Skylar Astin

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Skylar Astin
Skylar Astin at Pitch Perfect Premiere.jpg
Skylar Astin (2013)
Born Skylar Astin Lipstein[1]
(1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 27)[2][3]
New York City, New York
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2005–present

Skylar Astin (born Skylar Astin Lipstein; September 23, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He is known for playing Georg in the Tony Award–winning stage musical Spring Awakening, and for his roles in the films Hamlet 2 (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), Pitch Perfect (2012), and 21 & Over (2013).

Early life and education[edit]

Astin was born in New York City and grew up in Rockland County, New York. He is the son of Meryl and Barry Lipstein, a garment industry executive.[4][5] He has a sister, Brielle, and two brothers, Milan and Jace.[6] Astin is Jewish.[7] Having graduated from Clarkstown High School North, he attended Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp. He was also a student at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; but he took a leave of absence when cast in Spring Awakening.[8][9] When he was fifteen, his agent selected his middle name, Astin, as his stage name.[1]

Career[edit]

Astin performed (December 10, 2006-July 19, 2008) in Spring Awakening as Georg, a classmate of Melchior and Moritz, crushing on his piano teacher.[10][11][12]

Astin took on the role of Mark Cohen in a production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, at the Hollywood Bowl (August 6-8, 2010).[13]

Astin played Rand Posin in the movie Hamlet 2.[14][15] He sang "Raped in the Face" on the soundtrack with Phoebe Strole, his co-star in the film, and the film's star, Steve Coogan. Screenings of the film at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival led to Astin signing on with United Talent Agency.[16]

Astin joined the cast of the 2009 Adam Carolla sitcom Ace in the Hole on CBS. However, the show was not picked up by the network.[17][18] In 2010, he joined the cast of the Jere Burns sitcom Strange Brew on Fox, which was also not picked up.

Astin guest-starred as Ben in the July 2011 episode of Love Bites titled "Boys to Men" and, as Matt Kornstein, in the May 2012 episode of Girls entitled "Hannah's Diary". He also played a patient on House, Season 8, Episode 21, May 2012.

Astin starred in the comedy film Pitch Perfect (2012), as Jesse Swanson, and is set to reprise the role in the 2015 sequel Pitch Perfect 2. Astin also started in the comedy film 21 and Over (2013) as Casey.

Astin currently stars in the TBS sitcom Ground Floor as Brody Moyer, a young ambitious money manager who falls for a girl on the ground floor.

Personal life[edit]

Astin is currently in a relationship with his Pitch Perfect co-star Anna Camp.[19]

During his time on Broadway in "Spring Awakening", he dated his co-star Lauren Pritchard, who played the free spirit Ilse. He also lived with another "Spring Awakening" co-star, Brian Charles Johnson, who played his character's good friend, Otto. [20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Note
2008 Hamlet 2 Rand Posin
2009 Taking Woodstock John P. Roberts
2012 Love Written in Blood II Henderson
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Roy
2012 Pitch Perfect Jesse Swanson
2013 21 & Over Casey
2014 Cavemen Dean
2014 Flock of Dudes David Post-production
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Jesse Swanson Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2009 Ace in the Hole Tod Morella TV Film
2010 Strange Brew Kyle TV Film
2011 Love Bites Ben 1 episode: "Boys to Men"
2011 The Online Gamer Mikey 3 episodes: "Rehab: Part 2", "Rehab: Part 3", "Rehab: Part 4"
2012 Girls Matt Kornstein 1 episode: "Hannah's Diary"
2012 House Derrick 1 episode: "Holding On"
2013–present Ground Floor Brody Moyer Lead role
2014 Glee Jean Baptiste 1 episode: "City of Angels"

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2006-2008 Spring Awakening Georg
2010 Rent Mark Cohen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Skylar Astin ‘Pitch Perfect’ Interview — Movies, Musicals, & Ace of Base - Movieline
  2. ^ Astin mentions his birthday, at https://mobile.twitter.com/SkylarAstin/status/249960961694371840?p=v and http://instagram.com/p/P8lzi-ApMV/
  3. ^ Astin is stated as being 25, in October 2012, at http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20636180,00.html
  4. ^ Jackson, Brian Keith. "Broadways new teen heroes: Our own cast bios of the 'Spring Awakening' kids", New York 40 (9): 152–3.
  5. ^ http://archive.lohud.com/article/20130615/LIFESTYLE/306150106/Skylar-Astin-Barry-Lipstein
  6. ^ [1] was it supposed to be this? [2][dead link]
  7. ^ Elkin, Michael (July 17, 2008). "Summer Awakening for Skylar?". The Jewish Exponent. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lapowsky, Issie (April 24, 2007). "Putting NYU on hold for Broadway". Washington Square News. pp. nyunews.com. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ Kalafatus, Greg (June 27, 2007). "New Spring Awakening Billboard Blooms Outside the O'Neill Theatre". playbill.com (Playbill). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ Lemire, Christy (August 28, 2008). "Steve Coogan and 'Hamlet 2' have their funny moments, but that's all they are -- moments.". goerie.com (Erie Times News). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. ^ Rooney, David (June 16, 2006). "Spring Awakening.(Off B'way)(Theater review)". accessmylibrary.com (Daily Variety). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  12. ^ "Past , Present and Future Spring Awakening stars say hello and goodbye". broadway.com. July 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-16. [dead link]
  13. ^ Brady, Tveit, Astin And Thoms Join RENT At Hollywood Bowl
  14. ^ Sanford, James (August 27, 2008). "'Hamlet 2': Hey, kids! Let's put on an offensive show!". mlive.com (Kalamazoo Gazette). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  15. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 22, 2008). "All Shakespeare needed was a gay men's chorus". newsbank.com. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  16. ^ Goldstein, Gregg; and Simmons, Leslie (February 7, 2008). "Seems Sundance did have deals", The Hollywood Reporter 403: 3–4.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 30, 2009). "Big Three cast leads on comedy", The Hollywood Reporter 409: 4.
  18. ^ Krannich, Michael (April 27, 2009). "Ace in the Hole: Pamela Adlon mit Hauptrolle ( Ace in the Hole: Pamela Adlon, with lead role)". serienjunkies.de (in German). Series Junkies. Retrieved 2009-05-16. (Google translation)
  19. ^ Co-Stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin Are in Perfect Harmony - ABC News
  20. ^ http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/28900/

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