Skylar Astin is an American singer and actor, born in 23rd September 1987 in New York City, New York. He is professionally known as Skylar Astin but his actual name is Skylar Astin Lipstein. Some of the films that make him famous are Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 in which he is portrayed as Jesse Swanson. Apart from the two phenomenal films, he also cast in the award winning Spring Awakening. He has also made appearances in films like 21 & Over, Cavemen, Taking Woodstock and Hamlet.
Skylar Astin was raised in Rockland County, New York together with his sister Brielle and two brothers – Jace and Milan. He is of Jewish ancestry. He attended Clarkstown High School North and upon graduation, he went to Stagedoor performing arts summer camp. He has also studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University but when he was cast in Spring Awakening, he took a leave of absence. He picked on his middle name – Astin to be his stage name when he was 15 years old.
Astin started to date his Pitch Perfect co-star Anna Camp in 2013. The couple is reported to have engaged in January 2016. They then moved on to marry on September 10th. In Astin’s series, Ground Floor, Camp was featured as an ex-girlfriend to her husband’s character.
The booked his earlier acting role as Jesus – a basketball uniform. Astin started to act at the age 14 with the film Godspell being his first professional performance. He was on his way from a junior high game when he decided to audition for it. He says that his mother bribed him with dinner from a restaurant neighboring the theater. He secretly always had a liking for singing and playing the piano. That is why he did not hesitate to go for this audition – in a basketball uniform. He got the role, as a result of shortage of males in the level. Had he not auditioned, Jesus would have been depicted by a female character for the first time.
Skylar Astin breakout role in Pitch Perfect
Skylar Astin breakthrough movie was Pitch Perfect, which was released in 2012. In this comedy film, he is depicted as Jesse Swanson, a role he reprises once again in Pitch Perfect 2. The set of this movie was like an all-star theatre. Featuring a great a capella groups, the time taken when filming the movie was amazing – until things became strange. Astin said about the movie that the set had people he had known on TV and heard on radio singing songs or pop songs. For that matter, they found it easy to interact until when someone pulled out a guitar a couple of weeks later on. Things were just crazy.
The movie was a success and Astin progressed to act in many other films including 21 and Over in 2013. He has been cast in Spring Awakening as Georg, a male student who crushes for his piano teacher. Apart from acting, he has done solos in a number of songs with the most memorable being Touch Me.