After noticing the blank look on my face in the women's shoe section of Nordstrom, adult film star Jesse Jane told me, "You look bored."
Lost, maybe. But not bored.
It was hard to space out while shopping with Jane (real name: Cindy Howell). She's energetic, talkative and attractive. And while her love for shoes didn't rub off on me Saturday afternoon, it was entertaining to see her get excited every time we walked into a store.
"I love shoes," said Jane, who was in town for the 10th annual Porn on the 4th event at Crobar.
Although she owns hundreds of shoes and already had an outfit picked out for her appearance, Jane felt she couldn't visit Chicago without shopping on Michigan Ave. Rich Taylor, her husband, sat patiently in the chairs provided by the department stores and gave feedback when asked for it.
"What did guys do before they had internet on phones?" said Taylor as he stared at the screen on his phone.
Jane and Taylor have been married four and a half years and live in Oklahoma City. They met through mutual friends when Taylor was an adult film star. She said people often make comments about their height difference since she is 5-foot-3 and he is 6-foot-9. According to Jane, fans are surprised by her height when they meet her.
"The comment I get the most is, 'You're a lot smaller in person,' " she said. "They also ask, 'Do you enjoy your job?' and 'Do you fake it?'
And then there are the more forward fans. Some ask when is she going to try a certain position. One offered to give her $3,000 if he could urinate on her.
"You have fans in this business who feel like they know you and have been intimate with you," Jane said. "Still, I have the best fans in the world."
The 28-year-old Fort Worth, Texas native said she made the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad in 2001 but had to back out because of a motorcycle accident. Jane went on to become one of the bigger names in the adult entertainment industry, starring in the popular "Pirates" series, which is loosely based on the Johnny Depp movies.
She also appeared on the cover of Drowning Pool's "Desensitized" album in 2004 and had cameos in "Starsky and Hutch" (2004) and HBO's "Entourage."
Jane travels often and doesn't like sitting in her hotel because she gets bored easily. She willl head home for two days on Monday and then visit North Carolina, Atlanta and Detroit, where she will be a back-up dancer for Kid Rock -- her ex-boyfriend ("We're still friends...he's a real sweetheart").
Jane said the constant traveling can get tiresome at times, but she feels fortunate to be in the position she is in.
"The only time this job gets to me is the traveling," she said. "Sometimes you're like, 'I want to go home.' But I don't think I could do a 9-to-5 job. I can't imagine sitting in the same place all day. Like today, I go to the Cubs game, go shopping and then will party my [butt] off tonight. That's my job. My job is to have fun. I'm lucky.
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