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Interview with Harriet SugarCookie pt 1 (NSFW)




Back in December of 2014 I had the pleasure of interviewing cam model Harriett SugarCookie. At the time she had been nominated for an AVN award for best solo girl website and was preparing for her trip to Vegas from the UK. During her trip in Vegas she managed to meet legends like Ron Jeremy, Nina Hartley, and her personal hero Asa Akira. She also interviewed managed to get some fun interviews other stars attending the show. She also got some "work" in during the AVN during off hours with cam girl Jacquey Azul from MyFreeCams. She even did a special skype raffle with Mitsuko Doll (xwildthingx). The majority of our conversation went off into topics like going clubbing, food, and even politics, but we managed to stay on track for the majority of the interview. It was the most most fun and interesting interview that I've had in a long while.




At first glance Harriet seems like your typical asian Otaku; She reads manga, watches anime, cosplays, and collects a variety of strange plush toys. The word adorkable or kawaii correctly describe what kind of person she is. Once you get her to open up about her favorite anime or manga, you find one of the most intelligent and friendliest people around. But like magic from Hogwarts, she transforms into an irresistible force of sexy mythic proportions. Born in Vietnam and raised in London, Harriet is a recent newcomer to world of camming. For her it all started with a thread and a few photos on Reddit for "Cute Asian girls next door". After seeing the positive reactions from fans, she decided to take it to the next level. She is a bit of an activist on her blog writing about topics including London's page 3 girls and free the nipple. With each blog post you see just how passionate she about what she does. She's sex as intimate experince, but an experience that she is willing to share with the world.


Baldwin A Saintilus: Since you started camming, you talked about getting recognized one time, like have you gotten recognized more often or was that just the one time? 

Harriet SugarCookie: I think it's twice now. I've been recognized twice so at least people have come up to me twice and said, "Oh you're Harriet SugarCookie. I'm a big fan and stuff." And both times, they were actually for people that aren't English. It's basically been people who've been on holiday and they walk past me in London. I think, I see people that they do a double take and then there's this look of recognition on them and they're like, "Is that who I think it is?" And then they totally like just look away and they don't say anything about it, but maybe I'm just being paranoid about that. I don't think I'm a big enough name for people to really recognize. Like porn stars in general, these days aren't that big a thing. If you ask people, "Oh who's your favorite porn star?" a lot of people won't have them because they just watch videos on tube sites, and you know, it doesn't always have the names on it. It's just like "Big Blond Tits Banged". You know what I mean? Because they're just so many videos and it is always easy to watch that stuff for free. People make a connection so I don't think I'm personally a big enough name 'cause I'm not like the big porn stars at all. And 

BAS: All right. That's fair enough. What have been some of the positives and negatives since you have started camming? 

HSC: I am so much better at talking to people. Like if you would have wanted to do an interview with me before this, I would not have been able to. I'd be like stuttering, but I didn't use to stutter. It wasn't really stuttering. I think you'll notice sometimes here but I sort of repeat the start of a sentence several times before I finish it. I'll repeat a couple words before I move on with the rest of the sentence. So I had a lot of problems with talking to people in general and I guess it's not stuttering but it's definitely a sort of anxiety thing. Being on cam every night, talking to everyone, it really helps with that. I'm much better at talking to people in general. And it's made me a lot more confident because when I was at high school, I wasn't pretty at all. Definitely not pretty. I had a lot more weight on me. I had very short cropped hair, these big huge glasses, shit ton of eyeliner and braces. And I think my friends described me as looking like a weird boy. I looked more boyish than girlish. So it wasn't like I was ever popular at school or anything, and looking like that and then also being into a lot of geeky stuff, like liking comics and video games and stuff, I was the odd one. Like very much an outsider at school and I never had like the sort of I guess I'd say confidence but also just confidence in myself, like in my looks and things. It has just really helped with that. It's hard to explain 'cause it sounds like such basic things.

I got my hair cut on Monday and it was a big deal for me 'cause me before would never have been able to do that, I had a really heavy emo style fringe, just to hide my face as much as possible, but this haircut frames my face more. So just superficial things like that is a difference because now I'm picking clothes that don't that hide everything, I'm actually picking clothes that show things and I'm wearing skirts for a start. So that would be the most obvious change since I started camming, the fact that I've come out of my shell a lot more. But the self-confidence also helps me talk to people. Going to the club, okay, it might not have been a fun experience, but the me before probably never would have gone to the clubs my friends like, people would probably not invite me. 

But I also feel I have a large support group, a lot of friends that I can talk to at night, and that would definitely be the plus side. The down side... I have to say was at the start when I guess I was nervous about people I know finding out about what I do, because there's a big stigma towards camming and the adult industry in general, right? 

