Location: Los Angeles, CA
Interview Date: 4/28/2002
Monique Alexander is the incredibly vivacious and spirited new Sin City contract girl, and I had a ball interviewing her in the back of Jessica Drakeís truck. While taking five from her first starring role (in Michael Ravenís Girl Talk), Monique talked to me about her love of hip hop, her desire for attention, and her life as a ďjibblebugĒ. Monique came across as the most sweet and innocent pornstar Iíve ever met, a form of cultural dissonance that certainly makes her one of the most intriguing new players in the industry. Monique clearly asserts unconditional love for her fans, so make her day by sending her fan mail, or better yet a birthday card. If you see her in person at a signing or promotion, definitely ask for an autograph, but donít try and impress her with your knowledge of NWA lyrics, this new schooler thinks Dre is just too damn old... go figure, she was seven years old when Straight Outta Compton came out. (4/28/02)
Interviewed by Matt Peri
Q: What CD do you have in your CD player?
Monique Alexander: I have a six disc player... hmm, what do I have in there right now?... Faith Evans, Janet Jackson, Nasó
Q: Ahh, the new Nas?
Monique Alexander: Yeah... and the R Kelly and Jay-Z CD and I have a techno-dance beats CD.
Q: You like hip hop, huh?
Monique Alexander: Yeah.
Q: Cool. So where did you grow up?
Monique Alexander: Sacramento.
Q: Oh, when did you move down here?
Monique Alexander: I donít live down here, I actually still live up north.
Q: You commute?
Monique Alexander: Yeah.
Q: Interesting. How often do you come down?
Monique Alexander: Right now Iíve been down here for 2 weeks. I usually go home for a week or two. I try to go home for two weeks but it never really happens.
Q: You drive up and down?
Monique Alexander: Yep, I drive.
Q: So how did you get started in the porn industry?
Monique Alexander: I worked at an auto body shop as a receptionist and I was dancing...
Q: In Sacramento?
Monique Alexander: Yeah. I quit the auto body shop the day before my 19th birthday and two weeks later an agent came into my club and said ďHey, I can get you in this magazineÖdo you wanna try it?Ē And I was like ďIíll try it.Ē I tried it and I liked it and Iíve been here ever since.
Q: Tell me about the contract with Sin City. What does it entail? How many movies, etc.
Monique Alexander: I signed it in December and it goes until December. I believe I get four feature movies and I have to do so many scenes... something like that.
Q: Could you tell me about this movie youíre doing right now?
Monique Alexander: Itís called Girl Talk and what itís about is that my rich uncle dies and he leaves me all this money and I buy a nice house and a nice car and then I buy a beauty salon. And I think I call it ďGirl TalkĒ.
Jessica Drake : And then she has sex with everyone.
Q: Do you have sex with them while you cut their hair or do you not cut their hair at all?
Monique Alexander: I have sex with my employees.
Q: Ok, not customers. Thereís no crossover with employees?
Monique Alexander: Thereís the one girl... yeah, I do have sex with one customer. But I think sheís kind of a friend, too. I think it all plays outs.
Q: And did Michael Raven write the script?
Jessica Drake : It was written in part by Louis Cypher and Michael Raven, based on a story by Michael Raven.
Q: Whatís it like working with Michael Raven?
Monique Alexander: Heís great. Heís an awesome director. Itís exciting because yíknow, heís Michael Raven. People are gonna be interested anyway because of him. Theyíll be like, ďOh itís a Michael Raven film.Ē Which is good for me because then people will want to see it. Iím getting kind of lucky. Itís exciting. Heís a great person. Heís a lot of fun to work with.
Q: How is it with your family?
Monique Alexander: My family? Like, do they know?
Monique Alexander: I donít talk to my father, but my mother does know what Iím doing. She doesnít approve of it, but sheís behind me in whatever I do.
Q: Does she live in Sacramento?
Monique Alexander: Yeah.
Q: So she doesnít approve, but...
Monique Alexander: She supports me.
Q: Thatís cool.
Monique Alexander: She doesnít tell me, ďMonique donít do this or donít do that.Ē Sheís like, ďOkay, youíre grown. Youíre a big girl. If youíre happy then go for it.Ē
Q: And your dad doesnít know... or you donít know your dad?
Monique Alexander: I donít speak to him. I donít think he knows... not to my knowledge.
Q: Would that be weird if he found out?
Monique Alexander: I really donít know... I donít talk to him, so to me it would be nothing. I guess the only way he would find out is maybe seeing it.
Q: Oh yeah, thatís kind of weird.
Monique Alexander: Uh, yeah thatís kind of...
Q: So you were dancing in Sacramento while working at the body shop?
