Skylar Astin

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Skylar Astin
Born Skylar Astin Lipstein
(1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 30)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model and singer
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Anna Camp (m. 2016)

Skylar Astin Lipstein[1] (born September 23, 1987)[2][3] is an American actor, model and singer. He became known for portraying Jesse Swanson in the musical films Pitch Perfect (2012) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). He was also in the original cast of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, and has since appeared in films such as Hamlet 2 (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), Cavemen (2013), and 21 & Over (2013).

Early life[edit]

Astin was born in New York City, the son of Meryl and Barry Lipstein, a garment industry executive.[4][5] He grew up in New City, New York, in Rockland County. 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 15, his agent selected his middle name, Astin, as his stage name.[1]

Career[edit]

Astin's first professional role was a minor role in the original Off-Broadway and Broadway casts Spring Awakening as Georg, a male student with a crush on his piano teacher. He had short solos in multiple songs, but the character is noted for his belting in the song Touch Me.[10][11][12] During his run as Georg, Astin filmed the role Rand Posin in the movie Hamlet 2.[13][14] He sang "Raped in the Face" on the soundtrack with Phoebe Strole, a Spring Awakening castmate, and 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.[15]

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.[16][17]

In 2010, Astin took on the role of Mark Cohen in a production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, at the Hollywood Bowl. The cast included Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens.[18] Also in 2010, he joined the cast of the Jere Burns sitcom Strange Brew on Fox, which like Ace in the Hole was 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.

In 2012, Astin found his breakthrough starring in the comedy film Pitch Perfect (2012), as Jesse Swanson, and reprised the role in the 2015 sequel Pitch Perfect 2. Astin also starred in the comedy film 21 and Over (2013) as Casey.

Astin also starred in the TBS sitcom Ground Floor as Brody Moyer, a young ambitious money manager who falls for a girl on the ground floor. He also led an NBA comedy on ABC.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Astin began dating Pitch Perfect co-star Anna Camp in 2013.[20][21] The couple were engaged in January 2016 and married on September 10, 2016.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hamlet 2 Rand Posin
2009 Taking Woodstock John P. Roberts
2012 Love Written in Blood Henderson
Pitch Perfect Jesse Swanson Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Anna Kendrick)
Wreck-It Ralph Roy (voice) BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film
2013 21 & Over Casey Altman
2014 Cavemen Dean Parker
The Oven Owen Miller Short film
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Jesse Swanson Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor Comedy
2016 Monkey Up Monty (voice)
Flock of Dudes David
2017 Speech & Debate Walter Healy
2017 Ghosts of War Eugene
2018 Hot Air Gareth Whitely In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ace in the Hole Todd Morella Unsold pilot
2010 Strange Brew Kyle Forrest Unsold pilot
2011 Love Bites Ben Episode: "Boys to Men"
2012 Girls Matt Kornstein Episode: "Hannah's Diary"
2012 House Derrick Episode: "Holding On"
2013–2015 Ground Floor Brody Moyer 20 episodes
2014 Glee Jean Baptiste Episode: "City of Angels"
2015 Halt and Catch Fire Jessie Evans 3 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans and Weathered Brown Desert Boots"
2016–2017 Graves Isaiah Miller 20 episodes
2018 Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Branch (voice) Netflix Original Series

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Online Gamer Mikey 3 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006–2008 Spring Awakening Georg Zirschnitz Broadway
2010 Rent Mark Cohen Hollywood Bowl
2016 West Side Story Tony Wyzek Carnegie Hall
2016 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Norman Mushari New York City Center Encores! Off-Center
2017 What We're Up Against Weber WP Theater McGinn/Cazale Theater

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Skylar Astin interview". Movieline.com. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ Astin mentions his birthday on Twitter
  3. ^ Astin is stated as being 25, in October 2012 at People
  4. ^ Jackson, Brian Keith. "Broadways new teen heroes: Our own cast bios of the 'Spring Awakening' kids", New York 40 (9): 152–3.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ [1] was it supposed to be this? [2] Archived October 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  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. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ Kalafatus, Greg (June 27, 2007). "New Spring Awakening Billboard Blooms Outside the O'Neill Theatre". playbill.com. Playbill. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  13. ^ Sanford, James (August 27, 2008). "'Hamlet 2': Hey, kids! Let's put on an offensive show!". mlive.com. Kalamazoo Gazette. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  14. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 22, 2008). "All Shakespeare needed was a gay men's chorus". newsbank.com. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  15. ^ Goldstein, Gregg; and Simmons, Leslie (February 7, 2008). "Seems Sundance did have deals", The Hollywood Reporter 403: 3–4.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 30, 2009). "Big Three cast leads on comedy", The Hollywood Reporter 409: 4.
  17. ^ 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)
  18. ^ Brady, Tveit, Astin And Thoms Join RENT At Hollywood Bowl, broadwayworld.com; accessed May 17, 2015.
  19. ^ "'Pitch Perfect's' Skylar Astin to Star in ABC's NBA Comedy". Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  20. ^ Co-Stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin Are in Perfect Harmony, ABCNews.go.com; accessed May 17, 2015.
  21. ^ Celebrity, Huffington (September 5, 2013). "Skylar Astin and Anna Camp are the cutest". Huffington Post. 

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