A California native, Riley Steele started out working at Starbucks and at a golf course snack bar. As fate would have it, she found her big break in the form of meeting porn star Jesse Jane at a signing for the sex parody Pirates (2005). Jesse advised her to enter the business, and shortly afterward Riley got a card from her. It wasn't long after that when Riley contacted Ali Joone, the director and founder of the porn production company Digital Playground. In 2008 Riley made her debut in the sequel to "Pirates", called Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge (2008) and in 2010, along with other porn stars, she appeared in the horror-comedy Piranha 3D: For Your Consideration (2010).