Sasha Grey (born Marina Ann Hantzis; March 14, 1988) is an American actress, model, author, musician, and former pornographic actress. She first made her name in mainstream media after appearing on several popular television programs and in pop culture magazines, examining her willingness to enter the world of hardcore porn at a young age.
She has also been featured in movies, television shows, music videos and advertising campaigns. She won numerous awards for her work in pornography between 2007 and 2010, including the Female Performer of the Year at the 2008 AVN Awards.
After her feature film debut as the lead in the Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience (2009), Grey shifted her focus to mainstream acting.
She starred in the Canadian black comedy horror film Smash Cut (2009) and played a fictionalized version of herself in the seventh season of the HBO comedy-drama series Entourage. She has also appeared in independent films such as I Melt with You and Open Windows. She is a former member of aTelecine, an industrial music band.
In May 2006, Grey moved to Los Angeles and began appearing in adult films just after turning 18. Originally she toyed with the name Anna Karina, taken after the French New Wave actress, before deciding on her present name. The name “Sasha” was taken from Sascha Konietzko of the band KMFDM, and
“Grey” represents Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Her first scene was an orgy with Rocco Siffredi for The Fashionistas 2 by John Stagliano. Grey quickly made a name for herself in the business after she asked Siffredi to punch her in the stomach; however, she later stated that she was improvising and it was taken out of context.
In January 2007, Grey was the recipient of awards for “Best Three Way Sex Scene” and “Best Group Scene” at the AVN Adult Movie Awards. She was also nominated as “Best New Starlet”, but lost to Naomi. Grey was named Penthouse’s Pet of The Month for July 2007 and was photographed by fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
She has modeled for French fashion designer Max Azria’s ready to wear line Manoukian, Italian footwear brand Forfex for an international campaign,and American Apparel. She’s modeled for Richard Kern as a part of Vice magazine’s anti-fashion layout, and appeared in a three-part VBS program, “Shot by Kern”.She also appeared in Taschen’s 25th anniversary reprint of Terry Richardson’s Terryworld.