I caught up with Theo Ford to talk about underwear, awards, and writing the next chapter in his story.
What led you to start exploring a career in porn?
I absolutely can’t describe it as “start exploring” — it all went so fast, from the first contact with my first producer to filming my first scene. I was thrown into it not knowing what to expect or what would result from this new adventure.
I never wanted to do porn to be honest. I definitely wasn’t in some kind of search for fame or recognition like a lot of people seem to want and need. At the time, I was working in Paris in fashion, studying in the same fashion school as Francois Sagat — coincidence or fate? I’d been doing modelling for years, and had professional pictures online. That’s how the producer found me.
I’ve always been welcoming of new adventures, and this one seemed like an interesting opportunity. A week later I was on set, feeling all kinds of awkward and unsure of myself. Funnily enough, I stuck with it and grew into my own.
Porn allowed me to become sexually empowered. Something that I didn’t know you could obtain. It also pushed me to be my most authentic self. When you can’t hide much, then don’t hide at all. Owning my life, my career, myself — it was liberating. With all the challenges I’ve lived through, I know that ‘regret’ is not in my vocabulary.
Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?
Not really. I don’t have the need to show off. I guess I’m sexually free. I don’t particularly get off on being watched, I don’t do sex shows or home movies.
When I’m not filming, I love to do what feels right in the moment — without having to think where the cameras are, which angles are ideal, where my best light is, or thinking of transitions between positions.
I specifically adore having the best connection possible with my partner. That’s why I’m a relationship kind of guy. I love having a boyfriend, to explore each other, and being able to feel comfortable no matter what.
You picked up the award for Best Couple, with Gabriel Cross, at the Prowler European Porn Awards — how did that feel?
I’m so thankful people enjoy my work. This award was from the public, so it just made it overwhelmingly special. Also the award was for the ghost-hunting Men.Com series Supernatural, produced by the amazing Alter Sin.
I love it when everything comes together, and we get an award-winning result. Even the casting changed last minute, I had a choice to film that scene in particular with either Gabriel or Logan Moore’s ex — I guess I made the right call in pushing for Mr Cross!
Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?
I’m not too sure who I look up to. There’s so many incredible people in the industry. What I remember is being young and seeing the cover of the Falcon Studios VHS — yes, I am that old. The guys on the covers were the epitome of perfection in some way. It felt surreal to film for Falcon myself.
I truly believe porn actors can have a positive impact on society. Using our popularity and platforms to promote positive changes around us within the LGBT community and beyond. Being able to give back has been my biggest inspiration.
Can we talk underwear?
I love underwear! I live in just underwear — unless I have to be social and leave the house. I must have over a thousand pairs at home. From briefs, tangas, and boxer shorts, to jocks and thongs. I usually wear loose boxer shorts around the house, so everything stays breezy during the summer — especially in shorts. Although I recently started to love jocks and thongs on me — it makes me feel sexier.
At the gym, I adapt my underwear according to what I’m wearing. Commando with loose longer shorts, jocks with short shorts, and thongs with compression pants. I don’t like to see the underwear mark in compression pants.
On other guys, I’m pretty flexible as long as it’s not something a teenager could wear, or old and ripped. Being a grown-up means having new and clean undies! If the guy has a nice bum, a jock is ideal, a thong can also be very hot. I do love my JJ Malibu and Versace underwear.
You’ve written about your struggles with depression, why did you feel it was important to share those issues publicly?
I’ve always believed communication is key. Whether it’s in a relationship, at work, or in your personal life. Opening up about personal and intimate struggles allows for others to hopefully identify with you and feel less alone.
The main issue with mental health is the lack of discussion around the topic. Mental issues are not visible in most cases, which makes it difficult to comprehend and assess them. The key is visibility so that people know how and where to get the help they might need.
For me, opening up also meant accepting my depression and alleviating the pressure it put me under.
What are some of the current projects that you’re working on?
I’m continuing to write, now that I’ve settled in my London life after years of travelling. Also, I’ve been working a lot on promoting sexual education, sexual health, and diversity. I have so many projects ahead and I’m excited to see where life takes me.
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Word of the Day: Chacal
Travelling to Mexico City? Add this to your vocabulary.
Chacal is a term used in Mexico City — it describes a masculine guy who fucks other guys. A rough top.
The Urban Dictionary helpfully shows how to use the term Chacal in a sentence: “Total bottoms love chacales…”
Let’s put to one side for the moment the ridiculous labelling as anyone as a ‘total bottom’ — just because a guy enjoys a bit of anal play doesn’t define his identity — but you get the idea.
In some ways, Chacal is the Mexican version of Masc4Masc — but Latino culture has a complicated obsession with all things macho. In places like Mexico City, your identity as a man, your masculinity, is defined by how you project a macho image to the world. Being gay isn’t easily reconciled with being macho. The chacales are trying to have it both ways — projecting an uber-macho image to the world, and totally getting off on having sex with guys.
In the interests of cross-cultural investigative research, here’s some examples of guys who seem to me to be channelling a bit of the Chacal vibe.
Chacal. It’s our word of the day.
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