VR Sex Is Too 'In Your Face', Says Ex-Porn Star

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VR Sex Is Too 'In Your Face', Says Ex-Porn Star
September 19, 2016
Award-winning former porn superstar Sasha Grey loves virtual reality (VR), but not when it comes to sex. "VR porn is too much, too in your face. I watched a trailer once, and that was enough for me," she laughed, speaking to CNBC in Singapore on Saturday.

"I don't think people watch porn to have a real experience, it's for fantasy. VR porn is like watching porn on a big-screen TV...I don't want it to be too real."
 
Alongside real-estate and design, porn is one of the many sectors set to be transformed by the advent of VR. And while Grey is a fan of the medium, having recently filmed her DJ tour of North and South America using the Samsung Gear 360 VR camera, she doesn't believe VR is a game changer for the adult film industry. "With younger generations, it could be but I'd rather just have the real thing...time will tell. In a way, porn has always guided tech, like a sort of muse."
 
The 28-year old Grey, who was in town to DJ during Formula One weekend, is one of the world's most successful crossover stars. She's made the transition to Hollywood, penned novels, and launched a music career through DJing and as co-founder of experimental noise band aTelecine. While Grey wishes she could turn off Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat—"I wish I didn't have to use those things but I understand it's a tool to communicate with old and potential new fans"—she is passionate about more disruptive technology.
 
"VR is such an exciting new medium; it's a young technology so the possibilities are infinite."
 
Once she's back in her home base of Los Angeles, she intends to begin post-production of her VR-filmed tour and eventually post the video online. "I ended up going with the Samsung because if you get the phone to go with it, it stitches the content together. It eliminates a lot of the editing time, which is really nice."

Grey could also soon be entering the gaming space.
 
"I love video games but I don't have the time to play like I used to...Maybe in the future I'd be interested in creating a video game character," she said. Sasha, whose real name is Marina Ann Hantzis, is a case-study in successful brand management.
 
She entered hard-core pornography at age 18 in 2006 and quickly dispelled stereotypes about the industry with her petite, plastic surgery-free frame, a penchant for sex acts that surprised even the jaded porn industry, and a voracious interest in art and literature. Her name is a reference to Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" while Nietzsche and Jean Paul Sartre are among her favorite philosophers.
 
Her blend of confidence, independence, wits and high self-awareness garnered attention both on and off screen, with the New York Times describing her porn career in 2009 as one "distinguished both by the extremity of what she is willing to do and an unusual degree of intellectual seriousness about doing it."
 
Even before retiring from adult film at age 21, she was involved in mainstream media, having made her Hollywood debut in 2009 with Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience".

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