Interview With Markéta a.k.a. Little Caprice: How Did a Girl Next Door Turn Into One of the Best Porn Stars in the World?
The AVN awarded porn star has offered us an exclusive interview.
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Gotta admit I was a little nervous going to this coffee place on a Friday morning. I had an interview with a real famous person ahead of me. It was not the type of a famous person you'd casually discuss with your parents while watching TV. I was on my way to meet Markéta Štroblová-Schlögl, known mostly as Little Caprice.
Stepping out of a tram into an open space in front of the apartment complex, gentle breeze blowing, I couldn't help but wonder if this is a proper location to meet with a star of such caliber. After all, this is the only Czech holder of the AVN Award for the Best Foreign Porn Actress - foreign meaning outside of United States.
Markéta brought along her husband and partner, Marcell Bravo, the Austrian actor. He introduced himself with his birth name Markus. What was originally meant as an interview with a porn star has now turned into a conversation with two models, porn actors, producers and married couple. They weren't holding anything back and opened up about practically everything.
- How Little Caprice got into porn
- How much she earns on Pornhub
- Her weirdest situation on set
- What type of videos she enjoys making the most
- Her family plans
- What she would do if she wasn't in porn
- What she would never do on camera
What about your work do you enjoy the most?
What I enjoy the most is sex, of course. I love sex, that's why I've decided to be a porn actress. Aside from that, I love to travel the most, meeting new people and the creativity that I'm able to demonstrate through my work. I have my own site, my own production. And finally, after 10 years of doing it, I have the space to show what I actually enjoy myself. I work for myself, which is great.
Do you remember the first porn you ever saw?
Probably not. But I remember the first one I ever made. And it was interesting.
My first experience in front of the camera was a threesome with two guys. And I didn't know it (laughs). I came to the set thinking I'll be doing it with one guy and all of a sudden there were two of them. I was so shocked that it didn't even fully get to me. I filmed it somehow and later on it hit me: "Yo, my first threesome ever was in front of the camera."
How did it go?
It went well. I don't like the scene myself, because I look awful in it. But yeah (laughs).
When did you decide to do porn full-time?
That was a bit more complicated. When I started, I did it for the money, like most of the girls. Fast money. A friend of my ex was doing it, so he gave me the contacts and I started shooting. First it was the threesome for some Russians. I've had dispute of a lifetime with them. I was young and stupid and they tricked me into signing a contract with them. Telling me there's money guarantee if I'll do a few exclusive videos for them.
So I've said to myself, why not. It was something convenient at the time in my situation. And they started a website with the videos I've made. They never paid me the money they've promised. On top of that, the site was still up two years ago. They've made money off of me for the longest time. After I've found out that they've f*ucked me over, I've cut the whole thing. Two years of bartending. And then I decided to get back into it.
It's true that there's a lot of mean people in this business that take advantage of the new girls, which was also my case.
Are you still dealing with the Russian situation?
We got the lawyers involved about two years ago. It was quite spicy (laughs).
And how did it go?
It went well. We've won, I've earned that domain. Littlecaprice.com was actually owned by them this whole time. And because of them taking advantage of me like that, we won the case. It was very expensive though, costing us a lot of nerves and time.
So you started with shooting and then you switched to bartending…
I wanted to shoot since always, but I was very disappointed with how I got f*cked over. I thought everyone in the business is like that, you know? It's true that there's a lot of mean people in this business that take advantage of the young girls, which was also my case. I said to myself, f*ck that, I don't need that. So I've stepped behind the bar instead.
That's why I'm curious if you ever wanted to do anything other than porn.
I did and I was actually doing it, more or less. I always wanted to do modeling, which was my passion. Thanks to that I got into an agency that mediated this type of work, which was awesome.
So during the break I started with modeling and I'm doing it 'til this day. A lot of people still think that I just spread my legs and that's it. But I've also done some commercials. For example I was in an ad for a vaping company, selling CBD products. You know, we're going to have our own CBD products as well. Also there's been some ads for airplanes, fashion magazines and music videos.
