LOS ANGELES—In the third episode of Goddess, AVN Male Performer of the Year and four-time AVN Best Actor Seth Gamble’s latest cinemacore directing effort, he has a fantastical encounter with his real-life wife and 2023 Doppio Senso Best International Female Performer, Kenzie Taylor. The episode, titled “Persephone Goddess of the Underworld,” debuted today on Wicked.com.
Note promo materials for the scene, “The mythical daughter of Zeus and Demeter from Greek lore, Persephone has become something of a modern pop culture phenomenon. Famously portrayed by Rosario Dawson in the Percy Jackson film franchise, this intriguing figure has influenced such films as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (in which a sci-fi variant of the character is played by Monica Bellucci), and television shows like ABC’s Once Upon a Time, where she is suggested to be the alter-ego of Rebecca Mader’s Zelena.”
“Today, filmmakers recognize that there is a pattern in most great stories, whether they play out in a primetime soap opera or a blockbuster superhero film,” Gamble said. “Persephone is a great character that allows you to use this pattern to your advantage. Her story, in which she is kidnapped by Hades and becomes the Queen of the Underworld, is known all over the world. Because we all have a shared, subconscious awareness of these symbols, I can tell these stories in completely visual terms.”
He continued, “I knew I had to cast Kenzie in this. She’s not only a gifted actress and spectacular performer, she’s an incredibly visual artist. She fit the role perfectly, and I knew she had the passion to deliver an outstanding performance. She really went to a whole other level in fleshing out the mood required for the visual effects shots. The story of Persephone was the way the ancient Greeks explained the eternal cycle of death and rebirth, and she expressed all of this visually.”
“I’m always honored when Seth asks me to be in a vision of his,” offered Taylor. “The goddess I was asked to recreate, Peresphone, is by far one of my favorites. I loved everything about this day of shooting. Seth got all of us girls in the Goddess film custom outfits created, which added to making this an incredibly unique experience. I am incredibly proud of Seth and everything he has accomplished.”
Past and upcoming episodes of Goddess feature Ivy Wolfe, Kenna James, Nicole Doshi and Scarlit Scandal.
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