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  • Sasha Grey publishes book in latest move away from adult films

    Sasha Grey at the premiere of her film

    Adult actress Sasha Grey—who took her stage name from Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”—has been described as “the thinking man’s porn star.”

    So to satisfy her cerebral fans, the multiple AVN award-winner has authored a book with self-portraits and short essays, “Neü Sex.”

    “It’s three and a half year’s worth of photographs,” Grey told The Daily. “There’s some pretty raw shots in there, so it wasn’t necessarily about being the prettiest or being perfect.”

    “Neü Sex,” which includes citations from Nan Goldin, Sartre, and Jung, had a rather auspicious start. “I gave these photos to my literary agent around 2007 and he loved them and he loved and he suggested publishing them,” explained Grey. “When I was growing up, I felt really conflicted about my sexuality. And until I started having sex—I was a senior in high school—I was just guilt-ridden. And now this is just a continuation of my awaking sexuality.”

    Grey is one of the few adult film stars to make the transition to non-porn acting, including a regular role on the HBO hit ‘Entourage’ and starring turns in Hollywood films by the likes of Academy-Award winning director Steven Soderbergh.

    “Early on in my adult film career, I didn’t worry about the way people did my makeup or the way people did my hair, because it wasn’t part of my goal to be this bombshell sexpot—that just wasn’t part of my strategy,” said Grey. “Right now, I am pursuing acting outside of adult films.”

    Grey hopes that “Neü Sex” will change the way people think of her. “I think the most difficult part of overcoming the stereotypes is people’s perception of me before they’ve ever met me,” she said. “I wanted to prove people wrong.”

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