PornstarEmpire.com: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in the adult industry.
Sophia Santi: Four years ago, I started doing magazines first. I was up in Canada, where I�m from, and there was a photographer that came up there and when he saw me, the first words that came out of his mouth were �I can get you in Penthouse.� And I didn�t really have to think about it, I said �Okay!� I flew out here and started shooting all the magazines, and I did that for about three years before I moved into film.
Q: And how did you get involved from moving from the photo shoots to actually performing in front of the cameras?
Sophia Santi: Most of the photographers I worked for at the magazines wanted me to do little video clips for their own personal website, so I started out doing that. So it was a small transition to move directly into full-blown film.
Q: And what made you decide to sign with Digital Playground?
Sophia Santi: I just think that they are the best company in the business. They have a small amount of girls � they don�t have like twelve girls � and they really do concentrate on making you a star. Their marketing ability is just amazing...you see what they�ve done with Jesse Jane and Tera Patrick, and I thought that was great and what I wanted for myself.
Q: You didn�t always use the name Sophia Santi...you used to go by Natalia Cruz. Any reason for the change?
Sophia Santi: Yeah...I don�t own the website NataliaCruz.com, and I�ve never seen a dime from that website. So when I signed with Digital, I didn�t want the person that owned that site to capitalize on all the marketing that they�re doing for me, so I just changed my name and that way I could have my own website and everything.
Q: You have a very exotic look...very unique. What�s your ethnic background?
Sophia Santi: My father is Romanian with ancestors from the Transylvanian Mountains...my mother is Black Irish, German and Cherokee.
Q: One of the things fans first notice about you is the tattoo that wraps around your side...can you tell us the genesis of it � when you got it and if it holds any significance?
Sophia Santi: I started that when I was about 18 years old. It has a lot of meaning for me...it�s a Japanese dragon � a symbol of benevolence and creativity and for me, always forward motion and not to be stagnant...but I am addicted to tattoos, and I realized pretty early that I don�t want like 18 little tattoos all over me, so I decided to get one big one, and then when I got the urge I would work on that.
Q: You�re currently only doing girls on camera...would you ever consider doing boy/girl scenes?
Sophia Santi: Maybe in the future...it�s possible. For right now, I think I�ve got a pretty good career doing girls.
Q: So you are bisexual in your private life, then?
Sophia Santi: Of course. I love girls!
Q: What turns you on about being with girls?
Sophia Santi: It�s just so different from being with a man. It�s so much more softer and curvier and sensual...it�s less �hard�. It�s �prettier�. It�s hard to say!
Q: I know a lot of the female talent out there...one of the reason they get into adult and performing in front of the camera is because it�s a way of acting out fantasies that they might not have a chance to try in their personal life. Do you have any fantasies that you�d like to try in front of the camera that you haven�t gotten a chance to yet...or something that you�ve gotten to do on camera that you really enjoyed?
Sophia Santi: Well not a fantasy, but in my personal life and maybe on the set too, I�m kind of a natural submissive, so I like really dominant women to just manhandle me...choke me, pull my hair...take control!
Q: What do you like to do in your free time � interests/hobbies?
Sophia Santi: Well, I paint, I play classical guitar, I read, I do yoga. That�s pretty much it.
Q: What movies do you have out right now that you�re particular proud of...and what�s coming out in the future that fans should look forward to?
Sophia Santi: The Way Of The Dragon was my first feature, and I loved that � it�s Asian-inspired. Virtual Sex With Sophia Santi...viewers can manipulate me in any way that they want and get me to do whatever they want me to do. I have a new title coming out called Peek � it�s coming out in June, which is kind of vampy and goth a little bit...it�s fetishy and a lot of fun as well.
Q: Now that you�ve made the leap from photo shoots to adult movies, have you been getting recognized more in public?
Sophia Santi: Well I don�t go out when I�m at home a lot, but I do get people that recognize me. If I�m in Vegas, I get recognized all the time. Here, in LA...there�s so many stars out here in LA, if people notice you they won�t say anything. So it�s kind of nice.
Q: Have you had any weird or uncomfortable encounters with fans?
Sophia Santi: Yeah. I had one come up to me while I was with a boyfriend and tell me that he jacked off to me all the time! Umm...thank you! It was great.
Q: How much longer to you plan to stay in the industry? Any long range plans about what you�d like to do once you stop performing in front of the camera?
Sophia Santi: I probably have maybe a five-year plan on it. And after that I�d probably like to move into directing. I�ve got tons of ideas and I love being behind the camera as much as I love being in front of it. I took a bunch of photography classes and film classes, and even developing pictures in a darkroom...that kind of thing. You never know, I might move into the photography side of it.
Q: You mentioned one of the reasons you changed your stage name was because someone owned Natalia Cruz. Do you have an official website yet?
Sophia Santi: SophiaSanti.com will be up very soon.