Steve Cruz. When I got serious about watching gay porn, I made a list of super star performers I had to see. At the top of that short list was Steve Cruz. The film I saw of his was Raging Stallion's Hotter than Hell. I became an instant fan. In front of the camera, Steve is something to behold. In my opinion, there are a few gay porn stars who even come close to the sheer charisma, raw sexuality and talent as Steve. Now, he makes magic behind the camera. When I saw Steve in Chicago this past May, I thought he never looked better, more relaxed (he's a self proclaimed workaholic) and super sexy. To me he's always been a rock star. He's been in some smoking hot porn. He's been champion for HIV awareness with How I Roll. And he plays bass. What more can you ask for?
Steve recently sat down with Handbook Men's Quarterly and shared some professional and personal tidbits. Steve calls Handbook a zine “full of lots of skin, some of it mine. Erotica for an edgier taste.” Steve certainly knows about edgy.
HandbookMen: If you had to choose between being an adult film actor or director which is more satisfying personally?
SC: “When I was younger I loved being the center of attention, I was a true performer. That satisfied who I was at the time. I turn 40 this year, my mind is more stimulated behind the camera now. I’ve fully embraced the place I am, it’s a healthy evolution. Both have been equally gratifying and right in the moment. I’m so lucky.”
HandbookMen: Did you get any resistance from family members once they knew of your career choice?
SC: “Mom doesn’t like it, even though it comes with a full benefits package and a 401K investment. Dad doesn’t mind as much. I’ve always gone my own way regardless of disapproval. It would be nice to be understood but that’s a luxury that sometimes impedes growth. I don’t need it to be happy. They love me and that counts.”
Read the rest of the interview on Handbook.