Carter Cruise
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Cruise at the 2015 AVN Expo
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[1]

Carter Cruise is an American DJ, singer, music producer, model, and former erotic actress who advocated for the sex positive movement.[2]

Early life

Cruise was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Cary, North Carolina. She was home schooled during her childhood and went to Cary High School.[3] In 2009, she enrolled at East Carolina University, majoring in psychology and pre-law.[1] While in school, she was heavily involved in Greek life, pledging a sorority as a freshman.[4] In late 2013, she left her psychology studies[5] at ECU to pursue a full-time career in the adult industry.[6] Prior to becoming an adult film performer, she worked as a Hooters girl and lifeguard.[7]


Cruise began working as an erotic model in the summer of 2013.[1] She made her porn debut in August of that year[7] after contacting the Florida-based talent agency East Coast Talents.[4] Her first agent advised her to market herself towards older men, but she instead marketed her brand towards both male and female college students.[8] She moved to Los Angeles in March 2014 and signed with the agency Spiegler Girls in June.[1] That same month, she was featured in AVN’s "fresh" issue.[9]

Cruise is interested in making extreme movies that explore issues of female submissiveness and consent. She cites Sasha Grey as an influence due to the way she expressed her vulnerability in her films.[8] She has appeared in several features, including "Mrs. Polito" in American Hustle XXX from Smash Pictures[10] and as a stepsister in Cinderella XXX.[11] She was cast as the lead in director Jacky St. James’ romance feature, Second Chances, produced by New Sensations.[12]

In 2015, Cruise became the second performer to ever win AVN Awards for Best New Starlet and Best Actress in the same year, after Jenna Jameson in 1996.[13] In October 2015, she signed an exclusive one-year contract with Axel Braun Productions.[14]


Cruise was the subject of an interview for Cosmopolitan magazine's website called "Sex Work", which profiles women who have careers in sex-related industries.[5][6]

Other ventures

Cruise is pursuing a career as a DJ/producer.[4] On January 19, 2015, Cruise released her first track, "DUNNIT", a collaboration with Styles&Complete and Crichy Crich, for Buygore Records.[15] In an interview, Cruise stated that she is working on several songs and has also done some writing for various outlets, including sex advice blogs.[6]


Cruise is also friends with fellow collegiate porn actress Belle Knox. Encouraged by her father, Cruise contacted Knox because she believed that she was "one of the few people who could really understand what she was going through." With regard to the publicity that Knox received, Cruise commented that she was "disgusted and appalled by the way civilized society tormented an 18-year-old woman for being sexual. The whole affair really demonstrated how important it is that we improve sexual education and tackle stigmas, as well as foster compassion and empathy between people."[6]

Personal life

In a 2014 interview for the online edition of Cosmopolitan magazine, she revealed that she has always wanted to be in the entertainment industry.[6] She went on to say that she had not originally intended to go to college but did so to continue a relationship with a man she was dating. After taking a semester off to assess and plan her future, she came up with the concept of "Carter Cruise" as a brand and as a means to accomplish her goals with regards to writing, acting, music, and fashion. Cruise stated, "How can I do all of these things in one lifetime? Porn was the first step because it gave me the capital and the connections to not only build my brand but also to lay the foundations for other creative things that I wanted to get involved in."[6]

She stated in an interview that both of her parents know about her career choice and are supportive.[6] Cruise, who describes her father as "the biggest feminist", said that growing up he set up meetings for her with women CEOs, writers, architects, and entrepreneurs. She also states that she was "100 percent aware of the stigma of porn when I made the decision to do it. What I'm doing is risky and I totally understand that and I understood the risk. A year ago I was sitting in class wondering what the hell I was going to do with my life and last night I got nine AVN nominations. You're in this whirlwind of experiences. I could write a book on the past year alone. I plan to do that actually."[6]


