Porn star Sasha Grey is starring in her first feature film role in Steven Soderbergh‘s ‘The Girlfriend Experience.’
Soderbergh has said that he became interested in Grey after reading about her in Los Angeles Magazine. (Really, Steven? You’d never seen any of her 150 adult films? I haven’t – seriously!) Anyway, he says the article showed how different she was from her industry colleagues.
Such a casting decision is automatic publicity for a small film like “The Girlfriend Experience” — a benefit Soderbergh doesn’t dispute.
“I’m counting on it,” he says. “This girl has a huge following. Most of whatever discussion that’s going on is totally based on her. … She’s kind of a new breed. There hasn’t been anyone exactly like her in that business yet. She’s not the normal adult film star.”
Ghosts/Aliens is a 1/2 hour AFTRA pilot for Comedy Central.
Synopsis: A 20-something guy is a paranoid obsessive when it comes to ghosts, aliens, and other paranormal phenomena, a junior Fox Mulder (by way of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski) who spends every waking hour in pursuit of The Truth about alien abductions.
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I find it kind of surprising to hear you have to jump through hoops for these parts, because you’re good. You’re really good. I think you’re kind of underrated, actually.
Thanks very much. Yeah. I don’t disagree with you. But I get it, to a certain extent. I’m not out there doing talk shows, and I haven’t really connected with that part of the business that’s really important. I’m trying to get better at it, because I’m losing parts to people I shouldn’t be losing parts to.
What’s causing that?
That. The ambivalence about… press and all that shit. You really have to be willing to go out there.
Do you think there’s a perception that you’re difficult? Or just that you’re not willing to go the extra mile and be… fake?
I mean, it’s not for me to say, but yeah, something along those lines, possibly. And, you know, I mean, there’s a reserve there that doesn’t go hand-in-hand with going out and selling a movie to a hundred different countries at a time. But I get that. I mean, I want to do that. I’d like to be doing that. So I’m trying to get better at it.
Are your agents pushing you to go out for pilots?
No. I got really lucky with my agents. I got offered shows this year. I get offered shows quite a lot. I got offered a really good show this year, actually, that I liked. And I just didn’t do it.
What do you do to get better?
I’m so humbled by this process. I was watching Adoration last night, and just kicking myself. Bad habits, things I’m still trying to break out of, or evolve. So you know, I’m still taking classes, working with an acting coach, all that shit. It’s like anything — the better you get at it, the more fun it is.
The commercials deal marked a return to joint negotiations by SAG and AFTRA, which split angrily a year ago and negotiated separate primetime deals. The unions and the ad industry reached the tentative agreement — which represents a $36 million pay hike over three years, including $21 million more in pension and health contributions — on April 1.
The commercials pact, which covers nearly $1 billion in annual blurb work, will be retroactive to April 1 and run through March 31, 2012. SAG and AFTRA staged a bitter six-month strike in 2000 against the ad industry, but the tough economic times plus a shift in control of SAG’s national board to a more moderate faction last fall provided strong indications that a commercials strike was unlikely.
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