Marina Ann Hantzis, recognized professionally as Sasha Gray, is an American tv persona, businesswoman, actress, mannequin, Web persona, Twitch streamer, singer, novelist, and former pornographic actress. Gray started her performing profession within the pornographic movie trade, profitable 15 awards for her work between 2007 and 2010, together with the AVN Award for Feminine Performer of the Yr in 2008.
Gray has been featured in music movies, documentaries, promoting campaigns, artworks, and magazines. After her 2009 function movie debut because the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Expertise, she starred in unbiased movies together with Open Home windows, the Canadian black comedy horror movie Smash Minimize and the horror movie Would You Quite. In 2011, she performed a fictionalized model of herself within the HBO comedy-drama sequence Entourage.
Gray was a co-founder, singer, and author of aTelecine, an industrial music band. She is the writer of The Juliette Society trilogy of novels and likewise writes, directs, and co-produces movies and music movies.
Sasha Gray Youth
Gray was born in North Highlands, California, right into a working-class household. Her father was a Greek-American who labored as a mechanic and died in June 2015. Her mom is of English, Irish, and Polish descent. Gray’s mother and father divorced earlier than she began center faculty and she or he was subsequently raised by her mom, who remarried in 2000. She was raised as an adherent of Catholicism.
Gray attended 4 excessive colleges, together with Highlands Excessive in Sacramento, California, and was sad at every. She graduated a yr early on the age of 17 and in late 2005 she attended Sacramento Metropolis School and took lessons in movie, dance, and performing. She bussed tables at a Black Angus steakhouse till March 2006 and saved $7,000 for a transfer to Los Angeles.
Sasha Gray Profession
Dave Navarro with Gray in 2007
In Could 2006, Gray moved to Los Angeles, California, and carried out in hardcore pornography. She initially thought of calling herself Anna Karina, after the French New Wave actress of the identical identify, earlier than selecting Sasha Gray. The identify ‘Sasha’ was taken from Sascha Konietzko of the band KMFDM and ‘Gray’ got here from Oscar Wilde’s novel The Image of Dorian Grey or, alternatively, from the Kinsey scale, a measurement of gay and heterosexual attraction.
Gray’s first scene was an orgy with Rocco Siffredi for Fashionistas Safado: The Problem by John Stagliano and helped Gray rapidly make a reputation for herself within the grownup movie trade after she requested Siffredi to punch her within the abdomen throughout the scene, an act she later acknowledged was improvised. Lower than six months after coming into the grownup trade, Gray was featured within the November 2006 version of Los Angeles the place she was flagged as a possible main star, maybe the following Jenna Jameson. In December 2006, Gray was interviewed on the syndicated leisure trade information program The Insider.
In January 2007, Gray was the recipient of awards for “Finest Three Method Intercourse Scene” in Fuck Slaves and “Finest Group Scene” in Fashionistas Safado: The Problem on the 24th AVN Grownup Film Awards. In February 2007, Gray appeared on The Tyra Banks Present and mentioned youngsters working within the intercourse trade. There was hypothesis the present was closely edited and had not included her protection of grownup movie as a profession alternative. The present was additionally criticized for enhancing the interview to extend its dramatic worth.
In 2008, she turned the youngest girl ever to win the AVN Feminine Performer of the Yr Award and likewise gained an award within the class “Finest Oral Intercourse Scene” for Babysitters on the 25th AVN Awards. Gray starred in Dave Navarro’s movie Damaged, for which she gained the Finest Excessive Finish All-Intercourse Movie AVN award. In 2008 Gray introduced that she would symbolize herself within the grownup trade via her company L.A. Manufacturing facility Ladies. Gray additionally appeared in Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge, which gained in 15 classes on the 26th AVN Awards ceremony in 2009, making it essentially the most awarded movie ever on the ceremony.
Gray at Exxxotica New York in 2009
A. O. Scott of The New York Occasions described Gray’s pornography profession as “distinguished each by the extremity of what she is prepared to do and an uncommon diploma of mental seriousness about doing it”. In 2009 she was voted primary on Genesis journal’s 11th annual version of its “Porn’s Scorching 100” problem and within the 10th version in 2008 she was positioned sixth. Gray was the G4tv host in a two-hour documentary on Sexpo Australia for Assault of the Present! in 2009.