Wait, so you will make your own CBD products?
No, not actually. But we're partnering with this Austrian company that will be making some Little Caprice products. CBD is very popular today, I think. I myself am an active user, so I'm really looking forward to it. But about the school, when I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor (laughs).
And did you ever take a step towards medicine?
I did. I've studied to become a nutrition nurse. But since I've got myself into a situation where I needed quick money, I ended up doing this work. I never got to be a nutrition nurse.
Do you regret not being in medicine?
No, I don't. Life takes you where you least expect it. And it's fine regardless.
But your parents expected you to be a nurse, right?
I guess so. But they don't mind. My mom is proud of me, the family tolerates and accepts it. So it's good.
And friends, how did they react to that?
At first, everyone was in shock, because I'm from a big apartment complex. There were people sending my mom pictures from the first scene already. So she was shocked, friends were shocked, a lot of people stopped talking to me. But they weren't my real friends anyway, so I don't mind. People I care about tolerate it somehow.
So it wasn't you who told them about it openly in advance?
No, definitely not. Actually, not at all. I didn't plan to be famous at first.
And then it happened.
Well it all came together somehow. It's a common practice that the productions tell the girls: „Yes, we'll film it and send it to Amerika. No one will ever see it.“ It was like that a while ago and, stupid me, I believed that. And suddenly it was everywhere.
Is it true that the world of pornography and the world of drugs are closely related?
There must be something about it. But it depends in what way. Because I mostly work with foreign professionals that do shoots all day. So drugs are absolutely not present.
Maybe more in our region. I definitely won't name no particular productions, but a lot of girls have a problem with that, unfortunately. And not just ladies, but also producers. But people I come in contact with don't have such problems. It really depends on the level of professionality.
It used to be a problem, because in personal life, I am a total introvert. It took me a long time to come to terms with my fame.
Why did you start calling yourself Little Caprice?
It started on the very first production, because I didn't want to perform under my real name. So we were thinking. I chose Caprice, because I really liked it, it was original. And Little, because I looked like I was 16 even though I was 19 years old (laughs).
Did you have some sort of a list of nicknames you were choosing from?
No, it just came to me. It's the same thing as naming your first child. You've got a few favorites, some you like, and then something spontaneous comes out of it.
Do you consider yourself a porn star?
Yes, now I do.
Are people asking you for pictures on the street?
Often. But it used to be a problem, because in personal life, I am a total introvert (laughs). Especially in my hometown, Brno, because everyone knows me here. It really didn't feel good to me and it took me a long time to come to terms with my fame. I've said to myself that I can either use it to my advantage now or I can bury myself somewhere, avoiding people.
At that time, I was not sure what to do next. I had to work on my own self. Now I am proud of it. And I still don't draw too much attention to myself.
Anyway, when people come up to me and ask respectfully, I will gladly take a picture with a fan. And it happens to me everywhere. In Thailand, or Australia. Absolutely everywhere.
I was looking at Pornhub statistics and your rank is 41. Which means that there's only 40 porn stars more popular than you, if I understand it correctly.
Exactly. And I used to be ranked 26! That was my record, my first Pornhub profile.
What do you think about it?
It's amazing! I still can't believe that it's happening. Me, young girl from a small Czech town, making it this far.
We could say that you yourself are a big part of the Czech porn industry. Do you think of Czechia as a porn powerhouse?
I guess it used to be. I don't think that's the case today. Today is mostly ruled by Hungary. There's not a lot of productions here. Czech productions are almost nonexistent, I just have the one that's mine. Also, there's not a lot of girls anymore, name-wise.
Porn is a lot more valued abroad and people's appreciation of the talent is bigger. I've tried to create something with a few Czech people, but it never went well.
I've already approached Lady Dee about this. She had a similar opinion, but Alexis said that there's still a lot of girls and the level is still solid, so I'm curious about what you think.
