Sasha Grey
Birth Date:
Sacramento, California, USA
Birth Place:
March 14, 1988
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The Erotic Enigma


Sasha Grey is an American actress, author, musician, model and former pornographic actress. During her career in the adult entertainment industry, Grey, who got the nickname The Erotic Enigma,  made about 271 adult films and won many awards between 2007 and 2011, including the AVN Female Performer of the Year Award in 2008 and the X-Rated Critics' Organization Awards for Best New Starlet in 2007, Female Performer of the Year in 2008 and Mainstream Adult Media Favorite in 2009. She officially announced her retirement on Facebook on April 8, 2011.

Since making her feature film debut as the lead in Steven Soderbergh's “The Girlfriend Experience” (2009), Grey has acted in mainstream films such as “Smash Cut” (2009), “Quit” (2010), “I Melt With You” (2011), “Life” (2011), “Pocong mandi goyang pinggul” (2011), “The Girl from the Naked Eye” (2012) and “Would You Rather” (2012) as well as in the televisions series “Entourage” (2010). She released two books:  “Neü Sex” in 2011 and “The Juliette Society” in 2013.

Grey will play roles in the upcoming films “Skinny Dip,” “Open Windows” (2013), “The Scribbler” (2014) and “Snap Shot” (2014).      

Marina Ann Hantzis

Childhood and Family:

Sasha Grey was born Marina Ann Hantzis on March 14, 1988, in Sacramento, California. She grew up in a working class household, with her mother working for the state of California and her father being a mechanic. Her parents separated when she was five years old, and she went on to live with her mom, who later remarried in 2000.

Sasha attended four different high schools before eventually graduating at age 17. In 2005, she enrolled at Sacramento City College and took classes in acting, film and dance. In early 2006, she worked as a waitress at a steakhouse and saved the money she got for a move to Los Angeles.  

Ms. Sasha is married to filmmaker Ian Preston Cinnamon. She identifies herself as bisexual.  

The Girlfriend Experience


Sasha Grey kicked off her career in the adult film industry when she was 18 years old. She first used the named Anna Karina, which she took after the French New Wave actress, before adopting her current name. She made her first appearance as an orgy opposite Belladonna and Rocco Siffredi in “Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge” (2006), helmed by John Stagliano.

Less than six months after her involvement in the business, Grey appeared in the November 2006 edition of Los Angeles in which she was marked as a possible big star and probably the next Jenna Jameson. She went on to appear on the syndicated entertainment industry news show “The Insider” (2006) and then “The Tyra Banks Show” (2007), where she talked about teenagers in the sex industry.  

Grey's career continued to increase in 2007 when she won two Adult Video News Awards for Best Three-Way Sex Scene in “Fuck Slaves” (2006) and for Best Group Sex Scene – Video in “Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge” (2006), as well as the X-Rated Critics' Organization for Best New Starlet. She was also nominated for the AVN awards for Best New Starlet and for Best Oral Sex Scene – Video for her performance in “Oral Supremacy” (2006) and the XRCO Awards for Superslut and Cream Dream. In July 2007, Grey was appointed Pet of The Month and was photographed by fashion photographer Terry Richardson.   

In 2008, at age 20, Grey became the youngest person to win the AVN Award for Female Performer of the Year. She also won the AVN award for Best Oral Scene for her performance in “Babysitters” (2007) and was nominated for Best All-Girl Sex Scene – Video, Best Oral Sex Scene – Video, Best Oral Sex Scene – Video, Best Group Sex Scene – Video and Best Three-way Sex Scene for he scenes in “Boundaries” (2007), “Feeding Frenzy 9” (2007), “Blow Me Sandwich 11” (2007), “Swallow My Squirt 4” (2006) and Razördolls (2006), respectively. The same year, Grey won the XRCO Female Performer of the Year Award and received the nominations for Cream Dream, Superslut and Orgasmic Oralist. Grey's profile could be found in the Rolling Stone “Hot Issue” for the December 2008 edition.      

In 2009, Grey took home the XRCO Mainstream Adult Media Favorite Award and was nominated for     Female Performer of the Year and Orgasmic Oralist Awards. In addition, she received a string of AVN nominations such as Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year, Female Performer of the Year, Best POV Sex Scene for “P.O.V. Centerfolds 7” (2008), Best Oral Sex Scene for “Filth Cums First 3” (2007), Best Actress for “The Last Rose” (2008) and Best Threeway Sex Scene for “Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge” (2008). She was ranked No. 1 on the Genesis magazine's “11th annual edition of its “Porn's Hot 100” issue for 2009.

