The Girlfriend Experience, a film about high-class call-girls and the men who pay for them, aired earlier this week at the Tribeca Film Festival just a few blocks north of where the real action took place—Wall Street. Director Steven Soderbergh called upon adult-film star Sasha Grey to take the lead, a role that, surprisingly, made the porn actress weary.
"I got [to my first sex scene], and I was only nervous waiting around," the actress told MTV News. Then once the scene started, I was fine. But working for Steven—it's like, 'Am I doing this right? Should I have done this differently?'" Sasha also assumed she'd be having sex on camera but unlike her other starring roles, this film was rated R. Read: Sex Toys In Disguise
"Sex is everywhere in The Girlfriend Experience, except there's no sex," one critic commented. "We come to understand that Soderbergh is less interested in sex work than he is in work." And so it seems The Girlfriend Experience really is a movie based upon the relationships, not the raunchy bits, of Manhattan's highest paid hookers.
Soderbergh chose to focus on the drama surrounding the life of a Manhattan call girl and the work involved in keeping the city's most powerful men both undressed and on their toes. As an escort, Chelsea (played by Sasha Grey) must develop relationships with her clients that move beyond the bedroom and into everyday life. In one scene, one of Chelsea's clients, as he undresses, notes how she has to vote for McCain to best support the state of Israel. How's that for foreplay? Read: Making Out: The Kissing Advisory