Source: The Baltimore Sun
Venturing into the adult film industry: "Well, in the first place, I'm not really getting back into it. The [sex tape with then-boyfriend Sean "X-Pac" Waltman that was released in 2004] was done to me and it was degrading and violating and a really traumatizing experience.
"You know, I think throughout my career in wrestling it's kind of been like a three-ring circus. It was a lot of fun and I loved every minute of it. I loved the fans and I loved everything that I did. I branched out from that: I wrote a book and I did Playboy and I did all these things that were very, very successful, and I loved doing every single one of them. So when this came up, I wasn't necessarily thinking that I was going to go in this direction, but because most of the things I've done in my life and most of the experiences have been really great, and this industry was kind of tarnished for me, I just felt mentally that I wanted to experience it, to cross that barrier and see what it was like. I've always taken risks and been a pioneer at different things and experiences.
"And Vivid – I didn't really know a whole lot about porn at all, but I knew the company Vivid, and I knew that they had the most beautiful women and the hottest guys and that they were a well-known company and a reputable company, so I decided to go for it and it turned out to be a great experience. Vivid was incredibly professional. Not only did they pay me well, but I felt really beautiful and sexy and it was fun. I was involved from beginning to end and there was nothing negative about the experience. I found it to be very empowering and it helped me therapeutically with something that I had in my head mentally from a really bad experience and it healed me in a way – it's kind of crazy."
Whether her recent film release cost her a contract with TNA Wrestling: "Well, I haven't actually really spoken with them since I did a television spot and the pay-per-view, but it was never a contract on the line. They asked me to participate in the angle of what they were doing and I thought it would be fun.
"I went and I talked with them, and it was wonderful to see some old friends. I was elated, and so I did it. We hadn't really talked about a deal. I just didn't think that was something that I really wanted to get back into full force. They'd have to make me a deal that I simply couldn't say no to, because I fought [to own the name Chyna] for years. I spent a lot of time and a lot of money to take control of myself – which is another reason why this movie is special to me. I own me, and nobody tries to take my name.
"I like my freedom. For somebody to take that from me after all these years, it would have to be something so incredible – which I feel that I'm worth – and that didn't seem to be the case with TNA. But – and I don't know where they're coming from because I haven't spoken to them directly – to me, [the movie] is material on a silver platter.
"There's tons of stuff you could do with this for story line or exposure or whatever. My curriculum vitae is well-rounded [laughs]. It's never stopped me from anything else and if it does, too bad. Life is short and I'm going to live it."
She also commented on whether she keeps up with wrestling these days, whether she plans to participate in more adult films, and whether she's concerned she'll lose fans because of her most recent film.
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