Published on April 3rd, 2012 | by Irina Vega
Grey was born and raised in North Highlands, California, to a working class family. Her parents divorced when she was 5 and subsequently she was raised by her mother, who remarried in 2000. She’s stated that while her parents do not like everything she does, they get along.
Grey attended four high schools, among them Highlands High, before graduating, having been unhappy in each one. In autumn 2005, she attended junior college and took classes in film, dance, and acting.
The name “Sasha” was taken from Sascha Konietzko of the band KMFDM, and “Grey” represents Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Her first scene was an orgy with Rocco Siffredi for The Fashionistas 2 by John Stagliano. Grey quickly made a name for herself in the business after she asked Siffredi to punch her in the stomach, however she later stated that she was improvising and it was taken out of context. Less than six months after entering the adult industry.
Less than a year after entering the industry, in January 2007, Grey was the recipient of awards for “Best Three Way Sex Scene” and “Best Group Scene” at the AVN Adult Movie Awards. In 2008, she became the youngest person to win the AVN “Female Performer of the Year” awardas well as “Best Oral Sex Scene” for a scene.
In February 2007, she appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, discussing teenagers in the sex industry. There was speculation that the show was heavily manipulated through editing, and did not include her defense of pornography as a career choice. The show was also criticized for twisting Grey’s depiction to increase its dramatic value. Grey was profiled in the Rolling Stone “Hot Issue” for the December 2008 edition.
Grey formerly represented herself in the adult industry through her own agency, L.A. Factory Girls. Grey has indicated particular appreciation for the work of Andrew Blake and Kimberly Kane.
On April 8, 2011, she officially announced her retirement from adult films on Facebook.
Grey was featured in the artwork for The Smashing Pumpkins 2007 album Zeitgeist,and appears in their music video for “Superchrist”. Grey was also featured in the music video for the song “Birthday Girl” by The Roots.
She 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. She’s modeled for Richard Kern as a part of Vice magazine’s anti-fashion layout, and appeared in a three-part VBS program, “Shot by Kern”. She also appeared in Taschen’s 25th anniversary reprint of Terry Richardson’s Terryworld. Among other collaborations with Richardson, she has also appeared in Wives, Wheels, Weapons, a companion book to James Frey’s Bright Shiny Morning. She has also modeled for artists James Jean, Frédéric Poincelet,Zak Smith, and David Choe.
In January 2010, Grey appeared nude in an ad campaign for PETA advocating animal birth control.
Grey has appeared in Playboy Magazine twice, once for a December 2009 pictorial, as well as the cover feature in October 2010.
He has starred in award-winning film director Steven Soderbergh, The Girlfriend Experience.
Grey also voiced the character Viola in the 2011 Video game Saints Row: The Third. In 2008, Sasha began an industrial music collaboration, called aTelecine, with Pablo St. Francis.
She was reported in a Rolling Stone interview in 2009 as being engaged to filmmaker Ian Cinnamon
In November 2011 Grey participated in the Guest Reading Program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, California. Although her involvement in such activity was first denied by school officials, it was uncovered later on that in fact Grey had read books to children and that her name did not appear on the guests list as Sasha Grey, but as her real name Marina Hantzis. Some parents were upset that a former pornographic actress would read to their children as part of an education program; Grey responded to the controversy: “I believe education is a universal right. I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent.” Grey also appeared on the American talk show The View where she defended her involvement and also explained that one of the reasons why she became a pornographic actress was “to stop the stigma and stop the stereotypes against the adult film industry“.
“I want to tell young girls that sex is good. It’s okay to be a whore. They have no shame in that. People think that young women can not understand sex, there will be consequences for our actions, but we can be as analytical as anyone. “
Irina is the founder and CEO of Altporn4U. Since 2007 she’s producing and directing clips for adults, bringing the sex to the screen in an explicit and creative way. The precursor of this movement in Spain, Irina offers an inimitable view of sex and pornography.