Haze grew up the youngest of four in a single parent household. She first experienced vaginal intercourse with a boy at the age of 14, saying "I had just been dumped by this guy who broke up with me because I wouldn’t put out. I said screw it and slept with another guy on the first day of high school." Regarding anal sex she has said that "I wasn't a big fan of anal sex until I turned 15. I tried it for the first time and I loved it!". By age 15 she had dropped out of high school and started working at a fast food restaurant, as well as a variety of low wage service sector jobs.

When she turned 18, Haze tried stripping for a day, later recounting that she neither enjoyed being a house girl, nor giving lap dances to men she had to pretend to like while not making enough money to continue with it. However, she's also stated that she was a big fan of porn since before she started working in the porn industry, and, when asked by friends in 2000 what her preferred moniker would be if she were an adult actress, offered "Jenna Haze" in honor of her then fiancé (surname Hayes) and Jimi Hendrix's song "Purple Haze".

Pornographic film career She was signed as a contract star with Jill Kelly Productions in April 2002 since JKP offered residuals to their contract stars after a year. During that time, Haze performed exclusively with women for a time after forming a serious off-screen relationship with an industry cameraman. Her contract with Jill Kelly Productions was not renewed in April 2005, and by June she announced she was happy to be independent once again and would likely return to performing in boy/girl in addition to lesbian scenes.

Her work includes anal sex, semen swallowing, vaginal and anal creampies, double penetration and ass-to-mouth. Jenna has appeared on the HBO show Pornucopia, which is a six part documentary special featuring the pornography industry in California.