Rocco Steele Exclusive: What He Thinks Of Chi Chi, Condoms Vs. Bareback, And Having The Biggest Cock In Gay Porn

Posted May 20, 2015 by with 45 comments

rocco steeleI’ve been wanting to interview Rocco Steele ever since Str8UpGayPorn launched over a year ago. Now, after the planets aligned, the emails and DMs were exchanged, and the questions were asked and answered, I can finally publish that interview.

Rocco Steele’s career has skyrocketed this past year unlike any other performer’s I’ve seen in recent memory, but could the mammoth-cocked and award-winning star be stepping away from the camera before the end of 2015? Rocco Steele talks early retirement, the difference between shooting with and without condoms, Chi Chi LaRue’s unique directing style, and a lot more in this Str8UpGayPorn exclusive.

gif_im_color_dither_111_596aeda16eStr8UpGayPorn: Hi Rocco! You’ve been so successful in both bareback and condom porn this past year, but there are some who think that performers who work in bareback porn should only work in bareback porn, while performers who work in condom porn should only work in condom porn. Is that even realistic?
Rocco Steele: I don’t think it’s realistic at all. I have a hard time with studios who treat bareback models—who happen to be talented and can potentially make money for the studio—as pariahs. There aren’t many, but I think we know who I’m referring to. I know what people are buying. The young dudes want realistic looking porn—stuff that reflects what they are doing or want to be doing. The old guard in place at some of these studios won’t budge, but they’re not making the money they could be making. I’ve been fortunate to have started with small bareback studios and then been able to work with larger condom studios as well, such as Raging Stallion and Chi Chi.

And they’re obviously fine working with models who perform in bareback scenes.
They get it. They realize that what I did outside of their studio is not impacting what I do INSIDE their studio in a negative way. If anything, I bring some of my bareback fans over because it’s all about a sexy scene, and not about whether there’s latex on my penis. My cock is still penetrating a hot ass and that’s hot regardless.

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So what do you say to critics of so-called “crossover” stars who work in bareback and condom porn?
First of all, it’s nobody’s fucking business but the model’s. Everybody has as opinion about what they think is right for somebody else. Here’s what I say: Do what you have to do to make money and make a name for yourself. When I started a year ago, Ray Dragon and Raging Stallion were the only two condom studios willing to hire me and take a chance on me. Here I was this older dude who came out of nowhere, so I get it—studios probably weren’t sure what to do with me at first, so I wasn’t getting a lot of work. As a result, I had to make the decision quickly: Was I going to hold out for the day Titan might call me or do I take the bareback offers coming at me right and left? Because I knew my time in porn was limited, I opted to take the bareback work. It was not only lucrative but it was the best thing I could have done. There is so much competition out there, and now there seems to be so many “gay for pay” actors taking our jobs as well. We all have the right to work. I think things are changing so rapidly in porn and we, as models, need to move fast and seize the opportunities or they might pass us by.

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And as hot as your bareback scene ares (the one with Armond Rizzo is one of my all time faves) your condom scenes are hot, too. You recently filmed a movie with Chi Chi LaRue, who is very pro-condom. Did she offer you any opinion on your work in bareback porn?
Before my scene, I was fortunate enough to get to know Chi Chi as a friend and a partner in the industry. I adore her. Anyway, we talked at great length about my doing a scene for her and what her views used to be versus what they are now. Chi Chi, like myself, has seen how HIV and AIDS ravaged our community back in the 80s and 90s, so I get it. I totally understand why Chi Chi has been so rigid in her views about safe sex and promoting it in her videos. She hasn’t changed her views but rather, slightly adjusted them to include models like myself who have done bareback in the past. She doesn’t judge me for my decisions but is only concerned that I promote safe sex on her set and in her videos. That’s all she asks. She keeps her integrity and I get to work for a legend.

