WEST HOLLYWOOD. Calif. – Returning from a three-year hiatus, Czech-born performer Nikita Denise noticed a change in the adult industry.
“It used to be like a big family, but now the girls come and go,” Nikita told AVN while settling into her new West Hollywood home. “A lot of the girls make the certain amount of money they need and then they leave.”
Denise began performing for the camera in January of 2000 for an entirely different reason—“I wanted to make it big.” After relocating from the Czech Republic to Toronto in 1998, where she had made a living dancing on Canada’s lucrative and liberal strip-club circuit, the fiercely sexy and forthright starlet turned her focus to porn.
“In Toronto, I began to watch a lot of porn with my ex-husband,” she recalled. “I said to him, ‘why not me?’ I want to try. It wasn’t for the money—I was doing very well as a stripper. It was more for the attention—to be in front of the camera. I obviously love sex and I just wanted to be famous and all that bullshit.”
Denise soon contacted the only adult connection she knew at the time—the video clerk she rented porn from. “I asked him if he could help me find a way to be in these movies,” she relayed with a laugh. “He called me up one day and told me Jill Kelly was signing at his store. I went to meet her and she gave me [World Modeling owner] Jim South’s phone number.”
At 22, with a voracious appetite for all things sexual, Denise was booked by South throughout her entire visit to Los Angeles. A few months later, she moved to LA because, “it made sense. I was getting calls every day in Canada.”
Denise’s first scene was for Peter North’s North Pole 13 (New Sensations) opposite cock-slinger Dillon Day. “I wasn’t nervous at all. It was so natural for me to be naked and to fuck in front of people,” recalled Denise, who had often hosted private orgies for her ex to watch. “European girls are nastier. We are more comfortable with sex.”
Denise describes a childhood encounter as a trigger for her amped up sex drive. “When I was 14, my girlfriend tried to kiss me and I thought I shouldn’t do it because it was wrong for two girls,” she said, “but, when we finally did, we started French kissing and touching each other. Since then, I was more curious. It wasn’t just guys; it was girls too. From that point on, I just wanted to see and feel more.”
Denise would maintain that attitude throughout her career. “I wasn’t thinking about what I was going to do next,” she explained. “People said ‘you should sign a contract really quick because you work so much that people will get sick of you. With a contract, you don’t work as much but they promote you.’ I said ‘no, I want to fuck everyday. I like my freedom and working with whomever I like to.”
In 2002, Denise performed in 200 titles and earned the AVN award for Best Female Performer. “My only memories of that year are sets,” she laughed. By 2004, she had starred in over 400 movies and decided to take some time off to “travel, rest, and be happy.”
“Everybody needs a break eventually,” she said. “You think that you don’t, but then it catches up with you. Then, one day, you go ‘damn, I miss that. I need to come back.’ I never thought about changing profession.”
Along with feature dancing and directing (she directed 2006’s Nikita’s Extreme Idols), Denise plans to reclaim her place as one of porn’s nastiest performers—but only on her terms. She is condom-only now and looks forward to working “for good companies that have good promotion.”
This year, she stars in Wicked Pictures' Predator 2, Smash Pictures' Cheating Housewives 5, and the upcoming Tom Byron release, Lord of Asses 10.
“Porn is me. I needed to get back. I loved what I’ve done and look forward to doing it again,” Denise summed up. “I’m not ready to slow down, I’m ready to go!”