Growing up in Sacramento, California, Sasha Grey (aka Sasha Gray) was a young film buff and intellectual who happened to develop an interest in porn. She worked through school and saved up to move to Los Angeles. After contacting an agent shortly after her 18th birthday, Sasha Grey was soon shooting her first scene in John Stagliano's The Fashionistas 2, a 12-person orgy. Early on, Sasha demonstrated a penchant for extreme sex acts including double penetration and choking.
Los Angeles magazine predicted a great future for Sasha in November 2006, speculating that she could be the next Jenna Jameson. Early acclaim came with multiple AVN Awards in 2007 and 2008, including Female Performer of the Year 2008 (making her the youngest recipient of the award to date). XRCO named her Best New Starlet in 2007, Female Performer of the Year 2008, and Mainstream Adult Favorite in 2009. She had the starring role in Broken, rock star Dave Navarro's high-profile directorial debut for Teravision. Sasha excels in Vivid's dark fantasies Throat: A Cautionary Tale and Malice in Lala Land, while she lets her freak flag fly in the Tristan Taormino-directed Vivid instructional film Rough Sex. She was always as much in her element with girls as she was with men, and never is that more apparent than in Triangle Films' stunning Strap-On Lesbians. Kink.com's Device Bondage lets Sasha's fetish-loving side shine through. The best way to experience all the sexual aspects of this hipster porn star, though, might be Fuck Sasha Grey, directed by Belladonna. Who better to capture Sasha's erotic extravagance than one of her peers, who happens to be among porn's most beloved porn star/directors?
Once the entertainment world caught on to Sasha, it wasn't long before she was making appearances in music videos for the Smashing Pumpkins' "Superchrist" and the Roots' "Birthday Girl." Rolling Stone magazine put her in its "Hot Issue" in December 2008. A month later she was all over mainstream press as the star of Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, playing a woman whose clients pay her to act out relationships with them. She became best known for playing a fictionalized version of herself as Vincent Chase's girlfriend beginning in season seven of HBO's Entourage. In 2011, not long after announcing her retirement from porn, she appeared alongside Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven in the mainstream drama I Melt With You, as "a free spirit who helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be achieved by death." Never satisfied with limiting her expression, Sasha also has an experimental band, ATelecine, and has appeared on albums by legendary Jamaican noisemaker/musician Lee "Scratch" Perry and the influential experimental band Current 93.
All of Sasha's mainstream attention led to her being named the Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year at the 2010 AVN Awards. Sasha is one of the most successful stars to emerge from the adult industry and it will be exciting to see where her career heads next.