Well, I don't think so. I have to say I'm not in Czechia a lot. I'm abroad most of the time and I collaborate with foreign productions, from personal reasons, but there's a lot more going on in Hungary.
Can you reveal your reasons?
First of all prices. Porn is a lot more valued abroad and people's appreciation of the talent is bigger. I've tried to create something with a few Czech people, but it never went well.
How much more can you make abroad in comparison?
I care about the currency as well. A woman that's not very well-known will not earn as much as a girl with a name. I will not speak in numbers, but it's actually a lot (laughs). At least in my case. Here, nobody will pay the amount I charge for filming a scene.
You're almost 32, which is incredible to me, seeing you in person now. Are you planning to start a family?
Thank you. We're slowly starting to. That's why we've established our own production. I figured I've been doing this for 10 years now and I probably don't want to keep doing this for the rest of my life. So what will I do then? I thought we need to start something of our own. It might be nice to ride for a production, make some money and go back home, but you need to have something of your own.
There's only a few girls that think about future like that. I highly doubt that I'd like to return behind the counter after experiencing the lifestyle of traveling and earning all this nice money for so many years. That's why we went with the production. It makes us money without me being in front of the camera. I can even be behind the camera and do that with my family. We are planning to start building a house in the South, so once that's in progress, we can start trying to grow a family.
Imagine a situation, being famous, having a child and your kid finds your films. What now?
I can imagine that and honestly it haunts me (laughs). For now, I don't know how we'll react to it, we're not paying attention to that yet. We're liberal and we'll try to raise our child in a way that it hopefully understands. I know it will be a challenge, especially at school, but oh well.
I think we can give the child better foundation than any wannabe proper family here in Czechia.
If your son or daughter came and said they'd like to film as well, would you support them?
Of course I will and I'll give them very valuable advice that I didn't get, and would have appreciated back then.
Is there anything within porn industry that you'd never do?
Yes, there's a lot of things. A lot of things I didn't even do. Maybe it sounds like I went into everything as a porn star, but for many years I only filmed with my ex for the site that f*cked me over. And when I came back after the 2-year break, I only filmed with girls and solo stuff. I didn't do BG's for the longest time (boy-girl porn).
I got famous at a time when I wasn't even making porn. A lot of girls think they have to do everything in order to become famous. It's actually the opposite way around.
They should profile themselves then.
Profile themselves, gradually. If you show people everything right at the beginning, you simply don't have anything more to offer. Since I've started slowly with lesbian stuff, BG's with my ex, exclusive X-art with Markus, being under contract and getting sweet money, but I still didn't show everything.
I've never had more than three guys, well, there was a time with three couples, but I was never alone with more than three guys at the same time. I've never done DP (double penetration). I only do anal with my husband and no one else. You probably won't ever see me do gangbang and things of that nature. And of course, also not the pooping and that disgusting stuff (laughs).
We were shooting a scene for my production with this one amateur actor from Austria. He was really nervous, so he could barely get it up. When he was doing it with me, he came halfway through. And after he climaxed on my ass, he bent down and started licking it off.
So when you refuse a job, what tends to be the reason?
Once I agree to a filming and we settle on a price, I don't refuse it. I always want to know in advance who I'll be shooting with. That's really important to me. No surprises at the set. I know what I'm getting myself into.
How much of porn is an acting job and how much of it is real?
90% is acting. I enjoy it, of course. I enjoy sex. Especially when shooting with my husband. But the acting is always there. As a good actress, you need to know how to stand in a way that looks good on camera. It's acting all of the time.
Do you look back on your videos?
And do you analyse them? Like in ice hockey with a magical pencil?
(Laughs) Yes, I do. Now that I have my own production and my own videos, we re-watch them even more. Even from the technical perspective, what lights did we use, etc.
What I meant was more like, if you look to see if you shouldn't be standing in a different way...
