Sasha Grey is not the sort of movie star you normally see discussed in these pages. With a resume that includes “Oral Supremacy” and “Sex Toy Teens,” Grey has risen to become one of the top porn stars in the United States, appearing in more than 180 films in a three-year period starting when she was just 18. Yet she was always exceptional: content to rely on her own natural looks (without the implants considered de rigeur in the industry), adamant that her work was a form of performance art, and constantly undermining stereotypes. (How many porn stars can digress on the merits of Jean-Luc Godard vs. Agnes Varda?)
At the ripe old age of 21, Grey crossed over into mainstream movies with her starring role in director Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” a sleek, cinema-verite look at one week in the life of a $2,000-per-hour call girl working in present-day Manhattan. It’s a portrait of ridiculous wealth, sex reduced to a transaction, and a social scene traceable only to anonymous and tenuous connections formed via the Net.