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That’s a win-win, as Chi Chi is still considered the best of the best. What does she do differently as a director that other directors don’t do?
Oh my God! Working for Chi Chi was my favorite experience to date. From the first phone call where we booked the shoot to the the moment she screamed “we got it…it’s a wrap,” she was funny and kind and nurturing and professional. Chi Chi is very maternal in real life and as a director. Also, I knew it was going to be a great experience because everybody I spoke to sang her praises as a director and as a professional. The thing that I fucking love about Chi Chi is her directing style. She sits in a separate room watching a monitor and she shouts out direction. Her production crew affectionately gives her grief about it but I loved it, and I wished she did more of it. I don’t need to be heavily directed, but it was cool because she’s like a porn cheerleader and her direction is always positive. She makes it so much fun.

It sounds like it was a great shoot. Tell me about your scene partner, Casey Everett?
Yes, overall, it was my favorite scene to shoot because it was with Chi Chi. My scene partner, Casey Everett, was sexy and sweet. He was the perfect boy to my daddy. A lot of guys struggle with my size. He was like, “I’m doing this dammit,” and he did. He never once winced. We had a great connection from the minute we met.

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In terms of doing your job as a performer, does it really make that much of a difference whether it’s condom porn or bareback porn? Is it more difficult to “complete” a scene (i.e., cum) if you’re wearing a condom?
Shooting porn is all about the positions and the angles and trying to establish and maintain chemistry with your partner. This can be the part that is challenging, not whether I am wearing a condom or not. Whether it’s condom or bareback makes no difference. I can have the chemistry and can create “magic” regardless. If the chemistry is there, I could “complete” the scene wearing a metal sheath over my penis.

LOL! Will you continue to work in both bareback and condom scenes going forward?
I am actually trying to do 50/50 from now on. I’ve said before that I do NOT want to be known as “the daddy or the king of bareback porn.” I’m trying to shake that. I don’t want to glamorize bareback over safe sex. I have younger fans and followers and I don’t want anybody looking at my porn and making a decision to put themselves at risk because they saw me doing it. I want people to know that I enjoy condoms as well, and I discourage the risky behavior that increases chances of transmission of HIV or other STDs.

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You recently won the coveted Mr. International Hookie award, as well as the trophy for Best Cock. I’ve always wondered, does winning those awards bring in more clients and raise your profile, or are they just for fun?
They definitely have brought in more clients. The flipside of that is that it also invites guys from all over the world contacting me and asking me when I am visiting their country—and marriage proposals, LOL. I wake up every morning to approximately 25 emails from all over the world. I go through each and every one of them and it takes time, but it’s all part of being Mr. International. Overall, it has also brought me more business here in the states. Most of the time, if I travel, I don’t even have to put up a travel ad. If people know I’m in their respective city for whatever event, they know to go to my profile to get my contact info.

You’re also up for multiple Grabbys this weekend, and you’re likely to take home at least one award. Of your six nominations—Best Newcomer, Best Top, Hottest Cock, Group Scene, Manly Man, Fan Favorite—which one would you like to win the most, and why?
This is a tough question because the diplomatic response is that there are so many deserving guys up there for any of these categories, and a win in any of these categories is an honor. The real Rocco “gut” response is that it would be nice to be recognized as Best Newcomer. I really have worked my dick off this year. I shot over 60 scenes, traveled to Europe four times, amassed 60,000 Twitter followers, won Mr. International, and started my own content website. So, I would like to win something that I had to work at. Best Cock is nice, but lets face it, I was born with that. But listen, I have lots of friends up for this category and they deserve it as well, so honestly, I will be happy for whoever wins. And if i take home anything, it would be an honor to be recognized by the industry.

IMG_2343You mentioned your new website, where you’re filming and releasing your own scenes. Does this mean you’re going to be appearing less in studio scenes and focusing on your own content?
I planned to shoot less this year no matter what, but I still want to and plan on shooting with my favorite studios, such as Raging and Kink, and TimTales over in Barcelona. My website came out of nowhere really. I didn’t know two months ago I would be doing this. I have to update my site weekly which, right now, means I’m in everything. My site is not meant to compete with studios and is very different than what the more established studios offer.

