Sean Astin is no stranger to the spotlight.
The 46-year old has been acting for decades, appearing in the classic films like “The Goonies,” “Rudy” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but it’s his latest role that’s brought him a new generation of fans.
Astin appears as Bob Newby on the second season of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.” A new addition to last year's most buzz-worthy show, he appreciates the strong fan reaction to his character.
“There is no question that “Stranger Things” has been loved by the country," Astin said last week at the Sharper Image pop-up shop in New York City. “They developed my character and gave him a really important role in season two.”
Astin was on hand at the brand’s opening of their holiday pop-up shop in Times Square, which features drones and other high end electronics.
“I mean, who doesn’t love Sharper Image. Like so many of us here tonight, I grew up with Sharper Image,” said Astin. “Playing with all the awesome stuff in this store takes me back.”
Astin’s character on “Stranger Things” is well familiar with technology. His character is a Radioshack employee who dates Winona Ryder’s character.
As a former child actor, Astin only has great things to say about the kids he works with on the Netflix show.
“With these particular young performers, it didn’t take but a moment to see them as professional equals,” he said. “They’re smart, they’re creative, they know their craft, they’re good at their job and they’re easy to be with.”