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DeAngelo Jackson is one of the best-built, best-looking actors in gay porn, and famous enough to warrant inclusion on my recent list of all-time porn greats.

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Though his ascent to the top DeAngelo-Jackson-bulge-Noir-Male-boycultureranks of fantasy material is a recent phenomenon, he actually began shooting porn a decade ago — and lost his virginity at 22 in his first scene.

The DeAngelo who returned to the business is more mature in every way, which is perhaps why he has become so in-demand, with Noir Male snapping him up and fans eating him up just like Jackson Reed did in that scene. You know the one.

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Capping off a stellar couple of years, he just won Best Actor at the GayVN Awards for Blended Family, making him the first black man to take top (okay, vers) honors.

Chatting with him, I found him to be grounded and self-deprecating, with a good head on his shoulders. And good head is a must in porn ...

Boy Culture: Hello, DeAngelo — thanks for taking time out to talk to me. You were busy shooting last week — what was the project?

DeAngelo Jackson: A new Noir Male feature called Sin City. The plot is: Derek Cline, he’s my boyfriend, we finally make it out to Las Vegas and go out to a bar and come into contact with Max Konnor. He’s the hot guy at the club and he sends his security over to invite us to a very private party. I’m a little apprehensive about going; I don’t want to get mixed up with anyone else. But Derek’s giddy and all excited to try different things. We end up going and getting separated, and Derek and Max link up, I link up with Dominic Pacifico. It’s really, really hot and interesting how things unfold.

Congrats on winning Best Actor at the GayVN Awards for Icon Male's Blended Family. You became the first-ever black winner of the honor. Did you expect it?

God, no! I’m still a little in shock DeAngelo-Jackson-butt-nude-boyculturethat it did happen, and I didn’t have anything planned as far as what I wanted to say. It's very, very humbling because it’s absolutely bigger than me. Just to be recognized that way as a black man, it’s phenomenal — it’s history-making.

Do you see this award as an indicator of change in the industry? As recently as 2017 the awards had a Best Ethnic Scene category.

Absolutely. I think it’s baby steps, too. Here it is 2020 and we’re still breaking boundaries and stuff. It’s just opening that door ever so much, just to get our foot in the door and to be seen in a light that’s not a fetish, a BBC thing. We have so much more to offer than that. I really wanted to win that out of any category I was nominated for.

That's a good point — is equality too much to hope for in an industry with a BBC and “Blacks on Boys” mentality?

You know, I’ve made it a point in my career to never fall into that trap of being fetishized. That is my way of slowly trying to change the perception of black men in porn. I’m not a thug, I’m not this roughneck [Laughs]. For me, I think that hopefully this is a change. There’s more to men of color in general, whether it be black men, Asians or Latinos.

Gay men, in particular, are trained by porn since we aren't brought up with as many gay role models, so I think the fetishes must sink in. I talked to a white guy who said, “Why would you wanna see a black guy bottom for a white guy?”

Any role I accept or portray, I really, really want to be sure it doesn’t fall into that trope of being a stereotype.

What do you think it was about Blended Family that made it award-worthy?

For me, when we were making it, I was just sitting back and letting it sink in like, “Wow I’m on set, it’s a mixed cast, and male-female, this is truly special.” I’m not sure what anyone else saw in it, but I know what I felt and the whole script was really good and organic and really smooth. I thought it was wonderful. This is the kind of part we should be offered more. I was playing a character that was really sorta-kinda like me — I’m not sure how [director] Chi Chi LaRue pegged me. Chi Chi said, “You’re gonna be nominated Best Actor,” and I was like, “No way. There’s no way I’m gonna be nominated Best Actor for my first real feature with a lot of dialogue.”

And you did have a lot of dialogue — it's a proper movie.

That’s what I loved about it. I had the chance to show my little acting skills. I was terribly nervous. Chi Chi doesn’t really talk. [Laughs] I'm not shy, but I’m introverted. When the camera comes on, it’s a switch. I turn it on. That’s acting. I love it, and I’m really, really proud of that movie and all the cast and the crew.

Did it make you want to try non-porn acting?

Oh, yes! It put a little bug in me to branch out. I wanna take some acting classes so I can get better and do some mainstream acting. Being in this intdustry, it’s still kinda taboo to have this background, but it’s not impossible to cross over if someone has the bravery to cast me in a role. We'll see.

Tom-of-Finland-Bruce-La-Bruce-gay-porn-boycultureNot since The Other Side of Aspen has a cast been so right. (Image via MEN.com)

You're currently seen in Tom of Finland: Service Station, the first part of the MEN.com Tom of Finland-themed series, directed by Bruce La Bruce. Did you know anything about the Tom of Finland aesthetic prior to taking the role?

No, I was completely ignorant about the history of it. I had never heard of it. I did a little research before going to Montreal with Bruce La Bruce to film — I didn’t even know anything about Bruce La Bruce! [Laughs] I was completely green.

It was quite the ordeal filming because it was October and winter came a little too soon and it started snowing and we were outside and oh, my God, I swear we did maybe 25 to 30 takes of the same angle over and over again and they’d have heaters inside of the car. My jaw — my teeth were chattering! I was afraid I was gonna bite Matthew Camp’s penis off because my jaw was clenching up. [Laughs] It was terrible, but I enjoyed the process and Bruce La Bruce said, “You’re a trooper.” I said, “You know what? It looks amazing, so it’s worth the struggle of the long, long day.” It was 6:45 till 7 p.m.! I swore that never again will I come up there during winter. But it’s a beautiful, beautiful city.

