Nina Mercedez: Popular Demand
American pornographic actress Nina Mercedez has performed in over
eighty productions since entering the adult film industry in 2002. She
has received nine Adult Video News Award nominations, including one for
Best New Starlet in 2004. She has directed and produced several videos.
Mercedez started out as a featured dancer and then became a model
before signing with Vivid Entertainment in 2002. Since leaving Vivid in
2006, she has been a free agent. Through her production company,
“Heartbreaker Films,” in partnership with Exile
Distribution, she released “Nina Mercedez: Popular Demand”
in 2011, where she made her first double penetration sex
Mercedez was listed No. 46 on the Complex list of “The 50
Prettiest Porn Stars of All Time” and No. 24 on their list of
“The 25 Hottest Texan Women” both in 2010. In the following
year, she reached the 75th placing on their list of “The Top 100
Hottest Porn Stars (Right Now).”
Childhood and Family:
Nina Mercedez was born on November 10, 1977, in Corpus Christi, Texas,
as Marcia Villareal. Her grandmother is Italian and her father is
Mexican of Aztec extraction. She dropped out of
On August 19, 2004, Nina was married to Raymond Balboa.
So I Married a Porn Star
After dropping out of school, Nina Mercedez landed various jobs at
places like Denny's, OfficeMax, and Barnes & Noble. She later
became a bartender, a Budweiser swimsuit model and a Tejano calender
girl before replying a newspaper ad and launching a career in the adult
entertainment business as a featured dancer at a strip club.
After several years working as a dancer, Mercedez appeared in Penthouse
for the June 2000 issue. She also started to compete in nude beauty
pageants and won several titles, including Miss Nude North America and
Miss Nude International in 2001, Exotic Dancer/Entertainer of the Year
in 2002, and Miss Nude Universe in 2003. Since then, Mercedes has been
featured in and/or appeared on the covers of various men's magazines
like Cheri, Playtime, Busty, Fox, Score, Club International, Hustler
Honeys, D-Cup and Gent.
Mercedez entered the adult film industry in 2002 after signing a
contract with Vivid Entertainment. In 2004, she was nominated for the
Adult Video News Award for Best New Starlet. The same year, she also
received AVN nominations for Best Oral Sex Scene – Film (shared
with Steven French), Best Couples Sex Scene – Film (shared with
Tony Tedeschi) and Best Group Sex Scene – Film (shared with
Natasha Dolling, Mario Rossi, Tony Tedeschi and Jesse V) for her
performance in the Paul Thomas directed adult film “So I Married
a Porn Star” (2003).
Along with other Vivid contract performers, Mercedez contributed to the
book “How to Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid
Guide,” which was released on July 20, 2004. She finally left
Vivid in January 2006 after working together for four years, and became
a free agent.
At the 2006 AVN awards, Mercedez was nominated for Best Anal Sex Scene
– Film for her performance in “Emotions” (2004),
which she shared with Trevor Zen.
In August 2006, Mercedez debuted as a relationship and sex advice
columnist with a column titled “Ask Nina” for Girls of
Lowrider magazine. In September 2006, she formed her own production
company named “Heartbreaker Films” and signed a
distribution deal with Larry Flynt Publications. Later that same year,
she started XXXSexCash.com, an affiliate program with FunBox Mobile
Corporation. To focus on building the website, Mercedez withdrew from
performing for two years and did not make her return until July 2010.
Mercedez also has the XXXFastPass network of porn star websites and the
photography studio Desperado Digital. She also owns the website
CosplayStars.com, which features photos of her and other pornographic
actresses cosplaying at comic book conventions, such as Wizard-World
Comic-Con, as well as upcoming appearances at these events.
In the meantime, Mercedez continued to earn some nominations at the
Adult Video News Awards, such as for Best Actress – Video for her
performance in “Illicit” (2006) in 2007, for Best All-Girl
Sex Scene – Video for her performance in “Where the Boys
Aren't 18” (2007) in 2008, as well as for Best All-Girl
Group Sex Scene and Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene for
performances in “Where the Boys Aren't 19: Arabian Nights”
(2008) and “Chop Shop Chicas” (2008), respectively, both in
In January 2011, Heartbreaker Films signed a distribution deal with
Exile Distribution. The company launched the film “Nina Mercedez:
Popular Demand” on July 27, 2011. Through the film,
Mercedez made her double penetration sex scene debut.
With pornographic actress Lexi Lamour, Mercedez launched a talent
agency for feature dancers called Feature Elite in August 21, 2011. The
agency is based in Las Vegas.
On June 15, 2013, Mercedez launched her own swimwear line called La Scorpia.