BAS: Of course

HSC: And I think a lot of people who go into it do worry like, "Oh my God, what if my family finds out, what if my friends find out?" It's almost like they're ashamed of it and at the start I was really worried. And this actually happened; back in May or sometime, a boy from my school found out. I didn't know him very well; I think we were in Math class together. But he told everyone that I went to school with and it became a huge gossip thing. And all this, 'cause I said I wasn't popular at school, I didn't really talk to anyone; I was always in the library and stuff. Suddenly, all these people were adding me on Facebook were talking about me and gossiping about me. And I'm like, "But you guys never cared about me at school. You guys don't know me." And suddenly I'm all they're talking about, and it felt horrible.

It felt like suddenly I really had become an object. They say porn objectifies women, and at that moment I did feel objectified. But the truth is, my friends knew, I've told my friends and they were so supportive, and my Mum knows and she's supportive as well. She doesn't watch it obviously, but she accepts that it's what I want to do and my career choice. I'm just when people find out, you eventually come to realize, yes, it's horrible that those people say those things, but you never cared. I never gave a thought about them before, I didn't care about them then, I don't care about them now. And the people I do care about care about me and they support me, but that was definitely the downside when it happened. That was a really low part for me.. 

Do you know about Asian Sirens? 

BAS: I've heard of them.

HSC: I think it's like a blog thing, but they basically post up photos of Asians models and actresses, and things that they think are pretty. When I first started, they actually put a post up about me. I don't know when it was, but it was earlier on. The comments were really nice but then the other comments: "She's too overweight for me, she's not like... She's too much like this, or she's not good enough." No matter what you do, you will always get those sorts of comments. Not everyone's going to think you're absolutely perfect 'cause you're not perfect. I'm not perfect. I do think there are many things I can improve but still reading those opinions and comment does hurt, and you have to ignore it. It's definitely another downside, but you grow tough thick skin pretty fast in this industry. At least you have to pretend to, you have to not show that you're hurt, but that doesn't stop you from being hurt by it.

BAS: I agree 'cause, like we said earlier today, some people just want to voice their opinions for no reason. It's like yeah, you understand that they may not like this about you, but if they don't, then they could just move on. For some reason, people think that their negative opinions are the same as a critique, when it's not. There's a difference between saying, "Oh, I liked you better with the blonde wig" versus "You look ugly as a brunette."

HSC: Yeah. And I think it's very much like they stop seeing you as a person so much, right? But I think with my website especially, I'm trying very hard to come across as whole as possible. I try to bring across as much of my life as possible, not just the video, it's not just the sex; I try to bring out every aspect of my life to share with everyone. I hope that helps them realize that we're also human. It sounds really lame when I say it loud, but that's what I really hope.

BAS: That's what makes you so stand-out, 'cause it's not just the sex. If you look at Tanya Tate’s website, she has her adult site and then she has her one site dedicated just for all her geeky stuff. The way you're doing it works 'cause everything you're doing is live on the spot. Even recorded content, its still, "What is she doing today? What have you been up to?" Every scene that you do is unique 'cause it's not fabricated; It's what do you feel like doing and let's see what happens. 

One scene I was looking at, you were holding the camera and you lost yourself in the moment and dropped the camera midway through the scene and kept going.

HSC: Yeah. Thank you for saying that, it's so nice. That is so, so nice.

BAS: You're welcome. I know we talked about this earlier, but what attracted you to being a cam-girl? What was on your mind when you started camming? Did you think about how are people are going think about me, or you just said, "I'm gonna try it and hope for the best."?

HSC: When I was posting the pictures on Reddit and when I was getting the compliments, they were pretty much the first time I really got those little compliments. I've been complimented on "Oh, you did really well with your school tests," from my Mum. But I never got compliments on my looks, so I really liked that. It made me feel really good and it helped with the self-confidence thing. So, when someone suggested camming, I was really nervous, but then I just assumed that people would be nice like they were on Reddit. I'm not gonna lie, the two things are very different, but in my mind at the time, I just went, "You know what? That might work. That might be a good idea." I enjoy posting pictures of myself. I'm obviously okay with my face being on the internet. And I reply pretty much to everyone's comments. I thought, "Well, just talking to them in real time doesn't seem so different. It doesn't seem so bad." And that's when I went into camming. So, at someone's suggestion from Reddit, I made a profile and became a cam-girl and that first session was scary as hell. I didn't really know how MFC worked. I didn't really know what I was doing, but it was the same. I was getting a lot of compliments on how I looked, and it didn't matter that I was embarrassed and I kept saying stupid things. Everyone was so nice. I enjoyed myself, and I still do. Yeah, I guess that's how it came about.

