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Interview with Sasha Grey

HBO

Did you have any qualms about playing yourself?

Sasha Grey

Honestly, no. I was familiar with the show, and I knew most people play an extended version of themselves, so I didn't feel like it was a gimmick where they were doing it because it was me.

HBO

What was it like working with a mostly male cast?

Sasha Grey

It wasn't weird at all. I'm used to being the only girl. I have a lot of guy friends, and I felt very comfortable. If you're wondering if they were gawking at me or did I feel like everybody was expecting something of me, no, it didn't feel like that.

HBO

How are you different from the "Sasha Grey" of the show?

Sasha Grey

I'm definitely an open person. What you see is what you get. On the show, I'm kind of like Vince's race horse, and he's always trying to keep up with me. We're testing each other and seeing how far we can go, and that's definitely not me at all. I always want to do my best and prove that I can do it -- but this is more in terms of partying. We're trying to outdo each other and that's not who I am.

HBO

Sasha is pretty outspoken and confident. Is that drawn from the real you?

Sasha Grey

Definitely. You can see that in some of the earlier interviews that I did when I was 18. I really have no qualms with who I am, what I've done, where I've been. I'm not the type of person that goes out -- I'm not really a scenester, I don't go out looking for guys, but I have no qualms about who I am.

HBO

Stan Lee struggles to place Sasha. Has that ever happened to you?

Sasha Grey

It doesn't happen as much as you think it would. A few months ago I was with a girlfriend of mine, and she introduced me to her manager and a couple of her friends. And one of the guys, was like, "Have we met before?" Honestly I didn't get how ironic that was because people nobody's really said that to me. It really went over my head.

I know what looks good on camera and we all had our opinions about "what positions we wanted to see."

HBO

Is it tricky meeting new people then?

Sasha Grey

Very rarely do I meet someone where I'm like, "Okay, this is awkward," and they're basically interviewing you while you're trying to have dinner or drinks. Most of the time it's casual and laid-back. I think it has to do with the way you carry yourself -- I don't carry myself like I'm better than the people I surround myself with.

HBO

Can you share your pancake recipe?

Sasha Grey

No! I think they just threw that in there. I don't really eat pancakes, I don't bake. That was written in, but I really like the way they've shown every side of me. The fun, goofy side, the sweet side, the angry side. Even though I'm playing myself, it's fun to go through all those emotions and actually see the relationship grow.

HBO

Things do get tense between Sasha and Vince. Has work ever interfered with your dating life?

Sasha Grey

It's never gotten that heated. The first three months of me dating my husband were tough because I was working a lot. We really had to schedule our intimate time. Part of an adult sex life is being able to enjoy the spontaneity and it was really weird to have to schedule our time together. After the first three months it changed because I had more control over who I was shooting with, when I was doing it, how often, and I really had a clear direction of where I wanted to go.

HBO

Kevin Connolly directed a later episode in which you have a love scene  was there discussion before hand?

Sasha Grey

There was a lot of discussion! I know what looks good on camera as far as that goes and we all had our opinions about what positions we wanted to see. I think we ended up picking the best one. It was the easiest thing for me, obviously, to do. I think everyone else was a little on edge. I was actually more concerned about the other scenes, not just that one.

HBO

Do you have a dream role?

Sasha Grey

Not anything specific. Not a certain type of character, but I'd definitely love to throw myself into a role where I could really just change and people wouldn't feel like, "Oh this is Sasha I'm watching."

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