The award-winning French Twinks
We caught up with Antoine Lebel, the man behind porn studio French Twinks, to talk casting, awards, and plans for the future.
French Twinks was established in 2013, why was the genre of French+Twink the one that you decided to focus on?
I’m a big fan of twinks myself, and I’m more comfortable in this world than with bears, for example.
After a stay in the United States — where I made my first steps into gay porn production — I discovered that the twink niche was very developed and appreciated on the other side of the Atlantic, but that it wasn’t something that was being explored in France.
How do you cast your models?
Today, most of our new models are boys who know our studio and who apply directly to us on the site. In the beginning, before having a reputation, it was very difficult to find actors — I used to use dating sites and Facebook. For example, I met Theo Ford on PlanetRomeo.
Our casting is very selective, and it’s always quite difficult to find boys who match our criteria and can embrace being a porn actor — which is still quite awkward with models in France.
The age range for your models in 18–25, how strict are you that they are under 25? Do you make exceptions for performers who still look the part but might be over 25?
Depending on the scenarios we’re filming, and to offer some variety to our members, we sometimes use older and more manly models. For example, our Slutty High School Boys series was a big success, exploring teacher-student relationships.
The models that start and grow with us will always have a place.
Are all of your models French?
Yes — with the exception of guest stars who we collaborate with, such as Blake Mitchell, Luke Allen, or Andy Taylor who are American.
We’re thinking of inviting more foreign models to mix with our little Frenchies.
Why do you think young French boys fuel the fantasies of a lot of gay men?
The French Kiss and the romantic and sensual side of France are things known worldwide. I think we mostly offer an alternative to the usual twink porn that’s mostly from America or Eastern Europe.
Do you get much feedback or engagement from your audience?
We have very committed and loyal fans. They’ve created a fan group on Facebook, and we receive many comments and encouragements every day.
This feedback helps to keep me motivated to try to surprise our members, and to constantly improve our productions.
French Twinks is a studio with a family spirit, a unique universe, humour, behind-the-scenes access, exclusive actors who really enjoy what they do. That’s one of our strengths — we don’t have any gay-for-pay guys in our productions.
Are you ever tempted to expand your content beyond focusing on French Twinks?
I have a lot of projects on the drawing board, but for now I have to focus only on French Twinks to grow enough and then be able to finance other projects.
Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?
I’ve always loved Helix Studios. I’ve had the opportunity to meet their team and actors, and collaborate with them — I definitely like their spirit. Keith Miller, the owner of Helix, along with Jean-Daniel Cadinot are the ones who made me want to get into this industry.