American actor, model, and singer Skylar Astin is most known for playing “Jesse Swanson” in the “Pitch Perfect” film series. Skylar, who is from New York City, always had a huge passion for acting.
He left college when he began receiving consistent acting offers. He initially gained national attention for his performance as “Georg” in the Broadway and Off-Broadway performances of the play “Spring Awakening.” He then made his movie debut in 2008 with “Hamlet 2.”
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Skylar Astin’s Bio
Skylar Astin on September 23, 1987, to parents Barry Lipstein (father) and Meryl Lipstein (mother), in New York City. Talking about his father was an executive in a clothing company. He has three siblings named Jace, Milan, and Brielle.
Skylar enjoyed playing sports and had a typical childhood. He enjoyed playing basketball and was additionally a member of his school’s basketball squad.
Besides, his mother loved drama, but his family had no history in the entertainment industry. Likewise, at times she used to take Skylar with her when she went to the theater.
When he was younger, he saw a few “Broadway” plays, which sparked his passion for performing. However, during those days, he had no intention of turning it into a career.
His mother deserves praise for encouraging him to pursue acting. When he was 14 years old, his mother invited him to go with her to a performance of “Godspell” while she was returning home after a junior high basketball game.
At first, he denied it. He ultimately broke, however. He had set his mind to try out acting as a career by the time he left the performance.
He began acting in plays at his school and by neighborhood theater companies. For theatrical performances, he went by his middle name instead of his last name.
After finishing his education at “Clarkstown High School North,” he stayed in New York at the “Stagedoor Manor” performing arts camp, the entire summer and learned acting there.
In order to study acting professionally, he enrolled in the ‘Tisch School of the Arts’ in New York.
He was going to auditions at the same time for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. He took time off from school to perform in the Off-Broadway drama “Springs Awakening.”
Skylar Astin’s Career
In the Broadway and Off-Broadway versions of “Spring Awakening,” Skylar was featured as “Georg.” Up until 2008, he continued to be involved with it and went on stage with the play’s cast in various locations around the nation.
While completing his schooling, he also gave auditions for several TV and film. He made his cinematic debut in 2008 after landing the role of “Rand Posin: in the comedy titled “Hamlet 2.” However, the movie struggled at the box office.
Skylar started out in the film business unsuccessfully, so he started being a little choosy about the movies he decided to appear in. In his second movie, “Taking Woodstock,” he performed the supporting part of “John P Roberts” in a comedy-drama.
With “Taking Woodstock,” Skylar struck gold because it was a box office smash. It had its world premiere at the renowned “Cannes Film Festival.” The picture, which had a massive $30 million budget, was a huge commercial flop. The casts of the movie, however, won praise for their amazing acting performances.
Skylar returned to the stage in 2010 and had a critical part in the rock musical drama Rent, which was presented at the Hollywood Bowl. Skylar played “Mark Cohen” in the highly regarded musical production.
Likewise, Skylar made his television debut in 2011 with a guest appearance in the show called “Love Bites,” and he later had additional guest appearances in shows namely “Girls” and “House.”
Skylar achieved a milestone in his acting career after receiving a breakthrough role in 2012 when he starred as, “Jesse Swanson,” in the comedy movie called “Pitch Perfect.” The movie, which was a major critical and financial success, was based on the same-named novel.
Skylar achieved another milestone in his acting career after he won the “Teen Choice Award” for “Choice Movie Actor Comedy” for his performance.
Later Skylar became one of the cast members of the comedy show called “Ground Floor”. He acted as”Brody Moyer” in the comedy show “Ground Floor” which gave him his first major TV break. Skylar, who played the series’ main character, quickly won the hearts of the audience with his outstanding performance.
Skylar was credited as one of the key reasons for the show’s modest success, despite the fact that it was only able to last for two seasons.
Before finally getting the role of “Isaiah Miller” in the series “Graves” in 2016, Skylar continued to act in roles in shows including “Glee” and “Halt and Catch Fire.”
Furthermore, he did voiceover acting in the popular animated movie named “Wreck-It Ralph.” Skylar grabbed two “BTVA Awards” for the ensemble cast for his voice work as the character “Roy” in the particular series.
Skylar starred in the comedy movie “21 & Over”, which was released in 2013. Despite receiving decent reviews, the movie did very well at the box office. After that, he appeared in the comedy movie named “Cavemen.”
The movie “Pitch Perfect 2.” was released in 2015 where he continued his role of “Jesse Swanson”
The movie surpassed the first one, and Skylar was awarded another “Teen Choice Award” for his outstanding performance.
In 2016, he had an appearance as “Isaiah Miller” in the television show “Graves,” and later he made an appearance as “Greg Serrano” on a regular basis in the show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
Similarly, he has recently acted in plays such as “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” and “What We’re Up Against” on stage too.
Furthermore, Skylar’s singing ability came in handy as he contributed to the original soundtracks of the movies “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2” as a vocalist as well.
Is Skylar Astin Married?
In 2006, Skylar Astin started dating American singer and actress Lauren Pritchard. The pair dated for a while before breaking up.
After that, Skylar started dating his “Pitch Perfect” co-star Anna Camp; the two later wed in 2016. The pair made a public announcement about their peaceful separation in April 2019.
Skylar Astin’s Net Worth
Skylar Astin has an estimated net worth is around $1 Million.