By Bobby Box
To say Wesley Woods is easy on the eyes is an understatement. In fact, it’s downright offensive. Wesley Woods is a feast for the eyes. An all-you-can-eat buffet. If that weren’t enough, the 32-year old porn actor is incredibly kind, funny (he’s also a comedian) and smart as a whip.
Woods has also become recognized as an outspoken member of the industry, using his platform to highlight pressing queer issues and to make others laugh as a comic. RIDE chatted with Wesley Woods to discuss sex, the qualities he looks for in a man and whether he and Colby Keller have made amends since their public political dispute.
RIDE: How did you get into porn?
Wesley Woods: I initially responded to a Craigslist ad. Then, I got a few video interviews with different people/studio directors and two weeks later I was off and filming. After that, I went from zero to hoe hero!
Once I made the decision to do porn, I called each person in my family individually to let them know and to have a conversation on the topic, if needed. My mom told me to keep it classy. I’m still unsure how I’m doing in that department, but being a mama’s boy, I’d like to think I’m making her proud. But I know she’s not watching!
RIDE: How did you come up with your porn name?
Wesley Woods: The main street in the town I grew up in is Wesley Street and, growing up in small town Texas, I had a lot of memories playing in the woods at my parents’ ranch (I’m very close with my family). My mom and I liked the sound of Wesley Woods, so we did a quick Google search to make sure no other star had the name. We noticed a Church Camp in Tennessee by the same name and my mom figured that was a sign from God. At last, a (porn) star was born!
RIDE: How does porn sex differ from the sex you have off-camera?
Wesley Woods:Porn sex is a production: lights, cameras, coworkers, a plot and – most importantly – a check! I rarely have sex off-camera, when I do I’m very picky as to the mental/emotional health the individual has in regards to connection and passion when pursuing me.
Outside of work I’m more interested in a passionate, smother me with your love (and loads) kind of romp. I like to experience a deeper connection, the deeper you get in me or me in you. My taste in the physical appearance of men ranges drastically, but sexual energy is most important for me when fucking for free. It must be there, or I’m not.
RIDE: Any expert tips on how to ensure a clean experience when bottoming?
Wesley Woods:Practice makes perfect. You have to learn your body and not be afraid of a little mess every now and then because shit happens! Douching is key. Make sure you are douching with water and focus on cleaning out your bottom half, there’s no need to try and clean out something you ate an hour ago, it’s not falling out of you that quickly. Once you’re finished douching, throw some of your fingers in you and hit that spot to ensure you have all your water out!
RIDE: Any tips for tops?
Wesley Woods:Pay attention to how your bottom responds: watch his eyes, his face, feel him with your cock and don’t be afraid to ask! Even during the act of intercourse you can ask if something feels good or what they are wanting or liking. Don’t be afraid of the response, you’re both there to enjoy, so don’t be afraid to explore.
RIDE: Do you find it hard dating while working in adult film? Do you find there is still a stigma?
Wesley Woods:Dating is hard regardless of your profession and only gets harder the older you get. There’s so many different factors that make relationships work and fail. Working in the sex industry definitely has its own set of challenges. However, I’m confident in what I bring to the table and know that whoever I’m supposed to be with will recognize that and appreciate me and not just the persona. I require a lot of laughs, love and want someone completely ready to go on life’s adventures while openly communicating their experiences, desires, dreams and hardships with me. Until then, I’m doing good all by myself. I won’t settle.
RIDE: Last year you made headlines after being brutally attacked by three straight white men in WeHo for being gay. You posted a video baring your scars to highlight the severity of the issue. Do you think this was accomplished?
Wesley Woods: I posted the video highlighting the attack to bring awareness of knowing your surroundings. I was in a place where I felt very safe and my guard was down, just simply living my life. I have been asked all sorts of questions regarding the incident, “How did they know you were gay?”, “Were y’all holding hands? Kissing?” “What color were they?” Giving energy to the attack is tiresome, it’s the awareness that needs to be the focus! This happens all the time, all over the place. Don’t be afraid, be aware and do whatever you need to do. Protect yourself. I’m doing fine, but it’s a process.
RIDE: Why did you decide to perform comedy under your porn name?
Wesley Woods: It really comes down to branding. I’m working very hard for people to know me and my persona, so it made sense to merge the two on stage. I have nothing to hide – my birth name is a name given to me at birth. My stage name is who I’ve become and who I continue to show everyday. I’m me on and off set, whatever name you choose to call me.
I absolutely love showing my style of crazy: it’s country, it’s a little trashy and it’s full of love.
RIDE: Have you found your comedy career has benefitted from your porn career?
Wesley Woods:One hundred percent! I’m like a goddamn unicorn on stage. Half the crowd doesn’t know if or when I’m telling a joke, playing a role, or actually telling the truth. Porn has also created a platform for me to showcase the artistry in different forms, bringing it to a bigger crowd. I really enjoy the shock value, ruffling a few feathers along the way and being on stage with the ability to openly talk about topics that few have insight on. It makes it that much more fun for me. I absolutely love showing my style of crazy: it’s country, it’s a little trashy and it’s full of love.
RIDE: In previous interviews, you mention that porn has liberated you. In what ways have you found your confidence has been boosted by your work in adult film?
Wesley Woods:I typically say it has released me and liberated me from my insecurities. I’m performing all styles and fetishes of sex for others to view and I am literally baring it all for the enjoyment of the viewer. Sex is rarely discussed in a fun, loving, happy kind of way. It’s either shameful, dirty or deviant. Stepping into a position fully aware that the masses are enjoying your work while actively shaming those who perform forced me into a different mindset around the entire idea of pornography. It allowed me to view my work as work, it’s not about me. It’s about what can I provide or do for another to enjoy. I absolutely love what I do. I love the life I live. I’m having so much fun!
We want to create an open, honest dialog around sex and life with a porn-spective! We’re ready to go there with y’all!
Wesley Woods:My confidence with who I am starts with where I come from, my strength of knowing who I am and who I’m not, who I will be. Porn has allowed me to experience a side of life that we are told we aren’t supposed to openly, publicly explore or enjoy and I call bullshit! I have no problem bending over, spreading my cheeks and giving a wink. It’s my way of letting “the man” know that I won’t just take it lying down, there are too many other options [laughs]. Therefore, I’m a hoe for the people.
RIDE: You’ve recently launched a podcast: Sexy. Funny. Raw. What influenced you to start a podcast and what can listeners expect?
Wesley Woods:My best friend Silvia Saige and I have been doing SFR for two years now on Facebook Live in our home, with cereal boxes stacked on suitcases which are stacked on bar stools. We decided it was time to invest in ourselves and elevate the show. We want to create an open, honest dialog around sex and life with a porn-spective! We’re ready to go there with y’all!
RIDE: Have you had any contact with Colby Keller after the political callout? If so, how did it go?
Wesley Woods:We briefly walked passed each other over a year ago while at an XBIZ award show. I nodded, said hello. He walked passed, head straight ahead. I do not hate Colby, or even dislike Colby. I didn’t agree with his public statement and stance and I gave my public opinion. Some picked his side on the issue, some mine. I wish him well, but I felt compelled to speak on it. I’ve also learned from the situation and things I would do better.