Born Rachel Swimmer in 1989, Tasha Reign, 23, got her start in the entertainment industry as a high school junior when she appeared on MTV’s ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County’. Regin, who was born in California, shot her first adult movie in 2010. She was named XBiz’s New Starlet of the Year in 2012 and its Female Starlet of the Year in 2013. Reign is a senior at UCLA with two quarters remaining before she receives her degree in Women’s Studies. She will appear at Exxxotica 2013 in Fort Lauderdale this weekend (Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2).
How did you make the transition from Playboy model to the adult film business?
"I didn't feel like modeling was getting me anywhere that I wanted. I wasn't making a ton of money. I wasn't building a name brand for myself. I felt like I needed something more. I've always been a fan of adult entertainment. I just Googled big name girls and figured out which agency they were with. I went to L.A. Direct Models in Studio City (California), and I just walked through the door and asked them if I can be a porn star."
Prior to your modeling and adult film career, what did you want to do with your life?
"I actually knew I wanted to be naked in front of the camera since I was in high school, since before I should have been allowed to look at naughty magazines, but I always knew that's what I wanted to do. I always idolized girls like Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra, the mainstream sex symbols. Once I found out about the adult industry in general, I was very attracted to it. For me, it's something I pursued. It's not something I fell into, which is unique in a way because people have different experiences. But this was my choice, and I want to do it, and I love my job."
What is the experience of writing and directing many of your own projects like?
"It's pretty amazing. My favorite part about it is seeing the photos. I just like the art work of it. It's always nice to have good scenes. It's great. It's the most rewarding thing so far. It's like you say, 'I want to build a website.' Then you have a website. It's all these ways that you get to go beyond the standard of show up and do your scene. It's amazing. I love it."
Has being in the management side of the business changed the way you think of the industry?
"I'm fairly new to this part of it. I think about it now when I'm on set. For instance, I'm working for a company that I work for all the time, Porn Pros. They have beautiful material. I really love the cameras they use. They're very, very high-end cameras. The way they shoot is very glamorous. I just enjoy it more. Even though I'm working, it doesn't feel like a job because I don't have to think about time, budget and if the performer fails and all those type of details. I just get to relax, go in, and just do one task or job, be a model and have sex. It's different also because I look up to them because they're so established, all the companies I work for. I get to get ideas from them. When the director needs us to do something and we have to get something done and not wait around in hair and make-up, I'm much more time conscience and more budget conscience. I'm like ‘Oh God, they're paying for us by the hour.’ I'm just more conscience of everything"
Fan interaction is huge in any entertainment industry. How much do you enjoy the opportunity to meet with your fans at different events and to keep in contact with them through social media?
"I'm very big into twittering. I love social media. I think it's something that I definitely thrive in, just the connection with my fans. I talk to them on so many occasions. Almost every weekend, I have a convention to go to or I have a featured dancing job. I just got back from South Carolina (last week). I'll be in [South Florida this] weekend and the weekend after (at West Palm Beach Spearmint Rhino) to feature dance. I love meeting the people in person and getting to figure out what kind of people my fans are and what type of videos they want to see. I think it's just so unique that the adult industry offers something that people that are actually fans of the performers can go and support their favorite actresses in person and meet them. I think it's really rewarding, and I just love when the girls come to meet me. It makes me feel like, 'Oh yeah, female approval.'"
Have you been to South Florida before? If so, do you have any favorite places to go, things to do or restaurants to eat at?
"I come to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. I've been quite a bit. I like to shop, eat healthy, just enjoy Miami. I like to go lay out and get my tan on. I'm just like a total tourist, just shopping, eating, tanning on the beach."
If you want to get away for a week or longer, where is your favorite travel destination?
"I have so many places. My next vacation, well it's not really a vacation, it's more of a party weekend. I'm going to Vegas. That's my next trip for fun. We're going to take over the Wynn Encore and just lay at the pool for three days straight just wasted. I'm so excited."
You’re currently enrolled at UCLA. What are you studying?
"My major is Women's Studies. It's a gender study. If you don't know what it is, my major is kind of like a sociology degree, but specializing in women. I love it. I chose it. I think that's part of why I started doing this. I think there's a correlation, but I don't know the exact thing that pushed me in that direction, but I think that they're intertwined for sure."
Do you get any strange reactions when classmates recognize you for the first time?
"My school is the most liberal school you can imagine. It's like UC-Berkeley and UCLA are just two of the top liberal schools. They're up there. We have people who are accepting. They usually don't make any sort of a deal other than they'll put out an article about me every so often in the Daily Bruin, our school newspaper, or they'll put a release in our magazine that we have at school. People often ask me questions, but not in class. I've had a couple of guys here and there ask for photos with me, and I've had girls ask questions like 'How did you get into that' and 'Where did you get your boobs done?' All sorts of nice things, but nothing out of the ordinary and crazy."
Does it feel strange for classmates to ask those types of questions?
"I guess that would be weird for somebody else, but for me - since I'm used to taking photos with people and answering questions - I don't think it's weird. The main question I get asked about going to school is people for some reason have this idea that people would ask me a rude question or ask me something that's derogatory. But that has never even happened. I think it's that I'm lucky that my school fits my personality."
Tasha Reign appears at Exxxotica 2013 in Fort Lauderdale