Body-builder turned adult star, Zeb Atlas has become a major player in the adult industry in the past 10 years. He recently landed on Showtime’s Gigolos, and he is the subject of a famous Howard Stern Radio Show. BUILT TOUGH is his first high-profile, hard-core, gay porn performance since his wildly successful scenes in Falcon Studio’s Best Men, Part 1 & 2. In BUILT TOUGH , Zeb delivers two spectacular scenes.
“I had a great time making BUILT TOUGH . Chris Ward is impeccable. He made me feel right at home. Landon and Micah were great sex partners, and made our scenes memorable,” comments Atlas. “I look forward to future work with Raging Stallion. I want my second decade in the adult biz to be even hotter than the first one.”
We sat down with Zeb Atlas on the eve of the release of his most recent major porn studio feature, Raging Stallion’s BUILT TOUGH, to chat with him about his career and what’s next.
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: 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. That 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 1990s 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 a 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 in 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 www.zebatlas.com 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!
As Zeb stated, he can be found on his site www.zebatlas.com, where you can learn more about what Zeb’s been up to. If you want to follow him on Twitter, he's @ZebAtlas_com. For further information or inquiries about booking Zeb for live appearances/performances, contact David Forest at the Premiere Artists www.ThePremiereArtists.com.
Best Men, Part 2 - The Wedding Party - Falcon Studios
Zeb Atlas Model Spotlight Gallery