Sasha Grey

Sasha Grey


3/14/1988, Sacramento, California, USA

Birth Name

Marina Ann Hantzis


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Actress/model Sasha Grey, real name Marina Ann Hantzis, was born and raised in the North Highlands neighborhood of Sacramento, California.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Sasha: (on the misconception of adult actresses' coming from damaged childhood, being victims of abuse, or struggling with drug addictions) (People think) that we're dumb girls that were victims of abuse, strung out on drugs, that we don't know what we are doing, and aren't business-minded. I was very aware of when I got started and kept in mind it was a possibility I would meet people like this," she continued. "But the reality is that there are a huge amount of women who are very happy with their careers and where they have gone in their lives. It's a shame we don't hear the positive stories anymore. I was not in a Linda Lovelace situation, and it's a shame that positive ones don't get more exposure. (May 09, 2011

    • Sasha: (On retiring from the porn industry at the age of 23) From now on I will not be playing roles where I play a version of myself, or a hooker, for a very long time," she vowed. "I think 'The Girlfriend Experience' and 'Entourage' were the best places to play those two roles and it can't get any better. I don't want to repeat myself, and I think if I continue to take those types of roles I will only be given those roles. (May 09, 2011

    • Sasha: (continuing to explain her participation with Read Across America program) I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am. I will not live in fear of it. To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational.

    • Sasha: (on her participation with the Read Across America program) Read Across America is a program that was designed to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in elementary school students. Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty. Encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental.

    • Sasha: (On what she feels the audience will take away from the film "The Girlfriend Experience") I really like what Steven had to say -- that in life, everything is a transaction, no matter who you are or what your profession is. I can relate to that, and it's good to hear it from someone else who is not in the adult film business.

    • Sasha: (On how she feels she has changed the stereotype of a female pornstar) I think by getting opportunities like this where I get to talk to the public in many different arenas through many different outlets. Being able to deliver my voice and showing people that I want to be here -- it wasn't an accident. I am happy with what I'm doing. It's so rare that you get to hear an adult film star talk about that. I'm not the only person who is sex positive, who is not on drugs, who wasn't abused, and who is intelligent and has something to say for herself. I just take advantage of the opportunities I have to talk about those things in a positive way.

    • Sasha: (On what she thinks the affect of not having sex in the film "The Girlfriend Experience" did to the final project) From hearing what Steven had to say --- women who are prostitutes -- they all have sex for money. But a GFE (Girlfriend Experience) escort provides more than just the sex because usually these men want more. The point is to show the differences rather than the similarities.

    • Sasha: (On researching her character for the film The Girlfriend Experience and the traits she added to her character) Both Steven and I talked to these women. A lot of the scenes throughout the film were taken from these real life stories -- like the way my character buys a prepaid phone or the fact that she falls in love with one of her clients or that she writes detailed entries in her journal about each date. Even some of the clients were based on real people -- the biker and the Hasidic Jew. But personally, what I took was the paranoia that I saw in one of these women. She admitted she was paranoid. When you talked to her, it always felt like she was hiding something. She was never too positive or too negative -- she was always somewhere in between -- and I felt that there was so much more that she could have said but didn't say. I definitely applied that.

    • Sasha: (On the sexual double standard she sees) I think that women - especially young women - are made to feel so ashamed in general. But if you're a guy it's like, `Yeah, I banged that girl last night. It was so awesome' ... It's unfair," Grey says. "They have a man like Hugh Hefner who people glorify for selling sex, but you have a young woman doing it - it's wrong. And I think it's time in our society for women's rights and women's sexuality to no longer be just an underground thing. ... It's like I am woman, hear me roar.

    • Sasha: (On why she got into the adult film business) One of the other reasons to get into the adult business is to challenge it creatively,... ...I think people just kind of fall into this routine of here's my camera, here's a couch, here's a girl, shoot it. There's so much free products out there that no one is going to buy adult films anymore unless you make something different, unless you make something exciting and titillating. ... I kind of want to take it back to the beginning of adult films, like a `Deep Throat.' To put it simply, I want to do narrative-based adult films so you want to watch it from beginning to end and don't want to fast-forward through to the sex.

    • Sasha: (on the difference between her in her personal life and her character Chelsea in the film "The Girlfriend Experience") I think I'm much more artistically driven,... ...Chelsea's end goal is always money. She's quite a vain person. And she's always looking to diversify in a business sense. In my case it's in an artistic sense. Inevitably some of the things I do will help business, but my end goal isn't necessarily money. Chelsea doesn't confront her problems face to face. ... Whereas, I understand if I make a mistake it's my fault. If I choose to do something, I'm choosing to do it because I made a calculated decision.