BAS: That's great to hear. When you actually started doing it, did you take into account that your friends might see it and did you think that it would be a long term thing? 

HSC: A lot of my friends are on Reddit, so they already knew that I posted pictures and stuff on there. I didn't tell them or anything, and one of them actually did found me pretty much straight away. I guess I've thought about it in the back of my head. I wanted to do it and I figured, well I'll keep doing it, but I didn't know if it was going to go over well or not. I didn't go in thinking, "I'm gonna do this for so long." I just went into it thinking, "Well, this was a suggestion someone made and if it does well, then it'll be great, and if it doesn't go too well, well that's fine as well." I didn't really know what was gonna happen, but as it turned out, everything was amazing. Does that make sense? 

BAS: Yeah, that makes perfect sense, 'cause certain girls go into the industry, even Tera Patrick said this, “They don't think about it, they just think oh, I'm going do this thing and then go home." But they don't realize that the one scene shot can end up on multiple movies. That's how the adult industry works sometimes. They'll just use that one scene shot and it's all over that place. A lot of people don't realize that.

HSC: I didn't realize that my cam shows were being recorded by people. Like people record your cam shows and they post them online. So it's not even like a video-video, right? It's a video of you talking at people and responding to people but obviously I'm talking like I'm replying to typed text. So I thought it was a really weird concept but obviously you know when I do naughty things on cam, that's the bits that get recorded onto it. When I first saw that, I was really upset, 'cause as far I was concerned these people were recording and posting it without my consent. I thought, this, you know, my friends are gonna find this and all that jazz but I was already putting my face on the internet, like I'd already accepted that it would be there. I think because of the experience of posting on Reddit, I'd already accepted that I had chosen to make my face appear on the internet and I knew the consequences for that so it wasn't a huge leap for me into camming. I think that perhaps other girls would maybe need to think about it a lot more or maybe don't think about it and don't realize that. But I definitely think I had a soft intro almost with Reddit.

BAS: Yeah. Some people just treat it like a regular job, like it doesn't affect them long-term. 

HSC: Yeah. "I'm going to make some quick cash." But I wasn't in it for the quick cash. I was, but I did it because it made me feel really good and it made me like myself like a different part of myself that I'd never liked before. 

BAS: A fellow friend/blogger Words from the Master, had a similar experience. Like he does a lot of interview and reports on the adult industry and he told me that because of the industry, he's been more open to talking to people and stuff like that. When it makes you a better person, then that's a positive. 

HSC: Yeah I think porn is good like that; it's made me much more comfortable with people in general. Not quite as introverted as I was. 

An annoying thing that happened, I guess this is another one of those cons. So one who recorded one of my cam shows, took a part where I do a flash, you know, made it into a GIF, and now that GIF is used in those scam advertisements you see around on the internet. Like, I think the exact words are, "Local Chinese girls will fuck for accommodation," or something like that.

BAS: Oh, wow.

HSC: So, I have an image of me showing my breasts with that. And that's pretty annoying. That's very annoying.

BAS: Yeah, that does kind of suck, 'cause especially if you do become a bigger name, it's just going to be like, why were you doing this type of advertising? When in reality, you had no idea.

HSC: Exactly.

BAS: When it comes to the sex, what is it that you enjoy most about it? 

HSC: Okay. You have to promise not to laugh at me, okay? 

BAS: Okay…

HSC: So, I lived in Vietnam for a while, and while I was there, there were no books, like no English books or a really small handful of English books. And they were either really weird non-fiction stuff, or really trashy romance novels. You know, like the Harlequin stuff?  And because I was craving to read English, like I just desperately needed to read English, I read all of these really terrible trashy romance novels. And this was like at the age of 10. So in my head I turned into this huge, big romantic, because I loved those books. Because of that sex and love has just became this huge deal to me, but it also was linked very much. Like for me, sex and love are really close together. I can't imagine doing it without feeling. I mean, I'm not saying that you have to be in love with the person, but for me, I get the same sort of warm happy feelings as I do. It brings a real sense of fulfillment, I guess. I don't think I'm explaining this very well.

BAS: I get what you're saying 'cause with my first time, I wasn't really into that person. And when it was all said and done, I felt "eh," like it was nothing. But then when I was with someone that I actually cared about, there was just so much more to it. 

