I've kept a journal since the day I began working in adult films.
This has been invaluable in writing my memoirs. I use several tools to
write. I carry a notebook and a portable cassette recorder with me at
all times. I also use my laptop computer. When I find that I have
writers block, which is not very often (I usually have too many thoughts
going through my head at a time to get them all down) I edit. It's easy
to go back through what's already
done and make changes. As far as ghost writers go I'm not real big on
them. I'm sure for some people they're great. It seems it would be
much easier to just tell some one your story than it would be to write
it yourself, but there is a downside to that as well. I've worked with
a half dozen or so different ghost writers and my experience has pretty
much been the same with all of them. They each saw me as a one
dimensional character. One saw me as a victim, one as a slut, one as a
bitch, one as a little girl, one as a
sex symbol and another saw me as some sort of alien from another
planet. I'm a little of all of the above with the possible exception of
the alien. When I write myself I try to include all aspects of my
personality. It's difficult because I'm not a professional writer and I
have no training, but that's what editors are for. I have a tentative
deal with St. Martins Press, and if I ever finish this interview I just
might get back to finishing my book. I'm not sure when "I did it, I
liked it, SO WHAT!" will be finished. I work on it as often as
possible. I have 26 chapters in the works. I'll keep you informed of
the release date.
What about your son? Would you tell me a bit about him?
My son's name is Sterling. Having him is by far the
best thing I’ve
ever done in my life. He is a joy and a gem. I am truly blessed.
Plans for 2000 and beyond?
Raise my son well. Continue to work in mainstream films
until I'm too old to remember my lines. Travel for work less. Travel
for pleasure more. Marry my best friend. Finish my book. Strive to be
a better person on a daily basis. Be happy and bring joy to others.
Get a massage every day. Expand my horizons and my shoe collection.
Carry the message.
Tom Joad signing off...