Comedian Jenn Tisdale's XXX debut

Standup comic Jenn Tisdale wrote an essay about her first experience acting in a porn. (Jenn Tisdale/Facebook)

Standup comic Jenn Tisdale wrote an essay about her first experience acting in a porn. (Jenn Tisdale/Facebook)

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As a standup comic, Jenn Tisdale is comfortable with performing before an audience. But when it came to her first X-rated scene with porn star James Deen?

"I did have a lot of hesitations," Tisdale tells Jian.

What began as a response in jest to a casting call for a porn film became a reality for the 33-year-old humorist, who recently wrote about her on-set experience for the online magazine Brightest Young Things.

Tisdale, who has a fear of needles, nevertheless had to get her HIV test before performing in her scene with her co-star. Working with James Deen (née Bryan Matthew Sevilla) was surprisingly not so awkward once the cameras started rolling, she said.


Tisdale also set some parameters for the kinds of things she'd be doing, which Sevilla agreed to.

"It's very delightful of him to make sure that -- and these are his words -- that I have the 'perfect porn experience,'" Tisdale said.

Tisdale also spoke with Jian about how she broke the news to her mother, whether having sex on film has changed her perceptions of pornography, and why the whole experience left her feeling "empowered."

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