Carla Gugino, Malin Ackerman, and Emmanuelle Chriqui Talk ‘Elektra Luxx’

When three girls as gorgeous as this have something to say, I listen, no matter what the topic of conversation is. This time what they’re discussing is the sequel to Sebastian Gutierrez’s Women in Trouble, which is titled Elektra Luxx in an interview over at Coming Soon. The film tells the continued story of the title character who. after becoming pregnant, leaves her life of being a porn actress and struggles with her place in the world and what it means to be a person of substance.

Carla Gugino, who plays Luxx, says of the porn industry, “Porn is a… that profession obviously has a lot of different sides to it. And there was the version where we were to go so much sort of darker and where we were to go into the underbelly of that and the challenges of what it is to choose that as a profession. And then there was the lighter, more harkening to the 40s screwball, melodrama element. And that was more the direction obviously that we’ve gone in.”

Certainly, a screwball element separates this from the rest of the pack of movies about the porn industry, which to this point have focused on drug abuses and molestations. A lighter take on the material sounds pretty refreshing to me. To defend her project to someone who might be uncomfortable with the subject matter, Gugino says, “There is such a strong stigma about just hearing the word porn … So it’s interesting to go, ‘oh, but this movie is so sweet. It has such a sweet heart’, ya know?”

I’ve fallen for this hooker with a heart of gold trick before, and am kind of leery to trust it. Can a movie about the porn industry really be sweet and funny? Is this something my mother might want to go to see? Gugino says, “I love that the conundrum of this character is, ‘am I a good enough person for my child?’ … It’s much less about whether porn is a good choice or a bad choice career wise and it’s much more about the universality of what we all go through in our lives.”

While Gugino talks mostly about her character and the themes of the film, Ackerman and Chriqui dish on what it’s like to work with Gutierrez. Ackerman says of the filmmaker, “I love Sebastian. I think he’s such a good writer. He writes in such a fun way and he’s good at empowering women and bringing out the sexuality, but making them smart and witty.” Okay, the secret to surrounding yourself with women who look like this is to write scripts with female characters that are smart and witty, and then they’ll even let you make them act sexy. Duly noted, and good work figuring all this out Mr. Gutierrez.

Chriqui talks a bit about the lack of improvisation on the set, “He’s a stickler for dialogue. He’s a stickler for dialogue. But, you know what? It’s so beautifully written, I mean you could have the conversation, ‘I’m feeling a little weird about this or that,’ but he’s like no-no-no, the line says da-da-da. And you’re like, ‘right, sorry’” Hmm, he’s starting to sound more and more like some sort of cult leader. Maybe the authorities should snoop around before they film the third movie in this series and something Mansony happens.

But regardless of any actress mind control going on behind the scenes, Elektra Luxx looks like a good time. Combine a story with heart, some witty dialogue, and a whole harem of gorgeous actresses, and chances are you have me in the theater. Add in roles for a couple of my man-crushes like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Timothy Olyphant, and now I’m standing in line on opening night.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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