Feb. 2, 2012— -- What if that dashing boy-next-door, that one seems wholesome and has a the cute smile, was on the Internet beckoning and ready to romance your every whim and sexual fantasy.
That's what women find so appealing about James Deen.
With his curly brown hair, soft blue eyes and fit body, this 25-year-old porn sensation from Pasadena, Calif., looks like he could be your neighbor, you classmate or that cute guy at the bar you're hoping will catch your eye.
In an industry where women usually take center stage, Deen has become a porn superstar in his own right. He has starred in 4,000 movies and is the youngest person ever to win porn's "Male Performer of the Year." At this year's porn convention in Las Vegas, he was treated like a rock star, with fans fawning over him.
"When I got into this business, I never had any intention of ever winning an award. I never had an intention on ever having anyone know who I was," Deen said. "I intended to, you know, do a bunch of scenes, be good at my job, have a lot of fun."
For a guy whose stage name harkens back to Hollywood royalty, Deen's whole angle is that he is so "normal," and doesn't really look like he belongs in a world where gladiator-like, macho men are king and bigger is best.
"I'm kind of average, normal-looking, I don't know, I'm approachable," Deen said.
And for that, the ladies, especially teenage girls, adore him. Christina Ahlsen, 20, is a student in upstate New York who said she is one of Deen's biggest fans and is going to become a "James Deen loyalist." Ahlsen said she often checks up on Deen on through Tumblr, and even has a setting to track when his name is mentioned on the blogging platform.
"The first time I saw him, it was kind of really relieving," Ahlsen said. "Because in porn, the males are usually guys I'm not even close to being attracted to. He is just accessible, he looks like somebody that I could see at, you know, a coffee shop or something and actually approach, I mean, if he were, you know, just a regular guy. He is a regular guy."
And she's not alone. There are thousands of women out there who share Ahlsen's enthusiasm for all things Deen and participate in an active online community -- from trading images of him to posting fan-made pictures to writing swooning messages. It's a wide obsession for his approachable appeal that the man himself said he doesn't fully understand.
"I have no idea," Deen said. "I really, really have no clue."
So how did Deen make his transition from a young Jewish kid growing up in SoCal, to a teen internet porn sensation? He claims that he first became interested in become a porn star when he was in kindergarten and found an old porn magazine.
"I picked it up and I'm like, 'oh my God, this is the cool, this is awesome,'" he said. "It was this weird moment that I will always remember where I was like, this is what I want to be when I grow up. I want to do this."
Deen said he was even suspended once for telling a teacher he dreamed of becoming a porn star. His career took off much later after he turned 18 when he began sharing stories about his life online.
"Basically, until I started my blog, I really thought that I-- no one really knew who I was," Deen said. "Because the way I always say it is, 'I'm only useful from my belly button to my knees,' and I think everything else is pretty much just there."
While we can't talk too much about what's posted on his blog, for obvious reasons, we can say that mixed in with photos of his well-endowed co-stars are tweets about the toast he ate for breakfast or the burrito he wants for lunch.
"I don't market myself at all, I really don't," Deen said. "I just kind of be me."
But among his massive following of fans are many who are under 18, but Deen said he can't control underage kids who want to watch his porn films.
"If there was a 15-year-old girl, an underage girl, an underage guy, an underage person that is viewing a scene that I'm in or any sort of porn, chances are they're doing that because either they're curious. They're horny, whatever it is. They're sexual enough that it is something that they desire, that they crave, that they want, and it's not necessarily a bad thing," he said. "I would like to think that I'm opening up their sexual experience, and being able to, they'll be able to take their boyfriends and say, 'hey, I saw this in a porno, I want to try this.'"
Make no mistake, critics and fans alike love his films, and they say Deen is different -- a porn star who holds hands with his leading ladies, who gazes into their eyes and is quick to be romantic. Ahlsen said the wide appeal stems from watching Deen in his films, in which he seems genuine.
"It's much more personal," she said. "You will remember these moments in fantasies and that's what it does. It's not often just the visual, it's the whole package. It's very, very much, you know, brain-based too. Like words, like vibrations, sounds, there's a lot that goes into it."
When it comes to getting between the sheets for a film, Deen said he just goes with what he knows.
"When I have sex on camera, I pretty much just have sex the way I normally have sex," he said. "Personally, I think that the best scenes are when you have two people that really want to have sex with each other, and they're just having sex, and somebody's capturing the moment."
The acting part, he added, is in the dialogue not the act itself. When asked if that's why he thought fans liked him so much, he seemed delighted and said, "that I won't be able to mess up. That I can keep doing all day long."
"If I had to do porn, I probably wouldn't enjoy it," Deen said. "I get to do porn. I get to go to set. And I get to, you know, make out with girls. And I get to meet different people. And I get to, you know, experience all of this stuff. It's awesome. I can't think of anything else I would ever want to do or be."