American actor Skylar Astin isn't just exceedingly handsome - the guy can also sing, as he proved in his breakout performance in the surprise musical/comedy hit "Pitch Perfect" (2012). Raised just out...
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|Played a collegiate acapella singer in musical comedy "Pitch Perfect"|
|Began acting at 14 in a community production of "Godspell"|
|Co-starred with Justin Chon in comedy "21 & Over"|
|Guest starred on HBO's "Girls"|
|Made feature film debut in musical comedy "Hamlet 2"|
|Broadway debut, as Georg in original cast of "Spring Awakening"; also originated role off-Broadway|
A native New Yorker who was born Skylar Lipstein, Astin opted to go with his middle name after deciding to pursue acting and singing seriously as a teen. Dropping his drama studies in 2006 to join the original Broadway cast of the hit musical "Spring Awakening," Astin later had his first foray into cinema with the outrageous oddball indie "Hamlet 2," starring Steve Coogan. While continuing to build his screen resume, he also won over more theater fans with a featured role as Mark Cohen in a 2010 version of the beloved musical "Rent," directed by no less than star song-and-dance man Neil Patrick Harris.
Although Astin was involved in a number of TV and film projects that failed to take off, he connected with various high-profile productions in 2012. After guest appearances on episodes of the irreverent cable comedy "Girls" (HBO, 2012- ) and the long-running medical series "House" (Fox, 2004-2012), he portrayed Jesse Swanson, the vocally skilled love interest of Anna Kendrick's lead character in "Pitch Perfect," which won over an extremely enthusiastic crowd. He followed this considerable success with a bit part in the CGI-animated video-game adventure "Wreck-It Ralph" (2012) and a featured role in the raucous comedy "21 & Over" (2013).
|Clarkstown High School North|
|Tisch School of the Arts, New York University|
|"I worked on dramas before, I love sinking my teeth into something dramatic or a period piece, but there's something so fun about doing a comedy. When you go to set and your only job is to make people laugh, there's an unbelievable energy on set. Nobody's tiptoeing or walking delicately around the actors. I really love doing it, and putting the puzzle together with the sole purpose of making people have fun and enjoy themselves." - from Movieline, Sept. 28, 2012|
|"I don't take myself too seriously. I think that's something so many actors and people in general tend to do. You definitely have to be focused at certain times in your life and in your career, but at the end of the day, there's only so much you can do. Then you just have to chock it up to fate." - from Elle, Oct. 5, 2012|
|"I cannot sing karaoke because it's hard and weird. If I actually tried to sing, I would probably sound good, and I think that's weird and not fun." - from Collider, Oct. 2012|
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