Leo Sweetwood Exclusive: How He Avoids Drama, What He Thinks Of Barebacking, And Why You Shouldn’t Slut Shame Him

Posted August 8, 2014 by with 28 comments

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He tops, he bottoms, he sings, he smiles, he makes you laugh, and best of all, he gets you hard. Leo Sweetwood is arguably one of the best versatile performers of 2014, and Str8UpGay porn recently checked in with him to see how his return to gay porn was going (he took a brief hiatus in 2012/2013 to join the Marine Corps Reserve), and what to expect from him for the rest of the year.

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Str8UpGayPorn: Hi Leo! So, you recently relocated to New York from San Antonio. What’s something you can do in NYC that you can’t do in San Antonio?
Leo Sweetwood: Drink! Alcohol stops at 2 a.m.< in Texas and 4 a.m. in New York City. I’m not a big drinker, but it gives me a chance to hang out with my friends more on the weekends.

You recently had a break from porn. What kind of changes did you notice in the industry after being gone and coming back?
Mainly just different performers developed and were more popular. I’m still very new to the industry and am still learning. I’m trying to get my name out there and show people and studios what I can do as a performer.

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What kind of gay porn did you watch growing up, before you became a porn star yourself? Any favorite performers?
I watched Falcon and Raging Stallion a lot, and my favorite performer at the time (and he still is), is Leo Giamani. And, he’s the reason my name is Leo.

If you could trade places with one other gay porn star for a day, who would you trade with and why?
I would love to trade places with Austin Wolf. It would be fun for me to be that big and tall for a day. He has one of the best bodies I’ve seen. He’s also very well liked and respected within the industry, so I look up to him a lot. I would probably walk around the house naked all day!

Great idea! Do you watch your own gay porn scenes?
I don’t watch my own scenes because I am my own worst critic. Other people will see something as “hot,” and as a performer I’ll think of ways I could’ve made it better.

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Do you think all gay porn will eventually be bareback?
I hope not. Growing up I watched Falcon a lot, and what I saw was condoms in every scene. When you’re young, you’re very impressionable by what you see and your surroundings, so when I lost my virginity and became sexually active there was no question that I would practice safe sex. What some studios fail to realize is that not all the people watching their scenes know about condoms, diseases, or alternative forms of prevention. Now, I’m not saying studios that shoot bareback are bad, the majority of them do full screening tests on all their performers and only put models of the same status together, or they let their scene partners know the other’s status prior to the scene to make sure all performers are comfortable.

So I take it you won’t be going bareback anytime soon?
No, currently I do not wish to do a bareback scene. Safe sex in porn protects the performers, and it shows the viewers that condoms can still be hot.

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What are some things you would never do on camera for a gay porn scene?
Well, obviously bareback is a big one. And then some of the extreme fetishes, like scat play.

All of the attention you’ve received has been so positive and drama-free. How do you avoid “porn drama” and not end up having crazy stories written about you?
I think I haven’t gotten much negative feedback because I don’t talk about people in a damaging way or indulge in unnecessary drama. If I critique you in anyway it would come from a place of love, and it would be to better yourself as a person. I try to make light of any subject or situation and have fun with whatever it is I am doing, and I only surround myself with people I like, look up to, or can learn from.

That reminds me of one of your close friends, performer Eli Lewis. Is he really as much of a slut as he seems to be?
Yes! Just kidding, Eli is a very “just love” kind of person but I wouldn’t call him a slut. In this day and age when we are becoming more sexually free, we shouldn’t “slut shame.” He’s my best friend, so I unfortunately only have good things to say about him.

What would you say to someone who’s constantly letting their private drama become part of their public life?
Whatever struggles, baggage, or drama happens in your private life should stay behind closed doors. You’re a professional, so act like it.

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What’s the weirdest/most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened in your career?
In my first scene back with Falcon, I “had an accident” on set with my scene partner Andrew Justice. He handled it like a professional and we still ended up having a fun scene. But at the time, I was beyond embarrassed.

You’re so cute, and I was surprised to hear you didn’t have a boyfriend. What do you look for in a guy, and why are you single?
I don’t have a “type” of guy that I look for, or a certain body type, age, or ethnicity that I prefer over the others. I look for a genuine guy that is stable in whatever profession he’s in—or has an idea and a plan as to what he wants to do in life—has a fun sense of humor, and will love me the way I am. I’m not looking for a boyfriend right now because I feel I get a lot of love and intimacy from my friends and the people I surround myself with. Also, the less people know about a relationship, the better. So there is really no reason to have a “labeled” boyfriend.

If a guy really wanted to get your attention in a bar or a club and impress you, what would he have to do?
Come up to me and say “Hi my name is…”

Leo-Sweetwood-in-a-gay-porn-film-for-Hot-HouseWhat are three songs you’ve been listening to over and over and over again recently?
“Sowhahaponwuz,” by ChiChi LaRue, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and “Life of The Party” by Shawn Mendes.

Chris Pratt or Ryan Gosling?
Ryan! I’m still waiting for him and I to have a “Notebook” moment.

Beyoncé or Lady Gaga?
Beyoncé— she’s QUEEN!

Vanilla or Chocolate?
I down with the swirl!

Truvada or condoms?
Condoms.

Spit or swallow?
My chest.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do before you go to bed?
I watch an episode of something on Netflix to wake up, and to fall asleep.

What can we expect to see you doing for the rest of 2014?
Hopefully more scenes, and I would love to be an exclusive with a top company.

Finally, I’m obsessed with your Instagrams and Vines, and I guess this isn’t really a question, but do you have a favorite clip that I can post to end this interview?
Post whatever you want as long as I look good!

OK, that won’t be a problem!