Based on the Miami New Occasions, Gray has carried out in round 190 grownup movies and likewise directed the movies Birthday Celebration and The Seduction (2009). The Guardian counted her as starring in 270 grownup movies, not 190. Gray filmed her final grownup movie at age 21 in 2009 and introduced her retirement from the trade on Fb in April 2011. In 2010, in an interview with Maxim, Gray mentioned her mother and father weren’t completely satisfied together with her involvement within the grownup movie trade however that they have been on good phrases together with her nonetheless; Gray’s father died in 2015.
In 2011, CNBC named Gray as one of many 12 hottest stars in grownup movies and famous that her mainstream roles had saved curiosity in her earlier grownup movie work excessive and that a number of corporations continued to launch compilations from her movies. The November 2013 problem of Penthouse listed Sasha Gray of their variant of a Soiled Dozen and Males’s Well being positioned Gray as No. 85 in its record of “The 100 Hottest Ladies of All Time”. In 2018 Gray was nonetheless the highest looked for grownup star in Ukraine in line with Pornhub Insights.
Sasha Gray Modeling
Gray was named Penthouse’s Pet of the Month for July 2007 and was photographed by trend photographer Terry Richardson. She was additionally profiled within the December 2008 Rolling Stone journal and appeared twice in Playboy, in a December 2009 pictorial and because the cowl function in October 2010.
Gray has modeled for varied purchasers, together with Max Azria’s line Manoukian, American Attire, and Flaunt. Gray modeled for Richard Kern as part of Vice journal’s anti-fashion structure and appeared in his e book and within the three-part VBS.television program Shot by Kern.
Gray appeared in Taschen’s 25th anniversary reprint of Terry Richardson’s e book Terryworld and in his Wives, Wheels, Weapons, a companion e book to James Frey’s Vivid Shiny Morning. She has modeled for artists James Jean, Zak Smith, Dave Naz, David Choe, and Frédéric Poincelet, who additionally created the art work for her industrial music band aTelecine’s …And Six Darkish Hours Cross album. In Could 2010 she interviewed artist Terence Koh for BlackBook.
In 2010, Gray was certainly one of 4 actors who appeared in Julião Sarmento’s video set up Leporello and was featured within the Richardson journal A4. Richard Phillips made a brief movie known as Sasha Gray within the Chemosphere for the Gagosian Gallery in 2011 and likewise portrayed her for the Frieze Artwork Truthful in 2013. Hypocrite Design described Sasha Gray within the movie as a “perpetually evolving determine”. In an interview with Attract in 2018, Gray mentioned her look was “undoubtedly punk-inspired, undoubtedly the anti-aesthetic, and I’ve undoubtedly grown out of that as a result of I am older”.
Sasha Gray Appearing
Gray selling The Girlfriend Expertise at Exxxotica Miami 2009
Gray appeared in a 2009 episode of James Gunn’s PG Porn with James Gunn, made a cameo look in Dick Impolite’s 2010 unbiased movie Stop, and starred within the 2009 Canadian low-budget black comedy/horror movie Smash Minimize with David Hess from Odessa/Zed Filmworks.
In director Steven Soderbergh’s movie The Girlfriend Expertise, Gray performed the lead function of Chelsea, an escort who’s paid to behave as her purchasers’ girlfriend. Soderbergh forged Gray after studying her profile in Los Angeles journal. As Gray ready for her function in The Girlfriend Expertise, Soderbergh requested her to observe Jean-Luc Godard’s movies Vivre sa vie and Pierrot le Fou, each of which star Anna Karina. Gray and Soderbergh additionally interviewed two escorts whom they took character traits and behaviors from.
Critiques of Gray’s efficiency in The Girlfriend Expertise have been combined. Leisure Weekly discovered the movie “mysterious and arresting”, however New York mentioned the actors “look like improvising (badly)”. Violet Blue wrote that “Gray herself is as complicated and layered and mesmerizing as a Soderbergh movie itself—that is why Gray’s followers cross all types of cultural and ethical divides”. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie obtained a score of 66% based mostly on 138 opinions. In 2016, Glenn Kenny who performed the majordomo of an escort-review website, described The Girlfriend Expertise as a “digital movie from one other period” with most scenes being two-handers.
