What is Asa Akira's net worth and salary?
Asa Akira is a Japanese-American adult film star who has a net worth of $4 million. Asa Akira is 5 feet two inches tall and she has appeared in over 500 adult films. During her adult career, Asa Akira has won 32 awards out of 82 nominations. In 2013, Akira became the third Asian performer after Asia Carrera and Stephanie Swift to win the AVN Female Performer of the Year Award. She also hosted the first and second ceremonies for the Pornhub Awards.
Asa Akira was born on January 3, 1986 in New York City, the only child of Japanese immigrant parents. Asa is her real first name, which means "morning" in Japanese, and the last name in her stage name was taken from the anime film Akira. She lived in SoHo until age nine. Her family moved back to Tokyo, Japan when Asa was nine years old, when her father, a portrait photographer, was relocated there for work. The family lived there until she was 13 and they moved back to the United States. They first moved to Brooklyn and later resided in Clinton Hill.
She has described her childhood as "perfectly normal" and that her family spoke Japanese at home and were "health nuts" who avoided junk food. As a teenager, Akira worked as a cashier at a children's bookstore called Books of Wonder. Akira was able to secure a scholarship to attend United Nations International School in Manhattan because her grandfather had been a Japanese diplomat for 45 years. However, she was not invited to return in her sophomore year due to her poor grades, so Asa enrolled at Washington Irving High School in Gramercy Park, NYC.
Adult Film Career
She got her start in the adult world as a dominatrix when she was 19 years old. She then got a job stripping at the Hustler Club in New York City. Akira met pornographic actress Gina Lynn on the show and Lynn offered her porn work. She started out only doing girl-on-girl scenes, mainly with Lynn, but eventually transitioned to more diverse adult roles. Her first male-female scene was with Travis Knight for Gina Lynn Productions. Akira then signed a contract with Vouyer Media before becoming a freelance adult film actress six months later. She received several nominations for her role in David Aaron Clark's 2009 film "Pure," in which she plays a telephonist at a fetish dungeon who winds up having an affair with the head mistresses' husband.
She co-hosted the 30th Annual AVN Awards alongside adult film star Jesse Jane and comedian April Macie. That same night, she won the AVN Female Performer of the Year award. She ended up being the most awarded actress during the ceremony. She made her directorial debut in 2014 with Elegant Angel's "Gangbanged 6." In October 2013, she announced that she had signed an exclusive performing contract with Wicked Pictures. Her debut film as a contract performer for the company was called "Asa Is Wicked."
She made a cameo appearance in the mainstream film "Starlet." In January 2014, Akira, along with Dana DeArmond, Chanel Preston, and Jessie Andrews were featured in a Cosmo magazine article titled "Four Porn Stars on How They Stay Fit." The article was inspired by actress Gabrielle Union's comment made on Conan O'Brien's talk show about striving to follow the fitness routines of the porn stars she saw at her gym. In 2014, she was a guest in Episode 1 of Season 3 of the "Eric Andre Show." In 2017, Akira appeared as herself in the first episode of season 16 of "Family Guy" in a live-action casting couch scene with Peter Griffin. Akira later noted that it was her first casting couch scene. The episode featured a recurring joke of people asking Peter "who was the girl on the couch" and Peter giving a deadpan reply that he is certain the inquirer already knows who she is.
Complex ranked Akira fourth on their list of Top 100 Hottest Porn Stars Right now and sixth on their list of The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time. Asa was a frequent guest on the radio program "Bubba the Love Sponge" where she was affectionately referred to as the "Show Whore". LA Weekly also ranked her third on their list of 10 Innovative Porn Stars Who Could Be the Next Sasha Grey in 2013. Akira was also placed on CNBC's yearly list of "The Dirty Dozen," which ranks the adult industry's most popular and successful stars.
Since 2013, Asa has co-hosted a podcast called DVDASA with artist David Choe. It is aimed at a young adult audience, with its goal being to help youth with their problems related to sexuality, career, relationships, and more. In June 2014, she appeared in a YouTube video with vlogger Caspar Lee. Akira wrote a memoir titled Insatiable: Porn—A Love Story which was released in May 2014 by Grove Press. In July 2015, she signed a contract with Cleis Press to publish her second book, titled Dirty Thirty: A Memoir, a collection of essays, which was released in the fall of 2016. In 2015, she became the host of the reality show "The Sex Factor."
Akira identifies as a feminist. She has stated that she is attracted to both men and women, but dislikes the label bisexual. She was once engaged to former pornstar Rocco Reed. Asa Akira got married to fellow adult star Toni Ribas in December 2012 but the couple split in 2017. She has a son through another relationship, born in March 2019.