How do you see it evolving in the coming months?
It’s like “Tim Kruger meets Xtube.” It’s like Tim because, right now, I am the sole top. But it’s like XTube because the feel and vibe of it is is very “homespun.” I operate on a shoestring budget and my concept is very simple: It’s Rocco fucking, and it’s Rocco jerking off. Thankfully, people are buying my videos because people want to see me doing these things. I hope to grow and develop my site into something maybe a little bit more elaborate, but right now, this “low-overhead” business model is working. And thankfully, people love watching stuff that feels more homemade and organic, like that POV clip I did with Max Cameron and his boyfriend. We are seeing the industry evolve with the success of Deviant Otter and Maverick Men, and they’ve proven that you don’t need elaborate locations or concepts to be successful. I am inspired by them.

So in addition to the site, what can fans expect from you in the coming year?
I want to phase out of performing in the next 6-12 months, and only produce and direct. I am directing my first big video for Ray Dragon in June. He approached me and asked me to do it, and I’m so excited. I wrote the script and he let me cast three of the scenes myself. So, hopefully this experience will allow me to move more in this direction. I mentioned a year ago I would only do this for about a year, so the way I see it, I’m now on borrowed time. It’s time to see what’s the next big thing for Rocco.

I’ll be watching, as I know everyone else will, too. Thanks, Rocco!

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[C1R: Rocco Steele Fucks Casey Everett in Daddy Issues]

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  • FrenchBug

    Is “homespun” a nice way to say “misframed, shaky and poorly lit”?

  • Well he will leave a large body of work when he does retire. Great interview Zach.

  • KC

    Eh this needed better questions. Nothing really personal asked just some promotional fluff questions.
    Awww feel I like this guy. We need more like him around and be done with this G4P lamers already.

    • n24rc

      From what I’ve heard here and in other places, even the “gay” guys are bastards. So what difference does it make at this point if some guy is “straight”?

      I have to say, if someone shows up does their job safely and respects other models then sure they should perform, if they look good too. But this guy isn’t any of the above.

      • McM.

        A problem I have is how the concept of G4P is presented in a way that minimizes actual gay men and gay sex. It pedestalizes straight men. It sends a message they are more desirable than gay men, and G4P performers are socially and financially rewarded above openly homosexual performers in the industry simply for engaging in acts that come naturally to gay men.

  • Zealot

    What I find most interesting from among Rocco’s comments were mentions of there being no difference in how sex feels to him with or without condoms; and that he wouldn’t want others emulating his behavior and take unnecessary risks which could expose themselves to HIV or other STIs. I’m just trying to reconcile those sentiments with his continuing to do bareback porn unapologetically. I think I might feel differently if there were disclaimers prefacing Rocco’s bareback scenes stating that the performers were tested and using preventative medications shown effective in some studies to prevent transmission of HIV (along with a disclaimer that these studies are preliminary and these drugs do not demonstrate any efficacy in preventing transmission of other STIs). Like Rocco mentioned of Chi Chi, I too lost loved ones and close friends during the early years of HIV/AIDS and while it may be considered a manageable affliction now, that’s no excuse to be careless and ignore our health while enjoying a healthy sex life. I know mine isn’t a terribly popular view at the moment, but it comes from a place of caring and concern. Despite weighing the costs of contracting HIV now versus those of 30 years ago, it still makes sense to me for gay men to value and protect their health.

    • n24rc

      It’s called lying to save face. The more I learn about this industry the more I wish it would collapse.

    • I completely AGREE with you..

      For me many scenes that are coming out nowadays are bareback “first” and sex “second or third”…the numerous fetishes have overtaken the ideal of actually having sex…

      1. bareback=check
      2. ass to mouth=check
      3. over the top verbalizations=check
      4. creampies=check
      5. gayforpay or straight acting=check

      ….feel free to add to the list….

      Now if you can manage it…have sex….

      • disqus_9xayOTnP13

        Right now the industry is just trying to stay afloat in the tube site world.

        Quality dipped when video was able to be watched full screen (15″) over the internet too.

        What we need is porn’s version of a self actualized Don Drapper.

