Serenity on Wednesday announced her retirement from adult video performance, ending a twelve-year career, in the course of which she won multiple awards, crossed over to mainstream television and formed her own adult novelty company, Las Vegas Novelties.
Upon the release of Serenity in Toyland by Hollywood Video in July 2003, the multiple-AVN Award-winning adult performer said there was a possibility she’d never perform on camera again — adding, however, that it would be premature to assume she was retiring just yet.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to retire,” Serenity told AVN.com. “As time went by, I realized I was going forward with my company and with other aspects of my life; then, one day, I realized I never did announce that I was retired. I was getting e-mails from my fans asking when my next movie was, and I decided it was time to make the big announcement.
“I always said that when it was over, it was over. I wasn’t going to be the person who retired, then came back, then retired again,” Serenity said.
From now on, said Serenity, she’ll concentrate on running Las Vegas Novelties and her Website; and last but certainly not least, she’ll spend time with her growing family. Serenity is in the third trimester of her first pregnancy.
“It’s exciting to be moving on to the next phase of my life, if you will, but at the same time it was a wonderful experience that I’ll fondly reminiscence [about],” Serenity said. “I have no regrets.”
Long recognized as one of the premier dancers in the industry, Serenity started her adult career in style by winning the $20,000 Topless Dancer World Championship in dominating fashion. She then took that title on the road as a feature dancer.
Her first adult video performance was in Jennifer Ate (1992) for Wicked Pictures, where she would become one of the first condom-only contract performers in the adult industry. Before she signed with Wicked, she worked in the adult industry for six years, performing only in girl/girl scenes.
During her five years at Wicked, she became the only performer to win back-to-back AVN Awards in the Best Actress - Video category, for Double Jeopardy in 2000 and M, Caught in the Act in 2001.
About his former contract performer’s retirement and pregnancy, Steve Orenstein, owner of Wicked Pictures, had this to say: “Serenity was a tremendous asset to the company during her five years with Wicked. I am very happy to hear that she and Steve Lane will be parents soon. I wish them all the best.”
Asked to name her favorite video of her career, Serenity lists three. Her favorite movies were Double Feature (“The whole thing was a comedy act, behind the scenes as well as on camera.”); Vengeance (“It was really wild. Anybody that was on that set knows it was very spooky, but very cool.”); and Serenity in Toyland (“I had a lot of fun making that movie. Perhaps it was because towards the end I was more relaxed about things, or maybe because it was made with the Las Vegas Novelties people – but really, it was just a lot of fun to make.”).
Serenity also found great success in mainstream media. E! Entertainment Channel asked her to appear on the Wild On series. She appeared in more than 20 specials for E!, garnering some of the network’s highest ratings.
In addition to her career in front of the camera, both mainstream and adult, Serenity also picked up the pen, serving as publisher of Deja Vu Showgirls magazine for five years. As publisher, she assisted with scouting talent for layouts, wrote articles, and produced the monthly publisher's column. Serenity also acted as hostess for many of the Deja Vu Showgirl of the Year competitions.
Serenity said, "I had a really good time with the Deja Vu crew. It really went further than being an employee. We were all, and still are, like family. I really appreciate all that Harry, Troy and the entire Deja Vu organization have done to help my career."
Serenity has also been involved in numerous charity events, including an International PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaign, for which she was honored in New York City.
Serenity says she has no regrets regarding her career – but she has mixed feelings about her retirement. “There’s so much that I’m walking away from. I did have a wonderful experience. I had a great time and I met great people. Even though I’m still going to be around with Las Vegas Novelties, I can’t help but feel a little reminiscent regarding my performing days.
“I’ll always have fond memories of working in adult, but it’s exciting to be moving on to the next phase of my life if you will, but at the same time it was one a wonderful experience.”
Serenity has written personal comments to those whom she has encountered during her career including Steve Orenstein, the LVNI contract performers, and directors and others she has worked with. Those comments can be seen here.