Monique Alexander: Uh huh.
Q: Howíd you get started dancing?
Monique Alexander: Well I always wanted to be a stripper. When I was seventeen I would walk around telling people ďWhen I turn eighteen Iím gonna be a stripper!Ē I thought it would be fun. Then I didnít do it because I was in a relationship and I didnít feel it was right to put the guy I was with through that. So I didnít do that to him. I got out of that relationship and, we had been living together, and I moved out on my own and you canít live off eight dollars an hour with a car payment and trying to live in an apartment. I wanted to dance anyway so it just kinda pushed me a little bit further like hereís your opportunity and so I did it, and I miss it. I donít do it right now. I donít feature yet, Iím waiting to get a bigger name. But I canít wait because I absolutely love to dance.
Q: So you like dancing differently than you like doing the movies?
Monique Alexander: Itís different. I love to dance. If I could dance every minute of the day every day for the rest of my life Iíd be so happy. If you ask anybody, Iím the little ďjibblebugĒ. Iím always bobbing my head or dancing or singing. I like it. Itís fun.
Q: So howís it different doing that... where the audience is live as opposed to seeing it later on TV.
Monique Alexander: Oh thatís so much more fun. Because you get all this attention. I like attention. Thatís probably why I like being a stripper, because all eyes are on you.
Q: So itís that live energy?
Monique Alexander: Yeah, itís such a high. Like at the adult show this year, in January, it was just such a high having all those people there. And I was like ďNobodyís gonna come up to me, theyíre not gonna know who I am yet, nobodyís gonna want me to sign for themĒ and when I actually had people, I was like ecstatic. I was like ďOhmigod!Ē I felt so special. Itís such a high.
Q: Do you ever get recognized on the street?
Monique Alexander: No, Iím still pretty new though. Iím astonished when I get fan mail. Iím like ďOhmigod, I have a fan!Ē Itís so amazing to me. Iím like ďOh, they like me!Ē Itís very shocking.
Q: Do you have other aspirations outside of this, or is it just dancing and adult movies?
Monique Alexander: Well, I do mainstream stuff too. Iím just happy with what Iím doing, I love what Iím doing. I donít really have any goals. Everybody wants to be famous and wants people to know who they are, but if that doesnít happen Iím not gonna sit and cry about it. Iím just lucky that I even get to do something like this. Iím only nineteen years old and I make more money than some parents.
Q: Is the money a main draw? I know a lot of people who get started dancing because the money is so good.
Monique Alexander: Yeah.
Q: Öand then once they were doing it their lifestyle changed so much that they couldnít go back.
Monique Alexander: Well, Iím not one of those people who did it because I had to or for the money. I did it because I thought it would be fun. And thatís why I do this, because itís fun and I like to do it. I donít do it because the moneyís good, I mean donít get me wrongóthe moneyís greatóbut even if the money wasnít great I would still do it. Itís just fun. I get to have sex with beautiful people and get paid for it.
Q: So is it not business for you? When you get up there with someone to do the scene?
Monique Alexander: No, itís fun. I love it. Itís always somebody new. And I get to work with Jessica a lot, which is wonderful. Itís great. No itís not really business at all, itís more fun for me.
Q: You just sit around and listen to hip hop huh?
Monique Alexander: Yeah. Did you know Dr Dre isnít gonna put out any more solo albums?
Q: He just did that ďdisĒ track... what heíll only produce now?
Monique Alexander: Yeah, heíll appear on other peopleís albums, but heís not gonna put out his own albums anymore. Did you know heís like forty-something?
Q: Well, yeah, NWA was ages ago...
Monique Alexander: Yeah, but heís Dr Dre... how old is Snoop?
Q: Snoop is younger than Dre, I think I heard that heís like 38?
Monique Alexander: Ohmigod, that is so weird.
Q: Well, nineteen is pretty much younger than just about everyone, next to you anybody would seem old.
Monique Alexander: Yeah, I guess.
Q: Anything else you want to tell the world, besides just to love you?
Monique Alexander: Thank you for being there, for being my fans, youíve made me who I am. Thank you.
Pornstar Monique Alexander is a classically beautiful California girl who was born May 26, 1982 in Sacramento. The sexy 5'5" blonde grew up as a shy and private person who has blossomed into a confident, outgoing adult with arresting sexual allure. She became interested in a career in adult entertainment after she began dancing at a Sacramento gentlemen's club at age 18, and it wasn't long before she signed an exclusive contract with Vivid Entertainment in late 2004.
GameLink: hello, Monique?
GameLink: Pleased to sort of meet you.
Monique: Hehe yes nice to kind of meet you 2
GameLink: How are you doing today?
