Sasha Grey first made her name as one of the most notorious adult film stars in recent history.
Sasha Grey first made her name as one of the most notorious adult film stars in recent history; but with a no regrets attitude, she moved on from her former career, in 2009 at age 21. She has gone on to star in HBO’s Entourage, published NEÜ SEX a book of photographs, and she DJ’s internationally. In 2013, she published her first novel, the internationally successful The Juliette Society, in 25 countries. She regularly tours internationally, as an artist, author, actress, and DJ.
It all started in 2006 when, at the age of 18, Sasha made her way into adult films. With a great sense for sex positivity and self-exploration she used the industry as a platform for experimentation and performance art, and as a means to encourage individuals to take pride in their sexuality. Frustrated by societal perceptions about female sexuality and preferences, she embodied an independent and ironic spirit both on and off screen.
Her fierce performance, along with this bold mindset, garnered her attention inside and outside of the adult industry. The New York Times described her pornographic career as, “distinguished both by the extremity of what she is willing to do and an unusual degree of intellectual seriousness about doing it.” She was profiled in Los Angeles magazine the same year, which led to appearances on several entertainment news shows and collaborations with artists and musicians. In 2008, she landed a leading role in Steven Soderbergh’s experimental film, The Girlfriend Experience.
It became increasingly difficult to balance her role as adult film producer and performer, with her passion for photography, music, and traditional acting; as a result when her adult film production company failed to take off, Grey left the industry in 2009.
After this move, she kept busy hosting TV specials for G4 TV in Australia, USA, and Thailand, and started touring as a DJ in 2010. Her filmography also includes Open Windows (Nacho Vigalondo) Smash Cut (Lee Demarbre) I Melt With You (Mark Pellington) and Would You Rather (David Guy Levy).
As a musician, she’s written and produced her own original songs and remixes. She’s also lent her voice to tracks by artists Infected Mushroom, Current 93, X-TG (Throbbing Gristle). United over a love of Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey, Richard Fearless (Death in Vegas) recently partnered with Grey as writer and vocalist, for a new album, Transmission. Her lyrics resonate across the soundscape of visceral techno and unsettling, discordant drones, weaving into a state of dreamlike euphoria. Transmission was released on Drone in 2016. Her second novel, The Juliette Society II: The Janus Chamber, will be released by Cleis Press in 2016.