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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 7.13 PM IST

People think I earned millions from film industry but it is completely untrue: Mia Khalifa


Former 'A' movie star Mia Khalifa has revealed that she made only a total of $12,000 (Rs 8.5 lakhs) from acting in the 'A' film industry and it is not like people think that she has racked in millions of dollars from the industry.

According to a report, Khalifa worked in the industry only for three months, but still remains one of the most popular names, and was the most searched adult actors in 2018.

Khalifa had become the subject of controversy in 2014 when one of the films she appeared in featured her wearing the hijab, earned her death threats from the ISIS.

In a recent interview with her friend Megan Abbott she clarifies a lot of the misconceptions of the adult film industry. The former top actress has criticised adult movie companies, saying that they "prey on callow young women".

The 26-year-old says the corporations "trap women legally in to contracts when they're vulnerable".

Mia left the industry in 2015 but she remains a highly ranked star in it.

Mia says she "hasn't yet accepted [her] past".

Mia has usually avoided speaking about her career in the industry, but says she's "ready to shed light on every questionable moment from my past, because if I own it, it can't be used against me".

She is one of the most-viewed 'A' movie stars of all time - but Mia says that didn't necessarily equate to payment.

She says she made around $12,000 (£9,900) during her time performing and after that "never saw a penny again”.

There is still an active website under her name, which she says she doesn't own or profit from.

"All I've wanted these last years is for the site to be changed from my direct name," she says.

The Lebanon-born performer opened up about how difficult it is to move on after quitting the industry, as she found out when attempting to pursue a career in sports punditry.

"It gets me so down when I get 'no's' from companies who don't want to work with me because of my past, but I also thought I would never find a man like my fiancé," she said.

Mia Khalifa got engaged to Robert Sandberg earlier this year. "The fact that he appreciated everything I've done since my former career meant so much," she says.

Although Mia's career was short-lived, it wasn't without controversy. Her most famous scene shows her performing sensual acts whilst wearing a hijab.

"Instantly that it was posted, it was like wildfire. ISIS sent me death threats, they sent me a Google Maps image of my apartment.

"I stayed in a hotel for two weeks after that because fear really set in."

With almost 17 million followers on her Instagram page, Mia often receives offensive messages from trolls. "I don't sweat the small stuff anymore, things people say don't offend me. I always think 'OK, but are you ISIS? Are you going to kill me? No, move on'."

The actress was scouted on the street in Miami in 2014, and made her first 'A' film in October that year. She didn't plan for anyone to find out, telling Megan Abbott she saw it as her "dirty little secret".

"I definitely have not come to terms with my past yet," she says. "I might put on a facade, because I fake it until I make it."

According to NY Post, Khalifa went on to become a sports presenter after leaving the 'A' film industry, and she hopes to continue working in that field.

"Everybody deserves a second chance. Everybody has a past they're not proud of," she also shares as part of a conversation she had with someone.

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