You’ve seen her. Maybe it was on Showtime or Cinemax. It was late at night and you happened upon a low budget softcore flick like “Black Widow Escort,” or “The Seductress.” Or you may have seen her on the recent edition of PBS’s “Frontline” where she appeared talking about her work posing nude on online pay sites. Either way, Shauna O’Brien has been a ubiquitous presence on the B-movie scene for the last ten years, with no signs of slowing down.

O’Brien’s first big break was scoring the highly-coveted gig of Penthouse Pet (under the name “Stevie Jean”) back in January, 1992. The tall, striking brunette has since parlayed that exposure into a lengthy career as a sex object in B-movies and swinging cable television offerings like “Kama Sutra” and the wonderfully named “Beverly Hills Bordello.”

Early in her career she had roles in such fare as “Seduce Me: Pamela Principle 2″ and “Wild Malibu Weekend.” But it was “Friend of the Family” (1995) that was her breakout role. In the film she plays Elke Taylor, a leggy friend of the “Stillman Family” who moves in with them and solves all their problems by seducing them one by one. Now that’s what I call a friend!

“Friend of the Family” lead to more starring roles in flicks like “Fugitive Rage,” “Striking Resemblance,” “Desirable Liaisons,” “Summer Temptations 2,” and–you guessed it: “Friend of the Family II.” For her part, O’Brien seems realistic about her place in the B-movie food chain, and doesn’t expect to be a huge star anytime soon.

However, she has branched out by co-producing a video and by starting her own production company. “We are planning numerous projects right know, she says. “It’s just a matter of what we want to do first. I will be producing, directing and starring in most of these ventures in the beginning.

So, even a decade into a career in a genre that — for most actresses — is short-lived, it looks as though Shauna O’Brien may well be around for some time to come…


Posted on January 10, 2005 in Interviews by

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