The number of adult performers who have transitioned from porn into the “mainstream” world of entertainment can pretty much be counted on one hand, with Jenna Jameson, Sasha Grey and Traci Lords being the best examples. Apart from Rocco Siffredi’s appearances in Catherine Breillat’s art-house films Romance and Anatomy of Hell all have been straight and female which makes the addition of our 2011 Rising Star Award recipient to this roster all the more astonishing.
Born on Halloween in 1986, Sean Paul Lockhart has already made quite a name for himself. He spent his childhood in the Seattle area where he discovered his love of film. Lockhart relocated to San Diego in his early teens and became involved with student and experimental film projects. He originally garnered attention -– and some controversy -– when he burst upon the gay adult scene as Brent Corrigan. After some scenes for a smaller studio, he was cast in Falcon’s blockbuster The Velvet Mafia before starring in and subsequently directing his own line which rocketed him to superstardom. (Brent Corrigan’s Heat was one
of TLAgay.com’s top-selling titles of last year.) He’s won several major awards in the adult arena – he was honored with “Best Bottom” two years running at the GAYVNs – and launched his own highly-trafficked website, TheNewBrentCorrigan.com. And all this with relatively few on-camera porn appearances; so when his films are released they’re met with near-manic huzzahs from his adoring fans.
An utter natural, it was only a matter of time before Lockhart took his love of film to the next level – and the “legit” film industry took notice right away. His role as Stan the Merman in the hit comedy Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! was one of the most-talked about of the year, followed by an appearance in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning Milk and Casper Andreas’ charming The Big Gay Musical. Lockhart’s boyish looks convey the rare combination of innocence and seduction, and this year will clearly be a breakout one via his two films screening at this year’s QFest: I Was a Teenage Werebear and Judas Kiss.
Fully at ease in front of the camera, Lockhart plays both dramatic and comedic roles comfortably and with conviction. Plus, he’s just so damned drool-inducing to look at. (His nearly 50,000 followers on Twitter fervently agree with all of the above.) So for being someone from the gay adult industry making the move so successfully to the mainstream world – and still embracing his roots – we are pleased to present this year’s Rising Star Award to Sean Paul Lockhart. -- Erik Schut