HSC: Yeah. And the thing is, when you're young, everyone talks about sex, and it's like the cool thing to do, to be the first one to have sex, or it's uncool to be a virgin and stuff. But because I have such strong notions of what it was, like for me, I thought that my Prince Charming would ride up on a horse and ask for my hand in marriage, and we'd get married, and that first night would be the most amazing thing ever. I mean, that could happened, but because I had such set notions I guess I'd say I didn't give away my first time quite so easily. I did it with my ex, who at the time I'd been with for years, and I felt a lot of love for him at the time. And I think that just set the whole entire way I see sex. I see it as a very intimate, personal thing, but I enjoy it. I mean, not just for that, I mean, it really does feel good, right? That's why everyone's obsessed with it. It feels really good. But 'cause I know I enjoy it, that's one of the reasons I don't mind sharing. That's going back to why I don't want to work with studios, I just don't think I could share something unless I really enjoyed it and I really felt that it was genuine. And I don't want to turn sex into something that isn't, 'cause it's really important to me.




BAS: Yeah it does show in your films, 'cause it is that intimate. 

HSC: Yeah, something like that. [chuckle]

BAS: In terms of sex, do you consider yourself a nympho, or do see more yourself as just an adventurous person? 

HSC: I don't think I'm addicted to sex, right? But I do really like it. When you're with a partner that you trust and stuff, then I feel it's safe to explore things. Everyone has fantasies and stuff, and I like exploring new things, and sometimes they don't feel good, but sometimes they really do. So I think, more than anything, it's just like curiosity for me. I enjoy sex, I trust my partner, and I just want to see what we can do, what feels good and what doesn't, 'cause we might find something really amazing. And that sense of there's so many things we haven't tried yet, it's really exciting. It's just really exciting. [chuckle]

BAS: All right. So I'd definitely put you down as "adventurous" then. I’ve also been reading that you had two big inspirations: another cam-girl Ariel Rebel who actually got you into camming and Asa Akira as an inspiration for something else. Let's talk about Ariel Rebel.

HSC: Ariel Rebel is another independent girl, but she's been doing it for like four years. So there aren't that many independent girls when you compare them to all the porn there is, right? 

BAS: Right.

HSC: But she does things really nice, like, she has these professional photos and she displays the girls and herself in a really beautiful way, like it's not purely sexual. Like, I would happily have those photos that she does as an art piece, right? Not even an art piece, but they're just nice and they don't feel like they're overly sexualized. I don't feel like it's, "Look at my tits" It's very much just really sweet. And she works with other girls, but she's so nice and she's a businesswoman and she's married. That site has been going strong for like four years and that was a huge inspiration for me. She cams and I think that was a big deal because when you have a website and pages you can pretty much portray whatever you like. You can paint the picture, but when they're live, you get to see a person for who they really are, like. Unless they're an amazing actor or actress, you'd see a person much more like what they're really like. She was just as amazing live.

BAS: That's very cool.

HSC: I mean what I do is different from her. I'm not going to lie; most of the photos I take are just selfies. Which is really terrible, I don't hire photographers and stuff, mostly 'cause it's expensive as hell. I don't do the same thing as her but the fact that she could do it, like in that same way, I hope people in the future see my website and think, "Yeah, that's something I can do." I saw her website and I definitely thought it's possible.

BAS: The way you're doing things, I'm sure it will evolve later on. If we ever cross paths, I would definitely love to take your picture sometime.

HSC: Definitely.

BAS: How did Asa Akira inspire you? 

HSC: Okay, so obviously everyone knows Asa Akira. She is 'the man' so to say. Her videos are insanely good, and she does some pretty hardcore stuff that I personally like. It's very intimidating for me to think about, but she looks like she has so much fun with it, and when you watch other girls doing these hardcore scenes, right? They look terrified or they don't look like really enjoying it, but Asa Akira, she looks like she's really proud of what she does and it's sexy as hell. When you see the girl being confident and really enjoying herself, I don't think there's anything that's a bigger turn on that. And the thing that really nailed it in was when I read interviews of her and stuff she seemed like such a decent, normal fun-loving person. She seemed so nice and hilarious. She just seems like an amazing person. And I've read interviews of other stars and sometimes I just feel like I'm reading a press release. I feel like there's no personality there. They're just saying what they think they need to say, but with Asa Akira, her personality was almost overwhelming the way it came across. It was she was so big and amazing and she really loves what she does. And I thought, "Well, come on. She loves it. I should try it." Like, look at how much she likes it. Like, you can't fake that. [chuckle]

BAS: I have met Asa and she is exactly how you describe her. When I met her for a book signing, she was just warm, friendly. She was just like you in a sense, because she was very nervous about the signing. But she was surprised to find out that her book signing line wrapped around half... Like, one, two, three blocks, like it really wrapped around the whole city block and that was, for her, that was huge. She was so worried that maybe five people were going to show up but, like, me and my friend got there early and at first we thought it was going to be a decent line, maybe down the block. Then, like I said, it wrapped around the block. I don't know if it got longer when we left but there was still a line when we left.

