EXCLUSIVE: Victor Rasuk Talks 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' His Ideal Woman & More

Victor Rasuk Fifty Shades of Grey Interview
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Victor Rasuk may not be the guy who gets the girl in this year's Fifty Shades of Grey, but that didn't keep him from sweeping us off our feet!

The 31-year-old Dominican American hottie took us out for a little mid-afternoon rendezvous where he dished about his role as Jose Rodriguez in the film, the most important relationship lesson he's learned throughout the years, his ideal woman, and more.

Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

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Tell us a little bit about the movie and your role in it.

People tend to think that Fifty Shades is like a big porno, but when I read the book I came out of it with the idea that it was more than just that. It was a coming of age story.  And when you track my career and all the things I have done, I always tend to do things that are coming of age in which someone, man or women, boy or girl experience this huge thing in their life, and I felt like Fifty Shades was that. It was a story about a specific character, Anastasia Steele, and I was really happy when I read the script. My role is that guy that couldn’t get the girl. The one that really thought he had it in the bag, only to find out that he didn’t.

What’s most interesting to me about playing Jose Rodriguez isn’t the fact that he didn’t get the girl and she lets him down as nicely as possible, for me it was about what he did after that. Most guys would have been so ego-bruised from that experience and would have not even spoken to the girl. I love that my character was precocious and thought, you know what, this girl is really special and she means more to me than just a quick lay or a kiss -- I want her in my life. So because of that he’s in all three books and he is profoundly impacting her life in each book because of that choice. He got dissed and he didn’t turn his cheek the other way and say forget about this chick. That spoke to me when I read it.

Have you been in that situation?

Many times! It’s funny, people don’t really know that. When I was younger, I was a lot shorter and skinnier than I am now. I didn’t grow up rich so what I ate all the time was Ramen noodles so I didn’t put on much weight. People used to think that I was sick because I was skinny and really small for my age, so because of that getting the girl wasn’t something that I was able to do. I did learn though from the neighborhood that I grew up in, which is the Lower East Side in Manhattan. The older guys always knew what to say or how to woo the girl to win her over. I grew up listening to these guys and I always remember the lines that they used to spit to the girls.

When I got the role in Raising Victor Vargas, I wished that was me. That character is exactly like the guys I grew up listening to and picking things up from. Playing Victor Vargas I was emulating what they were saying and I told the director, Peter Sollett, the guys in my neighborhood would say this, can I say this in Raising Victor Vargas? Can I say that? My neighborhood played a huge influence in my career. Being born and raised in New York you are always people watching on the train or walking in Thompson Square Park, so I learned a lot just by growing up in New York, period.

What’s your go-to pick up line?

I think it’s boring now compared to how creative I was when I was younger because I didn’t know a lot of the stuff that I was saying, but I knew it would have women smiling. I used to say weird things. First of all, there would always be a “Yo” before I would say anything, so it would go like, “Yo, I hope you’re having a beautiful day mami. How can I put a smile on your face?” It was so tacky, but simple just because of the fact that I would throw anything and then what ever stuck, I would just keep going with it. I’d be that dude that would say something and if you would turn around and smile at me, I knew I had a chance. Then I would walk up to you and approach you.  I was a typical New Yorker in the ‘90s. I was always trying when I was younger, but a lot of it had to do with me feeling the odds were against me, especially physically. When I got Jose Rodriguez in Fifty Shades, it spoke to me on so many levels.

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