Tera Patrick is a mix of Thai, English and Dutch ancestry. She described herself on Twitter as “Betty Crocker Rocker Mompreneur Lioness with Paws of Fury….”
Tera began modeling when she was 13 after being “discovered” in San Francisco. (She said in a later interview that she had wanted to be a model since she was a little girl.) She moved to New York City to pursue a career as a runway and catalog model with the famous Ford Agency. At 17, she left modeling and enrolled at Boise State University, where she earned an A.A.S. degree in nursing and B.S. in Biology.
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A move to California followed. Tera said she moved because she wanted to attend the University of Southern California. “I got into modeling for financial reasons. I started doing the adult side after I was introduced to [photographer] Suze Randall…. I just started getting covers and centerfolds and it was a natural progression into videos.” She was Penthouse Pet of the Month in February 2000, and a Pet of the Year runner-up.
Tera Patrick also launched, with then-husband Evan Seinfeld, Teravision. In 2006, she became the first adult actress to grace the cover of FHM. She said the only “to-do list” left on her sexual bucket list was having sex at the Egyptian Pyramids.
In 2006, she said, “There’s nothing immoral about my profession. I’m earning a living and it doesn’t harm me or the people around me. I was just like any other kid who wanted to get married and settle down – until I was involved in an abusive relationship. I changed direction – and I’m much happier.”
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Tera admitted to having had a drinking and drugs problem, but she is now sober.
When asked what it’s like between shoots, Tera explained, “Well, there are lots of gorgeous girls strutting around naked but when you see them bend over and use a wipe, it kind of ruins the dream.”
She has also appeared many times on the Howard Stern Show. She had never performed oral on another woman. “I never did it. I never did it with a woman until I started doing movies.”
In 2010, her memoir “Sinner Takes All” was published. The book told of her rise in porn.
In 2012, she gave birth to a daughter, Sophia, from her relationship with Tony Acosta. Tera resides in Los Angeles.