You worked with two icons — Chi Chi LaRue and Bruce La Bruce. How do they compare as directors?

Bruce La Bruce is softspoken. He knows what he wants to get; once he gets it, you just move on from it. Chi Chi — two totally different characters here — he is, Chi Chi is more hands-off, but when I did my first scene she’s in the background directing, she’s screaming so anytime she sees something she really likes, she’ll scream. For me, I’m able to adjust myself to people’s different way of directing — of being hands-on or really hands-off. I’m just a canvas for them to paint on. Whatever you wanna see, let’s get it done.

I'm picturing Chi Chi screaming as you shoot.

I love that kind of directing because it’s letting me know I'm doing it right as opposed to doing take after take without knowing what you’re trying to capture here. It’s exhausting, but the end result is we did really great work.

Tom-of-Finland-Service-Station-DeAngelo-Jackson-boycultureLube job (Image via MEN.com)

Your fourgy in Tom of Finland: Service Station with Matthew Camp, River Wilson and Ricky Roman was hot. How did you get along with the guys?

I loved the guys. Matthew’s a sweetheart. We had great chemistry, all four of us. It makes everything go so smoothly. I really dug all of them. I’ve never been a fan of threesomes or foursomes — there's too much going on when there's three guys ... someone's being neglected. You don’t want anyone to feel left out of all the fun. But I really, really enjoyed it.

How do you like it when fans tell you they want to see you have sex with Performer A or Performer B?

It annoys me — I’m not even gonna lie. [Laughs] I’ve had this conversation on Twitter. I don’t think they understand it doesn’t work that way. They look at us as just being robotic or not human; we just hook up without any chemistry. I have to like the person. If it’s someone I’m not vibing with, it's not gonna happen. I just politely say, “Okay.”

It's the OnlyFans mentality, with so many guys having sex constantly for content.

I don’t operate like that. I have to be in a mood or feel a person. It's also a risk beng with these random people. For me, my body is a product so I have to be really careful who I give myself to in my private life.

You won Best Body at the Str8UpGayPorn Awards last year. How do you maintain it?

It's like waking up, brushing my teeth or washing my face — it’s my daily routine to be inside of a gym. I've been doing it for 13 years now. If I don't work out, I just feel off. My body is ust completely used to me working out. I've never done it to please anyone else; it’s about myself, feeling good, looking good. I love the fit lifestyle. I wanted to be a personal trainer because I enjoy helping others try to achieve their goals of bettering their bodies.

Do you have any close friends in porn?

Max Konnor I would say is a close friend. Wesley Woods. We call her Blanche, from the Golden Girls — that’s my heart. Those two I keep really close to me. I don’t have a large circle of people I talk to a lot, especially when I'm back home in Atlanta. It's just where I recharge and regroup, and I won’t really venture out and talk to a lot of people.

DeAngelo-Jackson-butt-Noir-Male-boycultureOne of his many assets (Image via Noir Male)

You started out as a top, but have bottomed now. Was being versatile always in the plan?

It was always in the back of my mind. I've always thought anyone who is strictly a bottom or a top is kind of boring. In my personal life, I'm a vers top. On camera, it's not as easy as it looks to really give yourself in that way to your fans. It's something I wanted to do for my fans because of my butt — they love it — and it’s still very difficult. It's still something I'm trying to get used to and open up to more even more.

That massage scene you did went so viral. Was that crazy to see it blow up like that?

Oh, man! I thought Jackson Reed was amazing. I give all the credit to him because he knw what he was doing back there. This guy knows what he’s doing! For me, it makes me happy to see him do that; people are living through him. That’s the angle, the lighting, it looks fantastic and it was a beautiful, beautiful scene. It was perfect. It was really, really hot. Most people don’t even get past the ass eating before they come. Which is fine! [Laughs] I never watch any of my work because I critique myself so badly, but I would watch it. It's one of those scenes I've been trying to recapture.

Armond Rizzo recently spoke up and said bottoms make less than tops in gay porn — have you experienced that?

Fortunately, that has not been my experience in the industry. I absolutely agree ALL models should be paid equally.

What about Joey Mills saying nobody performing for a studio should make less than $1,000 per scene?

I think $1,000 is reasonable, considering how much companies earn. I think it is important to know your worth, and get a management team to partner with you on growing your career lucratively. I take my career very serious and work with a team that helps me achieve my goals.

DeAngelo-Jackson-calendar-page-boycultureMark your calendars — as if you could help it! (Image via Noir Male)

Tell me about your first calendar you just released!

The calendar, it’s taken months as far as all the shots and what-not. It's a collection of the best pictures from several photo shoots. This is my first calendar! It's kinda nerve-racking. It came together so well because of my manager; he really put in a chunk of work.

Get DeAngelo's Calendar HERE

I told him I wanted the profits to go toward a good cause, so we chose Beauty with a Cause (BWAC) to help transgender people. DeAngelo-Jackson-calendar-boycultureWe have a lot of transgender people being killed, and I have a really soft spot for the transgender community. My ex is transgender, so for me, it's very, very, very important for proceeds to go toward a cause within the LGBTQ community. I’m really really proud of that and of the calendar — I've wanted to do it for 12 years, and I finally got it done.

That's great about the cause — so many gay men are not at all on board with trans causes.

I think the T in LGBTQ is something that is neglected, to say the least, and I don’t understand why that is. It's something that I want to change and make better in any way that I can.

Was your ex honored when you revealed the calendar's proceeds would go to that cause?

I have not had the conversation with her about it yet. But I’m sure she would be really pleased.

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