In 2009, she additionally performed the Vulcan Chandra within the grownup Star Trek parody This Ain’t Star Trek XXX, profitable her an XBIZ “Feminine Appearing Efficiency of the Yr” award. Gray performed a fictionalized model of herself within the seventh season of the HBO sequence Entourage as Vincent Chase’s new girlfriend in a multi-episode arc. The season has a 57% score (13 recent, 10 rotten) on Rotten Tomatoes.
Gray performed Raven within the thriller I Soften With You, directed by Mark Pellington, which premiered on the Sundance Movie Pageant on January 26, 2011. She then starred within the Indonesian movie Shrouded Corpse Bathing Whereas Hip-Shaking, which premiered on April 28, 2011. She co-starred within the 2012 horror-thriller Would You Quite, which was directed by David Man Levy, and which has a critics’ consensus score of 59% based mostly on 22 opinions at Rotten Tomatoes. A critic famous the similarity of her function as “unflinching within the wildest of circumstances, when vying for a hefty sum of money on the expense of [her] well being” to Gray’s personal profession as an grownup actor.
She voiced the character Viola DeWynter within the 2011 online game Saints Row: The Third and reprised the function once more in 2015 for Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. In 2013, within the documentary sequence Durch die Nacht mit …, Mariya Ocher took Gray to nightlife venues in Hamburg the place Gray ignored the “girls prohibited” barrier of the Herbertstraße. In 2014 she starred with Elijah Wooden in Open Home windows, which was directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Nikola Grozdanovic wrote that “all of Open Home windows is constructed in a manner for the entire motion to unfold via some sort of laptop display”. The Tomatometer critics’ consensus for Open Home windows was 40% based mostly on 40 opinions. In 2017, Sasha Gray and Danny Trejo starred within the arthouse thriller Black Licorice, which was directed by Frankie Latina and in 2009 Gray was a co-producer of Latina’s Modus Operandi, additionally starring Danny Trejo.
Gray appeared in music movies for The Smashing Pumpkins’ 2007 tune “Superchrist”, and for The Roots’ 2008 tune “Birthday Woman”. In 2011, she appeared within the music video for Eminem’s tune “Area Sure”, which premiered on Vevo, enjoying a girlfriend whom Eminem strangles earlier than realizing that she is barely a figment of his creativeness.
Sasha Gray Music
In 2008, Gray started an industrial music collaboration known as aTelecine with Pablo St. Francis and the 2 later added Anthony D’ Juan and Ian Cinnamon. The venture’s first EP, aVigillant Carpark, was launched in 2009. The identical yr, Gray additionally contributed vocals to the Present 93 album Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain.
L.A. interview in July 2012
In 2010, aTelecine launched its first album, …And Six Darkish Hours Cross, and adopted it up with the primary of three A Cassette Tape Tradition compilations. Paul Maher Jr. in contrast Sasha Gray with Cathy Ames in John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, describing the ambient tracks of aTelecine as aural wrecking balls, acknowledged that Gray’s creative temperament comes near that of the Marquis de Sade as “a proponent of freedom tethered to its furthest extremities, but untethered by legal guidelines, morality or faith” and admired her braveness and audaciousness. In July 2013 it was introduced that Gray had left the band, leaving Ian Cinnamon and a brand new vocalist as the one remaining full-time members.
In 2012, Gray coated Nico for the X-TG album Desertshore. In 2014, Gray and Jayceeoh produced “Warmth of the Evening”, that includes Bella. In 2015, psytrance band Contaminated Mushroom featured Gray’s vocals of their album Changing Vegetarians II within the observe “Fields of Gray”. In 2016, Gray contributed to the Loss of life in Vegas album Transmission. The previous Throbbing Gristle members Chris & Cosey remixed “Penalties of Love”, a Transmission tune carried out and composed by Gray and Fearless. In 2017, Michael Mayer tailored the Chris & Cosey remix in his DJ-Kicks album. Vice described Transmission as an “EBM-inspired romp via the darker edges of the sleazier golf equipment within the nightlife spectrum”. In a cameo look, DJ Harvey performs “Penalties of Love” within the rave get together on the Grand Palais scene of Mission: Unimaginable – Fallout. In 2018, Loss of life in Vegas revealed the only “Honey”, with Gray as author, singer, and movie director of Drone Information’ video for the tune. In August 2018 PIG revealed “That is The Method (I Like It)”, that includes Gray, and premiered it on the web site Pornhub.
