How Valkyrae went from Gamestop to Hollywood

Rachel Hofstetter always wants to do more. With four million active subscribers Youtubestreamer known as Valkyrie Since starting in 2015, she has become one of the top female creators in gaming. Viewers can’t get enough of his bubbly personality and antics, devouring his trash-talking streams. Brave or deceiver in between us. His online popularity has already brought him many opportunities – he owns the esports team 100 Thieves, which Charity dodgeball games With the head of Twitch, to take pictures with K-pop stars It has appeared multiple times Bella Porch music videoand shared hosting Streamer Awards 2023. And he still wants to keep pushing himself out of his comfort zone.

So when Apple looked for a “female game” for its movie family plan He took the opportunity. “I don’t know what it was about me, but they thought I was perfect for the role,” says Hofstetter. Kotaku. They found me and I had to take advantage of this opportunity. I got lucky.”

family plan Mark Wahlberg stars as a suburban dad with a secret – he’s a retired spy and his old work buddies are looking for him. So, naturally, the woman takes her crazy boyfriend’s daughter and Brave –Play boy on a road trip to Las Vegas. Turns out, the son (Van Crosby) is a stream patron who helps Hofstetter’s character win a tournament to prove to his father that gaming is a worthwhile pastime.

Filming that competition scene was difficult for Hofstetter, who initially felt that her skills as a streamer wouldn’t translate to film cameras, where dozens of viewers could scrutinize her every move. Typically, he is alone in an aesthetically lit room with headphones firmly attached to his head. But on set, she found it difficult to “maintain eye contact” because she felt “shy and nervous”.

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Eventually, he realized that if these actors and actresses had never “touched a game in their life and pretended to be professional gamers,” he could fake it too. Fortunately, he didn’t know at the time that Crosby already had a lot of experience with it Brave. (He says Kotaku (that he plays the game “every day with his friends” so he had “experience to bring to the character”.)

As influencers have grown in cultural prominence, we’re seeing more and more of them appear in these types of short films, like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Sean “JackScepticEye” McLaughlin in free boyKai Sanat in good burger 2, and Matthew “Matt Pat” Patrick in Five nights at Freddy’s. Hofstetter says that’s because online creators form a close bond with their fans that is hard to replicate for athletes, musicians or actors.

“People feel like they know us because we’re streaming every day. It’s live. It’s not edited,” he explains. “You can’t do a stream every day, so I feel like they This is how they recognize the value of broadcasters.”

HasanAbi, xQc, Valkyrae and Fuslie attend FaZe Clan Presents...RGB: A Night On The Moon Party at Parq Nightclub on October 07, 2022 in San Diego, California.

HasanAbi, xQc, Valkyrae and Fuslie attend FaZe Clan Presents…RGB: A Night On The Moon Party at Parq Nightclub on October 07, 2022 in San Diego, California.
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But stream life wasn’t always so glamorous for Hofstetter. “I would work at GameStop and then go home and stream for nine hours, and that was just my routine for a few years,” he explains. “And then it just made it flow. And then, I started feeling pain in my legs, I started feeling pain in my back, and I started feeling unwell. And also, really quiet and alone. “Even though I was making a lot of friends online.”

Over time, the lines between Hofsteer’s online life and the real world began to blur. “I talked about everything, family issues, my parents, my divorce and my father’s death,” he explains. In 2016, she met streamer Michael.SonyIt carried Sherman and his audience along for the relationship until they broke up in 2021. The aftermath of their separation was a turning point for Hofsteter.

“I was in public relations, and when those failed, I realized that people online were saying things that weren’t accurate, or spreading misinformation,” she says. They take what I have said differently. And over the years I’ve realized that I can’t just be an open book like that.”

Hofstetter is now more cautious about what he shares and how he shares it. (I was told by his agent before the interview that I couldn’t ask about how his eSports organization was fired. 20 percent of its employees in NovemberOr Her controversial skin care with blue light line.)

joke "Courage" Dunlop, Scott Brown, Rachel "Valkyrie" Hofstetter and Matthew Hogg (R) present Lil Dicky at 100 Thieves x Totino at Omnia Nightclub on September 26, 2019 in San Diego, California.

Jack “Courage” Dunlop, Scooter Braun, Rachel “Valkyra” Hofstetter and Matthew Hogg (R) attend 100 Thieves x Totino’s Lil Dicky at Omnia Nightclub on September 26, 2019 in San Diego, California.
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This makes him exceptional among online creators, where creating an over-the-top and exaggerated character is the norm. But Hofstetter says he can’t approach the stream that way. “If you’re faking it, people can tell if you’re doing it for money,” he adds. When he yells in a game Deadly company Because a monster comes to absorb him or he wins a tough match Bravethis scream is exactly what he would have done if his stream was offline.

When you’re in front of a camera for dozens of hours a week, who do you end up seeing? Accepting this inevitability is the key to success, Hofstetter says.

“The advice I give to a lot of people who are trying to become a streamer or a YouTuber is that you can’t act,” Hofstetter said. “It would be too exhausting. It would be impossible. Also people could say.”

Hofstetter’s next mountain to climb? He wants to act in a horror movie. “I’m very good at yelling,” she says. That’s all I do on stream is scream when I get killed in a game.

“Maybe I’ll take acting classes,” he adds with a laugh.

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