HSC: Wow. She seems like the sort of person that if you meet her, you could probably ask her anything and she wouldn't take offense. I mean, obviously not ask her something really stupid but if you had a genuine question, I think she would be okay with you coming up and asking her, and I think she would give you a nice answer. She'd actually give you a thought out answer. I don't think she thinks she's above everyone else. Some stars do seem like that. They're sort of like, "Oh, I'm a successful star. I'm above you." But she doesn't come across like that at all.

BAS: No, she's very down to earth. If you ever read her book, you'll get her personality from it. After reading her book I read some reviews and the reviews are obviously by people who never read her interviews. 'Cause in her book, she talks about all the ups and downs in her life, including how she was addicted to crack and some reviewers were like, "Oh, it feels like she's holding back".

HSC: Exactly, right. I think if there's anyone that's inspiring, it's her.

BAS: Have you read the book yet? 

HSC: I haven't, but I'm definitely putting it on my Christmas list now. I'll probably just buy it myself actually. [chuckle] It sounds amazing.

BAS: So how did you get into anime, manga, comic books and cosplay? 

HSC: You know I've been reading manga from when Shojou Beat still had a monthly comic published in the UK. I don't think that means anything, but they've stopped it now. Like I just, I can't even remember the first manga or anime I watched. It's just been there pretty much all my life in the same way that comics have, you know. In Vietnam, the Japanese and Korean stuff gets translated more than western stuff like western comics, like are such a deal there. So I guess maybe the culture of Vietnam is that if you're into comics, you're more likely to read Japanese stuff. And just being on the internet at all, like if you are, if you read, if you're on forums and stuff and talking to other people about certain mangas & comics. They'll talk about other things or you'll see their profile picture and they're in cosplay and stuff. And for me that just seemed like the coolest thing. Like everyone wants to be a superhero when they're young, don't they? 




BAS: Yeah of course.

HSC: And it just seemed like there was this whole group and this whole like hobby where people did dress up as heroes or their favorite characters and these role models and I mean it was fine. Like people weren't ridiculed and the costumes were so amazing. And then people like drawing their own characters and like dressing up as that. And for me it felt like it was a breakthrough in just showing your personality out in society. You know like I actually was part of the cosplay group when I was younger and we only met up once a month and stuff, but although the entire group got a lot of you know, weird looks going round town and stuff. We had so much fun with each other and we all like the same things and it was fun just being dressed up 'cause you've put in that effort, you know.

You put in that extra effort and you felt good 'cause if you make something you want to show it off. And it was nice. And I guess it was when I was more introverted and obviously I didn't have that many friends in real life so I did bury myself a lot more in comics and on internet forums and stuff 'cause these were the people who I had the same things in common with. It's easier to talk on the internet when you're mostly anonymous. The Anime & manga groups were my group of friends, and cosplaying just seemed like a really fun thing. It's the same as girls wearing makeup in general. People like dressing up and you're dressing up in a certain different way. Okay you're dressing up in costumes and they're brighter and they're often a lot more eccentric, but it's no different from someone being really into fashion and like you know keeping up with all the latest trends. I don't see a difference in it other than it's less socially common.

BAS: Exactly. I mean as far as cosplay goes; Do you make your own cosplays? Do you buy them? How do you go about it?

HSC: When I was in the cosplay group, I made a lot more of my own costumes. But most of the things that you see on the videos are things I bought because they've mostly been school uniforms and things. The thing is, my favorite types of comics are Shojou, which are the romance ones. You know the ones with girls? 

BAS: Yeah.

HSC: And it's just romance stuff about high school girls at school, so there are no super cool battle costumes to make. They're just, you know, pleated skirts and uniforms. So it doesn't seem that amazing costume-wise, but they're still the comics I like reading those the most. They just give me like that warm fuzzy feeling. It's very silly. Like I'll be reading and I'll actually squeal. I'll be like, "Oh my God! He said he loved her and she said he loved him, and now they're dating." And I'm just a big stupid romantic.

BAS: Trust me it’s no surprise. If I introduced you to some of my friends, especially my Love Live friends you would get along well.

HSC: Yeah. I had a lot of opportunities to cosplay or be part of a cosplay group, but I said, I don't want to keep repeating how I wasn't popular, but it's true. On weekends and after school, I would spend my days in a comic book shop, I literally sat on their window sill and because I was there so often, I was pretty much just part of the store by that point. I didn't work for them but I could use their toilet and they liked me and we were all good friends, and that comic book shop had things like events and stuff. And when the events happened, they'd be like, "Well, Harriet could you dress like so and so", if they had a launch. I think it was the Street Fighter comic that came out and they were like, "Could you dress up as Sakura? Cause we know you have the costume, could you just be there at the launch? just to add some extra stuff to it”. And just things like that gave me a lot of opportunity to do it without getting weird looks so much, and it was fun. And I felt like I was helping. I read a lot of comics there without buying them 'cause I was just there all the time and I felt like I was helping my friends back.

