Mia Smiles is an Asian American porn performer who was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted at an early age and has a rather large family of step-parents and siblings. In 1996 she was working in mainstream and had recently given birth to her son. She had answered an advertisement and spoke with Ed Powers who was looking for some adult performers. She hadn't intended to go into adult performing but the offer was for a good amount of money and she would only have to work a couple of days a month for the length of the contract. It turned out that it was too good of a deal to turn down so she began her career as an adult performer.
Her first movie was called "Dirty Debutantes 58" from 4-Play Video which was directed by Ed Powers. She has a hardcore scene with him in that film and with several other films like "New Ends 12" in 1997. In this movie Mia has anal sex for the first time on film and it's also the last time she has anal sex on film. It's not that there was anything wrong or bad about it she explained later, it's just that she didn't really want to make it a regular thing in her career. Many of her scenes from the "Dirty Debutantes" series also made it into four different compilation videos by 4-Play Video during the first few years of her career.
Mia did an interview after about five years in the business and she talks about what it was like for her starting out. During her early years she never really wanted to embrace the fact that she was a pornstar. She kept mostly to herself and almost never attended any industry events or trade shows. She only thought about porn for the few hours when she was actually being filmed on the set. This didn't change until she began dating male performer Chris Cannon. She credits him with helping her come out of her shell and socializing with other performers.
Mia Smiles retired from performing in 2011 after appearing in 348 adult movies during her career. While she came to love her career and status in the adult industry, she decided it was time for a change. She was reportedly studying culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California at one point.