Or that I made a weird facial expression. Yes, very often.
Which is basically training for you.
Do you have any fetishes?
I guess so. I like spanking and bondage.
What was the weirdest thing that happened to you during filming?
That's weird things all of the time (laughs). I can't think of anything right now...
Actually, yes. We were shooting a scene for my production with this one amateur actor from Austria. He was really nervous, so he could barely get it up. When he was doing it with me, he came halfway through. And after he climaxed on my ass, he bent down and started licking it off.
LC: It was just weird. We stopped the camera and I told him: „What are you doing?“
Markus: So he came too fast and then he simply licked it off.
LC: This was really strange, I've never experienced something like that.
And why did he do that?
I don't know. Maybe he was so nervous that he thought it would look nice, or something, I don't know. (laughs)
Markus: A lot of men think that they can just call a production and shoot anything.
LC: That's true. Often it's a lot worse for the man than for the woman.
Markus: When you want to have sex on your own terms, it's quite simple. But when you're going to shoot, you gotta do it how the producer wants it and not on your own time.
I understand, because it's the same as acting in a movie.
Markus: We produce high-end videos, so the actors gotta stick to some rules. Same as in film. So you have to play along and follow the script on one hand and on the other hand, sort it out in your head in a way that you stay horny. That is something that really ain't that simple. Reacting this quickly.
It doesn't sound easy at all.
Markus: And the positions that look the best are usually the toughest ones.
LC: That's true. When it's pretty, it's usually very uncomfortable.
Markus: Because sometimes the couple has to stand in a different way. When you're having sex with a girl, you always gotta make space for the camera. The man sometimes stands on his tiptoes the whole time. Or they gotta have sex outside with 35 ° C in the shade. Maybe even at the desert. The final product usually looks incredible, but to work your way through to that is really difficult.
LC: As I've mentioned, it's more about acting than real sex.
Markus: Of course. You can also enjoy it, but there will always be someone shouting at you: „Hey, open her legs more!“ The enjoying part is like when you're on a swing. Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down.
Let's go back in time. Did you ever experience something really unpleasant in porn?
Not really. I've gotta say that I'm really lucky when it comes to people I work with and the productions that hired me for scenes. Compared to what I hear from other Czech girls. Unfortunately for them, they have bad experiences. I don't.
Do you think it's because the Czech scene is less professional?
What are relationships between porn actresses like? Are you friends or rivals?
I don't know if I would call it friends. But I'm an agreeable person and I've never had a problem with anyone. I do have friends in this business, they're not my best friends, but we do have good relations amongst each other. Some rivality is definitely present though amongst the girls, I'm just not dealing with anything like that myself personally. A lot of girls deal with this, which you can see in all kinds of gossip magazines (laughs).
Is there an age limit when porn actresses stop filming?
No. Not at all, actually. Even older women shoot in the MILF category. So if you look good, have the guts for it and you're mentally fine, you can be active for a very long time. I will not be a MILF though, I'll stop shooting before that.
Is there a reason for that?
I think it won't be pleasant for me. After 10 years I'm already reaching the point when I say to myself that I should be behind the camera more. To keep acting in my 40s, I just don't know about that.
So when you're peaking, you think it's best to slowly quit.
I'm not saying I'd quit completely. This year will be interesting, because I have a contract with this foreign production and I think it will be very popular. And then I'll finish. Well, I have no idea how I'll feel when I have a baby. If I'll still be into shooting in front of a camera. I assume I won't.
Speaking of peaking, few weeks ago you officially became the best foreign porn actress in the World thanks to AVN. How does it make you feel?
I still can't believe it. It's simply amazing, it was incredible! The emotions were huge, I really didn't expect it. I'm still the only Czech in this category, I'm really happy and proud of it.
I saw the video of you picking up the award.
I was completely blown away (laughs).
How important are such awards in the porn industry?
