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Taryn Thomas Talks Arizona Porn Star Ball, Jersey Shore XXX, Webcam Girls, and Whether the Valley Will Become America's Next Adult Film Epicenter

For the past month or so, there's been some scuttlebutt on the web and in the local media that Arizona could become a refuge for adult filmmakers eager to flee the recent law passed by L.A. requiring condom use in hardcore video shot within the city limits.



This speculative exodus of porn producers to Arizona is still very much up in the air, local adult film star Taryn Thomas says it's a definite possibility. Especially since there's been plenty of porn being made behind closed doors across the Valley, as New Times documented in the 2009 cover story on Thomas and Phoenix's burgeoning blue movie industry.

We spoke with Thomas recently about the likelihood of our town becoming the next epicenter of X-rated videos, as well as what she'll be doing at this weekend's Arizona Porn Star Ball in Tempe (which will also function as an adult film convention of sorts) and what it takes to be a "true" adult film star.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.