by Jorge Cano Moreno

Made in Lower East Side- NYC

Images: Josh Dehonney

Victor Rasuk got his first film role at the age of 16 in the short film Five Feet High and Rising. The film was a hit at the Independent Spirit Film Festival. Two years later, the director suggested expanding the short film into a feature-length film which was called Raising Victor Vargas, which went on to win Rasuk an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work. Although it had a limited distribution it was an urban hit and launched Rasuk’s career along with that of Melanie Diaz and Judy Marte.

In his next film, Rock Steady, he played a character named Roc. In 2004 he took a leading role in Haven opposite Zoe Saldana. He continued to develop as an actor and keep working in the independent film circuit.

In 2005, Lords of Dogtown was released, with Victor playing Tony Alva. The part included surfing and performing skateboarding tricks. Although the more complicated maneuvers were performed by stuntmen, Rasuk is a method actor and worked on remaining in character both on and off screen. Believing he had mastered skating a huge ramp in only his second week of training, he fractured one of his orbital bones.  He says that the accident likely earned him more respect from serious skaters within the cast and crew.

Rasuk has quickly became a much sought after talent with small roles in critically acclaimed film CHE: Part One the five hour epic directed by Steven Soderbergh of Traffic fame.

Rasuk starred in the short lived but popular HBO television series How To Make It In America a very popular show among New Yorkers but didn’t get the chance to grow a fan-base it needed to avoid being canceled.

He currently stars as Detective Ben Caldwell on the CBS drama Stalker.  He also co-starred on the most hyped movie so far of 2015 50 Shades of Grey as the character Jose.  Growing up in New York City has given this young actor a lot of material to choose from when taking on a new role. I think we are going to see a lot more of Victor Rasuk for years to come.

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