Riley Reid is an American porn actress born on July 9, 1991 in Loxahatchee, Florida USA. Her background is Irish with roots in Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Dutch, German and Welsh. She’s recognizable by her sultry green eyes, and her large Chinese back tattoo that translates to “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. She keeps her private and family life quite secret but revealed in a YouTube video that her real name is Ashley. She entered the adult industry at age 19 in 2010 after a brief period of being a stripper, and immediately took the adult world by storm. She’s garnered mainstream press including being listed on LA Weekly’s ‘10 Porn Stars Who Could Be the Next Jenna Jameson’ and has been listed multiple times on CNBC’s ‘The Dirty Dozen, Porn’s Most Popular Stars’. She’s won multiple awards for her work, and in 2014 and 2017 she won every XBIZ award that she was nominated for.
Riley did well in high school and took advanced placement courses. She attended Florida International University and intended on becoming a teacher. She’s explained on the Impaulsive podcast that she’s always had a bit of a rocky, up and down relationship with her parents, who are divorced. Her father was very religious and conservative while her mother was more open with her experimentation. Riley considers herself bisexual and always considered her a very sexual person, going back to middle school. She would fool around with girls and would usually be the dominant one. However, she stopped having sex with girls once she got to high school. She told Adult DVD Talk, “I stopped having sex with girls once I got to high school for fear of rejection. I didn’t care if a guy rejected me but there’s something about girls that I didn’t even want to risk it”. She continued, “I was always having sex with my guy friends. I rarely had boyfriends because I would always cheat on them. I could never be a good girlfriend.”
When Riley was in college, she got into some trouble and was in a car accident. To cover the fees and to get her car back on the road, she decided to become a stripper. Because she was so comfortable at this point with her sexuality it was an easy transition, however, she did not consider herself very good at it. “I’m such a social butterfly and way too sweet” she told Adult DVD Talk. “People would take advantage of me and I would just talk the night away. I’m a dolphin, not a shark. I think the most I ever made was maybe $120 or $130 in a night”. Since stripping wasn’t working out for her, she decided to test the waters of the adult industry after a suggestion from a coworker at the strip club. Her first scene was as an extra for the In the VIP website from Brazzers. In the VIP is a site where all the action takes place in dance club environments and features people hooking up in these areas. It’s a very voyeuristic kind of style and uses a lot of extras, so it’s the perfect porn set to work on if you’re not ready to fully embrace the lifestyle yet. She did a few In the VIP scenes as extras before starting to get in on the action herself. She was enjoying it so decided to do some more. Her first real sex scene was for the legendary Vivid porn studios for the 36th edition of their ‘Brand New Faces’ series. She also contacted Bang Bros for a sex scene with them for their College Rules website, which features younger, amateur college-age girls. It was a group scene and they told her to just let loose and have fun. From there she was in contact with some model and booking agencies and started travelling to Las Vegas for shoots. “I just kept working and never did I imagine that I would become this Riley Reid porn star” she said. “Not until it happened. I was like, ‘oh, what? When did this even happen?’ It’s just so crazy” In her first year she also worked with and appeared in scenes for Digital Sin, Elegant Angel, Porno Dan and several Evil Angel scenes including Jonni Darkko’s Spinners and Nacho Vidal: The Sexual Messiah. She went on to win the award for Best New Starlet at both the 2012 Night Moves and 2013 XBIZ awards and won the XBIZ award for Female Performer of the Year in 2014, making her the first performer to ever win both awards in back-to-back years. In 2014 she also won an AVN Award for Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene for her first interracial which was with Mandingo for ‘Mandingo Massacre 6’.
For the first few years of her career as a porn star, Riley Reid stated that she wasn’t interested in doing anal sex. But as the years went on, she stated that her ass would get more and more aroused from butt-play. “Being in the industry and having my body explored consistently by other people just made it to a point to where now I was craving it” she told AVN in an interview. “When I first started, if you were licking my asshole, my pussy be pulsing for attention and my ass didn’t even care, it wasn’t something that aroused me”. She continued “It’s come to a point where she’s touched all the time, so now when she’s not getting touched, she’s pulsing for attention. It’s so crazy that my body can go through such a change”. Riley did her first anal for Tushy in the movie Being Riley, directed by Greg Lansky. She chose to work with Tushy because she wanted something more erotic for her first anal. “It’s (Tushy) very beautiful and very soft. It’s passionate and classy and it’s not like I have to have my asshole gaping. That’s not the idea of idea of it” she explained to Adult DVD Talk. “Not that I’m against that or anything but my body isn’t at that point. I thought if I’m going to do anal, that’s who I’m going to do it for”. ‘Being Riley’ featured five scenes centered around Riley Reid having anal sex for the first time on camera. It features a lesbian scene with Aidra Fox, her first official Anal sex on screen with Mick Blue, a threesome scene with Mike Adriano and Aidra Fox, an interracial scene with Rob Piper and another threesome with James Deen and Erik Everhard. “The reason I chose Mick Blue for my first on screen anal was because his wife, Anikka Albrite and I are best friends” she told Adult DVD Talk. “We have this intimate relationship. So, I knew choosing Mick Blue was going to be the best performer for me because he would be extra careful. With any first-time girl Mick is just an amazing performer”. The movie ‘Being Riley’ was very successful and went on to win three AVN Awards in 2016 including best Anal Sex Scene and Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene. It was also nominated for Best Sex Scene at the 2016 XBIZ awards.
Riley Reid prides herself as being an entrepreneur and managing her own brand. In nearly a decade in the industry, she’s won countless awards, became a Fleshlight girl, was a Girlsway Girl of the Month, started her own website and became of the most searched names on Pornhub. Riley launched her own website ReidMyLips.com in 2015 and remains a huge part of the content and marketing for it. “I have my own website, and I produce, write scripts and style things for it. I do everything besides hold the camera, basically” she said in a recent interview with XBIZ. Through the website produces and directs scenes and collaborates with other artists. She also sells her own merchandise and controls her own premium Snapchat through her website. What’s next for Riley Reid? It doesn’t look like she’s slowing down any time soon. She was recently in a cover story for AVN magazine and said, “When I hit that five-year mark that’s when I realized it has become my career, and if I want to really excel, then I should only pursue it further”.