Monique: Im good sleepy from feature dancing last night but good
GameLink: Where are you dancing?
Monique: spearmint Rhino in rialto
GameLink: that's down near San Bernardino, right?
Monique: Yep pretty far
GameLink: can you at least do it from your house, or are you technically "on the road"?
Monique: Im on the road its about 90 miles from my house & I dont get done intel 3am so its to far to drive
GameLink: don't they fly you there in the Vivid helicopter?
Monique: Hehehe ya I wish
GameLink: you have to use the roads like the hoi polloi? that's rough.
Monique: Its all good
GameLink: how's that going? i talked recently to another woman who's dancing in ohio and she says it's dead there.
GameLink: is the economy affecting that, or are you just sexier than she is?
Monique: Its been great for me
Monique: Im just a vivid girl so that makes ever thing better
GameLink: is there a difference between dancing in the LA area and elsewhere in the country, or do you find it's the same everywhere you go?
Monique: There is def a difference la you dont make as much money as you would on the east coast. People seem to be more excited to see you on the east coast than they are here
GameLink: are they jaded in LA?
Monique: that could be what it is
GameLink: but you're not!
Monique: Nope I travel to much to get jaded by this crazy city :)
GameLink: i heard working at Vivid is like you're in a pink sparkle bubble. that doesn't sound like the kind of thing a jaded girl would say.
Monique: Hehehe yep thats totally what it is 4 me
GameLink: you seem to put that across onscreen. i was just reviewing a movie this morning and thinking that the director/star seemed very professionally weary, but you don't seem to feel that way
Monique: No Im pretty laid back
GameLink: did you read the London Financial Times article about the industry last week? you were a prominent part of it.
Monique: No I didnt get a chance to see it :( do you know were I can find it?
GameLink: hold on a minute - i'll find you the link
Monique: Awesome thank you
GameLink: you were the opener and the closer for the article - it was a fellow named Garrahan who interviewed you on the set of a PT movie
Monique: Thank you 4 finding that 4 me :)
GameLink: sure. i'd be interested in hearing what you think of it later if you read it.
GameLink: not for this interview, though - i'm just curious
Monique: Hehehe ok
GameLink: how many interviews do you do a month?
Monique: Ever month is different some months I do a lot some months I do a couple
GameLink: are they all pretty much the same? i want you to tell me things that you never tell anyone else
GameLink: especially the part where we talk about Monique's Been Blackmaled
Monique: Ya for the most part they pretty much ask the same questions.
GameLink: tell me about all the petty rivalries and backbiting that went on on that set.
Monique: Im not sure I know what your talking about
GameLink: i don't either. i was just digging in the dark, hoping to strike paydirt.
GameLink: i guess that kind of thing wouldn't really go on in a pink sparkle bubble.
Monique: Hehehe I loved shooting that movie I got 2 work with Mr.Marcus & jada fire was there as well. Shes my fav
Monique: Hehehe ya not so much
Monique: Im not a diva I pretty much get a long with ever one
GameLink: so it seems.
Monique: Im 2 nice 4 people not to like me ;)
Monique: I kill them with kindness
GameLink: that sounds like it would be kind of fun.
Monique: A day with me is always fun hehehe
GameLink: i don't think you should tell everyone that, because if they hear it they'll be mean so you'll kill them with kindness.
GameLink: although i guess being nice to you would yield even nicer results.
Monique: Hehehe Im always up 4 a challenge
Monique: Yep :)
GameLink: how about a PING-PONG challenge?
Monique: Im game dont know good I would be but Im willing to try
GameLink: what would yo be good at? what could i challenge you to that you would just absolutely clean my clock at?
Monique: Ummmm well I love to dance our play soft ball
Monique: Im pretty good at both of those
GameLink: i'm pretty sure you could outdance me.
GameLink: does vivid have a softball team?
Monique: Hehehe no not that I know of
Monique: Oh and we could play who picks up a girl faster
Monique: I always win that one
GameLink: i'll bet.
Monique: but if they did i would def play
GameLink: what's your favorite position?
Monique: Doggie cuz you can pull my hair, spank my ass & choke me :)
GameLink: no, in SOFTBALL!
Monique: Ohhhhh hehehe
GameLink: that sounds more like hardball....
Monique: I love 2nd our 1st base
Monique: thats what I used 2 play
GameLink: have you ever been spanked and choked in softball?
Monique: Heheehe no
GameLink: if you really like that, it seems like catcher would be the position for you. and i would be the pitcher.
GameLink: so what's your girl-picking-up technique? i think you would probably beat me at that too. i'm a slow mover; you have some advantages over me.
Monique: I cant give away you might try & use it lol
GameLink: wait, is it walking up to a girl and saying "hey, how would you like to be a vivid girl?"
