Stars Of Sundance: Rachelle Vinberg

Stars Of Sundance: Rachelle Vinberg

The budding actress is a revelatory sensation in the Sundance hit 'Skate Kitchen'.

The budding actress is a revelatory sensation in the Sundance hit 'Skate Kitchen'.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Andrew Mukamal

Text: Jake Viswanath

This interview appears in the pages of V113, The Music Issue, on newsstands now. Order your copy of the issue today at shop.vmagazine.com

Watching Rachelle Vinberg in Skate Kitchen without any prior context is revelatory. She comes across as a self-assured star and an effortless skating pro—because she’s actually both. The budding actress took up the sport under her cousin’s guidance, and started mastering tricks alone outside her Long Island home. But after she met fellow skater (and future co-star) Nina Moran and started going to skate parks in NYC, she formed her own community, now lovingly known as the Skate Kitchen. “Everyone starts out with the skateboard as a friend,” she says. “Then, you relate to each other through [that] common thread.”

The film explores the skate community’s gender dynamics, and is a heightened yet accurate portrayal of Vinberg’s life. Most of her skater co-stars, aside from her mother (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and love interest Devon (Jaden Smith), were real-life friends. Every detail of the movie—from her initiation into the Skate Kitchen to the physical fights—contains more truth than exaggeration, down to an emotional moment when her character Camille opens up about her father. “When I’m talking to Janay about my dad, that’s all real,” she said. “I did leave him, I did go to my mom,and he has no idea why. So when he sees it, it’s gonna be me talking to him. It’s too scary in real life, so I’d rather do it in a movie.” Rarely does a rising star’s debut double as a visual memoir. That authentic storytelling makes Vinberg enchanting to watch.

RACHELLE WEARS JUMPSUIT AND JACKET DIOR S/S /18, GLASSES HER OWN

Credits: MAKEUP CIARA O’SHEA (LGA) HAIR RUBI JONES (JULIAN WATSON) PRODUCER ASHLEY HERSON LOCAL PRODUCER KATE HOLLAND DIGITAL TECHNICIAN CASEY RICHARDSON PHOTO ASSISTANTS TIM HOFFMAN, SHEN WILLIAMS-COHEN STYLIST ASSISTANT JERMAINE DALEY HAIR ASSISTANT MEGAN GORLEY PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS TOM O’MEARA, RIQUE CARROLL RETOUCHING HEMPSTEAD MAY LOCATION PARK CITY PEAKS HOTEL

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