Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan


8/13/1983, Constanta, Romania

Birth Name

Sebastian Stan


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  • Sebastian Stan as Jack Benjamin in Kings.
  • Sebastian Stan as Jack Benjamin in Kings.
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Sebastian was born in the Romanian city of Constana on 13 August 1983. He and his mother moved to Vienna, Austria at the age of 8 years old. After a few years Sebastian's mother took him to Rockland County, New York after she married the headmaster of an…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sebastian Stan was named as the week's "Hump Day Hottie" last September 16, 2009. Stan was tapped as the hottie for the week by MTV's Hollywood Crush, following his appearance on Gossip Girl's season 3 premiere.

    • For an interview, Sebastian was asked to name some of his favorite things. He named Sean Penn as his favorite actor, and reading as his favorite pastime. Sebastian also mentioned the colors black and red, and the dessert tiramisu as some of his favorites.

    • In an interview on MTV's It's On With Alexa Chung, Sebastian claims that his most prized possession is a candle holder that belonged to James Dean. A producer he worked with gave Sebastian the item, because the young actor reminded him of the iconic James Dean.

    • Sebastian Stan cites playwright Eric Bogosian's subUrbia as the work responsible for getting him into Rutgers University. He auditioned for the university's Mason Gross School of the Arts using a monologue from subUrbia. He also ended up performing the play while at Rutgers.

    • In an interview with MTV's Alexa Chung, Sebastian Stan says the most dramatic alteration of his appearance was for his play Talk Radio. According to Sebastian, the blond hair he had for 6 months was the biggest change he had to go through for a role.

    • After seeing Sebastian Stan's work in a play, director Jonathan Demme gave him a part for the movie Rachel Getting Married. The role of Walter in the film was created specifically for Sebastian by Demme.

    • Sebastian appeared in Hayden Panettiere's music video Wake Up Call in 2008.

    • Sebastian is dating actress Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl.

    • Sebastian in his movie The Covenant did all his stunts.

    • When Sebastian Stan was 8 years old, he moved from Romania to Vienna, Austria. He made the move with his single mother who was employed as a pianist.

    • Sebastian is an only child.

    • Sebastian is 5'10¾" (1.80 m).

    • Sebastian plays the role of Leo in the 2007 film The Education of Charlie Banks.

    • Sebastian is a graduate of Rutgers University's BFA Drama program.

    • Sebastian played the role of Chase in the 2006 film The Covenant. He is close friends with his co-stars Toby Hemingway and Chace Crawford.

  • Quotes

    • Sebastian Stan: (about the single-digit temperatures while filming The Covenant) That was one of the hardest things to deal with because it was very, very cold. Basically we would shoot the scene, and instantly when we heard 'Cut' everybody would run towards us with blankets and throw them on us.

    • Sebastian Stan: (about the TV show Kings) I'm really happy to be a part of something that's thought-provoking and inspiring. Hopefully people will think about that. We have plenty of things that we should be aware of, that are going on now, especially for my generation.

    • Sebastian: (on Gossip Girl character, Carter Baizen) I think they're bringing him back on Gossip Girl just to cause more drama - like there isn't enough already.

    • Sebastian Stan: (on the edgy roles he's always playing) I just gravitate towards flawed, conflicted, troubled people.

    • Sebastian: (about actors who inspired him) I have a bit of an obsession with the 1950's and all those actors from Montgomery Clift to James Dean and Anthony Perkins. Just that whole era of Tennessee Williams to Elia Kazan. The whole idea of New York and the whole thing becomes kind of romantic in your head.

    • Sebastian Stan: (on prepping for his role on Kings) I did research on Prince Harry and the pressures of growing up under the media eye, under that camera which is this crazy, metallic, alien thing.

    • Sebastian Stan: (about working with Ashton Kutcher on Spread) When I worked with Ashton, what I really admired about him was that he had a solid idea about every frame. He knew what to do based on the position of the camera and the lighting, and you have to be aware of all those things when you do film. That's the challenge.

    • Sebastian: (talking about The Covenant) I always want to describe it as Harry Potter meets the Matrix. I mean, there is an element that it can be compared to Harry Potter in terms of the school educational system, but it is much more darker than that.