LC: They are important. But the nominations are more important, I guess, because AVN is an American award. Since we Europeans don't have such awards here, it's great. And this year I had about 6 nominations. The competition is high and it's really hard to win these things. Also it often works in a way that whoever got the most money... It's kind of like the Oscars. I will not get into that. But otherwise, yes, it's nice. To earn something for your CV.
Markus: But despite of all the nominations, she is still the same as she was in the very beginning. Take a look at Leonardo DiCaprio. He also never got an Oscar before, just that one recently. He's an amazing actor that could easily have 10 or 20 statues, but he never paid or begged for it. And it's exactly the same with her. She never kissed anyone's ass to get a prize.
It's fair to say that Little Caprice is the Leo DiCaprio of porn.
LC: Well, I don't know about that (laughs).
We have creative fans that help us build some scenes. Like they choose the panties, decide whether the actress should or should not wear stockings or enjoy a vibrator.
Which videos do you enjoy making the most?
I really like lesbian videos with girls, BG with my man, that's the best, and our site's specialty: foursomes. Couple's exchanges in a swingers way. Because we are swingers in our private life, we try to show people how it can work smoothly even at home. A lot of them dream about exchanging partners with other couples.
That's why the viewership is so high.
Exactly. We try to keep it real.
Do you read comments underneath your videos?
Do you enjoy them?
I tend to laugh (laughs). Most of the time.
Is there something you've always found attractive in porn that you haven't tried yet?
I think I've tried everything that was interesting to me.
So you're also peaking professionally.
I guess so.
Let's take a look at your Little Caprice Dreams Production. How does it work and what are you in charge of?Absolutely everything. We started out three years ago, thinking it'll only be me and Markus. At first we had the advantage of being actors ourselves, so we've saved a lot of money on the initial investments. Because actors are the most expensive part. It was costly despite of that though, we invested a lot of money into it. Despite of the risk that it might not work out.
Now we've got a team, actually three teams that we rent for filming videos. One is in Prague, one in Vienna and one here - in Brno. They shoot for us and give us the raw footage. We work with that. I send it for touch ups, talk to the agencies and to the girls. From editing to photo selection, marketing, site maintenance and communication with production, that's Markus's responsibility, he's very creative. If anyone else does the editing, he never likes it and has to redo the whole thing.
So we work Monday through Sunday, 12 hours daily. So even when we're home, we're not home. There's always something to be done on the site, we need to interact with the fans. Something always goes wrong, like problems with the payment gateway, so it's quite rough.
It seems like maintenance of a porn site can be quite challenging.
It is, but it also gives back. This is our investment into the future. First it was only me shooting for the site, now we cast other people as well so I can slowly fade out and it works.
I've read that you upload so called pornlifestyle videos? What does that mean? How are they different?
LC: That's what I was talking about. Don't you want to say something, Markus? I can't really explain it well.
Markus: We like high-class porn, but we also like that regular intimate intercourse. And a lot of productions have that personal intercourse there, if they're trying to make videos that look more like the amateur ones. High-end productions sometimes lose passion and the longing for sex.
LC: It's too much acting, very film-like.
Markus: And we try to disconnect from these spheres. Shooting like a high-end production, but maintaining the passion of amateur videos. We communicate a lot more with our customers, letting them vote, and we're learning about what they like.
LC: We also let them create scenes. We have creative fans that help us build some scenes. Like they choose the panties, decide whether the actress should or should not wear stockings or enjoy a vibrator.
Markus: They can choose three things they would like the most in a video, vote for it and later even buy it. We are simply transparent.
We also make private videos, because we travel a lot. We keep a small camera on us and film ourselves.
LC: Something like that. We think it's very important. The fans really like our private life. Maybe even more than the action. Anyway, there's intimacy even in our scenes. Even swingers, although those are scripted. But we're mainly trying to show how it happens in regular daily life.
Markus: It's also about fans wanting to see what happens elsewhere. For example Europeans are curious about what happens in America. So we take the cam and show them what we do there. We also have a lot of backstage material with our work. The girls getting their make up done, scene prepping and shooting itself. How we create.
