Adult film star crosses over to big screen with lead in Soderbergh film (SFW)

Jenna Jameson may soon be replaced as the most known name in porn by 20 year-old adult film actress Sasha Gray, who has just been offered the lead in an upcoming film by Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, the director of Traffic, Erin Brockovich, and the Oceans movies, has cast the young actress as a call girl in his film The Girlfriend Experience. Gray is well known in the adult industry, and is the youngest winner of the Adult Video News’ Female Performer of the Year award. She has gradually been making the crossover into modeling and acting, with a role in an indie film and appearances in music videos. With this latest role we may be hearing a lot more about her:

Steven Soderbergh must have wanted an actress with a bit of real-world experience for his new movie. Variety reports that the Oscar winner has cast adult film star Sasha Grey as the lead in his upcoming drama “The Girlfriend Experience.”

“Experience,” which was written by Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s 13″ scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien, follows the life of a high-price call girl. I think we can all assume it’s probably not as glamorous as movies and television might suggest.

But really, the life and career of Grey is nearly as movie-worthy as Soderbergh’s call girl. Only 20 years old, she entered the pornography business just after her 18th birthday, and according to her Wikipedia page, became hailed as the next Jenna Jameson pretty quickly thereafter. This past January, she became the youngest winner of Adult Video News’ Female Performer of the Year award.

Now, she’s moving on to more legitimate projects — she’s done modeling work, appeared in artwork and music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Navarro, and The Roots, and has landed small parts in the indie film “Quit,” and the Canadian horror film “Smash Cut.” Given her looks, her amazing taste in film (she lists Jean-Luc Godard, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Catherine Breillat as her favorites), and her obvious tenacity, she may just conquer Hollywood as easily as she did adult film. Landing a lead role with Steven Soderbergh on your third try? Not bad, Ms. Grey!


There seems to be less stigma associated with making porn and that means there are opportunities for adult film actresses that weren’t there 10 or 15 years ago. It’s not really a wide open window to greater fame and stardom, though, and it probably won’t ever be. Hollywood is celebrating the success of former stripper turned screenwriter Diablo Cody, and adult actresses Traci Lords and Jenna Jameson have moved on to greater glory to some extent. Maybe we’re about to see another porn actress who makes the difficult crossover to major motion pictures. As long as she has the talent and can avoid the typecasting that is sure to follow her, she could achieve the kind of success she could only dream about while getting it on with random guys for the cameras.

Ms. Gray has her own channel on YouTube, where you can hear her talk about doing enemas and telling men to eat a healthy diet if they want their girlfriend to um, swallow.

Photos are from Sasha Gray’s myspace.

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  1. lady garden says:

    she comes across as a really intelligent girl-not that i endorse her life choices but thank fuck it may get her out of the industry

  2. sandy says:

    thank goodness she started her porn career “After” her 18th bday :roll:

  3. Anon says:

    There’s still a stigma, otherwise actresses wouldn’t be so eager to get out of porn.

    Plus Traci Lords, Jenna Jameson and Diablo Cody cannot do a single interview without somebody bringing up their past as a sex worker.

  4. Lane says:

    Wow she is beautiful. Blah people are so mean. She was in porn, big deal. People act like that’s murdering someone or something.

  5. lady garden says:

    emily she was-i think its all on youtube

  6. sam says:

    I read she’s brazilian, is that right?

  7. Gaby says:

    What a great role model for young girls. Get into porn the minute you turn 18 and then famous directors will cast you in their movies. This is a great example. And its not like some cheap soft care porn where shes just running around naked, I saw her on the Tyra show. They said she does hard core movies having sex with multiple men and s&m type movies where she gets kicked and hit. But anything to get famous right?

  8. vdantev says:

    Traci Lords did too long ago, so where’s her story ?

  9. spoonman says:

    She burns up the screen in porn-why not in regular film.

    Lets give her a chance!!!

  10. geronimo says:

    I’m with spoonman. If Soderbergh is willing to give her a chance, why not? And just because she started out in porn doesn’t mean she’s not entitled to look for opportunities to change her career direction, particularly since she’s so young.

  11. feli76 says:

    FIRST!- I’m a big fan. Not only is SHE DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, GREAT in adult films,and has a fantastic sense of humor!
    SECOND!- She has an AMAZING BRAIN behind her beautiful face. I’ve seen plenty of interviews w/her(DRESSED) and I’m all for HER being the FIRST American President!!! :D

  12. LML says:

    Sasha is an extremely well spoken and interesting person. She is also a very gifted performer.
    We all got a glimpse into her talents as a mainstream actor while filming Pirates 2.
    With her intelligent choices and good sense, she will go far.

  13. Mugsy says:

    @ LML: I bet she is a gifted performer…

  14. This young woman is nothing more than conniving, sleazy scum, trying to attain notoriety through pornography because she lacks the ability to do so in any legitimate, honorable fashion. As is the case with anyone involved in pornography.

  15. Absolut00 says:

    i think its so good film and its so good brazillian star :D

  16. Bella says:

    I have seen her in several interviews too and she always seems so cold, distant and unfriendly and so clearly holds herself in such a high opinion.
    And yet here you all are and the movie industry is glorifying her making it seem alright to do what she did and does.
    And she isn’t just any porn star, she is one of the dirtiest most disgusting of all porn stars, falling just short of the “two girls one cup” girls..though she’d probably do that too! This is a pathetic state of the movie industry that such a girl as Sasha Gray is given these opportunities over people with real talent who have dedicated themselves to honest hard work and who will be good role models for women. And the fact that she is pretty or even smart is void now because of the choices she has made. The saddest thing is unlike other pornstars who never really wanted to be in the industry and hate it, sahsa loves it and is proud of her work. That doesn’t sound like someone deserving to get out ofit and into mainstream media to me.

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