Her home life was a relatively happy one but it did come with many of the instabilities faced by girls growing up around that time. When Sasha Gray was little, her parents got divorced and later her mother remarried. Sasha was raised in a house by her mother and step-father.
She was always intellectually gifted but had a very hard time conforming to the rules and structure of elementary education. For that reason she become somewhat transient and moved through four or five different high schools while trying to balance the social anxieties of being a teen, the rigors of her academic course load and the challenges of starting over in a new school several times.
When she finally graduated in , Sasha had decided she wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts. She studied acting, film and dance at a local junior college while working as a waitress in a steakhouse to cover her expenses.
Like many sweethearts starting out, Sasha Gray developed an at work relationship with one of the cooks at the steakhouse. Though she was just 18 at the time, her new boyfriend was already 26 years old. According to interviews, it was he who introduced Sasha to a wide range of sexual activities, fetishes and deviant sex acts. Sasha loved every minute of it, often encouraging him to do things with her that were more hardcore than he expected she would enjoy. Bondage, anal and rough sex quickly became her favorite sexual activities.
It was at that time that Sasha Grey also discovered her love of porn. As a couple, Sasha Grey and her former boyfriend watched a lot of porn, trying to copy what they saw on screen in their own bedroom. Just a few months later Sasha made the most important decision of her life.
Unlike many girls who get into porn as the final career, Sasha knew from the beginning that she could use her amazing body and rare sexual skills as a stepping-stone to propel her forward into mainstream productions as well. Watching famous girls who had sex tapes released to the public like Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson convinced Sasha Grey that she could do the exact same thing in reverse. Instead of becoming famous and then leaking a sex tape to the media, she would show the world everything there was to know about her sexually and then start leaking her true acting talents to the world as a way to bridge from XXX adult films to Hollywood blockbusters and a wildly popular HBO series as well.
Many pornstars claim to have started fucking on film when they were eighteen years old, but with Sasha Grey it's a proven fact. A few months after her eighteenth birthday she hooked up with agent Mark Stiegler who was assisting with the casting of the film Fashionista Safado: The film was directed by legendary XXX icon John Stagliano and was destined to become one of the most watched porn movies made that year.
Fortunately for Sasha, one of the girls already cast to be part of the production needed to be replaced and that was the big break Sasha Grey needed to get her sex film career on track.
The Challenge allowed Sasha Grey to debut her abilities opposite legendary stuntcock Rocco Siffredi as part of an ensemble cast that included many of the biggest names in porn at that time.
Belladonna, Katsumi, Nacho Vidal, Manuel Ferrara and Melissa Lauren were the main stars of the show but the cast also included powerful porn players with many years of experience in the world of adult films like Marie Luv, Nici Sterling and a collection of behind the scenes talent capable of creating quite a buzz for a new starlet like Sasha. Having that kind of platform to display her skills was a stroke of luck, but Sasha Grey still needed to deliver the goods on screen. Even in group sex scenes where dozens of people are fucking in the same room, it was Sasha whose sexuality really pops off the screen and captures the attention of fans.
The feedback from the porn fan community for the new brunette starlet was amazing and it made her a household name among adult film fans practically overnight! Since that first scene Sasha Grey has gone on to star in more than feature length adult films and many 'made for the internet' sex scenes as well. She has also been credited with Directing two XXX features titled 'Birthday Party' and 'Seduction' which were both distributed by her own branding company GreyArt productions.
She also won several important adult industry awards which would have capped off her career if she was just another ordinary pornstar. However, Sasha Grey always had bigger plans for herself and that is what has allowed her to bridge the gap between porn and mainstream media so effectively.
In Sasha capitalized on her porn career fame by landing a role in the video for the song Superchrist by the The Smashing Pumpkins album Zeitgeist. She appeared again in another music video with some acclaim for the Roots song 'Birthday Girl' and then began to evolve her mainstream trajectory more toward feature films and television. She famously appeared on the Tyra Banks show to discuss the topic of teens in the sex industry which did not go as well as she would have liked.
Sasha felt her views were mischaracterized by the show and vowed to have greater artistic control over her future appearances. In he finally got the landmark role she had always wanted. Sasha Grey was chosen from thousands of potential actresses for the starring role in the film The Girlfriend Experience.
The movie focuses on the complicated life of a high priced escort played by Grey and was directed by Academy Award Winning director Steven Soderbergh. The film gave instant mainstream credibility to the on screen talents of Ms. Grey while blurring the line between her adult career and Hollywood aspirations enough to allow other casting agents to take a chance on her for future roles.
Entourage was one of the top rated shows on television for many years in a row and the show was presumably interested in sparking a new level of excitement by adding a sexy character to be portrayed by Sasha Grey. On the show Sasha has the unique challenge of playing herself, in a role that has her performing as a pornstar girlfriend of the show's main character Vince.
Her performances have earned her plenty of acclaim from celebrity reporters, which really should come as no surprise - since her acting skills have been evident ever since she first appeared on camera. Sasha has proven that fucking on film or 'serious' acting in a movie require the exact same abilities to transcend the limitations of self and explore the psyche of a variety of characters while embodying them for an audience to feel a shared sense of setting, plot and story.
Where her own unique story will go next, only Sasha Grey truly knows.