Monique: Heheehe no
GameLink: because that wouldn't work for me
GameLink: but wait, isn't that how YOU got started?
Monique: No I was a striper in Sac & an agent asked me if i wanted to be in hustler & other mens mags
GameLink: ah, so not quite.
GameLink: if i promise not to use your girl-picking-up technique against you, will you tell me what it is?
Monique: No sorry I cant reveal my secrets
GameLink: is it different from your boy-picking-up technique?
Monique: I dont really pick up boys
GameLink: do they do all the work, or do you just not traffic in boys so much?
Monique: Im to busy 4 boys I just like to have fun
GameLink: you're a jetsetting woman of the world!
Monique: Hehehe ya i guess you could say that
GameLink: ok, so let me ask you another thing about Monique's Been Blackmaled.
Monique: go 4 it
GameLink: what firsts occurred in the filming of said movie?
Monique: I have no idea
Monique: What do you mean
GameLink: no first interracial anal, or first threeway on a wednesday?
Monique: I did that movie so long ago & Ive never watched it so Im not sure
GameLink: ha ha
Monique: Oh it was my first time doing 2 guys
GameLink: i thought that was what we were supposed to talk about.
Monique: I dont know what we are suppose to talk about
Monique: vivid says do this interview & I say ok
GameLink: well, my one lead just got thrown out the window.,
GameLink: what do you want to talk about?
GameLink: the table is clear - we can talk about anything.
Monique: Your the interviewer not me Im just here to answer the questions :)
GameLink: what question does nobody ever ask you that you really want to answer?
GameLink: if the interviews are mostly the same, what can we do to make this one better?
Monique: I have no idea lol
GameLink: i already challenged you to a ping-pong game - i am clearly already out on a limb
GameLink: you have become in a lot of ways, it is said, a de facto voice for the porn industry, participating in panels and shows as a spokesperson; what, in your opinion, really needs to be said about porn?
Monique: That its not as awful as people make it out to be. If you do it right then you will go far. Its a great industry & im happy to be a part of it
GameLink: do you have ambitions beyond being a star? you're already one of the biggest - do you want to be successful in other parts of it? producer, director, writer, et cetera.
Monique: Yes my goal right now is my website I want to make it magical. You know make it the best it can be
Monique: I want to shoot my own movies 4 it with other talent. I want to branch out into the internet side
GameLink: how will it be the best? what's different about it?
Monique: Have something like the bang bros
GameLink: will you take fan requests?
Monique: I want to spend all my time on it. chats ever day live shows, new girls & guys that people havent seen
Monique: Of course
GameLink: i will be writing in with a request for softball porn.
GameLink: "Second Base with Monique".
GameLink: by the way - when discussing making out and necking and so on, how do you define getting to first base, second base, third base, et cetera?
GameLink: and do porn stars ever say "necking"?
Monique: I never say that but others might
GameLink: i doubt it.
GameLink: think i slipped up and was thinking of "Happy Days" or something
GameLink: ok, so first base.
Monique: I dont know I havent used those kind of terms in a long time
Monique: its either we hooked up our didnt lol
GameLink: hm. okay, back to the website.
GameLink: chats. fan requests, shooting your own movies.
GameLink: anything else?
Monique: not off top of my head
GameLink: oh, and does the website already exist, and if so how can we find it?
Monique: yes its moniquealexander.com but rightnow Im in the works of switching web masters & revamping the whole site
GameLink: but people should still go to it.
Monique: yes 4 sure
GameLink: what are you working on right now, for Vivid or for the site?
Monique: right now Im just feature dancing dont have much time 4 anything else
GameLink: will you be traveling to dance, or are you sticking close to home?
Monique: I have a movie im shooting in a week our so 4 vivid
GameLink: within a 90-mile radius, anyway
Monique: always traveling I go to long island next to dance at The Scene
GameLink: will you come to san francisco any time soon?
GameLink: that is where we are.
Monique: I might be there next weekend to do a night club appearance butdont know if its 4 sure yet
GameLink: what club?
Monique: Im not sure its in the works now
GameLink: ah, ok
GameLink: you're from Vallejo, right?
Monique: Yep thats were I wsa born
Monique: grew up in sac
Monique: I hate to be rude but i really need to get going. I have lots to get done before I dance tonight. are we almost done?
GameLink: absolutely - not rude at all.
GameLink: thank you for spending so much time with us.
GameLink: one more question
Monique: Go 4 it
GameLink: what's your girl-picking-up technique?
Monique: Hehehee sorry cant tell you
Monique: If we ever meet then I will tell you deal?
GameLink: absolutely - it's been a delight.
Monique: Have a great weekend