Skylar Astin Lipstein, known professionally as Skylar Astin, born 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). Astin portrayed Jean Baptiste, the lead singer of Throat Explosion, on Glee.
Astin was born to Barry and Meryl Lipstein in New York City, NY, and grew up in Rockland County, along with his sister, Brielle, and his two brothers, Milan and Jace. He graduated from Clarkstown High School North, and attended Stagedoor Manor summer camp. He briefly attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, but then left early due to being cast in Spring Awakening, along with Glee cast members such as Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jonathan Groff, and Phoebe Strole.
Astin dated his Spring Awakening co-star Lauren Pritchard from (made it official in) August 2006 till an unknown date. He is in a relationship with one-time Glee guest star and Pitch Perfect co-star, Anna Camp, since (went public in June of) 2013. The couple got engaged in January 2016. The couple got married on September 10, 2016.
Astin had a role in Spring Awakening, and his last performance took place on July 19, 2008. Later in 2010, he portrayed the role of Mark Cohen in a stage production of Rent, which was directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Prior to his Rent performance, Astin played Rand Posin in the movie, Hamlet 2, alongside Phoebe Strole (Epiphany Sellars) and sung Raped in the Face on the film's soundtrack. The film had screenings at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, which led to Astin being signed for the United Talent Agency.
Astin took a role in the CBS series, Ace in the Hole in 2009, which wasn't picked up, and joined the cast of the Fox sitcom, Strange Brew in 2010, which was dropped as well.
In 2012, Astin starred as Jesse Swanson in the musical comedy film, Pitch Perfect. Later in 2013, he portrayed Casey in 21 & Over.
|2008||Hamlet 2||Rand Posin|
|2009||Ace in the Hole||Tod Morella||TV Movie|
|Taking Woodstock||John P. Roberts|
|2010||Strange Brew||Kyle||TV Movie|
|2011||Love Bites||Ben||("Boys to Men")|
|The Online Gamer||Mikey||("Rehab: Part 2" - "Part 4")|
|2012||Love Written in Blood II||Henderson|
|Pitch Perfect||Jesse Swanson|
|2013||21 & Over||Casey|
|Ground Floor||Brody Carol Moyer||2013 - (20 episodes)|
|Ma**oles||Skylar Astin||("New Best Friend")|
|2014||Flock of Dudes||David||completed|
|Glee||Jean Baptiste||("City of Angels")|
|2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Jesse Swanson||post-production|
- Astin's full name was "Skylar Astin Lipstein" before his agent chose his middle name "Astin" as his stage name, when he was fifteen.
- He and his current girlfriend, Anna Camp, are both Pitch Perfect co-stars and have been cast on Glee in different seasons.