Sydnee Steele: Still Shy, But Definitely Wicked
AVN Editor In Chief Mike Ramone recently sat down with A-list adult star Sydnee Steele to discuss her relatively quick rise to the top of the porn heap and her decision earlier this year to become a Wicked contract girl. He files this report:
Introduced to Wicked contract girl Sydnee Steele at the XRCO awards back in April, a certainAVN editor thought she came across a bit distant and aloof, almost as if she considered herself Miss Thing.
But after interviewing her several months later for a profile, the editor realized that what he had taken as attitude was really shyness. It may seem a non sequitur, but Steele who has sucked and fucked her way through some 250 tapes since entering the biz in 1997 is essentially bashful at heart.
"I used to be very, very, very shy," the leggy brunette beauty concedes. "I used to hide behind my parents' legs when people would say hi to me. Very introverted and nervous. And now, I can pretty much talk to anyone. But I still get nervous. I get shy. Even when I'm rehearsing dialogue. I'm kind of a dry personality. Very mellow. Very laid back.But you turn the camera on and 'Okay, I got it.'"
Indeed. Anyone who's seen Steele do her thing in such titles as Dark Angels, Watchers, Facade, Flashpoint, Infidelity or dozens of others knows that once the director yells "Action!" all traces of that petrified little girl peeking out from behind her parents disappear, replaced by a sultry exhibitionist with a voracious appetite for cock and pussy (her duet with Bobby Vitale in Vivid's Facade won AVN's Best Couples Sex Scene - Film award in January; her coupling with Jewel De'Nyle in New Sensations' Dark Angels garnered the Best All Girl Sex Scene Video honor).
It's a transformation that dates back to 1997, when the Dallas, Texas native decided to leave her nice safe job as a financial officer for a yacht company and enter the wonderful world of adult.
"I had kind of plateaued with the finance job I was doing and I needed a new challenge," the down-to-earth, articulate Steele says.
Going before the camera for the first time to do a g/g/g with Anna Malle and someone named Jade St. Clair in Sin City's The Queen's Challenge, Steele was see if you can guess nervous.
"But once we got into the scene, I felt very comfortable," she allows. To this day, she says, that's still the basic drill nervous at first, more relaxed as the juices start flowing.
Steele quickly became one of the biggest names in the biz, making dozens of tapes for practically every production company on the map, including Elegant Angel, Metro Studios, New Sensations, Sin City, VCA and Vivid.
But earlier this year, she swore off all other suitors and signed exclusively with Wicked.
It's a move she doesn't regret.
"Things are going great," she says. "I couldn't be happier with the publicity and the way they take good care of us. And the projects that I've been given so far have been fabulous." She's especially excited about the just-released Brad Armstrong-directed Euphoria, in which she has somewhere in the neighborhood of eight different looks.
Steele says what she most appreciates about being a Wicked contract girl is how the production company has helped increase her profile, both inside the business as well as outside. Such mainstream media outlets as the New York Times, Premiere magazine and The Learning Channel, she notes, have all given her coverage of late.
"That's what Wicked has really done for Sydnee Steele really definitely pushing her stock up and getting more and more people out there to discover me," she says. "So if I hadn't signed with Wicked, I'd probably still be independent."
"Being under contract is kind of like having a mom and a dad," she adds. "And that's kind of nice."
To read the conclusion of Ramone's interview with Steele, see the upcoming November issue of AVN.