Lezley Zen was a porn star hailing from Charleston, South Carolina. She has a tattoo of a black stallion with a Ying Yang as the heart on her upper back and a tattoo of Faith on her right ring finger.
She is 50% Cherokee Indian and 50% Caucasian. Before embarking on a career in the adult entertainment industry, Zen already had a career as a restaurant manager. She managed a Westin Hotel restaurant and Italian Trattoria in South Carolina.
After divorcing her first husband she began competing in bikini and wet t-shirt contests. She eventually met her future fiance, Trevor Zen (then a personal trainer), and began working with him. Through contacts made in the various contests she entered, she set up a meeting with Brad Armstrong and Jonathan Morgan of Wicked Pictures.
Her first adult film was Wicked’s Serenity’s Roman Orgy in 2001. She has stated in interviews that she originally became a porn star to both pay off debts she had accumulated from her divorce and to “spite” her fiancé, who began appearing in pornographic movies at the same time she did.
The two also appeared in scenes together in several movies. Zen was represented by herself and appeared in various soft core movies for Playboy TV, HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. She was nominated in 2002 for AVN’s Best New Starlet Award, and eventually won AVN’s Best Supporting Actress – Film Award in 2005.
She has also been nominated for 4 XRCO Awards, including Unsung Siren and Best Single Performance – Actress.