Why Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin Star Sarah Hyland Failed Pitch Perfect 2 Audition

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The Modern Family co-stars Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine are reuniting in the new comedy series Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, a spin-off of the musical comedy franchise Pitch Perfect.

All six episodes of the series premiered on Peacock on Wednesday, November 23. It was developed by Megan Amram and actress Elizabeth Banks, who starred as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect film series.

Last week, Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine hit the promotional trail for their new comedy.

The duo, along with German actor Flula Borg, who plays Pieter Kramer in the series, participated in the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

All wrapped up warm in thick coats and knit sweaters, the cast hopped on a Peacock-themed float and sang a capella mashup of Nena’s 99 Luftballons and A-ha’s Take On Me.

Flula Borg, Adam Devine, and Sarah Hyland at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2022Flula Borg, Adam Devine, and Sarah Hyland at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2022 (Credit: Roger Wong / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

Adam opted for a gray wool jacket with a cream-colored sweatshirt underneath, styled with a turquoise scarf, black pants, and white sneakers. Flula, meanwhile, bundled up in a dark gray trench coat, an olive-green knit sweater, and a maroon turtleneck.

Showcasing her styling prowess, Sarah dressed up in a beige-and-pink plaid coat layered over a white turtleneck top and a brown mini skirt.

Sarah Hyland looks cozy in a plaid coat with a white turtleneck top, a brown mini skirt, and a pair of knee-high leather bootsSarah Hyland looks cozy in a plaid coat with a white turtleneck top, a brown mini skirt, and a pair of knee-high leather boots (Credit: Roger Wong / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

The 32-year-old actress kept the look cohesive by adding a pair of brown leather gloves, brown tights, and knee-high brown leather boots.

She pulled her tresses up into a casual bun, showing off her diamond hoops. To complement her head-to-toe neutrals, the Geek Charming actress wore earth-toned makeup with fluttery eyelashes and subtle smokey eyeshadow.

Sarah Hyland complements her makeup with her outfit by wearing an earth-tone palette with fluttery eyelashesSarah Hyland complements her makeup with her outfit by wearing an earth-tone palette with fluttery eyelashes (Credit: Roger Wong / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

The day before, Adam Devine and Sarah Hyland visited the Today Show studios to promote the new Pitch Perfect spinoff.

Adam wore a dark denim jacket with a beige shirt, black pants, and white sneakers, while Sarah opted for a menswear-inspired suit.

She looked sharp in a loose-fitting charcoal suit composed of an oversized boxy jacket and a pair of wide-leg trousers.

Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine visit Today Show to promote Bumper in BerlinSarah Hyland and Adam Devine visit Today Show to promote Bumper in Berlin on November 23, 2022 (Credit: Roger Wong / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

Elevating her girl-boss look, Hyland slipped into a pair of towering platform sandals by Christian Louboutin. They feature thick crisscross straps, open toes, and towering block heels.

The Love Island USA host kept things sleek with black cat-eye sunglasses and further accessorized with hoop earrings and a black bag with a silver chain strap.

Sarah Hyland opts for a menswear-inspired oversized suit with Christian Louboutin platform heelsSarah Hyland opts for a menswear-inspired oversized suit with Christian Louboutin platform heels (Credit: Roger Wong / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

Before their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade stint, Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine were pictured rehearsing for the annual event outside Macy’s on 34th Street on Tuesday.

Adam looked stylish as he layered a printed shirt underneath a brown suede jacket, which he teamed with blue trousers and white-and-red Vans sneakers.

Sarah, on the other hand, kept things cozy in a chic navy trench coat with a white collar and a navy midi skirt underneath.

Adam Devine and Sarah Hyland rehearsing for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2022Adam Devine and Sarah Hyland rehearsing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2022 (Credit: ADAM NEMSER / Startraksphoto / Cover Images)

What Is Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin About?

Bumper Allen was introduced as the main antagonist in the first Pitch Perfect movie in 2012. Played by Adam Devine, Bumper was the arrogant leader of Barden University’s all-male a capella group, The Treblemakers.

He left the group to become John Mayer’s backup singer at the end of the first movie and returned in the sequel as the university’s security guard.

Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin follows Bumper Allen’s journey as he tries to rekindle his music career in BerlinPitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin follows Bumper Allen’s journey as he tries to rekindle his music career in Berlin (Credit: Peacock)

Fortunately, in the spin-off series, “Bumper gets a chance to be a hero of his own story in a foreign land filled with romance, comedy, strange new characters and hit songs,” executive producer Elizabeth Banks told People.

Bumper in Berlin follows Bumper’s journey to international stardom after a TikTok video of his a capella mashup of the 1980s European hits 99 Luftballons and Take On Me has become viral in Germany.

Taking advantage of the moment, he travels to Berlin to revive his music career. Along the way, he meets his rival, German pop star Gisela (Jameela Jamil), and his assistant, Heidi (Sarah Hyland), with whom he develops a romantic relationship.

Sarah Hyland Reveals Failing Pitch Perfect 2 Audition

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Sarah Hyland revealed that she auditioned for Pitch Perfect 2 but didn’t get the part because of her 5’1” height.

“I was just a little bit too short; that was the only reason that I heard.”

Despite failing the audition, Hyland believes that “everything happens for a reason.”

Sarah Hyland revealed she failed an audition for Pitch Perfect 2 before she landed a role in the spin-off seriesSarah Hyland revealed she failed an audition for Pitch Perfect 2 before she landed a role in the spin-off series (Credit: Peacock)

She now gets to join her former Modern Family co-star Adam Devine in the Pitch Perfect spin-off, saying she’s “happy to be part of the franchise.”

“We got to film in Berlin and it was just the best time. I’m just happy to be part of the franchise, I’ve been friends with everyone from it for years.”

“It was so much fun being back together. When I was given this opportunity to work with Adam again, I just jumped at it because we love each other.”

Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine were on-screen partners in Modern FamilySarah Hyland and Adam Devine were on-screen partners in Modern Family (Credit: 20th Television)

In Modern Family, Sarah Hyland played Haley Dunphy, the oldest daughter of Claire and Phil Dunphy. Adam Devine, on the other hand, appeared as Andy Bailey, a male nanny and Phil’s assistant. The two characters later developed romance in the series.

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