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  • DeanD

    Leo Sweetwood really is the hotness but like Luke Adams, studios can’t seem to figure out how to best feature them.

    • michael

      You’re exactly right with this comment especially when it comes to Luke Adams. In his scenes at NDS he appeared so much hotter but, as soon as he left them he became boring. Considering NDS is one of the worse studios producing gay porn it just seems bizarre.

  • Ed Woody

    I didn’t think anyone still had the sense that he expresses re condoms in porn. Thank you.

    • 1RealityCheck

      Let’s hope he doesn’t succumb to the pressure from the industry

  • He seems great. Very diplomatic. And hot, obviously. His work with Kink was fantastic, I hope he continues with the rough stuff. Perfect bottom. The only thing missing is swallowing!

  • Rico Ruiz

    While not one of my favorites, he is a good looking guy. I particularly like his response to bareback in gay porn. He hit the nail on the head by pointing out the fact that many younger gay guys are very impressionable by what they see in porn. Who else is going teach you about the “taboo” of gay sex?

  • JJ24

    Does anyone else find it sad that we need to rely on porn to teach younger guys about condoms? When the fuck are schools going to realize we need comprehensive sex ed.

    • Dutch Courage

      You can teach younger guys about condoms (as done in The Netherlands and many other West European countries) but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to use them.

      • 1RealityCheck

        But at least it will make some of them aware. Knowledge is power. The USA is still so squeamish and afraid about sexuality in general

      • JJ24

        I was speaking about America where most schools never speak of condoms and refer to not having sex as safe sex *cough the south cough*. In a few schools they even lie about condoms not working and only preventing pregnancy not STD’s. I am also aware that educating them isn’t going to guaranty they use them but the chances go of them using them goes up if they are at least educated on them.

    • Luca

      yes sure, because teenage boys listen at everything is taught them at school…

    • 1RealityCheck

      Well there’s still no sex education in most schools for hetero sex. I dont even know where I learned about sex. Definitely not in school or home. Most gay media these days glamorizes condom free sex and says it’s no big risk. Young people didn’t live thru the AIDS crisis. I remember in the 90s being terrified of gay sex and 2 people I knew telling me I was a prude & not enjoying my life. These were 2 of my role models and first people I knew who were gay who helped me when I was suicidal over the thought. Sadly they both were dead before 35

      • JJ24

        I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I actually didn’t live through the AIDS crisis, i’m 24 but have seen and read enough on it to know how horrific it was. You are also dead on about the media and mindset that it is no big deal. I’ve actually heard guys around my age talking it like it’s nothing(any STD) last week I heard a guy say “Everything is curable so if I get something I get a pill and clear it up” needless to say I corrected him quick about it all being curable.

        • Zealot

          I wish more younger men had your attitude in terms of HIV/AIDS. Yes, that period of our history was awful. Having experienced that era and many horrific deaths of close friends I can vouch for the fact that the prospect of sex became frightening, even with condoms and following safer sex practices. I rejoice at the new drug therapies (again, hard fought-for and won by gay men who were out in the streets, many dying of AIDS, demanding that drug companies push research and get drugs to us more quickly), and hope AIDS is never the scourge it once was. But it was a cavalier attitude about sex and protecting ourselves (as well as educating ourselves) in the beginning that allowed it to flourish. I think my frustrations about bare backing and PrEP have to do with not fully trusting science as having our best interests at heart (it doesn’t). I don’t want to stigmatize anyone, but just as importantly, I don’t want to see another out of control STI striking down gay men (and others) in the prime of their lives. Been there, done that, and it is unimaginably terrifying.

          • JJ24

            Thanks, I to wish more young men and women were considered with sexual safety.
            It’s pretty mind boggling that anyone thinks of an STI or HIV/AIDS in such a nonchalant way. I mean seriously even if it’s treatable/even curable it’s still something you should avoid getting at all costs.

    • Amen. And all these people who blame porn seem to forget porn in ENTERTAINMENT not sexual education 101. Banning bareback porn is not gonna do any good so I don’t get why some people like Michael Weinstein seem to want to continue down that road. It will end up like the war on drugs a waste of money and a failure.

  • JJ24

    Oh and Leo seems like a really great guy which tops off his perfect ass and body.

  • nodoubtfan

    No mention of Leo Sweetwood as Peter Pretty? http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePeterPretty

  • Luca

    Wow, first the features interview at TheSword and now here, he must have a hell of a PR!

    • Ed Woody

      Are you new? That’s how the industry works.

      • Luca

        it’s rare to see two extensive interviews in two renowned gay porn blogs at such a short time distance

        • 1RealityCheck

          It also helps that blogs get $ from studios

  • 1RealityCheck

    Glad to hear someone advocate for Condom usage & admit from personal experience that porn is influential in people’s decisions. Like it or not, it’s how many men learn about gay sex. That little billboard warning isn’t even seen by most
    Not sure it’s surprising someone doing porn doesnt have a boyfriend. Not many people could deal (or want to) with that. I sure wouldnt want the person I love having sex, esp on film, with dozens of random men. Maybe I’m becoming the minority view.

  • I guess the butch Marines have not rubbed off on him because he’s a big queen in a few of his Vines that I watched. He must have been so happy when Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ended.

  • Casey Scott

    His Vines are great!

  • VWELndMale

    Condoms are not hot, and never will be to me. That’s why so many studios have gone bareback. They were losing so many viewers to what started out as underground studios.

  • Leo

    Isn’t it ironic that he fucked bareback with Killian James in a RBLive show?

  • Greninja

    I think people are forgetting the age that we live in. I was in high school in the mid 2000’s and if I wanted to know something I googled it. The internet taught me everything I needed to know about gay sex, good and bad.