Five Favorite Films with Adult Film Star Sasha Grey

The Girlfriend Experience star opens up on her cinematic tastes.

Sasha Grey

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh made waves when he premiered his latest film, The Girlfriend Experience, at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- not so much due to its subject, a high class call girl, but rather thanks to who plays her: adult film actress Sasha Grey, the 21-year-old award-winning star of countless films we can't mention here. An avowed cinephile and French New Wave enthusiast who once considered taking the stage name Anna Karina (and has been known as a Godard devotee ever since), Grey shared her Five Favorite Films with Rotten Tomatoes, revealing a penchant for intense character dramas that dare to be honest and open -- much like Grey herself. Read on for more about Sasha Grey's Five Favorite Films, her improvised central performance in The Girlfriend Experience, what it was like to share the screen with film critic Glenn Kenny (who appears in a cameo role), and more.


 

Stroszek (1977, 100% Tomatometer)

StroszekStroszek by Werner Herzog. It's such a hard movie not to like. You have this character who has these hopes and dreams, he wants to come to America and he's a struggling, failed musician but he also really cares about everybody else around him, and he doesn't judge the people around him, no matter what their faults may be. I like the characters and just the story itself.



Pierrot le Fou (1965, 76% Tomatometer)
Pierrot Le FouTo me, it's just a very romantic story. It's the ultimate, "let's just drop everything and run away together" movie; the way the story was told was so unique. There's one scene in particular where Anna Karina is on the beach, and she rolls over and she just says, "F--- me." To put that in a film in that time period -- you just didn't expect that to come out of her mouth. It's titillating, I guess you could say.
 



Fat Girl (2001, 72% Tomatometer)
Fat GirlI don't really know how to go into detail about it; the story is so intense, and you're not made to feel a certain way towards these characters. You see this mom who's kind of a b---- and doesn't really care about her youngest daughter, and you see this older sister who's a b----... especially at the end, you don't really feel sorry for these people.

I had a list of films that my theater teacher gave me, when I was about 14 or 15. One of the things he always told the class was you should be watching one film per week, to study other actors and study the language of film. Fat Girl just happened to be one of the films on the list.



A Woman Under the Influence (1973, 91% Tomatometer)
A Woman Under the InfluenceI think there's something about all of these films that resonate with me -- they're all stories and situations between characters that you couldn't make with an American studio today. A Woman Under the Influence is so raw, it's so wrong... it's like, you knew those neighbors. It's a really emotional film, and I think for John Cassavetes to have his own wife play that character, it was even more challenging and even more of a risk.



Escape From New York (1981, 81% Tomatometer)
Escape From New YorkIt's John Carpenter! I mean, come on. John Carpenter, Kurt Russell as f---in' Snake Plisskin -- it doesn't really get any better than that.

Was that on your theater teacher's list?

It was not. [Laughs]


Can't get enough Sasha Grey? Check out her Five Favorites in video form when she sat down with our friends at Current

Next: Sasha Grey talks shooting fast in New York, future roles, and dishes the dirt on film critic Glenn Kenny.

Comments

Bigbrother

Big Brother

French New Wave and Snake Pliskin, I like it. I'd be interested to know if she thinks GFE is going to be the start of a mainstream career or if she's going back to porn.

May 21 - 05:37 PM

flarey1

Matt Teller

Did anyone else expect something completely different when they clicked on this article? Like a different genre perhaps?

May 21 - 05:43 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

flarey1, what exactly do you mean?

May 21 - 06:00 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

bigbrother - Click to page 2 for our continued convo with Sasha, in which she tells us she's got more mainstream roles coming up. On the other hand, she's def. still working in her primary field and I believe about to direct her first film.

May 21 - 06:02 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

bigbrother - Click to page 2 for our continued convo with Sasha, in which she tells us she's got more mainstream roles coming up. On the other hand, she's def. still working in her primary field and I believe about to direct her first film.

May 21 - 06:03 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not to be a smart ***, but I've always wondered how porn direction works? Do you actually give constructive advice or just sit there screaming "Faster, faster, less teeth, smack that butt!!!"

JB, Not photo ready? I was just thinking she was very pretty in an exotic euro way.