BAS: That's always a great feeling of helping somebody out or not being judged for liking something. 

HSC: Yeah. So I mentioned my friend, my house mate who posted the pictures of me, right? We actually became friends because we both read manga. We both got on the same bus every morning because my school and his were opposite to each other. But we started noticing that each other would be reading these comics first thing in the morning, and after six months or so I can't remember if it was him or me but one of us sat next to the other person and just asked: Do you like comics? And then what would happen we would start trading comics on the bus. We swapped them in the morning and then the next day we'd give them back and swap a different one so we ended up reading each other’s favorites and that's how we became best friends.

BAS: That's great to hear. Who are some of your favorite characters? 

HSC: Do you know of a manga called "Claymore"? I would probably say that Miria. She's the leader of the fighting group in the story and she's probably one of my favorite characters ever. I just love that entire book, I really do, but I think all their characters are great. They are all constantly my favorite characters because, and this is gonna sound so cheesy, they're really strong female characters and not sexualized at all. Pretty much every single character in the entire book except, minus villagers or people that get killed are women. So, all the Claymores are women. But the best parts are when they're fighting and they've got the certain techniques and they're fighting these big ass monsters and it's interesting seeing what the monsters are going to look like. At no point did I ever sort of go, "Oh my god, look at those tits". They didn't have to over-sexualize which I think a lot of comics do, even when you see the new Wonder Woman costume. Costumes can play a very sexual role, but with Claymore I felt like it was a lot more. They have so many characters and different personalities and it all fit together and it didn't really matter that they were girls. They could've been guys and it probably would've been the same 

BAS: I agree completely on that cause even Joss Whedon, has been asked, "Why do you still make strong female characters?" and his response was, "'Cause you keep asking me that question".

HSC: Right. Yeah. You forget about that with this one. And even things like Naruto. Everyone knows Naruto, right? But, the amount of cleavage that is shown, these are ninjas, right? Why would they show their cleavage? They're ninjas. If I was a ninja, I'd probably bind my breasts because they'd probably get in the way.

BAS: That is true because whether a samurai or a ninja women would bind their breasts just because they would get in the way.

HSC: Yeah, but when you see them in comics, you're just like, "You're not even wearing a bra and you are fighting, like you are jumping about. That is going to hurt". [chuckle] At least that's what I think.

BAS: Agreed. If you have ever seen the anime or read the manga "High School of the Dead" The breast physics in each episode are like, "Really?!"

HSC: Oh my God. Okay, have you watched an old anime, called "Grenadier"? I loved it 'cause it was funny, but holy crap, was it stupid! She has a six-bullet revolver, and every time she runs out of ammo, more ammo comes out of the secret pocket in her boobs a lot! She'll do a somersault and the bullets will fall out and then she'll reload that way. What? Who came up with that?! It's funny and I love it, but at the same time, you’re just in shock. That's just how female characters are portrayed most of the time. And that's why I love "Claymore" so much, because it's just great. There's not even love that much. Even as a huge romantic, I feel like when there's women involved in comics, there has to be some kind of romance related to it. There has to be some link into love. I like the fact that these were female characters but there was no romance story.

BAS: Definitely, I agree with you on that. Especially in the movies, every time there's a strong female character, there has to be a romance, and it's like "Why?" It's not going to bring in a bigger female audience if there's a romance.

HSC: I think that's why "Kick-Ass" is so cool. You've got Hit-Girl who's just completely badass. My childhood growing up with cartoons was Sailor Moon. They're just these five girls that fight crime in sailor uniforms. It was the best. I love Sailor Moon. In fact, my phone case right now is a Sailor Moon bow. And it's probably one of the reasons I like school outfits so much, because the Sailor Moon costumes were very nautical but also very much on the whole school uniform thing.

BAS: Yeah, definitely. I'm still into the Power Rangers & the Super Sentai series.

HSC: Yes! I haven't continued watching them, but I remember one of the best things ever for me was when the episode came out with all the Red Rangers. That just blew my mind. I was just like, "Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!" 'cause I love all of them there”. It was just the most badass thing to have them all in the same film.

BAS: What conventions have you attended this year? Which conventions do you attend regularly? 

