While it’s tempting to say “don’t call it a comeback,” that’s exactly what both Adam Film World and the X-Rated Critics Association did say when they gave exotic “SPEED” star and 2011 AVN nominee Kaylani Lei their Comeback Of The Year awards two years ago. The following year saw her career resurgence gathering more steam, with her lead in the erotic opus “The Wicked” earning her an AVN Best Actress nomination. It’s a return to splendor that’s been recognized by everyone from the Night Moves Adult Entertainment Awards to XBIZ. And she’s continuing to impress the critics, winning a 2010 AVN award with her Wicked sisters for Best All Girl Sex Scene for Brad Armstrong’s future-sex epic “2040.”
But while these raves appear to come to Ms. Lei with ease, her superstardom is the end result of a life marked by relentless ambition. Born in Singapore to Filipino parents, she made her home in Massachusetts, Virginia, Ohio, and Maine before taking a year off to compete in horse shows in Ireland. Soon thereafter, she began exploring the world of exotic dancing, and it was while performing in Las Vegas that she began considering a career in adult video. After moving to Los Angeles, she found immediate success in adult films, often working under the tutelage of Michael Raven. With performances in Raven’s high-tech fantasy “Angel X” and Jonathan Morgan’s “Wicked Auditions 2,” she began receiving acclaim from fans and critics alike. Impressed with her energy and charisma, Wicked Pictures Owner Steve Orenstein signed her to an exclusive contract.
Late 2003 saw Kaylani firmly established as a leading lady, thanks to the release of the first film of her Wicked contract, Raven’s “Blue Rain,” an erotic police drama that received press coverage in both AVN and on MTV. In 2004, Kaylani carried the lead in Brad Armstrong’s acclaimed “Eye of the Beholder,” an AVN Editor’s Choice. A frequent studio guest on both Playboy TV and mainstream radio, this sultry beauty also had a prominent role in rapper 50 Cent’s interactive DVD “Groupie Love,” which won AVN awards for both Best Interactive DVD and Best Music.
In her subsequent work as a leading lady, Kaylani brought both grace and humor to Stormy Daniels’ feature-directing debut, “One Night In Vegas,” while Armstrong’s “Sweatshop” benefited greatly from her winning stage presence. She’s also shined in such diverse titles as “Between The Sheets” and Raven’s ultra-stylish “Erotik.” And while she’s been a deeply sensual creature since the beginning of her career, her supremely confident performance in Armstrong’s epic “Curse Eternal” snared her a much-deserved 2007 AVN nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her hectic filming schedule, this charmer has also established herself as a hot red carpet attraction in Hollywood, stealing the show at such events as the “Cuties For Canines” Fundraiser. As an actress, she’s appeared in titles as diverse as Armstrong’s “The Accidental Hooker” and “House Of Wicked,” Morgan’s “Next,” Stormy Daniels’ “Operation Desert Stormy,” and Armstrong’s “Kaylani’s Fornic-Asian,” which received a 2010 AVN nom for Best Ethnic Release – Asian.
Thanks to projects like “SPEED,” the AVN / XBIZ Editor’s Choice “The Rocki Whore Picture Show: A Hardcore Parody,” “Sexy” and such upcoming epics as “The Countdown” and “Horizon,” Kaylani is at the peak of her career. Get in on the excitement for yourself today and follow this exotic superstar at www.twitter.com/kaylani_lei.