Nikki Hearts discusses the latest DykedDown scene, “True Crime & Chill,” featuring HoneyMilk. Nikki dishes on nuanced casting, navigating a high-concept shoot on a small budget, and why she wants horror director Ari Aster to watch the latest DD offering.
How would you describe “True Crime & Chill” to someone who hasn’t seen it yet?
“True Crime & Chill” is like if Investigation Discovery and Netflix were to collab on a porn scene– and you took their budget away, haha. But really, it’s a commentary on how people meet these days, and how you never really know who someone is when you first meet them. In the scene, HoneyMilk shows up to watch TV and fuck someone off a dating app, and she leaves thinking she accomplished just that; meanwhile the person she met was getting off on imagining doing horrifying shit to her… She leaves unharmed and they mention meeting again.
What was the inspiration for this shoot? I know you’re interested in serial killers, but had you been thinking about making a DD scene involving fantasies of violence for a while?
The main inspiration for this shoot is definitely the fact that I watch an obscene amount of true crime and serial killer content. I also am a sucker for an A24 film. I know that HoneyMilk shares a lot of the same interests, as well. When I decided to shoot them, I was watching a new doc series on Ted Bundy, and I had just watched Midsommar again. I hadn’t planned to shoot anything depicting violent fantasies because it’s honestly so “not me,” but when I started thinking about depicting it in a more abstract, “not really happening type” of way, it seemed more fun to experiment with.
This was the first DD scene that didn’t involve a strap-on. Why did you and HoneyMilk decide to pass on that? On top of them not liking strap-ons, would that power dynamic have spoiled the fantasy cut-scenes?
Since we’ve been working on expanding DD and making it more than a strap-on niche site, I am actively asking performers if they even want to use the strap-on. Before, I would book performers specifically for that kind of scene. So, when I asked HoneyMilk, they decided to go without. I think using it in the scene would have added a whole other level and changed the dynamic of the sex.. I don’t think it would have been necessary. Maybe even too much. I think it worked out just right.
HoneyMilk was an interesting casting choice — they felt very DD, but also were unique in the sense that this was their first “professional” scene and they are more from the modern independent adult world than the mainstream porn world. Was this an intentional casting choice?
I chose to cast HoneyMilk for a variety of reasons. Firstly, when I’m going to shoot someone and I’m also performing, I want to make sure we’ll have good sex together. We have to be mutually attracted to each other. Beyond that, I look for someone who stands out personality-wise, someone who has a fan base that I think will be into it… It’s definitely not about the person’s mainstream porn success/popularity. I love the idea of hiring people with a unique voice and platform, so I’ll do that as much as possible. I didn’t realize it was their first scene for a company until the day of the shoot. I’m honestly flattered.
Can you talk about casting non-binary performers? It’s rare to see them in hot sex scenes without queerness being the focal point or something that’s fetishized. This DD video was refreshing in that queerness was besides the point — it was a hot shoot with a strong cinematic concept, simple as that!
Yeah, as much as I plan to shoot people of every identity, I’ll never base the plot around that itself. Or even acknowledge it. We are just some people, fucking…
Do you have a favorite moment from the “fantasy” scenes? A particular shot or footage that you thought was visually striking?
It’s kind of funny because HoneyMilk is actually a pretty delicate person, haha. When someone is super tattooed or whatever, people automatically assume you’re into pain, or that you’re at least kinky. We are both tattooed, but neither of us are really into that shit, receiving or giving! So I honestly just felt kind of bad putting them through shooting some of that stuff. Even though it was “fake” and “acting,” it wasn’t the most comfortable. But they were a trooper and I was super careful. We laughed a lot, and that was my favorite part.
Did you have a favorite “moment” boning HoneyMilk? Were any parts particularly great or passionate?
I think at the end I made them cum and it was super hot in the moment! It came through on camera, as well.
If you could send this video to one celebrity (or serial killer) to watch, who would you share it with?
Hmm… If Ari Aster could look past the fact that we made this film in a matter of four hours with less than a thousand dollar budget… I’d show it to ‘em so we could discuss haha.