DeAngelo Jackson talks awards, Bruce LaBruce, and Tom of Finland
It was a strong field of nominees that Jackson was up against – established names such as Nick Capra, Max Konnor, Michael Roman, and Mickey Taylor.
Blended Family also featured Adam Ramzi, Cade Maddox, Colby Tucker, Max Adonis, and Lucas Leon.
Following his GayVN win, I caught up with DeAngelo to find out what’s next on his agenda.
How did it feel to win the GayVN for Best Actor?
I felt that win was much bigger than me. It’s still sinking in.
To be the first black performer to win that category was humbling. I hope by me winning this award it will open the door for other men of color. We are more than a fetish and have so much more to bring to the table.
You won the GayVN for your work with Icon Male, and you’ve been working exclusively with Noir Male. But your latest release – Service Station – is with Men.com. Does this signal a shift away from Noir Male?
No, not at all – I have several scenes with Noir Male that haven’t been released yet.
We just wrapped filming Noir Male’s first feature film – Sin City, directed Chi Chi LaRue – it’s hot hot hot. Also, my team and I where able to offer some creative input on the ideation of the concept.
I’m really excited to have my fans see all the work that will be coming out in 2020 and beyond.
What was it like to work with Bruce LaBruce on Service Station?
It was an honor to work with Bruce LaBruce. It was a long, hard day of filming but the end-results were definitely worth it.
Was the work of Tom of Finland something that you connected with before being cast in Service Station?
I honestly knew nothing of the Tom Of Finland series before Men.com reached out to me about the big project.
After they contacted me, I did a lot of research on my own and now I’m a huge fan. I was honored to be part of such a beloved series, and I applaud Men.com for mixing it up and including men of color.
One of the stereotypes of porn is that the acting isn’t very good. What are some of the challenges in delivering a strong acting performance in a porn production?
My only challenge was delivering a believable performance. I wanted the audience to enjoy the acting as well as the hot sex scenes. I hope I delivered.
I memorized not only my dialogue but also my co-stars dialogue. I wanted to be completely confident with the lines so I could add my own personality to the character.
What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?
I want to continue to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. More scripts with interesting characters that will challenge me is also a goal.
Who is DeAngelo Jackson?
A self-described ‘Army brat’, Jackson was born and raised in Germany – making the move to live in the US when he was 21. He’s made his home in Atlanta.
“I moved to Atlanta to become a police officer…” explains Jackson. “Destiny has led me in a very different direction, as you can see.”
“I got my start in the industry with the studio Flavaworks…” says Jackson, talking about the beginnings of his career. “That was in the Fall of 2008.”
“I’d been thinking of getting into the industry, ever since the age of 19. I’d always been open with my body. My body was decent at the time – looking at the other models, I thought I’d make a good fit.”
“I’m not a massive exhibitionist. On a scale of 1-10, I’d describe myself as a six.”
“I didn’t reach out to any companies until I went to college and needed the extra cash. I really knew very little about the industry, or what it takes to be a porn star.”
“I never suggest anyone get into porn…” says Jackson, when I ask him if he had any advice or guidance for guys thinking about giving porn a try. “This business can eat you up and spit you out.”
“It’s rare for anyone to last more than a year. It’s not for everyone – this is an industry that can destroy you if you aren’t ready for it. Once you start, there’s no going back – you have to be 100 percent sure that it’s what you want.”
“I’d honestly like to do some mainstream modelling…” says Jackson, talking about how he hopes that his contract with Noir Male will help him expand his career. “I’d also like to try my hand at acting – in something outside of the porn industry.”
“I saw an interview with Class Comics where they said that I’d be perfect to play the role of Space Cadet. I’d love the challenge of taking on a character like that. It would also give me an excuse to go blond again.”
The objective of Noir Male is to break down some of the racial stereotypes that we see in gay porn.
“I think Noir Male is having a positive impact as far as how men of color are represented on film…” confirms Jackson. “It’s still a very young company, so improvements are always being made.”
“Racism is still an issue in our society, so it’s no surprise it’s an issue in porn. Things are changing, but slowly. I’d like to think I’m helping to change some people’s view of gay black porn stars.”
“I love being apart of providing hot, fresh and sexy content.”