Ex-Porn Star Belladonna Goes Mainstream In Hollywood Film 'Inherent Vice'

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It's not easy for a porn star to crack Hollywood, but porn legend Belladonna may just be about to do it.

The 33-year-old, who has been going by her real name Michelle Sinclair since she stopped performing in porn in 2012, has a non-sexual supporting part in Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, which opened in theatres this week to positive reviews.

Even better is that Sinclair's part is reportedly bigger than some of her A-list co-stars, like Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, and Maya Rudolph, who are apparently barely featured in the film at all.

"I play a character named Clancy Charlock, and I am the sister of Glenn Charlock [Christopher Allen Nelson], and I am trying to find out more information about my brother's murder," Sinclair told AVN. "And so I go to Joaquin Phoenix's character, Doc Sportello, in hopes that he can give me some help. I have just about five minutes [of screen time], and most of my dialogue is with Joaquin. Near the end I have a little bit with Maya Rudolph, which was really exciting. It's a pretty big chunk there, for it being my first major motion picture."

Sinclair, who was once known as porn's most controversial performer for memorably taking a baseball bat up the butt (yes, seriously!) and filming scenes while pregnant, has plans to continue pursuing mainstream roles in the future.

"I'd like to explore more roles and take more acting classes so I can learn, she said. "I'm sure I have so much I can do and so much to learn. The good thing about me is I'm so comfortable in front of the camera, so that makes it so much easier."

If Sinclair can keep the roles coming, then she'll join an extremely small group of ex-porn stars who managed to successfully crossover into Hollywood, which so far only really consists of Sasha Grey and Traci Lords.

Besides Belladonna, porn's most recent crossover success story is Sunny Leone, who used her Indian background to break into Bollywood as both a singer and an actress.

Anyway, check out the Inherent Vice trailer below.

[Via AVN]

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