Asia Carrera

Asia Carrera Lemmon (born Jessica Steinhauser, August 6, 1973) is an American former pornographic actress.

Asia Carrera
Carrera in 2003
Jessica Steinhauser[1]

(1973-08-06) August 6, 1973[2]
ResidenceSt. George, Utah, U.S.[3]
Other namesAsia Lemmon[1][4]
EducationRutgers University
Home townLittle Silver, New Jersey
Height5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)[2]
Spouse(s)Bud Lee (1995–2003; divorced)[2]
Don Lemmon (2003–2006; his death)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

Asia Carrera was born Jessica Steinhauser[5][6] in New York City to a German mother and Japanese father,[7] the oldest of four siblings.[8] She was raised on Lippincott Road[9] in Little Silver, New Jersey, attending the Little Silver School District and Red Bank Regional High School.[10][11] She studied piano as a child and performed at Carnegie Hall twice before the age of 15. At the age of 16, she taught English at Tsuruga College in Tsuruga, Fukui, Japan.[12]

Carrera won a National Merit Scholarship and scored over 1440 on the SAT, as well as a Garden State Scholarship for her grades. She attended Rutgers University on full academic scholarship, where she majored in Japanese and business, but did not graduate.[2] Carrera is a member of Mensa,[2][12][13] with an IQ of 156.[1][14]


Adult film career

Carrera's adult film career ran from 1993 to 2003 and included over 400 films and video features.[15] According to interviews, she chose her stage name surname from actress Tia Carrere, changing the spelling for legal reasons.[16]

Carrera was the first Asian performer ever to win the award AVN Female Performer of the Year Award.[17] Carrera retired from the film industry in 2003, following her marriage to Don Lemmon.[2]

Carrera lent her voice to several erotic hentai OVAs for publisher Pink Pineapple, such as Inmu (2001)[18] and Shusaku (1999).[19] In October 2001, Carrera attended the Big Apple Anime Fest in New York City for her voice roles and along with Kobe Tai was an Opening Night Guest of Honor at the fest's Midnight Anime Concourse.[20]

Carrera was also in the 2012 documentary After Porn Ends, which is about life after being a porn actor.[21] In the documentary, she discusses her membership in Mensa. Despite being a celebrity member of the group, the organization refused to link to her website because it contained pornographic elements.[22]

Other work

In 1998, she appeared in an uncredited cameo role in the film The Big Lebowski in the faux pornographic movie Logjammin' within the film.[23][24]

Carrera was a guest reviewer for Maximum PC magazine.[25]

Personal life

Carrera is an atheist.[6][26] As of November 2014, she wore a colander on her head for her Utah driver's license photograph. State law normally prohibits the wearing of hats in driver license photos, but there is an exception for religious headwear, and Carerra's colander was worn in honor of the religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.[1][4] She is one of about a dozen "Pastafarian" Utahns who have worn a colander in their official state ID photos.[27]

In September 1995, Carrera married adult film director Bud Lee. They divorced in 2003, but remain good friends.[2] She married nutritionist and author Don Lemmon on December 19, 2003.[2] The couple moved to St. George, Utah, where she gave birth to a daughter on March 4, 2005. On June 10, 2006, Lemmon was killed in a car accident outside of Las Vegas. Seven weeks later, on July 31, Carrera gave birth to the couple's second child, son Devin D'Artagnan.[2][28][29][30] In June 2012, she gave birth to a boy that she later placed for adoption.[31]

On April 14, 2010, she confessed on her blog that she became an alcoholic after her husband's death, that she had joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and was in her third week of sobriety. She emphasized that she still did not believe in God, as such a belief is "actually not mandatory for joining AA."[32]

She identified investor Warren Buffett as her hero on her website,[33] which Buffett was pleased to learn.[34]

In 2017, Carrera began studies at Dixie State University with her daughter.[35]