Grey made her feature film acting debut in “The Girlfriend Experience” (2009), a drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. There she played the lead role Chelsea, an escort girl who is paid to act as the girlfriend of the clients. She then made a guest appearance as Catholic school girl in an episode of James Gunn's “PG Porn with James Gunn” (2009),  had a supporting role as April Carson on the Canadian low budget horror film “Smash Cut” (2009), opposite David Hess, Jesse Buck and Michael Berryman, and made a cameo appearance in the drama/romance film “Quit” (2010), starring Noah Segan, Diora Baird and Nathan Phillips. She also had a recurring role in the HBO hit series “Entourage” during the show's seventh season in 2010. There she played a fictionalized version of herself in the show.  

Grey still busy working in the adult films and in 2010, she won the AVN Awards for Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year, Best Oral Sex Scene in “Throat: A Cautionary Tale” (2009), where she also was nominated for XRCO for Single Performance – Actress and the AVNs for Best Actress and  Best Couples Sex Scene  for her performance, and Best Anal Sex Scene in “Anal Cavity Search 6” (2008). Additionally, she collected various AVN nominations such as Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene in “Bree & Sasha” (2008), Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene and Best Solo Sex Scene in “Sun Goddess: Malibu” (2009), Most Outrageous Sex Scene in “Live in My Secrets” (2009) and Best New Web Starlet. She also received her third XRCO nomination for Orgasmic Oralist.

In January 2011, Grey's feature film, “I Melt With You,” had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The drama was directed by Mark Pellington and also starred Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven and Carla Gugino. Later that same year, she starred in the Indonesian horror film “Shrouded Corpse Bathing While Hip-Shaking” (“Pocong mandi goyang pinggul”), which premiered in Indonesia on April 28, 2011.

Also in April 2011, Grey announced on her official page on Facebook that she decided to retire from adult films. She shot her last pornographic movie at age 21. While she no longer in the adult entertainment industry, Grey was named as one of the 12 most popular stars in porn by CNBC. Moreover, she collected a number of AVN nominations in 2011 like Crossover Star of the Year,  Best Supporting Actress in “Real Wife Stories 6” (2009), Best Three-Way Sex Scene (G/G/B) in “Fly Girls” (2010), Best Couples Sex Scene in “Malice in Lalaland” (2010), Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene in “Malice in Lalaland” (2010), and Best Double Penetration Sex Scene, Most Outrageous Sex Scene and  Most Outrageous Sex Scene in “Fuck: Sasha Grey” (2010).

“From now on I will not be playing roles where I play a version of myself, or a hooker, for a very long time.  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.” Sasha Grey (on retiring from the porn industry at the age of 23)  

Grey subsequently starred opposite Cindy Lecullier and Arnaud Varaine in the French film “Life,”which was released on DVD in France on August 10, 2011. She played Lena in the action/romance film “The Girl from the Naked Eye” (2012), opposite Jason Yee, Samantha Streets and Ron Yuan. Directed by David Ren, the film won Feature Film Competition at the Canadian International Film festival and Best Cinematography at the 2011 Hoboken International Film Festival. Grey co-starred with Brittany Snow, June Squibb and Jeffrey Combs in the horror/thriller film “Would You Rather,” which was released in the US on October 14, 2012, and appeared with Luke Barats and Chris Poole in the short film “Sexy NSA Commercial with Sasha Grey,” which was released in June 2013.

Grey will appear in upcoming films such as “Skinny Dip” (with Danny Trejo and Doug Jones), “Open Windows” (2013, with Elijah Wood and Neil Maskell), “The Scribbler” (2014) and “Snap Shot” (2014).

Apart from acting, Grey has released two books: “Neü Sex” (March 29, 2011) and “The Juliette Society,” a fictional erotic novel (May 9, 2013). She also has done modeling and some music. Grey has modeled for French fashion designer Max Azria's ready to wear line Manoukian, Italian footwear brand Forfex for an international campaign, and American Apparel, among others, and has modeled for artists James Jean, Frédéric Poincelet, Zak Smith, and David Choe. She appeared in a Playboy Magazine December 2009 pictorial and then for the cover feature of the magazine in October 2010. She posed nude in an ad campaign for PETA advocating animal birth control in early 2010. On the music front, Grey founded an industrial music collaboration with Pablo St. Francis called aTelecine in 2008. The band later added Anthony D' Juan and Ian Cinnamon. The band released an EP called “aVigillant Carpark” in 2009 and an LP called “And Six Dark Hours Pass” in 2010. Their first album, “The Falcon and the Pod,” followed on August 9, 2011. She left the group in July 2013.


Adult Video News (AVN): Best Oral Sex Scene, “Throat: A Cautionary Tale,” 2010
Adult Video News (AVN): Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year, 2010
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Anal Sex Scene, “Anal Cavity Search 6,” 2010
X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO): Mainstream Adult Media Favorite, 2009
Adult Video News (AVN): Female Performer of the Year, 2008
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Oral Sex Scene – Video, “Babysitters,” 2008
X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO): Female Performer of the Year, 2008
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Group Sex Scene – Video, “Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge,” 2007
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Three-Way Sex Scene, “Fuck Slaves,” 2007
X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO): Best New Starlet, 2007
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