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Date of Birth: 15 September 1985, Sacramento, California, USA
Birth Name: Kimberly Nicole Rathkamp
Height: 5' 5" (1,65 m)
Weight: 115 lb (52 kg)
Filmography: 143 as actress, 5 as director
Alternate Names: Jenna Nickol | Jenna Nikol
Other Works: (9/09) "Penthoue" magazine Pet of the Month.

Kayden Kross was born on September 15, 1985 in Sacramento, California. Of Swedish descent, Kross was a bookworm in high school. Kayden started out in the adult entertainment industry at age 18 as a stripper at the club Rick's Showgirls in Rancho Cordova, California. Kross was subsequently contacted by an adult industry agent who helped her get work as a nude model in various men's magazines. Kayden eventually made the leap into performing in explicit hardcore movies and signed an exclusive contract with the top porn company Vivid in November, 2006. She became a free agent a year later and went on to sign an exclusive contract with Adam & Eve.

Kross was the Pet of the Month for the September, 2008 issue of Penthouse and launched her official website that same year. In January, 2010 Kayden became a contract girl for Digital Playground. Kross was cited by CNBC as one of the twelve most popular girls in hardcore cinema in January, 2011 and hosted the Xbiz Awards Show in 2012. Moreover, Kayden not only writes columns for the magazines Complex and Xbiz, but also pens a regular blog for Xbiz.com. Among the awards Kross has won for her work in adult fare are the Hot d'Or for Best American Starlet in 2009, both a Venus Award for Best Actress International and an Erotixxx Award for Best U.S. Actress in 2010, and an AVN Award for Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene in 2011.

Adult film career

Kross was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She grew up in the foothills between Sacramento and Placerville. She is of mostly Swedish ancestry. She has described herself as "the book nerd" during her time as a high school student. Kross began stripping at Rick's Showgirls in Rancho Cordova, California when she was eighteen years old to earn extra money to rescue a pony from a slaughter house, which she kept for eight months. She was later contacted by an agent, whose business relationship provided Kross with the opportunity of modeling in adult magazines.

Kross was a senior at California State University, Sacramento when she signed an exclusive performing contract with Vivid Video in November 2006. Her movies with Vivid included Kayden's First Time, Hard Time, and Be Here Now. Unhappy with the company, she became a free agent one year later when she did not renew her contract. She signed an exclusive contract with Adam & Eve after one month of being a free agent. She was named Penthouse Pet of the Month for September 2008. Kross' official website, ClubKayden.com, was launched on September 2, 2008. Kross has hosted a blog at UnKrossed.com, and has written regular updates and opinion columns for MikeSouth.com, an adult industry gossip blog, among other sites.

Kross became exclusive to Digital Playground under a multi-year contract on January 1, 2010. Her first movie with the company, The Smiths, topped sales charts immediately and has continued to be a best seller. She was given the lead in their big budget feature, Body Heat, in her third month in contract. She won two Best Actress Awards for the role.

Kross hosted the 2010 AVN Awards show, along with porn actress Kirsten Price and comedian Dave Attell. She was Penthouse magazine's "Cover Girl" for September 2008 and 2010. She won multiple titles in 2010, including Pichunter "Babe of the Month for September" and TLA Raw "Best Body Overall 2010". Kross starred in the 2010 AVN Best Feature The 8th Day and portrayed the role of Elin Nordegren, wife of Tiger Woods, in Adam & Eve Pictures' film Tyler's Wood.

In January 2011, she was named by CNBC as one of the twelve most popular stars in porn. CNBC noted her consecutive AVN nominations for Performer of the Year. In 2012, she hosted the Xbiz awards for the second time, and appeared in the ceremony alongside Wicked Pictures/Wicked.com contract star, Jessica Drake, and on the AVN red carpet with co-hosts Jesse Jane and guitarist Dave Navarro.

Appearances in other media

Kross has been featured regularly on G4 as a host, a reality TV guest star, and as a guest on Attack of the Show and played a recurring role as Delilah in season two of Cinemax's Life on Top. She has also made appearances in the FX's comedy series ‘’The League’’, the G4 reality series ‘’The Block’’, and Family Jewels. In 2011 she was cast as Tara in Gregory Hatanaka's drama Blue Dream[20] In 2011, Kross briefly co-hosted a regular videocast, Kayden's Review, for Triggla TV alongside the comedian Dane Hanson. From 2012 - 2013, Kross portrayed a main character in the second season of Tucky Williams' lesbian-themed web series Girl/Girl Scene. Starting from January 2013 Kross hosts the weekly call-in show Krossfire on Playboy Radio. In 2013, Kross also appeared in the featurette "Chicks 'N Guns" on the Breaking Bad 5th season DVD as a stripper. The scene takes place during the season 5 episode "Gliding Over All."


Kross writes columns regularly for publications such as Complex magazine, XBIZ magazine, and a blog for xcritic.com. She has also contributed to Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and her short story "Plank" appeared in the 2012 short story collection Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, an e-book. As of August 2012, she was writing an autobiographical book about the porn industry.


Adult industry activism

In 2008, she was among those testifying against a proposed tax in California on all producers and distributors of adult entertainment. In February 2012, she and conservative pundit Wendy Murphy appeared on Stossel, with host John Stossel, to discuss legislation in California that would require that condoms be used during the production of adult movies.

Personal life

In October 2008, Kross was charged with grand theft and violations of the California Civil Code, involving contracts for purchases of home equity mortgages, allegedly conning a disabled veteran and his family. In July 2009, the grand-theft charge was dismissed, and the real-estate-fraud charge was reduced to a misdemeanor; Kross pleaded no contest to the resulting charges and was sentenced to one day in custody and three years of probation. She blamed her involvement in the situation on her naïvete and being scammed by the broker and mortgage lender.

Kayden Kross is in cohabitation with fellow porn star Manuel Ferrara since 2012, and the couple have one daughter, born January 23, 2014. She retired in 2013 after Ferrara asked her not to perform with other men.


Year Award Category Film
2007 Adultcon Top 20 Adult Actresses N/A
2009 Hot d'Or Award Best American Starlet N/A
2010 Venus Award Best Actress International N/A
Erotixxx Award Best U.S. Actress N/A
Nightmoves Award Best Female Performer (Fan's Choice) N/A
2011 AVN Award Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene Body Heat
Wildest Sex Scene (Fan Award)
XBIZ Award Acting Performance of the Year (Female)
2012 AVN Award Hottest Sex Scene (Fan Award) Babysitters 2
2013 XBIZ Award Best Scene - All-Girl Mothers Daughters
2014 Best Scene - Feature Movie Code of Honor
2015 Director of the Year - Non-Feature Release Misha Cross Wide Open (with Manuel Ferrara)
Best Scene - All-Girl Misha Cross Wide Open (with Misha Cross)

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