LC: Therefore we try to book actresses that enjoy their work and do it with joy, so it's visible in the video. Because there's girls that do it purely for the money and you can see that on the result. The passion that is so important for us is missing, but we want it to be visible instead.
Which is probably quite original.
Markus: No one does it like that. It's either high-end or amateur. But we do what we can. We want our fans to be happy. We want them to feel that they can really take part in the process. Not just watch the video, jerk off and leave. We can help them with something, share our experiences. We get all kinds of requests from couples.
LC: They write about wanting to try swingers, but they don't know how to start. Which is amazing, I really like that. Even when some women contact me ,saying that they want to surprise their husband, asking me for advice on how to do it best.
So you even have counseling.
LC: Sexual counseling, sort of (laughs).
Markus: There's so much shit in the porn industry. Our behavior is completely different. We want to create super sexual passionate videos so that when young people see them, they'll think it looks good, they're not doing anything crazy. We film what we like.
LC: Because when you google porn, what pops up in the first place? Some triple anal, double anal, some real hardcore stuff. It's really tough for young 15-year-old couples to understand what they should and shouldn't do. What's great about sex. If they watch some Rocco Siffredi video's, they could feel like they should be doing that too.
Markus: And that's what they see. They think it's something they should be doing with their girlfriend or a girl they meet on the street. Someone can then go and find a girl, drag her somewhere, f*ck her this way and go to jail. Because they think that's what they all want. This is the reason why we want to change the industry.
LC: Which is probably out of our reach. The internet is too big.
Listening to you, it seems that your opinion is quite progressive and you want to take porn to the next level. Transform it into something new.
Markus: Sure. It's something we care about. We don't just do it for the money. We like sex, we like swingers and we like our liberal relationship. And that's the reason why we get so many requests and comments on how to do it.
And how big is your community?
Markus: Right now we have 250-thousand monthly visitors. But we started only three years ago, so we're still at the beginning. In the upcoming 2 years, we'd like to reach a million. Now we are a small fish in a big pond.
LC: But we've got 6 AVN nominations! The numbers continue to rise, so we're very grateful for that.
I guess it's good that it exists. Just like teen porn. Because there's a lot of people that enjoy that. It's definitely better for them to watch that film than to molest someone on the street.
Returning back to the videos for a moment, who creates the porn video titles?
In our case, we do. In general, it's the production.
Because when you look at it closely, some of the videos have 3 letters and 4 digits. But you can also have a whole essay that's impossible to read in its entirety.
It depends on the production. I don't know if you've ever seen a film from Vixen or Tushy? They have people that write scripts and those films are the real deal. Low cost productions will usually write some nonsense.
Like stepsister or stepbrother.
For example (laughs). But it's unfortunately very popular. I don't really understand it, but I guess it's good that it exists.
LC: Just like teen porn. Because there's a lot of people that enjoy that. It's definitely better for them to watch that film than to molest someone on the street. Maybe it all has a reason. Anyway, when you upload to Pornhub, we also sometimes write something silly. Since you also have the tags there, you can see which words are the most googled. You put it in the title so the people can find it.
Pornhub makes us money. We get a 1000 EUR for each million views. It's free for the users, but it comes with ads, just like YouTube, so there's profit. On top of that, it's great promotion. As far as I know, it's the most searched website in 36 countries. We almost never upload entire videos.
Markus: To own a porn agency is the same thing as owning a company that sells cars. There's a lot of big things behind it, from advertising to the filming itself.
You said you work a lot during the week. Do you have time for some hobbies as well?
We work out and go to the gym. That's our relax. We also have three cats. I like to cook, read books and we try to just be together. Turn off the computers and phones sometimes, and just go for a walk. Travel is also our hobby, but we enjoy being home a lot more.
Is sex relaxing for you too?
Absolutely. Because it's completely different than in front of the camera.
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