        • Agreed on many points (except Don Drapper (not my kind of man but variety is the spice of life) especially about the quality that was reduced to the fact that porn is watched on a computer screen…

          I admit that I have not paid for porn in many years (I stopped when Patrick left Seancody and I got married); many of the pay sites are definitely hit or miss and mostly miss…

          Also you mention there are SO many tube sites out there in addition there are many amateurs making some pretty hot scenes right in their bedrooms…

          • disqus_9xayOTnP13

            Although I am curious about Hamm’s little ham, but I meant Drapper’s ability to see the new direction to go. Sadly he had screen writers that had 20/20 hindsight.

          • I think that porn has reached its highest peak…the reality is that the formula is simple…people having sex, there is not more than that…no matter what the industry says and does there has NOT been much variances since it’s inception…just how it is delivered…sure it went from live shows, to arcades, to VHS/DVD and now on the computer…but alas it is ALL the same…there is not going to be any interactive component that would be cost prohibitive…the reality is for many they should get a large storage device, download and secure their bounty… and call it done…

          • disqus_9xayOTnP13

            At about $25/terabyte, to be honest that is what I do, buy three months and download the vidz, but I don’t upload them to sharing sites (too lazy/stingy), and then watch them when I am up in the cabin at the high altitude pastures.

            But then I am old enough to still have a functioning BetaMax and cleaned out a Vid store on Santa Monica Blvd. when they sold off all their beta tapes 25 for a sawbuck.

            I hope we will see a resurgence in the industry, once they figure out a new way to monetize their products.

          • I too NEVER upload or share for the same reasons that you state…

            I have a 2TB of porn and that sustains me when I want to view something…some old classics but very few in recent years…many of the performers due to a lot of reasons (such as editing and the location of the videos) just did not turn my crank

          • Jon Hamm…does nothing for me…

          • n24rc

            Yes. Patrick was pretty much the signal that the company had to raise it’s bar and get more guys of his quality – that lasting until about two years ago. Patrick was amazing, and it was annoying he left after two or three scenes(probably saved his appeal too). His girlfriend probably had kids with him, and didn’t care that he did gay porn because some woman’s self esteem and worth are only in their status as girlfriends and wives. Clearly feminism hasn’t worked.

          • I have NEVER bought that entire story that he was straight…maybe I am a dreamer…but YES this is what I talking about…I did not want nor need to have this “straight’ back story…I just wanted to see a HOT guy having HOTTER sex…I got tired of hearing at every introduction on SeanCody…”so this is your first time”…”are you straight”…”are you nervous”…blah blah blah…just give me HOT sex…

            Some gay men want to grab onto marriage because it is FINALLY available but their hearts, minds, dicks and asses are not into for the long haul…but rather the checked box of “I am married”

          • andrew

            Patrick did fourteen scenes.

          • n24rc

            I never counted. I’ve only ever seen three in my life. It was so long ago too. I thought it was brief. Unless, I’m mistaken with the person I’m thinking about.

    • bob80

      Honestly people who engage in bareback sex with strangers in their private lives are just idiots. There is a lot of awareness about HIV and STD, at some point people just have to take responsablity for their actions. I love bareback porn but I’m not an imbecile who’s going to do the same in my sex life. Same goes for violent movies and video games, they’re fantasy, not excuses to misbehave.

      • Agreed it is less about bareback sex and the question has to be asked of people: Why do you participate in a behavior with a stranger or virtual stranger that could alter your health…gay men (for that matter ALL men) are learning the correct lingo to have bareback sex…”I am undetectable or I am on PreP’,…”...I think this is the question that people are not asking and the gay community has been polarized against bareback sex and rather…I tend to go to the source which is the behavioral code/actions that led up to it….also considering the amount of money of these medications and in addition that many DO NOT have adequate insurance to cover these expensive medications why do it…no this is not sex shaming but rather stating things as a wake up call because many like to state this as such but awareness CAN and SHOULD be present before, during and after a sexual encounter.

  • Alan Keddie

    Now, there’s a face only a mother could love

    • disqus_9xayOTnP13

      Face not bad, great eyes, but I am getting burned out on tats. Are they to 2000-teens version of 501’s, plaid shirts and pornstashes, just near permanent?

    • Derek

      LOL. Pot, meet kettle.

