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Tera Patrick on the Valley, Vegetarian Eats & the Biz
Tera Patrick is one of the world's most famous and hottest porn stars. She's a brand name on and off screen and has earned that right through her hard work as a performer and as a business woman (her production company, Teravision, is her main business). Tonight, a new business venture of hers begins as she releases a mens t-shirt line with PJE Los Angeles at Opera/Crimson's weekly Wednesday night party (they will be sold online and in select boutiques).
The Tera inspired, movie-themed t-shirts feature photos of Tera with references to Dirty Harry (photo below), Wonder Woman, Easy Rider and others. Her husband Evan Seinfeld, who she's also writing a book with, took the photos.
The couple live in the San Fernando Valley and it is not necessarily because it plays ground zero for the adult entertainment industry. "I love the valley, it's my favorite spot. I lived in West Hollywood for a while and couldn't wait to get back in the Valley. I'm really happy in the 818," Patrick explained to LAist in an interview. "I have a beautiful house here, I really like the accessibility of the valley and dealing with less traffic."
The Dirty Harry T-Shirt
However, there's one thing she forces her to consistently climb over the hill. "I'm a vegetarian are there are better vegetarian restaurants on the Westside." Real Food Daily is her favorite haunt in that part of town, but for the Valley, she loves Follow Your Heart and Leonor's Vegetarian Mexican. But Tera keeps her out-and-about eating to a minimum since she says her assistant is a great veggie cook who often does up stir fries with tempeh and tofu at home.
Outside of home and off-screen, Patrick, who has been in the industry for eight years, works with the The Free Speech Coalition. "I think free speech is definitely our most important right to being the citizen living here in America. There is a big taskforce that the government has implemented against the Adult Insturty. It's trying to take away our right to continue to film movies and our right to continue to work in the industry. The The Free Speech Coalition goes to battle for us in that -- they are the political voice for the industry."
More internal to the industry, she also works with Adult Industry Medical Healthcare in Sherman Oaks. It is the leading industry nonprofit that tests performers for STDs every 30 days, provides counseling and other health services. When asked about a movement within the industry about safe-sex only companies and how Teravision fits into that, Patrick she believes in the 30-day mandate. "I will be honest with you. Yes you do run a certain risk when you are not being tested every day, but I don't think that could be possible. Teravision used to be a condom-only company but sales were very, very low and we got feedback from fans. So we went no-condom."
Patrick says Teravision is doing very well these days and that she's currently working on a deal for a her own burlesque show at a casino in Las Vegas. But what about the Valley? She moved here in 1994, hasn't left and has no plans to. "I'll be going back and forth," she said confidently.