Awards and nominations


  1. Samantha Sadlier (November 18, 2014). "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster 'Pastafarian' makes statement". The Spectrum. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  2. "Bio". Archived from the original on April 8, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  3. Associated Press (November 17, 2014). "Ex-porn star wears colander in driver's license photo". USA Today. p. 1. Retrieved November 18, 2014. Lemmon, a St. George resident, is a former porn star who performed under the name Asia Carrera, The Spectrum of St. George reported Monday.
  4. Associated Press (November 17, 2014). "Ex-porn star wears colander in driver's license photo". USA Today. p. 1. Retrieved November 18, 2014. Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driver's license as Jessica Steinhauser, said the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
  5. McDonagh, Maitland. "Question: Is Barbara Carrera, ..." Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  6. Jenkins, Jack (November 19, 2014). "'Pastafarian' Ex-Porn Star Gains The Right To Wear A Pasta Strainer In Her Driver's License Photo". ThinkProgress.
  7. "Asia Carrera: Why I do porn". My father was born in Japan, and my mother was born in Germany.
  8. "House of Truth: Asia Carrera interview". House of Truth. Archived from the original on June 8, 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2007.
  9. June 2, 2003 appearance on the TechTV show "Unscrewed"
  10. Carrera-Lemmon, Asia (December 7, 2016). (Untitled). Facebook. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  11. "The Top 10 Porn Stars From New Jersey", WCHR-FM, November 1, 2016. Accessed October 8, 2018. "Asia Carrera - Born in NYC, but grew up in Little Silver, going to Red Bank Regional High School."
  12. "The Women of Porn", Playboy, March 2002, page 128
  13. "They're Accomplished, They're Famous, and They're Mensans". Mensa Bulletin. American Mensa (476): 23. July 2004. ISSN 0025-9543.
  14. Cosmin Turcu; Dana Chiru (May 30, 2011). "Căutătorii de genii au recrutat 173 de români" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  15. Carrera, Asia. Filmography, Retrieved September 10, 2012
  16. Asia Carrera. "How did you pick your name?". Archived from the original on May 20, 2007. Retrieved May 19, 2007.
  17. Steve Javors (February 27, 2013). "Interview: AVN Female Performer of the Year Asa Akira". AVN. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  18. Clements, Jonathan; Helen McCarthy (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia (Revised & Expanded Edition). Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. p. 301. ISBN 1-933330-10-4.
  19. "Shusaku and Inmu Details". Anime News Network. May 8, 2001. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  20. "BAAF Wrap-up PR". Anime News Network. November 14, 2001. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  21. "'After Porn Ends' Documentary Reveals The Dark Side of the Industry and Life After Porn". Huffington Post. May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  22. Berlatsky, Noah (September 13, 2012). "Ex Porn Stars are the 99 Percent". The Atlantic.
  23. Green, Bill; Peskoe, Ben (2007). I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, the Big Lebowski, and What Have You. Will Russell and Scott Shuffitt. New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA. pp. 75–76. ISBN 978-1-59691-246-5.
  24. Tyree, Joshua M.; Walters, Ben (2007). The Big Lebowski. BFI Film Classics. London, England: British Film Institute. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-84457-173-4. OCLC 156919357.
  25. Maximum PC. July 2002. p. 72.
  26. Carrera, Asia (July 13, 2006). "ASIA'S BULLETINS!". Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. So me, the completely unsuperstitious atheist, goes and posts on a message board that 'no, I don't believe in bad luck on Friday the 13th'.
  27. Sadlier, Samantha (November 18, 2014). "Ex-porn star OK'd to wear colander in DMV photo". The (St. George, Utah) Spectrum. USA Today. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  28. Asia Carrera. "Asia's Bulletins". Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved June 12, 2007.
  29. "Obituaries: Lemmon Jr., Donald". Las Vegas Review-Journal. June 16, 2006. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  30. "Asia's Bulletins!". Archived from the original on March 15, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  31. Asia Carrera-Lemmon (September 21, 2012). "I struggled long and hard with many..." Facebook. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  32. Asia Carrera (April 14, 2010). "Asia Carrera Bulletin". Archived from the original on April 21, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2007.
  33. Carrera, Asia. "MORE USELESS TRIVIA!". Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  34. Schroeder, Alice (2008). The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. Bloomsbury. p. 729
  35. Ricks, Spencer (December 21, 2017). "Mom, 11-year-old daughter team up as DSU classmates". Dixie Sun News. St. George, Utah: Dixie State University.
  36. "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  37. "AVN 2000 Nominations". AVN. Archived from the original on January 23, 2000. Retrieved November 24, 2008.
  38. "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  39. "Hillary Scott Big Winner at XRCO Awards". XBIZ. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  40. "XRCO 2006 AWARD CATEGORIES, NOMINATIONS, AND WINNERS". April 5, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2015.


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