Sean Astin is proud to wear the label of being a “nepo baby” in Hollywood. He joked in an exclusive interview with Page Six that when people ask him how he got his start in Hollywood, he always answers, “Nepotism.” His mother is Oscar winner Patty Duke and his step-father is “The Adams Family” star John Astin. He grew up in Hollywood and his first onscreen appearance was in the 1981 TV movie, “Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom,” in which he played an 8-year-old child with an abusive mother, played by Patty Duke.
Astin acknowledges that he got his start in Hollywood through nepotism and isn’t hard on himself for taking advantage of his family connections. He feels that it comes with a lot of responsibility and opportunities that he has the choice to embrace or not. Despite the leg-up, Astin has had a long career that includes roles in movies and shows that have become cultural milestones.
He made his film debut at the age of 13 as Mikey in “The Goonies,” starred in the beloved football weepie, “Rudy,” appeared in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise and played Winona Ryder’s sweet boyfriend in a season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” He has also co-starred in season 2 of “Stranger Things.”
Astin has attended many Comic-Cons for “LOTR” and knows how some people feel about his work. He has spent many weekends a year going to places where people give him feedback on how important those films are to them and how much they mean. He is always grateful for the impact his work has had on people.
He also knows that he has an every-man quality and chalks that up to his upbringing. He was raised by a mother, Patty Duke, who had an easy connection with people everywhere she went. He watched the impact that people could have with each other and feels that his life emulates that in a strange way.
His latest movie is “The Shift” in which a mysterious stranger with otherworldly powers gets a man banished to a parallel Earth where he has to battle to get back to the woman he loves. He accepted the movie role because he is at a stage in his life where he realizes that for every choice he makes, his life could be totally different. He hopes that people will be carried along the journey of this post-apocalyptic experience and that it creates a hopeful message.
In conclusion, Sean Astin is proud of his Hollywood roots and the opportunities that have come his way. He has had a long and successful career in the industry and continues to take on new and exciting roles. His latest movie, “The Shift,” is now in theaters.
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