HSC: I go to Thought Bubble, which is relatively young. It's quite small. It's been growing and every single year, it gets bigger and bigger, and I guess that you could say that about all the big conventions, but I remember going to the second ever convention for them. But the thing is they're just so nice compared to the big ones like London Comic Con and MCM Expo. Everyone's just a lot more relaxed when you talk to writers and when you talk to artists. They're just so more chilled out. So this year, I actually went to a signing with Tim Sale, Richard Starking, and Tony Harris. Before the convention started, Richard Starking gave me some of his brownies. He actually remembered me from the last time I saw him, which was like three years ago at the same convention. Because it still feels small, like people remember you a lot better, and I think it's just a lot more relaxed for them. I think with comic artists and writers, they go to the big ones, and it's so stressful, 'cause it's so busy and they're seeing hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people every day, and it's loud. And I think Thought Bubble's does have those aspects 'cause it's a convention, but it's also just so much more chilled out. And then, it has a lot of indie people, so you can rent a booth and stuff, but they really promote independent artists, up-and-coming artists and stuff. And it just feels really nice 'cause you meet all these people. These independent artists will be talking with these big name DC/Marvel guys, and they'll just be on equal terms. People don't go, "Oh, I'm only here to see so-and-so", they go to see so-and-so, but they stay for everyone else. I can't say I've ever been to a convention I like more than that one.

I also like going to Hyper Japan, which isn't a comic one at all. It's in London and it's twice a year. It's basically a convention celebrating Japanese culture. But they have tons of food stalls inside, and Oh my God! They have sword replicas on one stall, then across there's like shaved ice machines, and they have this big Nintendo part for it with loads of screens put together so it was like a giant screen that everyone was playing Mario Kart on. And it was so geeky, lots people, lots of cosplay, lots of Japanese stuff, like there were just people doing like anime caricatures of you. And I ate so much food. There was a sushi contest, which I had tickets for, so they have like five or six restaurants from around London enter their sushi, and you had one piece of sushi from each of the restaurant, and then you got to vote on which one you like the most. They also have a sake tasting.

BAS: Nice.

HSC: I think the reason I like that convention so much is because I'm a huge fan of all things Japanese because they're amazing. Also because there's so much interaction; it’s not just, "Come and buy stuff” It's also like "Try this food and here's some information". And there was a paper origami folding panel. There were actual Japanese idols in attendance, the person that sang the Naruto theme song was there as well. I think I like how interactive everything is. One day I just really, really, really, really, really want to go to San Diego Comic Con, because it's the Comic Con, you know? It would just cost too much for me to get to America and tickets are hard to get I hear.

BAS: San Diego Comic Con is at the point where you can't buy just a weekend pass. You have to buy each day pass individually. So instead you should definitely think about coming to New York Comic Con, where you can get the weekend pass and hang out in New York City.

HSC: I do want to go to a comic convention in America, and that sounds like a good plan. I have to wait a couple years until I could actually save up for it. [laughter]

BAS: Do you travel a lot? 

HSC: The thing is, when I have money to travel, I save up to go back to Vietnam because I have family there. I want to go to America and other places a lot more. But I can't because I feel like if I spent money on going to these places, part of me would just be thinking, "I could be visiting my brother right now", if that makes sense? 

BAS: I understand where you're coming from.

HSC: Yeah. I take as much opportunity to go abroad as I can. I'm actually in Italy at the moment with some stuff. I try to keep my school life and things away from my porn work, 'cause I don't think they'd be very happy if they were linked to it. [chuckle] But I take any opportunity I find that I can work or take an internship abroad 'cause it's easier for me to justify it that way, but there are so many things on my bucket list. I want to do a road trip in America, I didn't even know what I'd see. But it's just one of those things that'd be really fun to do one day. Japan, I want to go there so bad. At this point in time, it feels like I'm always too scared to go.

BAS: Why is that? 

HSC: I've been watching anime and manga since I was a kid and I've seen a lot of the culture through that. All the food, I love food so much and Japanese food is one of my favorite, and there is no place that it tastes better than in its native country, right? Same with Vietnamese food; nowhere does Vietnamese food like Vietnam. I want to go to a hot spring, visit the temples, go to a Maid cafe where they're going to draw a heart on my omelet with ketchup. And there'll be these stores that sell figurines, and just everything. Cafes where the cakes look really cute, I can literally just spend money purely on food in Japan and then another two weeks on geeky stuff like anime and manga, and then another two weeks just actually looking at the damn city and the damn country. I feel like if I went, there'll never be enough time, I feel like I'd go and it'd be great and then all I wanna do is go back straight away. [chuckle]

BAS: I don't blame you at all 'cause I feel the same about going to Japan too just to experience everything. I would like to go to Paris, Scotland, and Ireland, just for the castles alone.

HSC: Yeah, I try not to think of all the places I want to go 'cause I haven't been to places that's on my list so far. So I want to take off some stuff on my list and then write more stuff rather than write it all now because then it'll just feel like I haven't achieved anything, I guess.