Since 2010, Gray has repeatedly carried out as a DJ and has revealed a few of her mixes on SoundCloud. Gray mentioned she makes use of CDJs, USB-sticks, and SD playing cards when making her music. Earmilk editor David Sikorski thought of her mixes as “testomony to her big selection, eclectic style in music, and her means to know the mechanics of strong digital music manufacturing”.
Sasha Gray Books
Gray’s picture e book Neü Intercourse was launched on March 29, 2011. BlackBook described it as “one other proper step in reworking herself into the multimedia artist she sees herself as” and the Portland Mercury in contrast Gray’s “distinct fashion” with the images of Cindy Sherman and Terry Richardson.
Her second e book, an erotic novel titled The Juliette Society, was launched on Could 9, 2013. Karley Sciortino described the e book as a “satirical, erotic novel that follows Catherine, a movie pupil who enters a secret, elite intercourse society”, and in an interview Gray acknowledged she paid homage to novels like The 120 Days of Sodom, Thérèse the Thinker, and Voltaire’s Candide. Alisande Fitzsimons wrote that The Juliette Society incorporates references to basic erotic literature and movie, and Cosmopolitan UK known as it “erotica with a distinction”. In 2016, the second e book of The Juliette Society trilogy, The Janus Chamber, was revealed and the third installment, The Mismade Woman, adopted in 2018. Gray described The Juliette Society as considerably autobiographical. Allen Foster wrote that The Janus Chamber is “a superb work of literature”, far more Satyricon than Fifty Shades of Gray, the place Gray’s “wry humorousness reveals itself within the obscure popular culture references”.
The trilogy was translated into a number of languages, and in October 2019 the German translation of The Mismade Woman was revealed by Heyne Hardcore as X.
In 2020, Gray started internet hosting a present on VENN known as Gray Space.
Sasha Gray Private life
Gray identifies herself as an existentialist and as bisexual. She was in a long-term relationship and engagement with Ian Cinnamon, who’s 13 years her senior, however the couple cut up up in 2013.
In Could 2016 interview, rock and popular culture critic Artwork Tavana in contrast Gray with Madonna, describing her as “defiantly feminist” and as “novelist, EDM DJ, sex-positive feminist, Components 1 racer or motion star—it doesn’t matter what it’s, it is greater than ‘ex-porn star'”. In 2009, Meghan O’Rourke wrote that Gray “sees her extremity as serving to to liberate feminine sexuality” however she known as Gray’s persona “a intelligent advertising and marketing tactic”. Vanessa Grigoriadis acknowledged that “what’s most essential about her is her influence on feminism”. In a 2011 interview with Journal Frankfurt, Gray commented that she dislikes the time period ‘feminist’, saying she could be a ‘post-modern feminist’ if she was one.
Gray is a cinephile, resulting in her 2006 alias “Anna Karina” after a French-Danish movie actor, and likes the work of Italian movie director Michelangelo Antonioni, French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, Danish Dogme 95 director Lars von Trier, New German Cinema filmmaker Werner Herzog, feminist filmmaker Catherine Breillat, and American filmmaker David Lynch. MovieLine acknowledged her as “Twitter’s Artwork-Home Eulogist”.
Sasha Gray described herself as a David Bowie fan and contributed to a French homage after he died in 2016. Different musical influences of Gray’s embrace KMFDM, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, and 9 Inch Nails. Gray additionally collects vinyl information and her motto is Lotta continua.
Sasha Gray Activism
In February 2010, Sasha Gray and Joanna Angel have been Intercourse Week at Yale panelists. Later the identical yr, she revealed her opinions on the Mark Sanford extramarital affair in an op-ed for Newsweek 20/10. In a March 2014 interview Gray spoke in protection of the grownup trade and on behalf of outed Duke College student-turned-adult-actress Belle Knox.
