Sasha Grey (pictured) was born in California in 1988. After graduating high school at 17, she took a few junior college classes in film, acting and dance before moving to L.A. in 2006 and entering the adult entertainment business. She took the first part of her stage name from Sascha Konietzko of the band KMFDM, while “Grey” is an allusion to Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Don’t groan. Grey apparently originally considered naming herself after the Danish-born, French-based New Wave actress, screenwriter and director Anna Karina. It could just be an act, but this woman comes across as being reasonably brainy. She’s not in the industry now, but when she was she managed herself through her own agency, and spoke publicly in favour of porn as a legit career choice.
Grey works as a model and actress now. She’s done campaigns for American Apparel, PETA and French designer Max Aazria, and was featured in the art work for the Smashing Pumpkins 2007 album Zeitgeist. She also appeared in the video for the single “Superchrist”. And she’s done two Playboy features.
Actingwise, she’s also appeared in Eminem’s video for “Space Bound” and a few other roles. And in 2009, she starred as the high-priced Manhattan call girl Chelsea in Steven Soderbergh’s experimental drama The Girlfriend Experience.
Speaking of Soderbergh, he had two films eligible for consideration at this year’s Academy Awards which go Sunday from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (CTV, 5:30 p.m.) The first was the medical thriller Contagion which had a big-name cast: Matt Damon, Gwenyth Paltrow, Kate Winslett, Lawrence Fishbourne. The second was the action thriller Haywire which also had a top drawer cast with Michael Fassbender, Ewen McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Gina Carano. Neither got any love from Academy members though.
Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Martin Scorcese’s 3-D adventure Hugo about a boy who lives alone in a Paris train station. Next with 10 is the French drama The Artist that’s set in the period around 1930 when films were transitioning to “talkies” and was directed as an old-style b&w silent movie by Michael Hazanavicius. You can find a complete list of nominees here.
Of special note for fans of Canadian cinema, the Quebec film Monsieur Lahzar is in the running for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s directed by Phillipe Falardeau, and is about a substitute teacher who takes over an elementary school class after the previous teacher committed suicide. And Christopher Plummer is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in Beginners as an aged widower who finally comes out of the closet.
One Canuck who got totally hosed by the Academy though was Ryan Gosling. This year he had stellar turns as the lead in the crime thriller Drive and as a supporting actor in George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March. Both performances were worthy of possible nomination. Instead, he got zilch, with the Academy trotting out some bullshit excuse about Gosling being hurt by a vote-split. If that’s true, the Academy should maybe consider revamping its voting procedure.
Billy Crystal is hosting again for the ninth time. It was supposed to be Eddie Murphy if you recall, but he withdrew after the original producer Brent Ratner was forced to resign after uttering a gay slur.
That’s it for this edition of Porn Star of the Week. See you March 2.