Adult Film Star Sasha Grey Joins Piven and Grenier on ‘Entourage’
July 31st, 2010 | Pop Culture
Not just a girl – from Soderbergh to Katzenberg porn chick Grey becomes one of the boys
By Darrah Le Montre
HOLLYWOOD, CA (HollywoodToday) 7/31/10 – One of adult film’s most enigmatic and lauded stars has made a significant transition into legitimate acting. The star of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 escort-themed film “The Girlfriend Experience,” Grey will play an escalated version of herself, as Vincent Chase’s hard-partying, arty girlfriend on HBO’s hit dramedy “Entourage.”
Grey, 22, describes guest-starring in a multiple episode arc starting August 1st as “exciting.”
Being the new kid on the long-running TV show, she tells Hollywood Today in an exclusive interview, “There’s definitely shorthand between some of the cast members because they’ve been working together for so long. There’s little idiosyncratic behaviors that you don’t really catch onto right away. But, overall they really made me feel like part of the family.”
An advocate for sexuality, regardless of “shape, size or color or what you’re into” Grey admits when she was young, she navigated through an environment where sex was considered dirty and something to hide. “I’ve always been proud of my sexuality,” she says.
The recently married, self-proclaimed artist has been documenting her years in porn since day one – at 18 years-old – and can now add archivist and storyteller to her résumé. “Neu Sex,” a photography book created in collaboration with her husband Ian is mixed with behind-the-scenes images from her daily life sprinkled with fine art. “Neu Sex” released by VICE Books in November is designed to aptly expose Sasha in an artful way that she controls. She explains, “There are so many photos of me, taken by other people that aesthetically I have no control over.”
The pioneer in a one-woman anal sex revolution, the waify brunette has been recognized as an unusual force in adult film. Insisting she moved to L.A. specifically for the adult industry and without typical Hollywood aspirations, life changed when Soderbergh found her on MySpace. “When you get the opportunity to work with somebody like Steven Soderbergh there’s a lot of other opportunities that stem from that,” she says.
A stand-out from the standard blonde hair/fake boobs utopia that over-populates Porn Hub, Grey’s indulgences include foreign cinema (with a special passion for Godard). She is an art buff who frequents The Pacific Design Center and a foodie, traversing L.A.’s best tapas-style restaurants. Not the typical fare for your average hardcore hacktress.
The American Apparel model and lead vocalist for aTelecine, her experimental post-punk band (releasing two full-length albums later this year) considers herself a role model though she abhors the word ‘feminist.’ “It really doesn’t have a lot of life left and it’s really unfortunate. People say the word feminist and they have this very narrow minded idea of what that actually is. I do think of myself as a strong, independent, female individual.”
Only four month’s into her professional life as a triple X’er she was profiled by Los Angeles Magazine in a piece entitled, “The teenager & the porn star: will 18-year-old Sasha Grey become the adult film industry’s next Jenna Jameson?” This instant fame attracted the attention of TV’s “The Insider” and then Tyra Banks. The stunner appeared on “The Tyra Banks Show” receiving something of an anti-porn tirade from the model herself.
Un-phased, the Sacramento-native Grey, who says she became more comfortable in her skin and with her sexuality at 16 years-old after multiple visits to San Francisco, continued acting out. She’s appeared in nearly 200 adult films.
Though today, Grey is hesitant to discuss her adult film future, stating only that if she finds a porn flick “worth doing,” she’ll do it. Admitting it’s an “uphill battle,” right now, she’s focusing on her acting career.
Sasha Grey will appear on “Entourage” August 1st on HBO
“Neu Sex” will be released in November and available online and at select book retailers.
First appeared in Hollywood Today.