What happens when porn stars change jobs?

AN ADULT industry past can cause a lot of angst for women looking to break into a second career - or find love on The Bachelor.

Many times porn stars are considered social outcasts once they leave the adult entertainment industry, The New York Post reports.

But there are a few previously X-rated performers who have managed to parlay their controversial careers into the mainstream.

JENNA JAMESON

Jenna Jameson arrives at Perez Hilton's 34th Birthday and Mad Hatter's Ball, Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Siren Studios, in Los Angeles. In lieu of gifts, Perez Hilton has requested donations be made to VH1's Save The Music School Programs.
Jenna Jameson arrives at Perez Hilton's 34th Birthday and Mad Hatter's Ball, Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Siren Studios, in Los Angeles. In lieu of gifts, Perez Hilton has requested donations be made to VH1's Save The Music School Programs. AP Photo - Donald Trail for Perez Hilton

Once dubbed the queen of the adult entertainment genre, she used her fan base to gain the attention of Hollywood.

The mother of three starred in major movies, such as Howard Stern's Private Parts, and appeared on television shows like Family Guy.

The 43-year-old also published the best-selling book Sugar and her autobiography How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale.

SASHA GREY

Actor and former porn star Sasha Grey is also a novelist.
Actor and former porn star Sasha Grey is also a novelist. News Limited

She won Female Performer of the Year at the 2008 AVN Awards but then segued into a role in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience.

Grey also played herself in the HBO hit series Entourage.

The star dabbled in modelling, appearing in ads for Max Azria and American Apparel. Like Jameson, she is also an author, penning novels Neü Sex and The Juliette Society.

SUNNY LEONE

She was born Karenjit Kaur Vohra and later adapted her stage persona and went on to star in dozens of adult films.

She later made the surprising change from adult actress to Bollywood star in 2012. She announced her retirement from porn in 2013.

In July 2017, Leone adopted a child with her husband Daniel Weber.

SIBEL KEKILLI

Turkish born German actress Sibel Kekilli celebrates her Lola for best actress during the award ceremony of the German Film Award in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 23, 2010.
Turkish born German actress Sibel Kekilli celebrates her Lola for best actress during the award ceremony of the German Film Award in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 23, 2010. apn Photo - Herbert Knosowski

The German actress is known for her role as Shae in the HBO series Game of Thrones, but prior to her small screen achievement she worked in pornography.

The actress had kept her adult film job a secret from her family, but when she began to get acting parts in German films, a reporter unearthed her salacious past - which Kekili condemned as a smear campaign. Since then she has become an advocate for women's rights.

TRACI LORDS

She broke the law when she broke into the adult business.

At only 15, the now 49-year-old used a fake ID to land herself in Penthouse magazine and a slew of adult movies.

When she was caught in 1986, porn distributors had to pull all of her films because they featured her as a minor.

But that setback didn't stop Lords from vying for legitimate acting jobs.

She landed a gig in mainstream acting in the 1988 cult classic Cry-baby, and went on to appear in many film and television roles, including Boogie Boys and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

This article first appeared at The New York Post and is reproduced here with permission.

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