Zeb Atlas: “I Don’t Care For Labels”
After working in gay porn for over a decade, Zeb Atlas has finally come out as a “sexual person.”
To promote his new movie, Built Tough (watch the trailer), Zeb Atlas did the below Q&A, and in it he reveals some startling information, such as: “For those of you who don’t like my tattoo, get over it! LOL!” Also: “My popularity is at an all-time high.”
But perhaps most shocking of all is the revelation that Zeb Atlas is a “very sexual person.” By coming out as sexual, Zeb sends a strong message to critics of sexual people that it is in fact OK to be sexual. Also, his rebuke of the porn industry for misapplying labels and blacklisting actors from straight porn if they have already done gay porn is equally courageous. I like this label-free, evolved Zeb Atlas. Everyone should be allowed to have their pussy and eat cock, too.
Raging Stallion: Zeb, you have one of the biggest careers in adult entertainment. Tell us about your career–how it began, some of the highlights, etc. I remember first seeing you on the cover of Men Magazine many years ago.
Zeb Atlas: Well, thanks for recognizing that. My journey into my career started long before I ever posed nude actually. Having a B.S. degree from Oregon State University, I started in what most would consider a career job in pharmaceutical sales. However, it was unfulfilling to me, and I knew there was something else out there for me if I kept working on my body.
My body was the most important thing to me. I was a competitive bodybuilder, and that’s how I got recognized by photographer Ron Lloyd. He wanted to shoot me, and I was a bit hesitant at first, but after I got in front of the camera, I rather liked it and liked showing off. His shoots led to me becoming Men Magazine’s Man of the Year in both 2003 and 2006, and I believe I am the only man to get that honor twice. Everything kind of snowballed after that, and I was in great demand from sites like MuscleHunks and MuscleWorship. Thus, Zeb Atlas was born, and it’s been a great decade-plus run now. I feel the best years are still ahead of me!
You worked for Falcon once and had a pairing with Adam Killian. He is a great performer. What was it like filming that scene?
It was my first hardcore performance so I was a bit nervous, but Adam and I had such great chemistry. It was a pleasure working with him, and one of the reasons I asked him to be a part of my movie The Boyfriend.
One thing that I have seen change in the industry over the years is the fine line between gay and straight in terms of self-identification of actors and their sexuality. Back in the 1990′s there was a pretty sharp line between gay and straight, with only a few gay for pay actors. Now most of the guys we film identify themselves either as bi or as simply “sexual.” Where do you fit into this range?
I have just been a very sexual person for as long as I can remember and don’t care for labels. People in this society are too hung up on “is he this or that?” And the whole porn industry is very messed up about this too, in my opinion. The straight side is so homophobic that if you have done any gay scenes no one with will work with you. That’s funny, because a girl can eat another pussy all day long, and it’s cool, but if a guy fucks another guy they are blacklisted. And then the transsexual porn is considered “straight” porn.
You have two amazing scenes in Built Tough–one with Landon Conrad and the other with Micah Brandt. What was it like working with these guys? Are you happy with how the scenes turned out?
Both scenes are sizzling. I was there in the action and it was hot! (LOL) I haven’t seen them yet, but I’m excited to see the final edits and how they turned out! I know it’s some of my hottest stuff yet…hardcore, rough, and intense sums up both scenes! Both Landon and Micah were great to work with, and they’re both very hot in their own ways. I know Landon is a pretty major deal at Falcon and Micah is an upcoming star for sure!
You have worked with huge names all of your career–what was it like working under the direction of Chris Ward for the first time?
He is simply the best I have ever worked with — bar none. He is a pro and knows what he is doing, and he certainly got the best out of me. It would be a pleasure to work with him again, that’s for sure. His demeanor really suits me, and his confidence and expertise shine though, which puts me at ease, and makes it easy for me to deliver my best.
What happens next for Zeb Atlas?
It’s 2012 and this has literally been my best year to date. My popularity is at an all-time high. I hope to keep this momentum going, and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. It would be a pleasure to do some more work with Chris and Raging Stallion and show them and the world my best is yet to come. I have also been shooting and updating my site regularly so come see me there. You can see me on live cam twice a month and say hi and chat with me! Sincerely though, I am a hard-working and laid back guy who is grateful for his success. I am very appreciative of all my fans and I’d like to continue to show them the best of me and make them happy. Oh, and for those of you who don’t like my tattoo, get over it! (LOL) I am still the same person and I am very content in my skin!