While it’s tempting to say “don’t call it a comeback,” that’s exactly what both Adam Film World and the X-Rated Critics Association did when they gave exotic Kaylani Lei their 2008 Comeback Of The Year awards. AVN jumped into the fray as well, giving her a 2008 Best Actress nomination for her empathetic lead performance in “Candelabra,” while the “Best High End All Sex Release” nom given to Brad Armstrong’s “Kaylani Unleashed” spoke to her storied prowess as an erotic performer. 2009 sees her career resurgence gathering even more steam, with her excellent lead in Michael Raven's darkly erotic terror opus “The Wicked” earning her another Best Actress mention. The exotic Eurasian charmer and her Wicked sister Mikayla Mendez share a 2009 Best Group Sex Scene nom with several other performers for their fine erotic work in the show as well. But while these raves appear to come to Ms. Lei with ease, her superstardom is, in fact, the end result of a life marked by relentless ambition.
Born in Singapore to Filipino parents, she made her home in Massachusetts, Virginia, Ohio, and Maine before taking a year off to compete in horse shows in Ireland. Soon thereafter, she began exploring the world of exotic dancing, and it was while performing in Las Vegas that she began considering the idea of a career in adult video. After relocating to Los Angeles, she found immediate success in adult films, often working under the tutelage of Wicked Pictures contract director Michael Raven. With performances in such titles as Raven’s high-tech fantasy "Angel X" and Jonathan Morgan’s "Wicked Auditions 2," she began receiving acclaim from both fans and critics. Impressed with her acting and sexual energy on screen, Wicked Pictures Owner and President Steve Orenstein signed the performer to an exclusive contract with the company.
Late 2003 saw Kaylani firmly established as a leading lady, thanks to the release of the first film of her Wicked contract, Michael Raven’s "Blue Rain," an erotic police drama that received press coverage in both AVN and on MTV’s "The New Tom Green Show." While "Angel X" had shown that she was more than capable of carrying the lead in a film, this AVN Editor's Choice took things to entirely new levels, with the actress handling both the dramatic and erotic extremes of the movie with aplomb. In late 2004, Kaylani carried the lead in Brad Armstrong's acclaimed thriller "Eye of the Beholder," an AVN Editor's Choice. A frequent studio guest on both Playboy TV and mainstream radio, this beauty has also hosted her own KSEXRadio.Com talk show, the popular "Me So Horny with Kaylani Lei." She also had a prominent role in megastar rapper 50 Cent’s interactive DVD "Groupie Love," which won AVN awards for both Best Interactive DVD and Best Music. With this body of work, it comes as no surprise that this exotic superstar received 2004 AVN nominations for Best Actress and Best New Starlet.
In her subsequent work as a leading lady, Kaylani brought both grace and humor to Stormy Daniels' feature-directing debut, "One Night In Vegas," while Brad Armstrong's "Sweatshop" benefited greatly from her winning stage presence and beguiling beauty. She’s also shined in such diverse titles as “Between The Sheets” and Michael Raven’s ultra-stylish “Erotik.” And while she'd been a deeply sensual creature since the beginning of her career, such titles as “Candelabra” and “Porn Valley” showed that she was still refining her aura as a sexual superstar. It was a career choice that paid off conclusively when her work in Armstrong’s action-adventure epic "Curse Eternal" snared a much deserved 2007 AVN nomination for Best Supporting Actress - Video. In addition to her hectic filming schedule, this charming performer has also established herself as a popular red carpet attraction in Hollywood, stealing the show at such events as the celebrity charity “Cuties For Canines” First Annual Fundraising Party. As an actress, she’s appeared projects as diverse as Armstrong’s “The Accidental Hooker” and “Bad Girls,” Morgan’s "Next," Stormy Daniels’ “Operation Desert Stormy,” and Francois Clousot’s “The Oracle” and “Fame.”
Thanks to “The Wicked,” 2009 finds Kaylani Lei at the peak of her career. Get in on the excitement for yourself by watching this unique beauty in action and visiting her official website, www.kaylanixxx.com. Read Less