Lena Paul is an American pornographic film actress, born October 12, 1993 and grew up in Florida. She’s still quite new to the industry but has already built a mega fan following and has been nominated for several awards including AVN and XBIZ categories for Best New Actress. Since her debut in 2016, Lena Paul has starred in over 300 films to date, and has written and directed scenes as well. She’s married to fellow porn star Nathan Red and she does periodic scenes with him. She’s known as being one of the most positive and well-liked personalities in the business and is an advocate for new performers coming into the industry.
Before starting her career as a porn actress, Lena Paul was homeschooled growing up and went to college at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. After college she worked with a startup company in Central America in the agricultural field, working on a treatment of plant disease. To pay the bills, she worked as a cam model under the name Lena Peach. The name Lena was inspired from 1940s Hollywood actress and singer Lena Horne. Camming worked for her because of the flexibility of it and the ability to make her own hours so she could still focus on her day job. Eventually her startup company failed and went under, when she was approached by an agent to try porn. She changed her name to Lena Paul, and at age 22, she shot her first scene which was for Big Naturals, a subsite of the Reality Kings network. Within months, Lena Paul became one of the most sought after and most searched pornstars in the industry. She quickly shot scenes for sites like Mofos, Naughty America, Evil Angel, Girlsway and others. She shot her first anal scene for Tushy for the movie The Art of Anal Sex 5 which was directed by Greg Lansky. She told Adult DVD Talk in an interview that it was a great experience. “I loved it! I absolutely love anal!” she said. “Tushy tends to take very good care of you and I was very, very pleased.” Lena also filmed her first gangbang scene for the esteemed HardX site in the movie ‘Gangbang Me 4’. “Lena shines as she performs so many career firsts and comes through with flying colors” said Jon Blitt, head of production or Hard X’s parent company, O.L. Entertainment. Lena deservingly won the DVDerotik award for Best New Starlet and was also nominated in 2018 for the AVN and XBIZ awards for Best New Starlet.
Some of Lena’s favorite scenes to shoot are lesbian scenes. She told Fleshbot, “I was always fascinated by women and masturbated to them almost exclusively before I got into porn”. She stated that her favorite porn stars before getting into the industry were Dani Daniels and Dillion Harper. Some of her most notable lesbian scenes is her work with the award-winning website, Girlfriends Films. “I love working for Girlfriends Films” she told Adult DVD Talk. “They always really facilitate having a genuine connection”. Her work with Girlfriends Films earned her two awards nominations. Her scene with Pristine Edge in ‘Please Make Me a Lesbian 15’ was nominated for Best Sex Scene – All Girl Release at the 2018 XBIZ Awards, and her incredibly hot threesome scene with Ashley Adams and Jasmine Jay in ‘Women Seeking Women 140’ was nominated for Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene at the 2018 AVN Awards. She spoke highly of the threesome scene at the red carpet of the AVN awards (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xi34fGPAeE); “Our boobs together…it was life changing. My soul left my goddamned body. I was cum-drugged for hours!” Lena’s also worked frequently with the popular Girlsway site, shooting scenes with the likes of Kendra Lust, Aidra Fox and others. She was even honored with the November 2018 Girlsway Girl of the Month. “I feel like I should pinch myself!” she said in a press release when she heard the news. With the honor of being Girl of the Month she was able to pick who to work with for her ‘Showcases’ scene that month on the website and chose Carter Cruise and Ashley Adams in a fun ‘Sorority’ themed scene. “Hazing is a personal fetish of mine, and to get to incorporate elements of my sorority days and my personal kinks made this a really special day for me…plus getting to fuck two of my favorite girls in the same day – I was on Cloud Nine!”. Lena also shot an incredibly passionate scene with her real-life lesbian girlfriend, Ivy Lebelle for the We Like Girls series on Adult Time. ‘We Like Girls’ is a documentary themed series, where each episode focuses on a real-life lesbian relationship between two pornstars. They’re interviewed separately before filming an unscripted sex scene. The results are always magical. “What’s funny is that I didn’t think I was going to have butterflies” Lena said in the pre-sex interview. “This isn’t an exceptional thing…I was just with her last night. But I DO have butterflies…I’m actually nervous to have sex with my own girlfriend!”
In 2018, Lena Paul was approached by director Bree Mills to contribute as a writer and guest director for her own scene for the Pure Taboo website. She chose a very personal subject to write about, and Airtight Invasion was inspired by an incident of being sexually assaulted in college. She spoke about it on the Holly Randall Unfiltered podcast; “There’s a lot in both mainstream therapy and then in the indigenous, schematic sort of traditions I’ve studied, that says that reliving experiences, particularly traumatic experiences can be extremely helpful for recovery, so I wanted to tell a story that was tender to me, that still had some sting to it”. She continued, “I wanted to show a story where a woman can be put into a situation that was dangerous and use her wit and sexuality to get out of it. I wanted to tell a story where a woman left a rough sex scenario empowered”. It’s a powerful scene that stars Lena as the daughter of a mafia lord, who leaves her alone for a night under the watch of a bodyguard. Three men in ski masks then invade her home and kidnap her to use for ransom for money her dad owes them. They hold her in captive for days, trying to get the money from her dad, but the father tries to negotiate rather than giving the full amount to the criminals. Lena’s character suggests to them that they all fuck her, and make it look as rough as possible, take photos and send the evidence to her father to convince him to pay up. The scene continues as a rough sex, gangbang scene, and ends with a twist in the story that you need to see to believe. “The parameters of my story stem from a recurring nightmare I had after being assaulted” Lena said in a press release for the scene. “A lot of women who watch porn, particularly rough sex scenarios, after experiencing trauma feel a lot of shame about it, despite it being an extremely common fantasy. I hope, in the end, that Airtight Invasion will continue our industry’s conversations about female empowerment and representation”.
Lena Paul prides herself on being an advocate for younger, more inexperienced woman in the porn industry, helping them to find their voice and take charge of their careers. “The biggest issue that happens that I see is that girls get into a situation where they feel that they don’t have the economic security to enforce their boundaries” she told Holly Randall on the Unfiltered podcast how she aims to fix that situation. “The biggest way that I see that happening is girls developing their own stream of income, things like Snapchat, manyvids, Pornhub Premium channels, where they’re able to directly sell to fans and consumers and gain the rewards from that. Developing their own streams of income to say, I can turn down that shoot if I’m not comfortable with it.”
Lena Paul continues being an inspiration for other stars by taking charge of her career and using the various available outlets to market herself and sell her content. In the first half of 2019, she’s already filmed new scenes for Evil Angel, Mile High Media, Lesbian X and others. She also recently filmed another scene with Aidra Fox for Girlfriends Films, in ‘Women Seeking Women 168’ which will be released soon. One thing for sure is with both brains and beauty, the future is going to bright for Lena Paul.