    • Sasha: (On what is was like to work with Soderbergh and how he compares to other directors she has worked with before him) Very few people in porn can actually direct. I mean no disrespect, but in porn, if you can white-balance a camera, you can be a director, which is why the industry is so oversaturated with awful content. Steven was amazing because he was so focused. He knows what he wants. That kind of made me feel lazy in a way. His process is so intense. You watch him do what he does and prepare, and you don't feel like you work hard enough. Sometimes we did four locations in a single day. We had a very small crew. But with a small crew and a camera, Steven can do anything.

    • Sasha: (On her experience shooting improv scenes in the film 'GFE') I took acting lessons from [the ages of] twelve to eighteen, so it was hard for me to abandon some of those processes as an actor and to strip it down to something more raw. You know what you need to do in the scene, but you don't have the lines to get you there, so you need to sort of figure it out. I got an outline. But there would generally be changes everyday because Steven wanted the film to be very real and in the moment. We would get to the set, pick up a newspaper, and talk about what was really going on in the world at that moment. A lot of that made it into the film.

    • Sasha: (On what was on her mind the night before the filming of "GFE" started) I was incredibly nervous. We didn't get a lot of information on the film, so I think I was nervous because I just didn't know what it would be like. Steven wanted this organic, natural performance for the film. And that was a bit of a struggle for me, to let that be part of the process.

    • Sasha: (On how Steven Soderbergh got in contact with her) I got a MySpace message from Brian Koppelman, one of the writers. But since it was through MySpace, I didn't think it was real. Brian wrote me a note saying that Steven Soderbergh would call me, and I was like, "Yeah, right." But a few days later I had a voicemail from Steven, which was a total surprise. A few days after that, we were having lunch and talking about the project. I think they had heard of me because of the Los Angeles Magazine story about me a few years ago.

    • Sasha: (on signing an output deal with Spice Digital Networks) Signing a first-look agreement with Spice for our broadcasting is indicative to the launch of Grey Art, if not vital,... ...Their brand as well as their appeal will allow us to deliver Grey Art titles to a large, diverse, and contemporary audience, who are undoubtedly hungry for a fresh and unique style of adult films; I'm positive that my creative passion for directing and performing will shine through. We've expanded our relationship with Spice; also releasing titles from our sister company, Low Art, directed by Oren Cohen. Fans will always know where to find their latest Grey Art releases with this unique partnership, and I am confident that it will be a long and fruitful one.

    • (about how she got into porn)
      Sasha: I was 17. I was in college. I was watching a lot of porn, and I saw an opportunity for myself to change this business.

    • Sasha: We have people we love in a war, yet it's fine because they're fighting for good ol' USA. But yet when a young woman who is sexually strong and aware has sex, people are like, "Oh, that's wrong and dirty. She's gonna encourage people to rape and pillage."

    • Sasha: Everything in life is a transaction.

    • Sasha: I think sex addiction is an actual illness. A lot of things can become addictive, but I do think in Hollywood it's definitely something people are using as an excuse, to say, "Hey, I'm going to blame this on an illness rather than take responsibility for being unfaithful, or not telling you what I want." I definitely think it's a cop-out.

    • (about her role on Entourage)
      Sasha: It was a great opportunity to throw myself into a situation where I was acting alongside real professionals. It's interesting because it's like a baby step. I'm acting with real actors, but I'm playing myself, but I'm also playing a character, so it's half and half. It's not full-force, but it's a nice way to step into it and get a feel for what's to come, and the TV world as well.

    • Sasha: If you look at me and you think "Here's a woman who's intelligent, cognizant and making her own choices, and you still tell me that what I'm doing is wrong, screw you, because that should end the debate.

    • Sasha: Most of the XXX I see is boring, and does not arouse me physically or visually. I am determined and ready to be a commodity that fulfills everyone's fantasies.

    • Sasha: I think spaying and neutering is incredibly important... [I]t keeps the animals out of the shelters, and there's too many unwanted animals out there already.

    • Sasha: Part of the reason I got into this business was to change it. I can take my fantasies and ideas and deliver those to an audience. It's all an extension of who I am.

    • Sasha: I am a pervert. If I am working out any issues through porn, it's anger at society for not being open about sex.

    • Sasha: I come from an underprivileged community that doesn't have a mission. People there take life step-by-step. They don't believe they have futures. I earned As and Bs in high school, but when you're in classes where you know you're not being taught well, those grades mean nothing to you. I became one of those anti-everything kids that come out of places like North Highlands. Nothing could make me happy.

    • Sasha: I feel I need to express myself, so whether it's a film project, music, photography, I'm not going to confine my art to just commerce-related things. I mean, there's always some balance, but really, it has to come out of me, and so it does.

    • Sasha: I'm a performance artist. [What I do] inspires men and women. A lot of my fans don't even watch porn. People are finding me in different ways than watching porn.

    • (about what she wants to be when she grows up)
      Sasha: A wrecker of civilization.