Awards and nominations

List of accolades received by Carter Cruise
Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 9 30
AVN Awards
Year Result Award Film
2015[17][18] Won Best Actress Second Chances
Nominated Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (with Samantha Saint & Penny Pax) Cinderella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody
Nominated Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (with Anikka Albrite, Dana DeArmond, Sara Luvv, Marina Angel & Cati Parker) Twisted Fate
Nominated Best Double penetration Sex Scene (with Ramon Nomar & Erik Everhard) Meet Carter
Nominated Best Group sex Scene (with Dani Daniels, Candice Dare, Aidra Fox, Jillian Janson & Manuel Ferrara) Manuel Ferrara's Reverse Gangbang 2
Won Best New Starlet
Nominated Best Oral sex Scene (with Penny Pax) Cinderella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody
Nominated Best Three-Way Sex Scene – B/B/G (with Van Wylde & Kurt Lockwood) American Hustle XXX Porn Parody
2016[19][20] Nominated Best Actress Waiting on Love
Nominated Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (with Adriana Chechik, Jelena Jensen & Tara Morgan) The Turning
Nominated Best Anal sex Scene (with Flash Brown) Carter Cruise Obsession
Nominated Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene (with Derrick Pierce) Batman v Superman XXX: An Axel Braun Parody
Nominated Best Double Penetration Sex Scene (with Ramon Nomar & Toni Ribas) All Access Carter Cruise
Nominated Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene (with Jessie Andrews) Jessie Loves Girls
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene (with Anikka Albrite, Skin Diamond, Dahlia Sky, Adriana Chechik & Mick Blue) Mick Blue Is One Lucky Bastard
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene (with Bill Bailey, Chris Strokes, Jessy Jones, John Strong, Mark Wood & Ramon Nomar) Slut Puppies 9
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene Facialized 2
Won Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Boy/Boy/Girl (with Flash Brown & Jason Brown) Carter Cruise Obsession
Nominated Best Three-Way Sex Scene – G/G/B (with Jessa Rhodes & Manuel Ferrara) Fluid 3
Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Mainstream Star of the Year
NightMoves Awards
Year Result Award
2014[21] Won Best New Starlet (Fan Choice)
2015[22] Nominated Best Female Performer
XBIZ Awards
Year Result Award Film
2015[23][24] Won Best Oral Scene (with Miguel Silva) Step-bro loves new step-sister
Won Best Actress – Feature Movie Second Chances
Nominated Best Actress – Couples-Themed Release Happy Anniversary
Won Best Actress – All-Girl Release Lesbian Vampire Academy
Nominated Best Supporting Actress American Hustle XXX
Nominated Best Scene – Feature Movie (with Chad White) Second Chances
Nominated Best Scene – All-Girl (with A.J. Applegate) Fucking Girls 8
2016[25][26] Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Best Sex Scene – Couples-Themed Release (with Marcus London) Forbidden Affairs: The Stepdaughter 3
Won Best Sex Scene – All-Girl (with Jessie Andrews) Jessie Loves Girls
Nominated Best Sex Scene – All-Girl (with Adriana Chechik, Abella Danger & Phoenix Marie) Buttslammers
Nominated Best Sex Scene – All-Girl (with Kayden Kross) Carter Cruise Wide Open
XRCO Awards
Year Result Award Film
2015[27][28] Nominated Best Actress Second Chances
Won New Starlet
Nominated Cream Dream
Nominated Orgasmic Oralist

See also


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  2. ^ Sunderland, Mitchell (January 29, 2019). "Carter Cruise". Penthouse. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  3. ^ Coleman, Jonny (August 12, 2015). "A Playboy Conversation with Adult Film's Newest Star, Carter Cruise". Playboy. Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Henry, Malcolm (November 18, 2014). "From Sorority Girl to Porn Star: an Interview with Carter Cruise". Total Frat Move.
  5. ^ a b Kernes, Mark (December 23, 2014). "Carter Cruise Talks to Cosmo About Porn and Life Beyond It". Adult Video News.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Wischhover, Cheryl (December 23, 2014). "How This College Student Became a Successful Porn Star Overnight". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Miller, Dan (February 6, 2015). "Carter Cruise Talks XBIZ Awards, Future". XBIZ.
  8. ^ a b Lambert, Molly (March 10, 2015). "Porntopia: A trip to the Adult Video News Awards". Grantland. ESPN. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Wicked Releases Carter Cruise's First On-Camera DP". Adult Video News (Press release). July 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Carter Cruise Wraps Work on 'Incredible' 'American Hustle XXX'". Adult Video News (Press release). March 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Street, Sharran (August 1, 2014). "Wicked Wraps Shooting on 'Cinderella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody'". Adult Video News.
  12. ^ Smithberg, Allen (September 2, 2014). "New Sensations Romance Title 'Second Chances' Arrives". Adult Video News.
  13. ^ Warren, Peter (March 5, 2015). "Interview: Carter Cruise on Twin Wins for New Starlet, Actress". Adult Video News.
  14. ^ Warren, Peter (October 30, 2015). "Axel Braun Signs Carter Cruise to Exclusive Contract". Adult Video News.
  15. ^ Trew, Tyler. "Styles&Complete Ft. Crichy Crich & Carter Cruise – Dunnit". Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Stone, Katie (August 16, 2016). "Exclusive with Carter Cruise On Her New EP "Send Moods"". Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  17. ^ "AVN Announces the Winners of the 2015 AVN Awards". Adult Video News. January 24, 2015.
  18. ^ "2015 AVN Award Nominees". AVN Awards. Archived from the original on November 25, 2014.
  19. ^ "2016 AVN Award Nominations". AVN Awards. Archived from the original on November 20, 2015.
  20. ^ Street, Sharran (January 24, 2016). "AVN Announces the Winners of the 2016 AVN Awards". Adult Video News.
  21. ^ Johnson, Bob (October 13, 2014). "NightMoves Awards Winners Announced". XBIZ.
  22. ^ Neuwave, Robert (July 16, 2015). "NightMoves Magazine Announces 2015 Awards Nominees". Adult Video News.
  23. ^ Miller, Dan (January 16, 2015). "2015 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ.
  24. ^ Gray, Lila (November 12, 2014). "XBIZ Announces Movies & Production Nominees for 2015 XBIZ Awards". XBIZ.
  25. ^ "2016 Nominees". XBIZ. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013.
  26. ^ Pardon, Rhett (January 16, 2016). "2016 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ.
  27. ^ Miller, Dan (March 3, 2015). "2015 XRCO Award Nominees Announced". XBIZ.
  28. ^ Warren, Peter (April 11, 2015). "XRCO Announces Winners of 2015 Awards". Adult Video News.

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