May 21 - 06:36 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Uh no I didn't mean that, she's actually really good looking. I meant that she's not "just" a photo ready actress and that she CAN act.

May 21 - 07:24 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

ahhhh, I'm with ya now.

May 21 - 07:27 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I know, I'm a child. I accept it.

May 21 - 06:37 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Good stuff, I always forget there are multiple pages. Don't know if I can see her becoming a legitimate star as long as she's making the adult movies. Just not sure if America is ready for that. Too bad too, she's so young and seems very intelligent. Hopefully she'll find success from this. That'd be a good story.

May 21 - 06:09 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Yeah I'm a big fan of Sasha Grey's acting career ;) ... I kid, I kid. I've really never scene her "work" before, but she's pretty flipping good in The Girlfriend Experience. It's one of Soderbergh's better experimental works, it's really solid. Also Sasha Grey can act, and she's not just one of those photo ready actresses (like most porn stars are I presume). Interesting interview, good taste too.

May 21 - 06:25 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not to be a smart ***, but I've always wondered how porn direction works? Do you actually give constructive advice or just sit there screaming "Faster, faster, less teeth, smack that butt!!!"

JB, Not photo ready? I was just thinking she was very pretty in an exotic euro way.

May 21 - 06:36 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Uh no I didn't mean that, she's actually really good looking. I meant that she's not "just" a photo ready actress and that she CAN act.

May 21 - 07:24 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

ahhhh, I'm with ya now.

May 21 - 07:27 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I know, I'm a child. I accept it.

May 21 - 06:37 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

Wow...Herzog? I'm impressed.

May 21 - 06:38 PM

Anthony N.

Anthony Nicholas

Nice picks. She has good taste.

May 21 - 06:49 PM

BigEarn

Jeff Earnhart

Yeah, but I hate Herzog's accent....a lot. I do think this clinches it though - I'm going back to porn watchin.

May 21 - 07:06 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Uh no I didn't mean that, she's actually really good looking. I meant that she's not "just" a photo ready actress and that she CAN act.

May 21 - 07:24 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

ahhhh, I'm with ya now.

May 21 - 07:27 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Nice picks. I saw her in "Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge", where she stole the show. It was overall disappointing. I'm surpried this so deep. It thought she'd pick "Deep Throat", since Mr. Idol only picked rock films...and a damn Tracy Morgan flick.

May 21 - 07:24 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Mr. Idol being David Cook. And I mean "this IS so deep".

May 21 - 07:32 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

ahhhh, I'm with ya now.

May 21 - 07:27 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Mr. Idol being David Cook. And I mean "this IS so deep".

May 21 - 07:32 PM

DarthWonka

Jesse Rodgers

http://www.freeones.com/html/s_links/Sasha_Grey/

May 21 - 07:37 PM

Patrick U.

Imperius One

Sasha Grey was recently interviewed on Attack of the Show. She said she plans on acting in both mainstream and adult movies at the same time.

May 21 - 08:00 PM

bamb0o-stick

Jonathan Y

What, Sasha Grey won an award? Does anybody know what it was? Or is it something I don't really want to know?

May 21 - 08:07 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Best Three Way Sex Scene-AVN
Best New Starlett-XRCO

This year she won "Mainstream Adult Favorite" from XRCO. I guess you didn't want to know.

May 21 - 08:26 PM

big papa smurf

max gorokhovski

bamboo she probably won an AVN or something. Haven't seen GFE yet so I have no idea if its good, but I hope that this doesn't start a trend of porn stars thinking they can act going mainstream. As for her taste, sure its informed but overall its pretty meh, nothing to special about her choices.

May 22 - 08:18 AM

runmong

Andrew Norris

What would make her choices "special" big papa smurf? Let me guess, in your top 5 list all the movies are special right?

May 22 - 10:22 AM

smartmoviekid

jonathan ramirez

ill admit i have seen some of Grey's work. she seems to be among the most..charasmatic performers if u get my point. however, she has the potential to break out into a star in the mainstream. and hey, if she wants to stay in the adult busniess, so be it as it is quite profitable. no shame in that, and hey harcore sex for money? sounds like an amicable job to me lol.

May 21 - 08:11 PM

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