This inteview is an excerpt from
the ET Special "ET: TV's Greatest Scandals"Enjoy!
Traci: I went and did it all, the
drugs, the sex, everything. It was just a really horrible
combination of things. I want younger people who might
think X-rated films or "oh look what Traci Lords made
because she did that". I want them to understand what
really happened to me, you know there's so many things
that led me to do that, and there was very little help
when I wanted to get away from it
Narrator: Traci Lords was an X
rated star who got caught up in the business as a minor.
Traci: I didn't think I was going
to live to be twenty, I thought twenty was old.
Narrator: When she decided to turn
her back on the adult film industry and make it in mainstream
film to television, she found nothing but problems.
Traci: It isn't easy, it's been
so difficult. Are you kidding me? I just don't think it's
right when someone tells you [that] you can't have something
because of something you did when you were younger, or
[you] just made a mistake. I just don't think that it's
Narrator: But traci persevered
and that iron will paid off. We caught up with her doing
a guest spot on McGiver, and then a with a recurring role
on Melrose place. She remembers when she got that first
call for a mainstream role.
Traci: I said, can you just hold
on a second, and then I just burst out [screams] I got
Narrator: Traci is also currently
on the sci-fi channel series First Wave, but her success
story is unusual, many other X-rated stars have had trouble
making that jump to primetime.