Sasha Grey was born in Sacramento, California. Grey has Greek, Irish, English and Polish heritage. She attended Highlands High in North Highlands, California where she held a 3.8 grade average but was later home schooled. She had her first sexual experience at the age of 16.
In 2005, she decided to become an adult performer. After graduating a year early, she bussed tables at a local steak house in Sacramento while attending Sacramento City College.
She then moved to Los Angeles and started her career in 2006 just after turning 18. Her first scene was an orgy with Rocco Siffredi and others for the movie The Fashionistas 2 by John Stagliano. During this scene, she shocked her fellow performer by requesting that he punch her in the stomach, which he declined. She states that she is bisexual and a fan of porn star Belladonna, with whom she shot scenes in Fetish Fanatic #4 and the unreleased Awakening of Sasha Grey.
Shortly after turning 18, Grey contacted a casting agent through the Internet. He agreed to represent her, and he stated that she is available for various sexual acts. Ms. Grey recently opened her own agency, in which she represents herself, and at a later date additional female talent. Grey was featured in the November 2006 edition of Los Angeles magazine, which flagged her as a potential major star, perhaps the next Jenna Jameson. In 2007 she won 2 AVN awards best three way for Fuck Slaves and best group scene for Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge. She was also nominated as Best New Starlet, but lost to Naomi. In May 2007, she was the recipient of the best new Starlet award by the X Rated Critics Organization.
In December 2006, Sasha was interviewed on the syndicated entertainment industry news show The Insider. Grey also appeared on The Tyra Banks Show in February 2007. She later claimed through her own website and on YouTube that the interview aired on television represented her poorly and that the show's staff changed her clothing and hairstyle to make her appear younger, her youthful appearance being a feature that host Tyra Banks repeatedly played on in criticism of her pornographic career choice.
She is half of the experimental music/art project known as ATelecine. Grey also aspires to produce independent films; since the inception of her career in the porn industry, she has begun the filming of a documentary that she hopes will illustrate her experience from the age of 18 to 21.
She was chosen Penthouse Pet of The Month for July 2007; the spread is considered to be a radical change for the magazine as it was photographed by the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Grey modeled for the art work for The Smashing Pumpkins 2007 album Zeitgeist, and also appears in their 2008 video "Superchrist". Grey also appeared in the music video for the song "Birthday Girl" by the Roots from their Rising Down album. She stars in and suggested the title for the movie Broken, directed by Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro.
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