Sean Astin Accepts Kid-Friendly Role, Says Daughters Are Impressed

03/29/2009 at 12:00 PM ET

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After a slew of movies not suitable for a young audience, actor Sean Astin is back to lend his voice as Oso in the Disney Channel’s new series Special Agent Oso — work, the father of three says, that his children will finally be able to watch. With past roles including a drug addict and a homicidal killer, Sean admits that he has been approached by countless parents on the street, all urging him to take on a role in a family film. According to the “excited” 38-year-old, their wishes have been granted.

“More than anything else, except maybe Meerkat Manor (Sean is the narrator) — this is the most direct, specific way that I can communicate as an actor to kids.”

While Sean may impress kids with his character’s top skills as an investigator, the actor admits that his own daughters showed little excitement for their dad’s new role…that is, until, the trio’s attention was captured by a commercial promoting the series! Sharing that the girls “went ballistic,” the proud papa notes that Oso is here to stay in his household. “They can’t get enough of it,” he says.

Although the girls were aware of Sean’s career before he landed the kid-friendly role, he explains that there has been a “direct effect of them enjoying Oso.” The result? A much-wanted encore! “It kind of brought them to the fact that their dad’s an actor a little more than before and now they want to start watching other movies that I’ve been in,” he says.

Sean and his wife Christine are parents to daughters Alexandra, 12, Elizabeth, 6 ½, and Isabella, 3 ½. Special Agent Oso will premiere April 4th on the Disney Channel.

Source: Lil Sugar

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Sarah K. on

Those girls are beautiful, but which ones are his? I count four girls and three names, haha.

Becca on

Why are there 4 children in the picture but he only has 3 daughters?

Shawna on

If they’re only parents to 3 children who is the 4th child in the photo?


Yes, Sean and his wife have just three children. We assume the fourth child in the photo is a family friend, as the Astins have been known to bring friends to events:

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Natasha on

Ali is 12?!?! Wow that’s crazy, I remember seeing her as like an 8 year old.

Rachel-Jane on

Oh I love Sean! I didn’t know he had a third daughter. So which of the two wee ones in that photo is Isabella?

Sherry on

So whose child is the little baby in the picture?

Bugs on

Are you guys sure it’s just 3 daughters? Who’s the fourth kid in the picture?

jen on

Does he have 3 or 4 daughters?

Mrs. R. on

I see 4 children in the picture. Was one a friend of the family?

Ane on

I think the girl in the purple dress is not their daughter. I can’t believe Alexandra is 12. I remember when she was in The Lord Of The Rings as Sam’s daughter. She was like three then.

Natasha on

Yes the girl in the purple is not one of their daughters. The tallest one is Alexandra “Ali”, the far left in blue is Elizabeth, and Isabella is being held by her Mom and she’s in the white.

Marilyn on

I agree. I believe the girl in purple is not their daughter, and if you match up the ages with each girl, that seems to confirm it. Plus, the other three girls look like sisters and like Sean and Christine more.

C on

I loved Sean in the lord of the rings and the goonies! I wish he would was in more great films! His daughters are so beautiful!

C on

The girl in the purple dress is not their daughter, Sherry. The other 3 are. The baby in the picture is Isabella.

Jeni on

I still remember Ali as a little 3 year old in the last Lord of the Rings movie. She’s grown up so much, it’s crazy.

They’ve got such a beautiful family. One of my favorites

Mrs. R. on

Thanks Editor and other CBB commentors. I was very curious! How NICE is it that they bring friends/family to the red carpet events! What fun for the girls!

Aitch on

He’s a very nice man. We met him a few years ago and couldn’t have been sweeter!!!

J on

Yes, the girl in the purple dress and brown hair is not their daughter, it’s actress Ryan Newman.

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