Who is Sebastián Stan?
Sebastian Stan joins the growing number of rising actors who have a lot to prove in Hollywood. Popularly, he is known as the prolific actor of Romanian descent who gained much popularity after his role as James “Bucky” Barnes, known as the “Winter Soldier” in the movies, Captain America. Read on to see more information about his early life and his relationships.
Sebastián was born in the Romanian city of Constanta on August 13, 1982. At the age of eight, he and his mother moved to Vienna, Austria, where she was working as a pianist. Four years later, at the age of twelve, his mother moved with him to Rockland County, New York, after marrying the principal of an American private school.
During his years at Rockland Country Day School, he starred in productions such as Harvey, Cyrano de Bergerac, Little Shop of Horrors, Over Here, and West Side Story. He also attended Stagedoor Manor Summer Camp where he got his start in acting and participated in many camp productions. It was then that he decided to get serious about acting and began applying for acting programs at various universities.
He was accepted and attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. This gave him the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying acting at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, England.
When he returned from England, He continued to attend Rutgers and do some small roles in independent films such as “Tony n ‘Tina’s Wedding” and “Red Doors.” He also appears as a guest star on Law & Order as “Justin Capshaw,” a boy who was charged with murder and who had been kidnapped and emotionally abused by his captor. Immediately after graduating from Rutgers in 2005, Sebastian was cast in the role of The Architect. That same year he portrayed The Covenant. In 2007, he was cast in the Eric Bogosian Talk Radio play as “Kent,” where he had the opportunity to work with veteran Broadway actor Liev Schreiber.
In 2007, Sebastian first appeared as St. Jude graduate Carter Baizen on the soon-to-be hit television series Gossip Girl. He later reprised the role in several episodes throughout the series’ second and third seasons.
Sebastian also appeared in The Education of Charlie Banks as Leo in 2007, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and won an award for “Best New York Narrative.” Subsequently, he starred in Rachel Getting Married alongside Anne Hathaway in 2008, as well as Spread with Ashton Kutcher in 2009.
He was later cast in the NBC drama Kings, where he portrayed Prince Jack Benjamin, the gay eldest son of King Silas Benjamin. Although the series was popular with viewers, it was canceled before the last episodes aired.
In 2010, he had a role opposite Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller The Black Swan. Sebastian also played a character named Blaine, the main antagonist of Hot Tub Time Machine.
In 2012 Sebastian caught the attention of a much wider fan base as he was hired to play James Buchanan Barnes, better known as simply Bucky in the Marvel movie Captain America: The First Avenger, based on the Marvel Comics character alongside Chris Evans, who played Captain America.
He also starred opposite Amanda Seyfried in the thriller Gone, the original USA Network series Political Animals as T.J. Hammond, a troubled thirty-year-old son of two in-laws, starring Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Ciarán Hinds, and James Wolk also in 2012.
Sebastian will also appear in the supernatural horror film The Apparition, which co-stars Ashley Greene, in August 2012.