In November 2011, Gray participated in a visitor studying program at Emerson Elementary College in Compton, California. After some mother and father complained, Gray responded to the controversy by stating, “I dedicated to this program with the understanding that folks would have their very own opinions about what I’ve achieved, who I’m, and what I symbolize”. Gray additionally appeared on the American discuss present The View, the place she mentioned she thought the schoolchildren’s mother and father ought to have been given prior discover of the identification of visitor readers and that she wouldn’t have accepted the job if mother and father had objected to her.
In March 2012, she revealed a video supporting Equal Pay Day. In July 2013, shortly after the Nationwide Safety Company’s PRISM surveillance program was first publicized, Gray starred in a Humorous or Die “Horny NSA Business” parody. She supported Bernie Sanders throughout the 2016 Democratic Celebration presidential primaries and helps Deliberate Parenthood. In 2020, she supported Direct Reduction for the Puerto Rico earthquakes and Black Lives Matter on her Twitch stream.
|2007||AVN Award||Finest Three-Method Intercourse Scene||Fuck Slaves||Sandra Romain and Manuel Ferrara|
|2007||AVN Award||Finest Group Intercourse Scene – Video||Fashionistas Safado||Christian XXX, Erik Everhard, Belladonna, Chris Charming, Gianna, Jean Val Jean, Jenna Haze, Mr. Pete, et al.|
|2007||AFWG Award||Finest Orgy Scene|
|2007||AFWG Award||Teen Dream of the Yr||N/A||N/A|
|2007||XRCO Awards||New Starlet||N/A||N/A|
|2008||AVN Award||Finest Oral Intercourse Scene, Video||Babysitters||N/A|
|2008||AVN Award||Feminine Performer of the Yr||N/A||N/A|
|2008||XRCO Awards||Feminine Performer of the Yr||N/A||N/A|
|2009||XRCO Awards||Mainstream Grownup Media Favourite||N/A||N/A|
|2010||AVN Award||Finest Anal Intercourse Scene||Anal Cavity Search 6||Erik Everhard|
|2010||AVN Award||Finest Oral Intercourse Scene||Throat: A Cautionary Story||N/A|
|2010||AVN Award||Crossover Star of the Yr||N/A||N/A|
|2010||FAME Awards||Favourite Oral Starlet||N/A||N/A|
|2010||XBIZ Awards||Crossover Star of the Yr||N/A||N/A|
|2010||XRCO Awards||Mainstream Grownup Media Favourite||N/A||N/A|
Sasha Gray Films
|2008||9 to five: Days in Porn||Documentary|
|2009||The Girlfriend Expertise||Chelsea / Christine Brown|
|2009||Smash Minimize||April Carson|
|2009||This Ain’t Star Trek XXX||Chandra|
|2009||Seinfeld: A XXX Parody||Herself|
|2009||Sexpo Australia (2009)||Documentary|
|2010||The New Erotic: Artwork Intercourse Revolution||Documentary|
|2011||I Soften With You||Raven|
|2011||Membunuh: Homicide||Bikini-clad ghost|
|2012||The Woman from the Bare Eye||Lena|
|2012||Would You Quite||Amy|
|2012||Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story||Unreleased; as Paula|
|2014||Open Home windows||Jill Goddard|
Sasha Gray Collection
|2009||Porn: Enterprise of Pleasure||Documentary||1 episode||CNBC|
|2009||James Gunn’s PG Porn||Tricia Scrotey||Roadside Ass-istance||Net sequence|
|2013||Horny NSA Business||Herself||1 episode||Humorous or Die|
|2013||Durch die Nacht mit …||Documentary||…Sasha Gray und Mary Ocher||Arte|
|2018||Into the Darkish||Celebration DJ||The Physique||Hulu|
|2020||Gray Space||Host||Speak present||VENN|
Sasha Gray Music movies
|2007||Superchrist||Dancer||The Smashing Pumpkins|
|2008||Birthday Woman||Birthday Woman||The Roots|
Sasha Gray Video video games
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Viola DeWynter||Voice|
|2015||Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell||Viola DeWynter||Voice|