Stormy Daniels is full of surprises. Donald Trump was taken aback when the adult film star filed a lawsuit against the president over a nondisclosure agreement negotiated before the 2016 election.
The eloquent Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native, who escaped a hardscrabble life thanks to the adult entertainment industry, is known for performing in strip clubs.
However, Daniels, 40, is on a tour of comedy venues. Since her relationship with Trump was revealed, images of Daniels have been ubiquitous. However, there is just one photo of Daniels in her tell-all book, “Full Disclosure.”
While calling from New Orleans, Daniels, who will appear Monday at the Spokane Comedy Club, detailed what it was like to play herself on “Saturday Night Live” and revealed her dream job and what she will say to Trump if their paths cross again.
What can we expect when you take the stage at the Spokane Comedy Club?
That is the beauty of it – you never know! I do need to point out that although I do still love performing at strip clubs and do so regularly, this is not that kind of show.
I don’t like to call it standup comedy because I didn’t write jokes or have a rehearsed set. It is comedic storytelling followed by live Q&A. The questions are written on cards by the audience, so it is completely anonymous and unscripted. Crazy stuff has definitely happened.
People who don’t know you think of you as a porn star who had sex with Donald Trump, but you’re a writer and a director. How do you deal with perceptions that fail to show the entire picture?
I try really hard not to concern myself with other people’s opinions, but it is very frustrating that I worked so hard for over a decade to establish myself as a writer and director, and that seems to be forgotten now.
I’ve directed over 100 adult movies and several music videos. I started filming a mainstream series this week about haunted places and pre-production on a short I am directing in Tulsa (Oklahoma).
Trump has spent his life bullying whoever is in his way, including everyone he battled for the Republican nomination in 2016, but you never cowered. How difficult has it been to stand up to Trump?
I think it was easier for me because I already had a thick skin from my years in the adult business. I didn’t have anything to lose such as social standing or a job or any close family members who could be fired.
It has still been very difficult and scary. The full story of the things I’ve been through will come to light soon, and no one is prepared for what I have to say.
How vindicated did you feel after FBI agents raided Michael Cohen’s office and uncovered the documents indicating that Trump did pay you?
It was definitely a good day, but not as good as Cohen’s day in court.
Who is more detestable, Trump or Cohen?
Trump. At least Cohen eventually told the truth and is not continuing to do harm to the world.
What surprised you about Trump, good and bad?
That he became president. I think a lot of us were in shock about that. He told me from his own mouth he didn’t want to be president. I can’t think of anything good anymore.
What was it like appearing on “Saturday Night Live” playing yourself against Alec Baldwin’s Trump?
It was a dream come true. “SNL” has always been my favorite show. My dream job is to be a writer on the show.
How cool was it to be part of such an iconic show, and what celebrity encounters will you never forget?
Super cool. Spending time under the stands watching with Lorne Michaels is just epic.
You’ve been in a number of non-adult productions such as “The 40-Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” Would you like to be in more mainstream projects?
I don’t really care to become a mainstream actress, but I’d love to direct.
What’s your dream cast for a film you would like to direct?
This is going to be a very strange answer, but my dream cast would include Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Tommy Pistol, Michael Vegas, Denver Nicks, Kate McKinnon and Lexi Belle.
How crazy is your story going from a challenging childhood to success in the entertainment industry to standing up to the president and having such a platform?
On a scale of 1 to 10? A solid 20!
Who will you vote for?
I’m not telling.
Will Trump be re-elected?
What do you do for fun?
I love going to concerts.
If you could see one recording artist, live or dead, who would it be?
Since you’ve entered the world of Hollywood, what celebrity did you meet that blew your mind?
My Edward Norton story is my favorite. No, I won’t tell it here. No, it was not sexual in any way.
What’s something we don’t know about Stormy Daniels?
Cruise ships terrify me!
Was it cathartic writing your book?
No. It was horrifying (laughs).
Why is there only one photo of you in your book?
I honestly don’t even know why that one is in there. It was never discussed with the publisher. I find it as odd as you do.
How do you deal with paparazzi?
I start taking photos of them and repeating their questions back to them. They hate it!
If you ever run into Donald Trump again, what will you say to him?
How ya like me now, bitch?!
What will happen to him after he is no longer president?
If I could predict the future, I wouldn’t be in this mess!
How will you advise your daughter to navigate through life?
To stay true to herself and trust very, very selectively, if at all. Always listen to your gut. Be kind. Live her truth. Be fearless. Love fiercely.
I’m going to continue trying to take over the world – just kidding! Get to work promoting my makeup line with Heaux Cosmetics and getting the word out about Storm the Vote.
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