A native Texan, Jessica Drake was working as a dancer at an El Paso strip club while attending university for a psychology degree when she met adult director Michael Raven. After her initial film with him, she signed on as a contract performer with Sin City between 1999-2002, and it was during this time Drake began writing her own screenplays. After this contract expired, Drake signed exclusively with Wicked Pictures in 2003. She is a self-identified pescatarian and bisexual.
She has been married twice, both times to fellow porn stars. Her first marriage (2002-2004) was to Evan Stone; followed by her marriage to Brad Armstrong in 2006.
Jessica is a known sex educator, hosting seminars and workshops around the globe. She is credited with addressing licensed therapists at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012, speaking at the CatalystCon West sexuality conference (2012); speaking at the University of Chicago's Sex Week with Tasha Reign (2014), as well as again hosting a panel with Reign at UCLA titled Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment (2014); and in April 2014, attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts' panel entitled The Piracy of Sex-the last harkening back to her involvement with the Free Speech Coalition's Celebrate Free Speech Lobbying Days with California legislators.
She has appeared in Premiere, Chord, and Stuff magazines; been profiled on HBO's Pornucopia, worked on the FOX TV series Skin; appeared on G4's Attack Of The Show, featured on Late Night with David Letterman, and granted TV interviews on AMC's Sunday Morning Shootout, the CW's The Tyra Banks Show, and Criss Angel's Mind Freak. She has also done radio interviews with metal legends Anthrax, danced on-stage with Kid Rock, walked the red carpet at the Grammy Awards, and supported Hollywood charities (such as "Cuties For Canines").
Prior to the 2016 US Presidential Election, Jessica Drake accused Donald Trump of offering her $10k in exchange to have sex with him. Since then, Drake has been subject to a nondisclosure agreement that bars her from discussing President Trump in any way.
She graced a photo essay commissioned by the United Nations in 2005.