At 23 years old, there isn’t much Sasha Grey hasn’t done. She’s published a book, modeled for luxury brands, starred in a Steven Soderbergh movie. On the side, she conquered the porn industry. No big deal. At this point in her broad career, Grey is looking to put the “having sex on camera” stuff behind her, to the point where her publicist is now asking interviews, this one included, not to focus on it. Fair enough, since Grey is no longer in the business and has said all that needs be said on the matter. So for our brief conversation with the star, who’s long been a BlackBook favorite, we spoke about her new movie I Melt With You, faux blow, and other hot stuff.
How was your Halloween weekend?
My weekend was nice and mellow. Well, mellow for a Halloween weekend. I just got a dog. He’s a very lively dog to have in the house.
What’s your dog’s name?
His name is MacReady, like Kurt Russell from The Thing.
The critics have been sort of harsh on I Melt with You. Is it misunderstood. Are they not seeing the director’s vision?
It’s a dark film. There are no bells and whistles, no happy endings, and I think sometimes that’s tough for people to accept, at least in today’s film market. But, there’s a lot of metaphors throughout this film, and I think if you don’t really love film it’s not the kind of movie you’re going to sit back with a bowl of popcorn and M&M’s and be like, Oh, this is a great movie!
How did you book this role?
I was asked to go on an audition for the film, and they told me it was going to be directed by Mark Pellington. It was kind of a last-minute thing. They caught me in the late afternoon, and wanted me the next day. I just studied my lines and worked on those and didn’t read the script until afterwards. Then they wanted me to sit down with Mark and one of the other actors for a read-through, and that was it. We were shooting about a week and a half later.
Was it a reunion for you and Jeremy Piven?
No, it’s funny. I was only on set with Jeremy Piven two or three times on Entourage. We didn’t have a lot of scenes together. We actually talked more on this set.
What was the vibe on this set like? You have Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, and Thomas Jane, so I would imagine it was fun.
It was a really cool set. Everyone seemed to get along. We shot with three or four cameras, so it was cool because you could just throw yourself into the scene and not worry about a camera not seeing you. So you’re just able to do your thing.
Did it feel like professional environment, or did it feel like friends getting together to make a movie?
Definitely laid back. Because of the subject matter, it’s not easy to party for seven hours with just drinking a bunch of water and a bunch of apple juice that is supposed to be beer. They had like B12 for the fake cocaine, and some of the people were actually mixing it, and I was like, “I don’t know about putting that up my nose!” and everyone else is just wired on vitamins. Their noses are running because it burns so bad. There was a lull halfway through shooting that party scene, where everyone was like “OK, we are so done.” It was fun for the first hour and then we just wanted to sleep. The energy kind of picked backed up as the sun rose. It was cool.
If you guys were using B12 for the cocaine here, what were they using for the cocaine on Entourage?
I’m not sure, because I didn’t have to sniff anything on that show.
Did you watch the final season of Entourage?
I did, yes.
What did you think of the girl Vincent Chase ended up marrying?
I liked it because it was nothing like my character. The exact opposite, so it was cool.
You’re supposed to act in Inferno, the Linda Lovelace biopic that once had Lindsay Lohan attached. Has that been derailed because of her legal troubles?
Um, that’s not the only reason why the film hasn’t been made
You’ve put energy into a lot of different things in your career. Is it safe to say that right now you’re focusing on acting?
Yes, definitely. That’s what I dedicate most of my time to.
How so? Are you looking at scripts and going to auditions?
Yes, check the box for all of the above.
According to your Twitter account, you’re a hot sauce enthusiast. True?
It’s very true!
What’s the best hot sauce you’ve ever had?
The best hot sauce I’ve ever had, well, I just came back from Thailand a few weeks ago, and it’s done by hand and is in almost every restaurant. They say it’s made out of a fish oil, but I don’t taste it. There are a few restaurants in which you can taste the fish, and then there are others where you don’t taste it at all. It’s so good because it starts out kind of meaty, but with a bitter undertone, and then your mouth is just watering and you need a piece of bread. I also make a really good sauce that is more like a traditional hot sauce, but it only keeps for like a week, and it’s a pain in the ass to make.
What chilies do you use?
Jalapenos, serranos, and garlic, and a few other magic ingredients.
If you want it, I’ll sell it to you. It’s a dollar for a bottle