      • Alan Keddie

        fuck you, cunt. ‘Lol’

  • sxg

    Good interview Zach, always like how detailed your questions are. He seems a bit more moody here than in other past interviews.

    • drumblair

      I thought so as well, at times it sounded like he was grumpy/pissed off.

  • Pascal

    This interview was brought to you by ‘Kids Gloves’.

    ‘Kids Gloves, when fawning just isn’t enough’

    • That is exactly how I felt…but then again this is porn and not the Kissinger Tapes…

    • disqus_9xayOTnP13

      lesbian soft ball maybe. He got pretty deep on the subjects feelings about BB v. safer porn, without being confrontational.

      • Pascal

        The answer to the ‘crossover’ question maybe but seeing as Zachary’s brand is cuntiness x ‘subtle’ shade, I found this seriously lacking. What, no question about his favorite hair dye?

  • Todd

    60 scenes in a year said it all for me ………..

  • Bob Bilbert

    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww. as long as his partners are informed of his status- LE- then I suppose it’s all good.He’s still gross looking

  • Donkeyteefus

    Rocco is so hot and he is my favorite top. There have been fewer and fewer “fucking in a bed” scenes as that shoe polish in his hair would get all over the sheets. he should go back to salt n pepa.

  • Ed Woody

    I find him to be physically one of the most repulsive and unattractive people ever to have gotten into the business. I’m quite glad about that – it proves to me that my size queen tendencies are not all-consuming, and I won’t go for somebody with a face like a bag of chopped ferrets just because he’s got a big dick.

    Also, his justifications for his actions are internally inconsistent, as Zealot clearly points out.

    So really, not a fan in any way.

    • Alan. P. (Hansen)

      Agreed. The perpetual tanning is turning him into one of those haggard, weathered skin muscle daddies parading shirtless at beer busts. Nice cock, but everything else a little too haggard.

  • Charly

    Rocco is a fucking gay porn sex God, period. If he quits porn i am going into major withdrawal. He has been a bridge between bareback and “safe” sex and I thank him for revitalizing stale gay porn through his honest and sexy performances. Intergenerational porn has come of age and Rocco has alot more asses to fill before he throws in the towel for the director’s chair. Rocco keep going as the top Daddy you are you audience is still hungry for more provocative and edgy scenes from you. Wed love a rematch with you and Armando and Flexx and there are some new Lucas boys for you to play with.

  • Nickolas

    I personally find Daddy Rocco so hot, but I rarely watch his scenes. Every single performer looks like they’re about to faint from being in so much pain, and some of them don’t fully clean out. I C U JAKE DECKARD.

    • FrenchBug

      Is it totally wrong that part of me think THAT (“looking like they are about to faint”) is kinda hot sometimes?

  • samIam

    yet more nauseating ass-licking of the hideous condom-nazi cunt CaCa LaRue.
    didn’t have much respect for such a blatant whore as Rocco before, got none now…

  • Cosmic

    Rocco Steele is living proof some guys become total idiots who will overlook anything as long as there’s a big dick involved.

  • numsh

    lo of course doing scenes with or without condoms wouldn’t matter to him to “complete a scene (i.e., cum)”. he always end up masturbating to cum.

  • Cosmic

    So does that mean all his scene partners are poz to? I was bummed out when I saw that Matt Stevenson barebacked with him.

  • Dont Tell

    What you only like to do disgusting illegals?

  • klausrosetoo

    Rocco Steele obviously does bottom but like most “tops” he just prefers to top but like all gay men is still naturally versatile, not sure how bottoming would hurt his career….but Like I say all the time….when the time comes and he’s comfortable enough to do it on film he will do it….I’m still waiting on Tim Kruger’s bottoming scene (And yes he’s openly admitted to being in a versatile relationship with his boyfriend and is even put as versatile in lucas entertainment)…..Noah Donovan on twitter admitted to bottoming on twitter after a small argument with some asain guy about all gay men being naturally vers (which I agree on completely)….sadly he deleted the tweets….but anyways I’m sure Rocco Steele will btm (I hope he will btm for a black guy….not noah donovan….his dick doesn’t look good on screen when fucking….just my opinion)