Sasha Grey: From Porn Star to Mainstream Actress to School Reader

Sasha Grey with first graders at Emerson Elementary School

Sasha Grey is proud of how she used to make her living and she is talking openly about it. Her job – at least until a few years ago – was this of an actress in pornographic movies.  Later, the Greek-American girl had a few opportunities to start acting in mainstream movies, and she did.

A few days ago media started firing at her for one more time when she wrote on her twitter account that she had volunteered to read for elementary school kids.

But who is Sasha and how did she transform from Porn Star to a mainstream actress?

Her real name according to wikipedia is Marina Ann Hantzis and she was born on March 14, 1988. After quitting porn and getting her mainstream feature film debut as the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, she shifted her focus to acting, starring in the black comedy/horror film Smash Cut as April Carson, as well as having a supporting role in season 7 of HBO’s Entourage. She has also appeared in independent films Quit, The Girl from the Naked Eye, and Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You.

And everything was going great for the young Sasha until she decided to volunteer for a school reading. She read a book to a group of underprivileged first graders at Emerson Elementary School in Los Angeles. The image of a former porn star walking in a school was spreading like fire on the internet and most rushed to criticize her community service. Outlets used Grey’s former profession in their headlines almost if she was going to read to students with the identity of a porn star. Here we need to note that school children could not know what was her former profession.

In regards to the incident, Grey said, “I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives.”

Supposedly we live in a tolerant society, and someone’s sexual past should not be a factor when he or she does community service. In this case we should either ban porn consumers from community service too, or let Sasha participate as well.

Below you can see a clip from the View with Sasha responding to questions about the incident.

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