    • Sebastian: (on working with director Jonathan Demme) The overall experience was incredible. It was really spontaneous, and he gave us so much freedom to work off of each other and discover things in the moment.

    • Sebastian Stan: Theater feels more organic, there's no stop and go. Film is a whole different animal.

    • Sebastian: (on his role as Prince Jack on Kings) Is it really a big deal for a network to have a gay character anymore? The question is whether or not Jack can be an influential political figure by being who he is.

    • Sebastian Stan: (on Harry & Nikki in the film, Spread) We kind of have that Vince Vaughn-Jon Favreau relationship.

    • Sebastian: (about his guest role on Law & Order) It was my first real professional experience, and thank god I had a very nurturing director. Things move quickly on that show, and I was pretty paranoid!

    • Sebastian: (on his move from Europe to Rockland County, NY at the age of 12) When you're thrown into something so young, you don't think about it too much. I was an only child, so it took me a while to form friends because my stepdad was the headmaster, and I had an accent for a while, but it was still early and you just sort of suck in everything at that age.

    • Sebastian: (On Myspace) I joined myspace a long time ago for a different reason, but now it's become a whole different thing for me. It's crazy getting some of these messages. You can't really respond to everybody, but you want to make sure that people understand how much you appreciate hearing from them.

    • Sebastian: When you're thrown into something so young, you don't think about it too much. I was an only child, so it took me a while to form friends because my stepdad was the headmaster, and I had an accent for a while, but it was still early and you just sort of suck in everything at that age.

    • Sebastian: To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.

  • Sebastian Stan is a Romanian-born American actor.

    Sebastian Stan was best known for playing Prince Jack Benjamin on the television drama Kings and Carter Baizen on the book based television series gossip Girl. He was born in the Romanian City of Constanta. At age 8, he and his mother moved to Vienna, Austria where she was employed as a pianist. Four years later (age 12), his mother moved with him to Rockland County, New York after she married the headmaster of an American private school. During his years at the Rockland Country Day School, he starred in productions like Harvey, Cyrano de Bergerac, Little Shop of Horrors, Over Here, and West Side Story. He also attended the Stagedoor Manor summer camp where he was introduced to acting and was cast in many camp productions. It was then that he decided to take acting seriously and began to apply for acting programs at several universities. He was accepted to and attended Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. This gave him the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying acting at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England.
  • Sebastian Stan has appeared in a number of movies and shows, most popular of which are The Covenant and Gossip Girl. More than just smoldering good looks, he shows a depth that is impressive for his young age… and it can only get better in time.moreless

    The Romanian-born actor graduated from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. He got a role on Law & Order while at school, and later on went to work in several movies. His role as the antagonist on the cult hit The Covenant put him on Hollywood's radar for hot young talent. Despite all the fanfare because of his looks, his talent is what ultimately will have audiences notice him. Sebastian's work is more than just about looking great on-screen. His work ranges from theater to live readings to the big screen, taking on a variety of characters. If Sebastian's ability to play a diverse set of roles isn't enough to convince people of his talent, I think the fact that these roles were intense and complex will win both audiences and critics over. It's a shame that not many people have recognized his talent, particularly when he plays the edgy, troubled individual in a show/movie. Like in Kings, Sebastian pulls off every layer and angle of Prince Jack. His portrayal of Prince Jack Benjamin was haunting, in a way. And despite the fact that he's scheming and ruining lives, you can't help but be drawn to Prince Jack. That is Stan's doing, showing you a character's different, deeper dimensions without making it overly dramatic. He makes it look cool in a James Dean kind of anguish so that you can't help but be absorbed by the character. And if you want well-rounded, well Stan can also pull off a bit of comedy and tons of wit, playing eccentric roles like Leo in The Education of Charlie Banks and Harry in Spread. Sebastian demonstrates a depth and diversity that, for his young age, is beyond impressive. Comparisons to Hollywood icons like Paul Newman and James Dean have followed him for a while. Hopefully we'll get to see more of his acting skills, especially in well-written roles that'll keep reminding us of how alike he is to these movie stars. With talent and an aura reminiscent of old school greats, I wouldn't be surprised if Sebastian soon takes Tinseltown by storm.moreless