BAS: How was your visit to Rome and Italy? 

HSC: Well, the majority of it, it's been great, it's really good, I.e., the food here is amazing. I was trying to cut down on carbs, but god damn, the pasta and the pizza here is so good, so incredibly good. I saw the Coliseum and that was just amazing, it's so big and old. You just think, "Holy crap, this has been here for centuries!" And you can see the layout and its huge, you just think, they didn't have cranes and stuff to build this, how the fuck did they do it? It's just really mind blowing.

BAS: That's awesome. I recently had a friend did his honeymoon in Italy and Rome and he described it in the same way. With food it's not just, "All right, let me get a plate of pasta." It's you got your appetizers, your salads, your main course, dessert. They feed you; they make sure that you're well fed.

HSC: Definitely, it's amazing.

BAS: As far as the US goes, will this be your first time coming to the United States or have you been to the U.S. before? 

HSC: I've been to the US three times would you believe or not.

BAS: Where have you been in the US? 

HSC: Okay, I went to New York for three days but it was actually a really terrible trip on my part. I actually, I got into a fight with my family and I decided to run away from home.
So I booked a ticket to New York and I wasn't going to stay in New York. I just wanted to be far away from my family for a while. So I went there for three days and I came back 'cause that was just like the deal at the time, 'cause I think I was just buying it pretty much the night before, it was so cheap. It was 200 pounds and I thought I'm never going to get this opportunity to go to America again. And that was kind of cool, but I didn't really feel like I saw New York. But it's my first experience of America. It was so big and the roads are so straight, you have the grid system, and when you're in England, that doesn't exist. Because I've seen America on TV and I've seen America on films, I thought it'd be the same, I thought I'd know it, but the fact is we're two different countries and we're two different cultures, and I had quite the culture shock. But everyone was so friendly.

My last trip to America, I was actually visiting a friend. I went to DC and I have to say, that's probably one of my favorite trips I've ever done. DC was beautiful. I like that it's the low buildings. The buildings are still big, but nothing could be bigger than the Capitol Building, I think, it is? So, and then, all the monuments are in a cross section. So if you stood on one end of the monuments, you could see all the other monuments. And I think, architecture-wise, that's amazing. But there are so many museums there. I was there for a week and I didn't even get through a tiny chunk of it. There's just so much to see and do. It was really mind blowing. Although, I couldn't find a corn dog, I was really excited 'cause I wanted to eat a corn dog. You know, go to America and have a corn dog. And I looked at many street vendors as I could, and I could not find one.

BAS: Well, I'm sure your next visit, but in Vegas you won't find a corn dog. [laughter]
Maybe on your next trip to New York or wherever you'll find a corn dog. I went to DC myself, recently, and I went to a few museums, but the Smithsonian alone, is like half of DC and it's just amazing. We went to the Space Museum for a bit, and that was incredible.

HSC: Yeah, I went to the Space Museum as well. Holy crap! Just seeing some of the objects and thinking, that was in space.

BAS: Exactly. Again, congratulations on your nomination for the AVNs.

HSC: Oh, thank you. It's a little bit surreal, for me, getting such a big nomination; it's a really big deal and I guess I'm still wrapping my head around it.

BAS: Did you pick out your dress yet? 

HSC: God, no, no. I don't know what to do. I've looked through past awards and seen what everyone wore and they are so beautiful. I just don't really own sexy dresses like that, really. I don't have anything like that. And I was just thinking, do I try and find something like that? I thought, "But that's not me. That's not my style." So I'm just in my head tumbling about, trying to figure out what I should wear. And it's so silly. I can't believe I'm worrying about it so much. But, obviously, I want to look my best. And then I'm also just thinking, but, man, I can't just show up in a onesie which is what I do on cam, right? I go on cam and I'm wearing a onesie. I'm like, "I can't show up to the AVNs wearing that."

BAS: You'll definitely stand out. That's for sure.

HSC: [chuckle] Yeah.

BAS: There's always cosplay.

HSC: Yeah, I'm actually going to be at the expo, with the MyFreeCams booth. I don't know if anyone would actually recognize me if they come up to the booth. But if anyone was there, I'd really like to just say, "Hi" and thank them for supporting me in real life. So I might take my onesie and do it, and wear it to the Expo.

BAS: You'd be the most comfortable woman there, Guaranteed.

HSC: Damn right, Onesie and slippers. That's what I'm going to do. Yeah, maybe, I don't know. I don't actually own slippers right now. That's another thing I'm putting on the Christmas wish list.

BAS: Sounds like a plan.

*Update: Harriet found a great dress for the AVN Award show and you can read about it on her site: HARRIET AVN NIGHT

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