It isnt easy to get into the television or movie industry as an actor. The vast majority of stars will have had to go through a hell of a lot of misfortune and mistreatment, earning pennies for degrading roles. This is mainly because there isnt an established route to becoming the next big celebrity sensation. Some are child stars who made the transition into Hollywood life at a young age, others spend years auditioning and working in low profile gigs while others simply fall into a role and get a lucky break.
Some actors, though, used another method to make a name for themselves and appear on screen by appearing in adult movies. Many of these cases saw big stars appear in porn films where they were first noticed by producers and developed for some of their acting skills that have made them so popular. In others, it was simply a way to earn money while struggling to get their next major role or after their career went downhill. Whatever the case, there are plenty of actors who have appeared in adult movies.
Sasha Grey is perhaps most famous for her role in Entourage, in which she played herself in six episodes. However, before this she had spent several years as a performer in adult entertainment, having entered the porn industry just after her 18th birthday. She went on to appear in a number of adult films and won numerous awards until she had a breakout role in The Girlfriend Experience. That has since allowed her to enter the mainstream movie business and appear in eight different feature films, a collection of TV series, music videos for Eminem and The Smashing Pumpkins and even the Saints Row video games.
David Duchovny is a familiar face to millions of people thanks to his starring role as Fox Mulder in the hit television series The X-Files. He appeared in every season of the show from 1993 to 2002 and has also had a number of appearances in other TV programs and movies. Before The X-Files though, he spent a year working as the narrator of Red Shoe Diaries, an erotic drama that saw Duchovny act as the narrator to highly sexual letters sent in by fictional women. As well as narrating and directing episodes, he also took part in some graphic sex scenes throughout the run of show.